Master of Social Work (MSW) Programs Online – CSWE-Accredited

Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees are required for bachelor’s-level social workers to apply for licensure as a master or clinical social worker. 

Attending on-campus programs may not be feasible if you are juggling a full-time career, family and other personal or professional obligations. Many on-campus schools of social work have created Master of Social Work online programs, mirroring their on-campus programs.

Sponsored Online Social Work Programs

University of Southern California

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW@USC is the online Master of Social Work from top-ranked USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. USC offers virtual and in-person field education, and students focus on adults, youth or social change.

  •  Minimum completion time: 16 months
  • Online classes taught by USC faculty 
  • Virtual field training to build skills and confidence

University of Denver

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The University of Denver’s Online MSW Program is delivered by its top-ranked school of social work and offers two programs. Students can earn their degree in as few as 12 months for the Online Advanced-Standing MSW or 27 months for the Online MSW.

  • Complete the Online Advanced-Standing MSW in as few as 12 months if you have a BSW; if you do not have a BSW, the Online MSW Program may be completed in as few as 27 months.
  • No GRE Required
  • Mental Health and Trauma or Health, Equity and Wellness concentrations

Fordham University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Fordham’s skills-based, online MSW program integrates advanced relevant social work competencies, preparing students to serve individuals and communities while moving the profession forward. This program includes advanced standing and traditional MSW options.

  •  Traditional and advanced standing online MSW options are available.
  • There are four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy.
  • Pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time track.

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Things to Consider When Choosing an Online School

When considering an online school, you may want to consider your goals, schedule availability and program length. The CSWE accreditation standards for online MSW programs are the same as universities’ on-campus counterparts with regards to degree awarded, program lengths and credits.

Ask yourself these questions:

  • Why do you want an MSW degree?
  • What is your availability with other obligations?
  • How long do you want to be in school?

Goals

Depending on your goal for earning an MSW online, you may want to consider the various options of enrollment. If you already have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), for instance, you may be eligible for an advanced standing MSW program. Some universities offer specializations such as trauma, mental health, child and family and administrative foci.

Schedule

Your availability to be online will likely help to determine which specific type of master’s in social work online program you choose to pursue.

  • If you work a full-time position, a part-time online social work degree program may be better suited for you.
  • If you feel you can take on about two to four classes a semester, a full-time program may help you earn your degree faster.

There are generally two types of online learning, asynchronous—learning online in your own time to meet deadlines—and synchronous—learning online during a designated time, live with your other classmates. Some programs offer both.

Program Length

The length of your CSWE-accredited online MSW program will vary by university and enrollment type. If you pursue an advanced standing program with your BSW, you may be able to complete your MSW within a year.  Advanced standing MSW programs are a way for BSW holders to earn their MSW in less time since they already completed foundational coursework in their bachelor’s program. 

However, if you do not have a BSW and pursue part-time enrollment, it can take up to four years for completion of your online social work degree master’s. Final program length depends on how many courses you enroll in and the time it takes to complete them.

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Simmons University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Aspiring direct practitioners can earn their MSW online from Simmons University in as few as 12 months. GRE scores are not required, and the program offers full-time, part-time, accelerated, and advanced standing tracks.

  • Prepares students to pursue licensure, including LCSW 
  • Full-time, part-time, and accelerated tracks 
  • Minimum completion time: 12 months

University of Denver

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The University of Denver’s Online MSW Program is delivered by its top-ranked school of social work and offers two programs. Students can earn their degree in as few as 12 months for the Online Advanced-Standing MSW or 27 months for the Online MSW.

  • Complete the Online Advanced-Standing MSW in as few as 12 months if you have a BSW; if you do not have a BSW, the Online MSW Program may be completed in as few as 27 months.
  • No GRE Required
  • Mental Health and Trauma or Health, Equity and Wellness concentrations

Fordham University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Fordham’s skills-based, online MSW program integrates advanced relevant social work competencies, preparing students to serve individuals and communities while moving the profession forward. This program includes advanced standing and traditional MSW options.

  •  Traditional and advanced standing online MSW options are available.
  • There are four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy.
  • Pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time track.

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The university and program information below was last updated in September 2021. For the most up-to-date information, visit the university’s website.

Adelphi University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Garden City, New York

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.25+ years

Credits: 32+

Concentrations:

Health Across the Lifespan

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from an accredited college or university
  • Candidates with two years of supervised, direct human or social service experience may apply for the Human Service Experience track
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within six years for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for advanced standing applicants
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of references
  • Transcripts
  • Interview
  • TOEFL scores for non-native English speaking applicants
  • Other requirements as outlined for specific tracks
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Albany State University

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Albany, Georgia

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 32+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree, bachelor’s in social work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last five years for advanced standing applicants
  • Grade of “B” or better in courses that applicants are requesting a waiver for, for advanced standing applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal narrative statement
  • Resume
  • Background check
  • Personal interview
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Angelo State University

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work

San Angelo, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 33+

Concentrations: Advanced Generalist Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • BSW degree
  • 2.75 GPA
  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL scores (international students)
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Arizona State University

Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Tempe, Arizona

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 60

Concentrations:

Advanced Generalist Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a strong background in liberal arts and sciences
  • Undergraduate social work degree from a CSWE accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts
  • Paid of volunteer experience in human services preferred
  • Resume (Preferred)
  • References
  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL scores for non-native English speaking applicants
  • Virtual interview may be required
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Boise State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Boise, Idaho

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 61

Concentrations: Clinical Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of education and career goals
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Proof of 240 hours of volunteer or work experience in social services for 6 months in last five years
  • Proof of English proficiency
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California State University, Northridge

Tseng College

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Northridge, California

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 60

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with liberal arts and social science coursework
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE accredited school in the last 7 years, oor 10 years with significant post-BSW practice experience, for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Social service practice experience, either paid of volunteer
  • Personal essay
  • Recommendation letters
  • Background check
  • Willingness to understand and abide by NASW Code of Ethics
  • Interview
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California State University, San Bernardino

College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

San Bernardino, California

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 3 years

Credits: 60

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5, 3.0 for competitive candidates
  • Post-baccalaureate work experience for competitive candidates
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • TOEFL scores for non-U.S. degree and internal students
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Campbellsville University

Carver School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Campbellsville, Kentucky

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 30

Concentrations:

 Clinical Practice, Addictions

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited institution for advanced standing applicants
  • Baccalaureate degree with 15 credit hours of liberal arts education 
  • Baccalaureate GPA of 3.0 
  • Transcripts from accredited institutions 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Signed statement of understanding of the Social Work Professional and Technical Standards 
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Capella University

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 44+ quarter credits

Concentrations:

Clinical Practice, Leadership and Supervision, Human Services

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited institution for advanced standing applicants
  • Baccalaureate degree with 15 credit hours of liberal arts education
  • Baccalaureate GPA of 3.0
  • Transcripts from accredited institutions
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Signed statement of understanding of the Social Work Professional and Technical Standards
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Columbia University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

New York, New York

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 33+

Concentrations:

Advanced Clinical Social Work, Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming, Policy Practice, Social Enterprise Administration

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Academic transcripts
  • Resume
  • Three essay questions
  • Three letters of reference
  • TOEFL scores for non-native English speaking applicants
  • Other requirements as outlined for specific tracks
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Delaware State University

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dover, Delaware

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 30+

Concentrations:

 Advanced Generalist Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Official bachelor’s transcripts
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Three-page essay
  • Resume
  • Signed Acknowledgement Agreement
  • Valid identification
  • Test for proof of English proficiency and transcript evaluation for international students
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Dominican University

College of Applied Social Sciences

Master of Social Work (MSW)

River Forest, Illinois

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 30+

Concentrations:

Aging, Adulthood and Gerontology, Children, Youth, and Families, Global Social Work Practice for Immigrants and Refugees, Health and Wellness, Military Social Work, School Social Work 

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Official transcript
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation 
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Edinboro University

College of Science and Health Professions

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 33+

Concentrations:

Trauma Informed Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree form an accredited college or university
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 cumulative and 3.0 in undergraduate major
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
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Florida State University

College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Tallahassee, Florida

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 39+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Coursework in human biology or human anatomy and physiology
  • Minimum of 21 undergraduate credits in liberal arts curriculum
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8
  • GRE scores required for GPAs under 2.8
  • Resume
  • Two references
  • Personal statement
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George Mason University

College of Health and Human Services

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Fairfax, Virginia

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 33+

Concentrations:

Adults & Healthy Aging, Children, Youth, and Families

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants earned within the last five years
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, if under 3.0, addendum essay
  • BSW field evaluation for advanced standing applicants
  • Advanced standing GPA requirement of 3.2
  • Video interview for advanced standing applicants
  • All official transcripts
  • Completed coursework in statistics, English composition, history or government, social science
  • Work or volunteer experience in related field highly recommended
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Hawaii Pacific University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Honolulu, Hawaii

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 30+

Concentrations:

Military and Veterans Affairs, Child or Adult Protective Services, Health Care, Mental Health, Individual and Families, Social Agency Administration

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 30 credits in liberal arts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Grade of “C” or better in statistics and research methods courses
  • Two letters of reference
  • Official transcripts
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Humboldt State University

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Arcata, California

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 36+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited higher education institution
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program earned in the last five years for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 for advanced standing application
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Grade of  ’’C’’ or better for elementary statistics and a course related to Native American studies
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
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Indiana University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Indianapolis, Indiana

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5+ years

Credits: 41+

Concentrations:

Clinical and Community Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited higher education institution
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program earned in the last five years for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 for advanced standing application
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Grade of “”C”” or better for elementary statistics and a course related to Native American studies
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
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Jackson State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Jackson, Mississippi

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 60

Concentrations:

Children, Youth, and Families

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5, 3.0 minimum for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum 30 credits in liberal arts coursework, to include human biology and statistics, grade of “B” or better in social work coursework for advanced standing applicants
  • Evidence of volunteer work or work experience in field of social work
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
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Louisiana State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 33+

Concentrations:

Child and Youth Services, Gerontology, Social Work Practice in Schools, Policy and Macro Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree form an accredited college or university
  • Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last five years for advanced standing applicants
  • Liberal arts undergraduate preparation with at least 12 credits in social and behavioral sciences
  • Grade of ’’C’’ or better in an introductory statistics course
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Letter of intent
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
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Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

LOYCHI-MSW

Chicago, Illinois

Name of Degree: LOYCHI-MSW

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 23+

Concentrations: Leadership, Mezzo, & Macro Practice Specialization (LMMP)

Admission Requirements:

  • A Statement of Purpose
  • CV/Resume
  • If international, requires an official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores
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Metropolitan State University of Denver

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Denver, Colorado

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 36

Concentrations:

Children and Families, Mental Health, Leadership and Management School Social Work, Gerontology, Social Work in Healthcare, Children and Youth

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Bachelor degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program within the last six years for advanced standing applicants
  • Case study and petition for advanced standing required for advanced standing applicants
  • Grade of C or better in selected undergraduate liberal arts courses for traditional standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Personal history form, resume optional
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Admissions essay
  • Transcripts
  • Minimum score of 76 on the internet based TOEFL for international students
  • Additional requirements for international students\”
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Missouri State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Springfield, Missouri

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 34+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree
  •  CV/Resume
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts perspective including nine credits of social science, child, family or aging studies preferred.
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Morgan State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Baltimore, Maryland

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 30+

Concentrations:

Urban Children, Youth & Families, Addictions

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Bachelor degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program within the last six years for advanced standing applicants
  • Case study and petition for advanced standing required for advanced standing applicants
  • Grade of “”C”” or better in selected undergraduate liberal arts courses for traditional standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Personal history form, resume optional
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Admissions essay
  • Transcripts
  • Minimum score of 76 on the internet based TOEFL for international students
  • Additional requirements for international students
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New Mexico State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 30+

Concentrations:

Advanced Generalist Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work accredited by the CSWE for advanced standing students
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, GPAs 2.5-2.9 may be admitted conditionally, traditional standing only
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal background statement
  • Resume
  • Interview
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Ohio State University

College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Columbus, Ohio

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 43+

Concentrations:

Aging and Health,  Mental Health and Substance Misuse,  Child and Youth Services

Admission Requirements:

  • For advanced standing applicants: case study, biopsychosocial, and copies of last field final 
  • Biology and statistics prerequisite coursework for traditional standing
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference
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Ohio University

College of Health Sciences and Professions

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Athens, Ohio

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 36+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts focus
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program within the last five years for advanced standing applicants
  • Final undergraduate field evaluation for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Documented 30 hours of paid or volunteer experience in human services
  • Three letters of reference
  • Prerequisite coursework in social science statistics, human biology, and at least three areas of social sciences
  • TOEFL scores for international students
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Our Lady of the Lake University

Worden School of Social Service

Master of Social Work (MSW)

San Antonio, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 30+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for traditional applicants, 3.0 GPA for advanced standing applicants
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
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Portland State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Portland, Oregon

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 46+

Concentrations:

Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations, Advanced Clinical Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for traditional applicants, 3.0 GPA for advanced standing applicants
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
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Regis College

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Weston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 2.5+ years

Credits: 60

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview may be requested
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Rutgers University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 39+

Concentrations:

Clinical Social Work

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Undergraduate field placement evaluation for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Social work experience is preferred, but not required
  • Introductory course to statistics
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
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Salisbury University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Salisbury, Maryland

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 34+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • Resume 
  • Statement of purpose 
  • Liberal arts background with a minimum of 24 hours including at least one course in: sociology, psychology and introductory statistics. 
  • 3.0 GPA
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Samford University

School of Public Health

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Birmingham, Alabama

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 33+

Concentrations:

Advanced Clinical Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Undergraduate field placement evaluation for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Social work experience is preferred, but not required
  • Introductory course to statistics
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
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San José State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

San José, California

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 37+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Bachelor degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Grade of “B-” or higher for undergraduate social work courses for advanced standing applicants
  • Field evaluation for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or 3.2 during last 60 hours of undergraduate credit
  • If GPA at least 2.8, GRE scores required for consideration
  • Three letters of reference
  • Completed undergraduate coursework in statistics with a grade of “C” or better
  • Academic writing sample
  • Personal statement
  • TOEFL scores for American citizens who learned English as a second language
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Stephen F. Austin State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Nacogdoches, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 35+

Concentrations:

Advanced Generalist Pratice in a Rural Context

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2.5 GPA. 
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
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Temple University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5+ years

Credits: 30+

Concentrations:

Clinical Practice, Macro Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a broad liberal arts focus from an accredited undergraduate institution 
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program within the last five years for advanced standing applicants 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for traditional applicants, 3.25 for advanced standing applicants 
  • Final field evaluation for advanced standing applicants 
  • Transcripts 
  • Resume 
  • Goal statement 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • TOEFL scores for international students whose native language is not English
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Texas A&M University – Commerce

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Commerce, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 33+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree
  • Statement of goals
  • CV/Resume
  • Three letters of recomendation
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Texas State University – San Marcos

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

San Marcos, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 36+

Concentrations:

Advanced Practice Leadership

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Interview
  • TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores may be required
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The Catholic University of America

National Catholic School of Service

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Washington, D.C

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: Less than 1 year – 3+ years

Credits: 30+

Concentrations:

Clinical Social Work

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree with a liberal arts foundation
  • Bachelors degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Official transcripts
  • Coursework in human biology and social statistics recommended
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, 3.5 in social work undergraduate coursework and 3.2 for bachelors degree cumulatively for advanced standing applicants
  • Completion of 480 hours of field education for advanced standing applicants
  • Senior field evaluation forms for advanced standing applicants
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • TOEFL scores for students whom English is a second language
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Tulane University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

New Orleans, Louisiana

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 48+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in liberal arts from an accredited college or university
  • Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Grade of B+ or higher in field practicum for advanced standing applicants
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL for applicants whom English is their second language
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University at Buffalo (SUNY)

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Buffalo, New York

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5+ years

Credits: 35+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in liberal arts from an accredited college or university
  • Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Grade of “”B+”” or higher in field practicum for advanced standing applicants
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL for applicants whom English is their second language
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The University of Alabama

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 42+

Concentrations:

Children, Adolescents and Their Families, Adults and Their Families

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3.0 GPA
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University of Alaska, Anchorage

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Anchorage, Alaska

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 34+

Concentrations:

 Advanced Generalist Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from a college or university with regional accreditation 
  • Bachelor of Social Work earned within the last five years from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA in BSW core courses and grade of  ’A’ in field placement courses for advanced standing applicants 
  • Human biology and statistics coursework 
  • Resume 
  • Personal statement 
  • Writing sample 
  • Three letters of reference 
  • Official transcripts 
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University of Arkansas

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 39+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Personal statement 
  • Three letters of recomendation 
  • Completion of a basic statistics course
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University of Arkansas, Little Rock

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Little Rock, Arkansas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 3 years

Credits: 60

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree with a liberal arts perspective from an accredited institution 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Narrative statement of professional orientation 
  • Three letters of reference 
  • Any volunteer, employment or life experiences related to social work 
  • Official transcripts 
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University of Central Florida

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Orlando, Florida

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.3+ years

Credits: 32

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree with a liberal arts perspective from an accredited institution
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Narrative statement of professional orientation
  • Three letters of reference
  • Any volunteer, employment or life experiences related to social work
  • Official transcripts
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University of Houston

Graduate College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Houston, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 39+

Concentrations:

Clinical Practice, Macro Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
  • Bachelor degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last six years for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 in last 60 credits for advanced standing applicants
  • Official transcripts
  • Completion of humanities, physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and social sciences coursework
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional statement
  • Writing sample
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Urbana, Illinois

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 44+

Concentrations:

Leadership and Social Change, Advanced Clinica, lMental Health, Schools, Health Care, Children, Youth, and Families

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Resume
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Twenty hours of social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and biological sciences
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University of Iowa

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Iowa City, Iowa

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5+ years

Credits: 36+

Concentrations:

Clinical Practice, Leadership

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts foundation from an accredited university or college
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal narrative statement
  • Proficiency in English testing may be required
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University of Kentucky

College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Lexington, Kentucky

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 30+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Bachelor’s in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, 3.5 for social work curriculum for advanced standing applicants
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Autobiographical personal statement
  • Writing sample on an ethical dilemma
  • Transcripts
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University of Louisville

Kent School of Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Louisville, Kentucky

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 30+

Concentrations:

Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Gerontology, Mental Health, Military Social Work, Psychosocial Oncology

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any field
  • Bachelor’s in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, 3.5 for social work curriculum for advanced standing applicants
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Autobiographical personal statement
  • Writing sample on an ethical dilemma
  • Transcripts
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University of Missouri

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Columbia, Missouri

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 39+

Concentrations:

Advanced Clinical Practice, Planning and Administration

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last seven years for advanced standing applicants
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay, additional essay required for advanced standing applying into a specialization
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred, with 3.25 in social work coursework for advanced standing applicants
  • Resume
  • Copies of practicum evaluation for advanced standing applicants
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
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University of Nevada, Reno

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Reno, Nevada

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1.25+ years

Credits: 30+

Concentrations:

Advanced Generalist Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with liberal arts focus from a regionally accredited institution
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Coursework in statistics and research methods
  • Essays
  • Three letters of recommendation, fourth from field instructor for advanced standing students
  • Documentation of field experience for BSW degree
  • Resume
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall or 3.25 in last 60 hours of undergraduate degree
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University of New England

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Portland, Maine

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.3+ years

Credits: 35+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with liberal arts focus from a regionally accredited institution
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Coursework in statistics and research methods
  • Essays
  • Three letters of recommendation, fourth from field instructor for advanced standing students
  • Documentation of field experience for BSW degree
  • Resume
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall or 3.25 in last 60 hours of undergraduate degree
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University of New Hampshire

College of Health and Human Services

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Durham, New Hampshire

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1.3+ years

Credits: 35+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Professional statements
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Additional requirements for international admissions
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University of North Dakota

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 36+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • At least 30 credits of liberal art coursework
  • Grade of ’’C’’ or higher in statistics course before entering the advanced generalist curriculum
  • Willingness to abide by the NASW Code of Ethics and the university’s Code of Student Life
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate program
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Satisfy requirement outlined for English language proficiency 
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University of Northern Iowa

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 37+

Concentrations:

Trauma Informed Practice 

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Bachelor degree in social work from a program accredited by the CSWE for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, 3.2 for advanced standing applicants
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Completion of a statistics course with a minimum grade of ’’C’’
  • Related work, volunteer, or practicum experience 
  • Three letters of recommendation
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University of South Florida

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Tampa, Florida

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 35

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree with liberal arts coursework
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last five years for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Grade of ’’B-’’ or better for social work courses for advanced standing applicants
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • One year of post-undergraduate work in a social service agency preferred
  • Interview may be required
  • Official transcripts
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University of Tennessee at Knoxville

College of Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Knoxville, Tennessee

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 37+

Concentrations:

Evidence-Based Interpersonal Practice, Organizational Leadership

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by regional accrediting agency
  • Bachelor of Social Work accredited by the CSWE earned in the last five years for advanced standing applicants
  • Completed coursework in social science
  • Liberal arts perspective coursework
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7, 3.0 preferred, 3.0 GPA required for advanced standing applicants
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • Resume
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
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University of Texas, Arlington

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Arlington, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 38+

Concentrations:

Community and Administrative Practice, Direct Practice in Aging, Direct Practice in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Direct Practice with Children and Families

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degre from an accredited institution
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last six years for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 hours of undergraduate work, 3.0 required for advanced standing applicants
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation for applicants who do not fully meet the other requirements 
  • Personal narrative for applicants who do not fully meet the other requirements 
  • TOEFL or TSE scores for applicants whose native language is not English
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University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

School of Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Edinburg, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 33+

Concentrations:

Administrative and Community Practice, Direct Practice with Latino Individuals, Families and Groups

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last six years for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 hours of undergraduate work, 3.0 required for advanced standing applicants
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation for applicants who do not fully meet the other requirements 
  • Personal narrative for applicants who do not fully meet the other requirements 
  • TOEFL or TSE scores for applicants whose native language is not English
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University of Utah

College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Salt Lake City, Utah

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 45+

Concentrations:

Mental Health

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Bachelor degree in social work from CSWE-accredited program earned within the last seven years for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Prerequisite coursework in human development across the lifespan and research methods
  • Official transcripts
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Statement of purpose
  • Social work practice timed case study
  • Resume
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Virginia Commonwealth University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Richmond, Virginia

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5+ years

Credits: N/A

Concentrations: N/A

Walden University

Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 52+

Concentrations:

Addictions, Child and Family Practice, Healthcare Social Work, Military Social Work, Trauma

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Transcripts
  • Acknowledgement statement 
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West Virginia University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Morgantown, West Virginia

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 36+

Concentrations:

Advanced Integrated Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited university or college
  • Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75, 3.0 preferred, 3.25 in social work undergrad courses for advanced standing applicants
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Admission essay
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
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Western Kentucky University

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 33+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree
  • Liberal arts coursework in sociology, psychology or anthropology and one course in American government, political science or economics
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within last seven years for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 in last 60 hours or undergraduate program, 3.0 for advanced standing applicants
  • GRE scores only required if GPA below 2.75
  • 400 hours of field experience under social work supervision for advanced standing applicants
  • Final field evaluation for advanced standing applicants
  • Completion of a statistics course for advanced standing applicants
  • Three letters of reference
  • Interview may be required
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Western New Mexico University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Silver City, New Mexico

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 39+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university recognized by CHEA
  • Bachelor of Social Work accredited by the CSWE earned in the last eight years for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
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Widener University

Center for Social Work Education

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Chester, Pennsylvania

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 36+

Concentrations:

Clinical Social Work

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university 
  • Bachelor degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, 3.3 for coursework in social work major for advanced standing applicants 
  • Statement of purpose 
  • Two recommendations 
  • Official transcripts
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Winthrop University

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 39+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 credit hours or overall 2.8, 3.0 overall for advanced standing applicants 
  • Three professional recommendations 
  • Resume 
  • Personal narrative 
  • Official transcripts 
  • Additional requirements for international students 
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Yeshiva University

Wurzweiler School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

New York, New York

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5+ years

Credits: 30+

Concentrations:

Gerontology and Palliative Care, Addictions

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Final fieldwork evaluation for advanced standing applicants
  • Personal statement
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
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Sponsored Online Social Work Programs

University of Southern California

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW@USC is the online Master of Social Work from top-ranked USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. USC offers virtual and in-person field education, and students focus on adults, youth or social change.

  •  Minimum completion time: 16 months
  • Online classes taught by USC faculty 
  • Virtual field training to build skills and confidence

University of Denver

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The University of Denver’s Online MSW Program is delivered by its top-ranked school of social work and offers two programs. Students can earn their degree in as few as 12 months for the Online Advanced-Standing MSW or 27 months for the Online MSW.

  • Complete the Online Advanced-Standing MSW in as few as 12 months if you have a BSW; if you do not have a BSW, the Online MSW Program may be completed in as few as 27 months.
  • No GRE Required
  • Mental Health and Trauma or Health, Equity and Wellness concentrations

Fordham University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Fordham’s skills-based, online MSW program integrates advanced relevant social work competencies, preparing students to serve individuals and communities while moving the profession forward. This program includes advanced standing and traditional MSW options.

  •  Traditional and advanced standing online MSW options are available.
  • There are four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy.
  • Pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time track.

Simmons University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Aspiring direct practitioners can earn their MSW online from Simmons University in as few as 12 months. GRE scores are not required, and the program offers full-time, part-time, accelerated, and advanced standing tracks.

  • Prepares students to pursue licensure, including LCSW 
  • Full-time, part-time, and accelerated tracks 
  • Minimum completion time: 12 months

Syracuse University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Syracuse University’s online Master of Social Work program does not require GRE scores to apply and is focused on preparing social workers who embrace technology as an important part of the future of the profession. Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks are available. 

  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks
  • No GRE required
  • Concentrate your degree in integrated practice or clinical practice

Baylor University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Complete the Master of Social Work online program at Baylor University in as few as 12 months. Serve populations in Texas and around the world while ethically integrating faith and social work practice. No GRE required.

  • Address injustice from a strengths-based perspective
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Serve as a trusted resource for clients, no matter their personal background
  • Complete the MSW online program in as few as 12 months

Howard University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The online Master of Social Work program from Howard University School of Social Work prepares students for advanced direct or macro practice in culturally diverse communities. Two concentrations available: Direct Practice and Community, Administration, and Policy Practice. No GRE. Complete in as few as 12 months.

  • Concentrations: Direct Practice and Community, Administration, and Policy Practice
  • Complete at least 777-1,000 hours of agency-based field education
  • Earn your degree in as few as 12 months

Case Western Reserve University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

In as few as a year and a half, you can prepare for social work leadership by earning your Master of Social Work online from Case Western Reserve University’s school of social work.

  • CSWE-accredited
  • No GRE requirement
  • Complete in as few as one and a half years

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Online Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Program Overview 

There are many master’s in social work online programs available to you, from full-time and part-time options to programs that incorporate fieldwork placements and offer specialty areas of your interest. When choosing a master’s in social work online program, it is important to make sure that the program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

CSWE-accredited schools have gone through a rigorous process administered by the accrediting institution, that ensures that the school meets their standards and is qualified to teach students. More so, CSWE-accredited programs are required for state licensure.

What is an MSW program?

A Master of Social Work (MSW), or master’s in social work, program is a graduate advanced program that equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to support the well-being of individuals and large client populations, particularly those who are vulnerable. An online MSW degree typically takes two years to complete and requires a minimum of 900 hours of fieldwork.

Currently, the MSW degree is considered a terminal degree for social work, though there are higher degrees available such as a Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

Compared to a bachelor’s in social work (BSW), an MSW may offer opportunities for specialization and career advancement. While a DSW is recommended for those who want to teach or conduct research, the path to this degree is often lengthier and costlier than the MSW track.

What is CSWE accreditation of an online social work program?

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) sets forth standards for Bachelor and Master of Social Work programs that align education with practice. Some of these include: incorporation of social work competencies in ethics, human rights, assessments and interventions, explicit curriculum for generalist and specialist practice and an implicit curriculum that supports student development, retention and participation.

There are over 100 accredited online or distance education MSW programs recognized by the CSWE. Some of these programs are not offered to students from any state and/or may be offered in conjunction with numerous on-campus visits.

What are the benefits of CSWE-accredited MSW online programs?

According to the Benefits of CSWE Accreditation, all states in the U.S. require a social work degree accredited by the CSWE in order to sit for licensing exams. CSWE accreditation, which is required by some employers, means a program meets quality and academic standards.

Additional Types of CSWE-Accredited Online MSW Programs

Should I Enroll into an Online MSW Program?

Many people choose to earn an MSW to pursue licensure in their state and to learn more about the intricacies of social work practice, research and policy. Ultimately, the decision is based on your goals. If you choose to enroll into an online accredited MSW program, here are some opportunities you may come into, as well as the typical program admission requirements.

Benefits and Opportunities 

An MSW may provide a pathway to licensure for social workers who want to work independently with two years post-MSW experience. Although there are some BSW programs that provide concentrations, a graduate degree often offers a variety of concentration opportunities to grow and fine tune your skills in your social work practice.

As with other mental health professionals and social service degrees, the field is rewarding for individuals who enjoy helping others improve their well-being.

In addition, social work is a fast-growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that job growth of social workers is expected to increase by 12% from 2020 to 2030. The BLS suggests this growth is due to an increase in demand for healthcare and social services, with the highest growth in mental health and substance abuse social workers at 18 percent.

Program Admissions Requirements 

Admission requirements for master’s in social work programs will differ between schools and programs, however, schools typically require the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited school
  • A minimum GPA requirement, often 3.0
  • Official transcripts
  • A personal statement/letters of recommendation (amount varies by school)
  • An application fee (amount varies by school)
  • Technical requirements to access any online courses (personal computer, internet access, etc.)

Today, many MSW programs do not require a GRE test score. If your undergraduate was not in social work, then your MSW program may vary from the track of a student with a BSW, adding core requirements that you may not have taken during your undergraduate studies.

What Should I Expect from an Online MSW Program?

Your online MSW program is likely to mirror any on-campus MSW from your preferred university. As a CSWE-accredited program, all social work master’s programs online must have specific coursework offered as a part of their accreditation. In your online social work program, you may expect live classes, self-paced learning, tests, quizzes, research papers and more. Just because a program is online, doesn’t mean that the MSW degree varies in quality.

Core Concepts and Curriculum

With technological advancements, online social work curricula can more easily mirror the traditional in-class curricula. Depending on if you are enrolled as a standard or advanced standing student, master’s of social work online programs may typically range from 12 to 32 months until completion. In the first year, core courses are the main focus. Foundational courses may include:

  • Sociocultural Concepts
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Human Behavior/Psychology
  • Community Practice

During the second year, students begin to specialize and identify areas to begin fieldwork. The fieldwork component is an important part of the MSW degree, as it gives students thousands of hours’ worth of hands-on experience within their particular specialization. This fieldwork can be through internships or a specific number of Hours within certified organizations, ranging from schools to hospitals and more.

Sponsored Online Social Work Programs

University of Southern California

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW@USC is the online Master of Social Work from top-ranked USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. USC offers virtual and in-person field education, and students focus on adults, youth or social change.

  •  Minimum completion time: 16 months
  • Online classes taught by USC faculty 
  • Virtual field training to build skills and confidence

University of Denver

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The University of Denver’s Online MSW Program is delivered by its top-ranked school of social work and offers two programs. Students can earn their degree in as few as 12 months for the Online Advanced-Standing MSW or 27 months for the Online MSW.

  • Complete the Online Advanced-Standing MSW in as few as 12 months if you have a BSW; if you do not have a BSW, the Online MSW Program may be completed in as few as 27 months.
  • No GRE Required
  • Mental Health and Trauma or Health, Equity and Wellness concentrations

Fordham University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Fordham’s skills-based, online MSW program integrates advanced relevant social work competencies, preparing students to serve individuals and communities while moving the profession forward. This program includes advanced standing and traditional MSW options.

  •  Traditional and advanced standing online MSW options are available.
  • There are four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy.
  • Pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time track.

Simmons University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Aspiring direct practitioners can earn their MSW online from Simmons University in as few as 12 months. GRE scores are not required, and the program offers full-time, part-time, accelerated, and advanced standing tracks.

  • Prepares students to pursue licensure, including LCSW 
  • Full-time, part-time, and accelerated tracks 
  • Minimum completion time: 12 months

Syracuse University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Syracuse University’s online Master of Social Work program does not require GRE scores to apply and is focused on preparing social workers who embrace technology as an important part of the future of the profession. Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks are available. 

  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks
  • No GRE required
  • Concentrate your degree in integrated practice or clinical practice

Baylor University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Complete the Master of Social Work online program at Baylor University in as few as 12 months. Serve populations in Texas and around the world while ethically integrating faith and social work practice. No GRE required.

  • Address injustice from a strengths-based perspective
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Serve as a trusted resource for clients, no matter their personal background
  • Complete the MSW online program in as few as 12 months

Howard University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The online Master of Social Work program from Howard University School of Social Work prepares students for advanced direct or macro practice in culturally diverse communities. Two concentrations available: Direct Practice and Community, Administration, and Policy Practice. No GRE. Complete in as few as 12 months.

  • Concentrations: Direct Practice and Community, Administration, and Policy Practice
  • Complete at least 777-1,000 hours of agency-based field education
  • Earn your degree in as few as 12 months

Case Western Reserve University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

In as few as a year and a half, you can prepare for social work leadership by earning your Master of Social Work online from Case Western Reserve University’s school of social work.

  • CSWE-accredited
  • No GRE requirement
  • Complete in as few as one and a half years

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What Can I Do Once I Complete an Online MSW Program?

Once you graduate from an MSW online program, you may be qualified to apply for licensure in your state. It’s important to note that there is likely post-graduate field experience required to independently practice. Be sure to check with your state’s specific requirements for more information.

Career opportunities for social workers who earned an MSW can be extremely diverse, and can be rewarding too. There are a number of social worker careers that range from clinical practice to roles in the government or corporate sector. If you decide to earn your MSW, and don’t have previous social work experience, you are also one step closer to becoming a social worker. Here are some careers you may pursue after you complete an online MSW program:

With an MSW, you may be able to take advantage of job opportunities in the mental health field and expand your career into new areas. Depending on the state you want to work in, you may need to pursue a license. Typically to pursue state licensure as a social worker, you’ll need to pass an exam from the Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB)

When I looked at social work, I was really drawn to the fact that you can go toward a micro direction in individual therapy or a macro direction in terms of policy and guiding organizations. Social work really appealed to me because of its flexibility and the fact that if I did eventually want to make changes in my career, I’d be able to do that.” – Morgan Gregg, Social Worker

Read more in our interview with Morgan Gregg on Working with Law Enforcement.

Social Work Practice Levels

Online MSW programs offer a variety of program concentrations from Mental Health and Trauma to Policy Practice and Advocacy. Depending on your concentration, you could focus on programs at the broad level or become more granular with your career. Most programs are spliced into categories called macro, mezzo or micro social work, which is used to define the scope of the work involved. Learn more about each of these categories below:

Macro social work: Macro level social workers use their MSW to make large-scale impact in the field, whether it be at the state level or even nationally. They may look to solve issues and implement change at the root, instead of counseling clients affected at a personal level. Macro social workers may design and implement social services programs, examine the cause of social issues within their communities and advocate for policy changes at a government level.

Mezzo social work: The work of mezzo level social workers involves enacting change within smaller groups or institutions and is usually thought to be focused on more midsize groups that fall between the macro and micro side of the practice spectrum. For example, mezzo social workers may organize local health or education initiatives, have frequent contact with community members and may not always provide the same clinical or personal treatment as social workers who only work at the micro level. 

Micro social work: This work is often identified as the most common type of practice that involves work with an individual or a family. Training in micro social work aims to give social workers the knowledge required to be able to identify problems that individual clients may have and support them appropriately. Micro social workers may help clients with challenges relating to housing, employment, family, financial stability, mental health, medical issues and more.

Online MSW Program Concentrations

There are many concentrations in online MSW programs to choose from. Social workers may work with children in therapeutic settings, visiting children in their homes as a caseworker, or advocate for policy change to support communities at large. Discover the variety of concentrations available to help you fine-tune your social work career.

MSW ConcentrationDescription
Additions and Substance Abuse
Focus on the root of addictions and/or substance abuse, client assessments, and choosing the best approach to treatment.
Administrative Leadership
Integration of both direct practice and social work administration such as program planning and grant resources development.
Behavioral Health
Understand different behavioral health disorders, assessments, and interventions.
Child Welfare Services
Focus on providing a continuum of care to children, youth and families within the child welfare systems.
Children, Youth and Families
Focus on advocacy and intervention on behalf of children and youth within the social environments they live.
Clinical Social Work
Application of theories and techniques to address mental, behavioral, emotional, and social function concerns with individuals and groups.
Community Health and Practice
Focus on working with public and nonprofit organizations, communities and other agencies to develop programs and systems.
Disabilities
Integrating therapeutic approaches and resources to support the well-being and overall independent functioning of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Forensic Social Work
Focus on support, navigation, resources, interventions and other types of assistance for individuals navigating legal/court systems.
Gerontology
Understand therapeutic interventions and approaches to older adults with regards to challenges from aging such as independence, autonomy, and dignity.
Hospice
Focus on improving physical, psychosocial, and spiritual quality of life for those living with serious illness.
Individualized Specialization
Custom concentration from various electives.
Macro Social Work
Combining social work research with program development, community-based initiatives and more to serve communities in need.
Mental Health Practice
Addressing mental illnesses and related events with individuals through assessments, interventions, and therapeutic approaches and support.
Military Social Work
Focus on providing mental health and other supportive services to military personnel and their families.
Policy Practice and Advocacy
Understand how to manage organizations, navigate systems and create policy to advance social change and advocate for individuals and communities.
School Social Work
Focus on approaches and techniques for students on academic, behavioral, emotional, and social concerns while removing barriers to education.

Licenses an Online MSW Program May Prepare You For

People who currently hold a BSW degree or work in similar fields and backgrounds may often make the choice to earn their MSW. For social workers with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), they may be qualified for bachelor’s-level licenses such as becoming a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW). This varies from state to state, so be sure to check with your state’s social work board for more information. It’s important to note that not every state offers this level of opportunity.

An online MSW program may prepare you for licensure as:

These titles change depending on the state you apply for licensure. Be sure that your online MSW program is accredited by the CSWE, as mentioned previously, all 50 U.S. states require a CSWE-accredited MSW program for examination at the master’s level. Be sure to check with your state for specific requirements.

Online MSW Program vs. Social Services Programs 

Social service degree programs encompass many mental health professions, such as psychology and counseling. While social work, psychology, and counseling all provide services to individuals and communities, the curriculum often varies. Online MSW programs that are accredited by the CSWE often have the coursework meeting the nine social work competencies (PDF, 381 KB):

  • Ethical and Professional Behavior
  • Diversity and Difference in Practice
  • Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice Advancement
  • Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice
  • Policy Practice
  • Engage, Assess, Intervene with, and Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

While psychology and counseling programs may have similar coursework, their focus may be more on the individual and environment than policy and macro worldviews. All three social service degrees require some level of field experience or internship, applying their learned skills under the supervision of a professor and approved, licensed professional.

While future social workers study environmental impacts and removal of barriers to overall health of communities, future counselors may be focused on the psychological and behavioral development of an individual, rooted in theory. Both careers, however, may choose to work with individuals or groups. Learn more about the differences between social work and counseling.

Psychologists may focus on discovering mental, emotional, or behavioral health concerns with clients and addressing those through the scope of a particular theoretical orientation. Social workers, on the other hand, armed with theories as well, approach work with clients through the lens of the environmental, socioeconomic, cultural and other lenses. Learn more about the differences between social work and psychology.

Scholarship Options for MSW Students

There are over 50 options for scholarships that we were able to collect in our social work scholarships guide. There are scholarships for minority students entering the mental health or social work field, military financial assistance, scholarships specifically for women applicants and more. The amounts awarded vary greatly with some covering the cost of books and fees while others may offer awards for every year of your degree. Here are some examples:

Organizations for MSW Graduates 

Students who are interested in enrolling in an online MSW program have a vast array of organizations available, providing support and continuing education. These organizations also offer their members resources pertaining to certifications, events and networking opportunities, and much more. Some examples of social work organizations at the macro, mezzo and micro levels are:

  • Association of Veterans Affairs Social Workers (AVASW): This professional association encourages the development of social work services for veterans by sharing information with practitioners in the field as well as their client groups. The AVASW believes transparency enhances the effectiveness of VA social work.
  • Clinical Social Work Association (CSWA): This national network of psychosocial care professionals is dedicated to providing the most current information, resources, updates, and alerts on emerging education and research best practices in social work and behavioral/mental healthcare. CSWA is dedicated to providing clinical social workers with networking opportunities.
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE): When you begin to search for the best online MSW program for you, make sure the one you choose is accredited. CSWE is the accrediting body for many schools that offer online MSW programs. They ensure that the educational institutions adhere to their set of standards for social work curricula.
  • International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG): This group works alongside social workers engaged in group work. This member-driven organization strives to promote excellence in local and international group work practices through education, field instruction, research and publication.
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW): Known as one of the largest social work organizations, the NASW has about 120,000 members and offers guidance and research for social workers, but also advocates for them. 
  • Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA): This 35-year-old national organization has chapters in New York and Oregon, and even offers social workers to start a chapter anywhere in the country. Each chapter determines their own agenda and provides forums for discussion around local and national social work needs and issues.

Sponsored Online Social Work Programs

University of Southern California

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW@USC is the online Master of Social Work from top-ranked USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. USC offers virtual and in-person field education, and students focus on adults, youth or social change.

  •  Minimum completion time: 16 months
  • Online classes taught by USC faculty 
  • Virtual field training to build skills and confidence

University of Denver

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The University of Denver’s Online MSW Program is delivered by its top-ranked school of social work and offers two programs. Students can earn their degree in as few as 12 months for the Online Advanced-Standing MSW or 27 months for the Online MSW.

  • Complete the Online Advanced-Standing MSW in as few as 12 months if you have a BSW; if you do not have a BSW, the Online MSW Program may be completed in as few as 27 months.
  • No GRE Required
  • Mental Health and Trauma or Health, Equity and Wellness concentrations

Fordham University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Fordham’s skills-based, online MSW program integrates advanced relevant social work competencies, preparing students to serve individuals and communities while moving the profession forward. This program includes advanced standing and traditional MSW options.

  •  Traditional and advanced standing online MSW options are available.
  • There are four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy.
  • Pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time track.

Simmons University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Aspiring direct practitioners can earn their MSW online from Simmons University in as few as 12 months. GRE scores are not required, and the program offers full-time, part-time, accelerated, and advanced standing tracks.

  • Prepares students to pursue licensure, including LCSW 
  • Full-time, part-time, and accelerated tracks 
  • Minimum completion time: 12 months

Syracuse University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Syracuse University’s online Master of Social Work program does not require GRE scores to apply and is focused on preparing social workers who embrace technology as an important part of the future of the profession. Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks are available. 

  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks
  • No GRE required
  • Concentrate your degree in integrated practice or clinical practice

Baylor University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Complete the Master of Social Work online program at Baylor University in as few as 12 months. Serve populations in Texas and around the world while ethically integrating faith and social work practice. No GRE required.

  • Address injustice from a strengths-based perspective
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Serve as a trusted resource for clients, no matter their personal background
  • Complete the MSW online program in as few as 12 months

Howard University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The online Master of Social Work program from Howard University School of Social Work prepares students for advanced direct or macro practice in culturally diverse communities. Two concentrations available: Direct Practice and Community, Administration, and Policy Practice. No GRE. Complete in as few as 12 months.

  • Concentrations: Direct Practice and Community, Administration, and Policy Practice
  • Complete at least 777-1,000 hours of agency-based field education
  • Earn your degree in as few as 12 months

Case Western Reserve University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

In as few as a year and a half, you can prepare for social work leadership by earning your Master of Social Work online from Case Western Reserve University’s school of social work.

  • CSWE-accredited
  • No GRE requirement
  • Complete in as few as one and a half years

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Online MSW Program FAQs 

Earning your MSW online is an educational choice that is both obtainable and flexible for both full-time students and working professionals alike. The online format of the MSW program, coupled with the required field training, provides social work students with a unique learning experience. If you’re still thinking about whether an online MSW is the best fit for you, you can ask yourself the following questions:

How long does it take to get an MSW online?

Depending on the school and the program you pick, the time to graduate with your MSW can vary from one to three years. Most online MSW programs offer the flexibility for you to choose between part-time and full-time study, providing ample opportunities to complete your MSW.

Will an online MSW program provide me with the skills I need?

An MSW may prepare you for licensure as a master’s level social worker. Typically CSWE-accredited MSW programs offer coursework that covers such as therapy skills, working with individuals and groups, active listening, critical thinking and proper client documentation.

Will an online MSW program work with my schedule?

An MSW online program provides potential students with multiple options based on their schedule. Depending on the time you have available to attend class you can choose between an asynchronous and synchronous program and choose between enrolling part time or full time.

Is an online or hybrid MSW program as valuable as an on-campus MSW?

In most cases online, hybrid and distance learning MSW programs give students the same benefits of an on-campus program, but with possibly greater flexibility and convenience. Whichever mode you choose, be sure that the MSW is accredited by the CSWE.

Can I get an MSW without a BSW?

The simple answer is yes. MSW programs for students who do not have a BSW are referred to as traditional or standard track programs. Programs for those who have a BSW are called advanced standing MSW programs. In order to be able to take the traditional/standard track, you are required to have a bachelor’s degree from any accredited institution.

How much will I make with an MSW?

The median annual pay for social workers was $51,760 in 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.However, social worker salaries vary from state to state and can be significantly higher for those who have many years of experience or hold a master’s in the field. Your practice setting may also dictate your earning potential.

How do I pay for an MSW program?

While some online programs are more affordable than those offered on campus, pursuing a graduate-level degree still requires significant financing. Some students might be able to pay for their education through savings or loans, but others might seek out additional funding such as social work scholarships.

Information on this page was last retrieved in September 2021.