Academics

Online Master of Social Work Curriculum

The online Master of Social Work program features the same curriculum content as our on-campus program. Our dedicated admissions counselors can help you determine which path of study you should pursue based on your social work background.


Online Traditional
MSW

For those with a bachelor’s degree in an area other than social work. The 60-credit curriculum can be completed in as few as 36 months.


Online Advanced Standing MSW

For those with a bachelor’s degree in social work. The 36-credit curriculum can be completed in as few as 24 months and skips foundational coursework.

Learning Objectives

Online MSW students develop a range of skills needed to practice across different settings with diverse groups of people. You will learn to:

  • demonstrate ethical and professional behavior;
  • engage diversity and difference in practice;
  • advance human rights and social, economic and environmental justice;
  • engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice;
  • engage in policy practice; and
  • engage, assess, intervene and evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Concentrations

For each path of study, you will choose a concentration that aligns with your desired social work career.


Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) Concentration

The Advanced Clinical Practice MSW concentration is designed for those who wish to become mental health clinicians and practice as licensed clinical social workers (LCSW). Clinical social workers typically practice clinical mental health, specifically in diagnosis and psychotherapy, in outpatient and inpatient settings.


Advanced Integrated Practice (AIP) Concentration

The Advanced Integrated Practice MSW concentration is designed for those who wish to pursue direct practice and leadership in a wide range of increasingly complex human service organizations. Students can go on to lead not-for-profit organizations, guide service users through complex health care systems, assess the strengths and needs of communities and individuals, engage in social research, serve in public office or facilitate adoption.

Explore Our Online MSW Paths of Study

Traditional MSW Course Breakdown


Foundational Courses (24 credits)


Advanced Foundational Courses (12 credits)


Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) Concentration Courses (24 credits)

Students on the ACP track are required to take the following coursework plus 9 credits of elective coursework.


Advanced Integrated Practice (AIP) Concentration Courses (24 credits)

Students on the AIP track are required to take the following coursework plus 6 credits of elective coursework.


Electives

Electives offered each semester are subject to change. Please check with your advisor on course offerings.

Advanced Standing MSW Course Breakdown


Advanced Foundational Courses (12 credits)


Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) Concentration Courses (24 credits)

Students on the ACP track are required to take the following coursework plus 9 credits of elective coursework.


Advanced Integrated Practice (AIP) Concentration Courses (24 credits)

Students on the AIP track are required to take the following coursework plus 6 credits of elective coursework.


Electives

Electives offered each semester are subject to change. Please check with your advisor on course offerings.

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