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5 Steps to Earning Your MSW Without a BSW

Earn an MSW without a BSW

Wondering how to get into social work if you hold a bachelor’s degree in another field? It is possible to obtain your master’s degree in social work (MSW) without a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. A traditional MSW program can provide the path to earn an MSW without a BSW. Traditional master’s in social work requirements are slightly more flexible than advanced standing MSW programs for those who hold a BSW. This article will help explain the requirements that candidates generally need to meet to earn their MSW without a BSW. 1. Choose a Traditional MSW Program Traditional MSW […]

Social Work and Theories

Social Work Theories

What Is Social Work Theory? Social work theory refers to various systems created to help understand and explain human behavior. They were developed over time, incorporating knowledge from professionals within a variety of disciplines including psychology and sociology. Additional contributions to social work theories and models come from other fields such as psychoanalysis, economics and philosophy.  Social work theories provide social workers with unified methods for understanding and describing the motivations, impulses, personalities and forces that affect how a person behaves. The theories are based on research and observation and are supported by scientific evidence. By applying social work theories […]

Highest-Paid Social Work Jobs

Highest-Paid Social Work Jobs


Learn about a rewarding career in social work and explore some of the higher paid jobs within the field. Earn a degree online from Syracuse University.

Social Work vs. Counseling

Social work and counseling sometimes go hand in hand. Learn about the differences between social work and counseling from Syracuse University.



Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of others as a social worker but unsure about how to get there? When preparing for a career as a social worker, it may be helpful to take time to understand different social work titles and acronyms. Understanding the similarities and differences between an MSW and an LCSW may help you determine how to best move forward with your studies.  What is an MSW? An MSW, or Master of Social Work, is a two-year advanced degree offered on campus and online at many institutions. Earning your MSW from a school […]

How to Become a School Social Worker

how to become a school social worker

School social workers are an important part of the education system. They help school administrators, teachers, parents, teens and children navigate social issues that affect student populations. For those who enjoy working with younger generations and who want to make a positive impact in the community, a career in school social work may be appealing. Specific school social worker requirements vary by state, but there are general guidelines for becoming a school social worker. In this step-by-step guide, learn about the following actions to take to become a school social worker. Earn a Bachelor’s Degree.Understand State Requirements for School Social […]