CSWE Accredited Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Programs

Students interested in pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) online have several options to consider as they research potential programs. Currently, there are 34 schools that offer online MSW degree programs designed for students who have not earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) (also known as traditional MSW programs). In the United States, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the only organization that accredits MSW programs. All schools listed on OnlineMSWPrograms.com offer CSWE accredited online MSW programs.

(For students who have already earned a BSW from a CSWE accredited undergraduate program, we have compiled a comprehensive list of schools offering Advanced Standing Online MSW Programs complete with program information and admission requirements.)
Featured Online MSW Programs (No GRE Required)
U of Southern California (USC) (FT, PT)Top-Ranked Program with Multiple Concentrations and Start Dates
No Campus Visits Required, Dedicated Field Placement Team
Simmons College (FT, PT)Top-Ranked Clinical Social Work Program with Specializations
Dedicated Field Placement Team, Multiple Start Dates
These schools offer CSWE accredited online MSW programs with no campus visits required
Sponsored MSW Programs

There are several reasons to consider pursuing a MSW degree. For professionals who have already earned a BSW and work in the field, a MSW is required to become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in all 50 states (specific licensing requirements vary by state). In addition, many states also require a MSW to become a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). For professionals who are looking to make a career change, a MSW provides the education and background needed to enter the field of social work.

Online MSW programs are ideal for working professionals and for students who do not live near a campus-based program. Although there are only 34 schools that currently offer a traditional standing online MSW program (compared to 235 campus programs), students still have several options to consider as they research graduate schools. To learn more about the types of online MSW programs available, continue reading for more information.

Types of CSWE Accredited Online Master of Social Work Degree Programs

Unfortunately for prospective students, there is not a single definition for online programs and the term “online” is often used for programs that actually combine online and campus instruction (i.e. hybrid MSW programs). On OnlineMSWPrograms.com, we classify any program that requires two or fewer visits to the campus per year an online program.

Please note: All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency, even if they do not require students to visit the campus during the program.

  • Online MSW Programs with Classes 100% Online: 100% online MSW programs have no campus residency requirements, and therefore do not require students to visit the campus during the program. Currently, 26 of the 34 available programs are 100% online. Schools in the listings below offer 100% online MSW programs unless otherwise indicated.
  • Online MSW Programs with a Campus Requirement: Currently, 8 of the 34 online MSW programs require students to make a limited number of visits to the campus during the program. These programs are clearly noted in the list of schools below. Students who wish to have some face-to-face interaction with teachers and classmates should definitely consider these programs. They also give students the opportunity to connect more to the campus and university.

For students who are not entirely sure that a 100% online MSW program is right for them, some hybrid MSW programs have limited face-to-face classes and could be a good option as well. To find a list of schools offering hybrid programs by state, check out our Hybrid MSW Programs page for more information.

All Online MSW Programs Accredited by CSWE
Arizona State UniversityLouisiana State Univ.University of Louisville
Boise State UniversityOur Lady of the Lake U.University of Missouri
Boston UniversityPortland State Univ.*Univ. of New England
California State, NorthridgeRutgers UniversityUniv. of New Hampshire
Cal State, San Bernardino*Saint Leo University*Univ. of North Dakota*
Case Western Reserve U.Simmons CollegeU of Southern California (USC)
Columbia University*Texas State, San MarcosU of Tennessee, Knoxville
Edinboro UniversityThe Catholic U. of AmericaU of Texas - Arlington
Florida State UniversityUniv. at Buffalo (SUNY)Western New Mexico U.
Fordham UniversityU of Alaska Anchorage*Widener University
Humboldt State Univ.*Univ. of Central Florida
Indiana University*University of Houston
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*These schools require students to make a limited number of visits to the campus during the program.

CSWE Accredited Online MSW Programs: Full-Time versus Part-Time Programs

In addition to available concentrations, students also have the option to pursue a MSW online as a full-time or part-time student. While full-time programs can typically be completed in two years, they are not ideal for working professionals as they require a considerable time commitment for both coursework and field education. The majority of full-time programs and several part-time programs use a cohort model of instruction where students proceed through the program together as a group. However, a few part-time programs do have flexible class schedules where students can vary their course loads each semester.

  • Full-Time Online MSW Programs: For students interested in pursuing an online MSW full-time, there are currently 14 schools that offer accredited full-time programs. These programs typically take two years to complete. Due to the course load and field education requirements, most full-time programs do not recommend students to work full-time while pursuing their degree.
  • Part-Time Online MSW Programs: Part-time programs are a better option for working professionals and can take two and a half to four years to complete, depending on the program. Currently, there are 31 schools that offer part-time accredited online MSW programs.

Independent of the schedule, the majority of online MSW graduate programs require 60 to 66 credit hours to graduate (for schools that are on the semester system). Some universities have multiple start dates, including Fall, Spring and/or Summer, while others may only start the program one semester per year.

Online MSW Degree Programs: Concentration Options

Both campus-based and online MSW programs offer different concentrations to enable students to specialize in a particular field of social work after graduation. Unfortunately, the concentration options for online MSW programs are much more limited when compared to campus-based programs. The majority of online MSW programs only offer one of two concentrations: Advanced Generalist or Clinical Social Work Practice. In comparison, some campus programs offer as many as 10-12 concentrations. The University of Southern California (USC) offers the most concentration options – with a total of five – for their online MSW program.

Even though online MSW programs offer fewer concentrations, students can still find a variety of different specialization options. For example, some of the Advanced Generalist programs focus on a specific demographic, including:

  • Urban Family Practice
  • Social work for the Hispanic community
  • Working with Rural and Indigenous Communities

In addition, a couple of programs offer concentrations that focus on children and family social work or on administrative leadership. Finally, some online MSW programs allow students to further specialize by taking courses in advanced topics such as gerontology or alcohol and drug counseling.

For students interested in becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), licensing requirements are determined by state-specific social work licensing boards and vary by state. Therefore, students need to review their state specific licensing requirements to ensure that the program they choose will meet the requirements needed for licensing.

Students who know they want to pursue a career in clinical social work should definitely look at programs that offer a clinical social work concentration. However, depending on the state, a MSW program with a clinical concentration may not be required to become a LCSW. In some states, students may pursue an Advanced Generalist program and still meet the education requirements for licensing. For other states, students may be required to complete additional classes post-graduation.


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CSWE Accredited Online MSW Programs (Schools Listed Alphabetically)

The following schools all offer CSWE accredited online social work programs. Each listing contains program information, instruction method used for online classes, available concentrations (if applicable), admission requirements, tuition information, and more. As with all degree programs, this information can change over time (especially student eligibility, admission requirements and tuition costs), so students should speak with an admission advisor before applying to ensure that they have the most up-to-date information.
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Featured Online MSW Programs with 100% Online Instruction
U of Southern California (USC) (FT, PT)Top-Ranked Program with Multiple Concentrations and Start Dates
Simmons College (FT, PT)Top-Ranked Clinical Social Work Program with Specializations
Sponsored MSW Programs

Arizona State University: School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Master of Social Work Program Online
Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Advanced Generalist

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Full-Time program can be completed in 2 years; Part-Time program can be completed in 3 years
Program Start Dates: Fall and Spring admission

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 960 hours (two field placements: 480 hours each)
Instruction Methods: Program uses asynchronous instruction so that students can access coursework when it is convenient for them – students proceed through the curriculum in sequence with their classmates

Eligibility Restrictions: Program does not currently accept students from North Carolina

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of undergraduate coursework
GRE: GRE or MAT Only required for students with a GPA lower than 3.2
Estimated Tuition: ~$35,340 + fees ($589 per credit hour)

Work Experience: Students must have at least 120 hours of volunteer or work experience in social services over a period of 6 months within the last 5 years


Boise State University: School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Graduate Program
Structure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Full-time program can be completed in 2 years; Part-time program can be completed in 4 years
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 61 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,000 hours (two placements: 400 hours and 600 hours)
Instruction Methods: Program mainly uses asynchronous instruction and students can access course materials at times that are convenient for them. However, some instructors may hold live synchronous discussions with students.

Eligibility Restrictions: Program does not currently accept students from Alabama, DC, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky or North Carolina.

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$27,450 + fees ($450 per credit hour)


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Boston University: Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW)

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master of Social Work Program – Traditional Program Track
Structure: Online with field education experiences (no campus visits or residency requirements)
Concentrations: Clinical Social Work Practice

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program can be completed in 3 years (9 semesters)
Program Start Dates: January, May and September

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 65 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,200 hours (two internships)
Instruction Methods: Program has both synchronous and asynchronous instruction – students are notified in advance and the face-to-face components are at pre-determined times

Eligibility Restrictions: Program is not available to students who reside within the Massachusetts route 128 corridor or for students who live in New Hampshire or Maryland.

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (GPA below 3.0 must be supplemented by standardized test scores)
GRE: GRE/MAT only required if undergraduate GPA is below 3.0
Estimated Tuition: ~$47,450 ($730 per credit hour) + fees


California State University, Northridge: Department of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Master of Social Work – Online
Structure: Online with field education (no campus requirement)
Concentrations: Generalist with an emphasis on urban family practice
Website: tsengcollege.csun.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time Only
Program Length: Full-Time program: 2 years (four semesters)
Program Start Dates: Fall admissions only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 units needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of ~1,000 hours
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model and students take classes year round – the majority of classes have asynchronous instruction where students do not need to log on at specific times except for a one-hour online field education class

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 – students with a GPA between 2.5 – 2.99 are required to take the GRE
GRE: Only required for students with a GPA lower than 3.0
Estimated Tuition: ~$44,220 + fees ($737 per credit hour)


California State University, San Bernardino: School of Social Work *Campus Visits Required*

Program Overview
Program Name: Pathway M.S.W. Distance Education Program
Structure: Online with field education (note: students must visit the campus three times during the program in August of each year for a 2 to 3 day orientation)
Concentrations: Advanced Generalist with Specializations
Website: socialwork.csusb.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Part-Time program that takes 3 years to complete
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 90 quarter credit hours required to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,080 hours (two internships)
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model with the majority of classes using asynchronous instruction – students may be required to meet in real-time (synchronous instruction) for some class meetings

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 (students with a minimum GPA of 2.8 may be considered if application is sufficiently strong)
GRE: Not Required (but recommended if GPA is between 2.8 and 3.0)
Estimated Tuition: ~$36,000 + fees ($400 per credit hour)


Case Western Reserve University: Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA)
Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Community Practice for Social Change; Direct Practice with two specialization options: Children, Youth and Families (CYF) or Mental Health/Adult (MHA)

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only (online students are categorized as full-time students)
Program Length: Program can be completed in approximately 3 years (eight semesters – two courses per semester)
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admissions

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 semester credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,050 hours
Instruction Methods: Program is designed for working professionals with eight week courses – program follows a cohort model (although students may enter or leave cohorts) with both synchronous and asynchronous instruction depending on the course and instructor.

Eligibility Restrictions: Program does not currently accept students who are residents of Alabama

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.7 – otherwise students must take the MAT or GRE
GRE: Only required for students with a GPA lower than 2.7
Estimated Tuition: ~$83,100 + fees ($1,385 per credit hour)


Columbia University: School of Social Work *Campus Visits Required*

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master of Science in Social Work
Structure: Online with field education (students must visit the campus twice during the program for orientation and a final Capstone Integrative Project)
Concentrations: Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice; Social Enterprise Administration
Website: swadmissions.columbia.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Full-Time program takes approximately 2 years to complete; Part-Time Extended Program take approximately 4 years to complete
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,200 hours
Instruction Methods: Program combines synchronous real-time instruction using Adobe Connect with offline learning through the Canvas learning management system

Eligibility Restrictions: Program currently only accepts students from New Jersey and who live in the following metropolitan areas: New York City, Albany, Buffalo, and Syracuse (NY); Hartford and Stamford (CT); Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg (PA); Washington, D.C.; Miami/West Palm Beach (FL); Chicago (IL); San Antonio, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Austin, and Houston (TX); San Francisco and Los Angeles (CA)

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: No Minimum GPA (Average GPA 3.5)
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$83,400 + fees ($1,390 per credit hour)


Edinboro University of Pennsylvania: Department of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: MSW Program
Structure: Online with field internships (no requirements for online students to attend campus)
Concentrations: Family Social Work Practice
Website: www.edinboro.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time Only
Program Length: Full-Time program: 2 years (accelerated program with eight quarters – courses in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer)
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credit hours are needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 900 hours (two internships: 400 hours and 500 hours)
Instruction Methods: Typically courses have asynchronous instruction where students do not have set times where they need to be online to attend classes

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, otherwise students are required to take the GRE or MAT
GRE: Not required unless GPA is below 3.0
Estimated Tuition: In-state: ~$28,200 + fees ($470 per credit hour); Out-of-state: ~$31,020 + fees ($517 per credit hour)


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Florida State University: College of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Traditional Online MSW Program
Structure: Online with field placements
Concentrations: Clinical Social Work Practice
Website: csw.fsu.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program can be completed in 3 years (9 semesters)
Program Start Dates: Spring admission only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 61 credit hours needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 944 hours (two placements: first placement 432 hours, second placement 512 hours)
Instruction Methods: The majority of instruction is asynchronous and students typically take two courses per semester. Traditional program requires four weekend skill building sessions that are located within driving distance of FSU’s coverage areas. These skill building sessions are not required for students in the advanced standing program.

Eligibility Restrictions: Program only accepts students from specific counties in the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota (http://csw.fsu.edu/academics/master-of-social-work/msw-online/coverage-programs/)

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
GRE: Students are required to take the GRE
Estimated Tuition: ~$36,295 + fees (Florida residents: $595 per credit hour); ~$38,125 + fees (Non-Florida residents: $625 per credit hour)


Fordham University: Graduate School of Social Service

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master of Social Work Program
Structure: Online with field placements (no requirement for online students to attend campus)
Concentrations: Clinical Social Work
Website: www.fordham.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Part-Time program takes approximately 3.5 years to complete with Fall, Spring and Summer courses
Program Start Dates: Fall and Spring admission

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 66 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,200 hours over two years (students can choose to work either 14 or 21 hours per week to fulfill requirements)
Instruction Methods: Most courses have asynchronous instruction and do not require students to be online at specific times. Program follows a cohort model with courses that are eight weeks in length – students typically take two courses in the Fall and Spring and one course in the Summer.

Eligibility Restrictions: Program only accepts students from Connecticut, New Jersey and New York

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$59,004 + semester fees ($894 per credit hour)


Humboldt State University: Department of Social Work *Campus Visits Required*

Program Overview
Program Name: Online MSW Program
Structure: Online with field experience (note: students must visit the campus one to two times per year)
Concentrations: Generalist program that focuses on working with rural and indigenous communities
Location: California
Website: humboldt.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Part-Time program that takes 3.5 years
Program Start Dates: Spring admission only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 75 total program units are required to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 960 hours (two internships)
Instruction Methods: Online program meets through both synchronous and asynchronous instruction – students take 7.5 units per semester with three semester per year

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in last 60 hours of coursework
GRE: Not required but recommended if GPA is below 3.0
Estimated Tuition: ~$38,250 + fees ($510 per unit)

Disclaimers: Traveling to and from campus is at your own expense.


Indiana University: IU School of Social Work *Campus Visit Required*

Program Overview
Program Name: Advanced Generalist MSW
Structure: Online with field practicums (note: students must go to the campus once during the program for an initial orientation)
Concentrations: Advanced generalist program
Location: Indiana
Website: mswdirect.iu.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Typically 2.5 years, but program is flexible with a maximum of five years
Program Start Dates: Classes start four times a year and are 11 weeks long

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 960 hours (two practicums: 320 hours, 640 hours)
Instruction Methods: Program does not follow the cohort model and has both synchronous and asynchronous instruction – each class synchronically meets at least three times during the term

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in final 60 credit hours (or 90 quarter hours)
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: In-state: ~$38,130 + fees ($530.50 per credit hour); Out-of-state: ~$46,320 + fees ($662 per credit hour)

Disclaimers: Traveling to and from campus is at your own expense.


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Louisiana State University: School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: MSW Online program
Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Advanced Direct Social Work Practice
Website: www.socialwork.lsu.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Full-Time program can be completed in 2 years; Part-Time program can be completed in 3 years
Program Start Dates: Six start dates per year

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 960 hours (two internships)
Instruction Methods: Program uses asynchronous instruction and courses are 7 weeks long allowing students to start the program at various times throughout the year

Eligibility Restrictions: Program does not currently accept students from Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts and Washington

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: GRE Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$28,500 + fees ($475 per credit hour)


Our Lady of the Lake University: Worden School of Social Service

Program Overview
Program Name: Foundation MSW Program
Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits or residency requirements)
Concentrations: Generalist program with an emphasis on the Hispanic community

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Typically 3 to 3.5 years
Program Start Dates: Rolling admissions with set class sizes so terms can fill up early

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 57 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 950 hours (two internships: 450 hours and 500 hours)
Instruction Methods: Program is designed for working adults with asynchronous instruction – there are no set times to log on, just weekly due dates. Courses are 8 weeks long and students take one course per session.

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$46,854 + fees ($822 per credit hour)


Portland State University: School of Social Work *Campus Visits Required*

Program Overview
Program Name: Online MSW program
Structure: Online with field education (note: students must visit the campus for a 3 day intensive at the beginning of each year)
Concentrations: Community and Organizational Practice
Website: www.pdx.edu/ssw

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program takes 3 years to complete
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 78 quarter credit hours required to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,000 hours (two internships: 500 hours each at different agencies)
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model with a pre-designed course sequence. Students take 6-9 credits per term with year-round classes (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer). The majority of classes use asynchronous instruction; however, most classes require students to attend live sessions at least twice per class to meet professors and fellow classmates.

Eligibility Restrictions: Program does not currently accept students from Arkansas, Minnesota and Maryland. Since the program is new, students should contact the school to confirm they accept students from their state of residence.

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: No minimum GPA – students with a GPA between 2.5-2.74 may be admitted conditionally
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: In-state: ~$35,178 + fees ($411 per credit hour); Out-of-state: ~$50,778 + fees ($611 per credit hour)

Work Experience: The program is designed for applicants with at least one year of social work experience, but there is no minimum requirement


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Online MSW program in Clinical Social Work
Structure: Online with field placements (courses are 100% online)
Concentrations: Clinical Social Work

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Part-Time program that takes 3 years to complete with courses in the Fall, Spring and Summer
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,125 hours
Instruction Methods: Classes are asynchronous and typically do not meet at set times. Third year students in their advanced clinical courses will have the option of either asynchronous or synchronous instruction if they wish to meet in real-time with teachers and classmates.

Eligibility Restrictions: Rutgers’ online MSW program does not currently accept students from Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Maryland, Minnesota, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$58,500 + fees ($900 per credit hour + $300 online program fee per course) (tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students)


Saint Leo University: School of Education & Social Services *Campus Visits Required*

Program Overview
Program Name: M.S.W. Advanced Clinical Practice
Structure: Online with field experience (note: students must visit the campus one weekend during the summer)
Concentrations: Advanced Clinical Practice
Location: Florida
Website: online.saintleo.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Full-Time program: 2 years (six semesters: Fall, Spring and Summer); Part-Time program that can be completed in 3 years
Program Start Dates: Fall admissions only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 62 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,024 hours (four semesters)
Instruction Methods: Program has sequential classes that must be taken in order – courses have weekly evening classes with synchronous instruction that requires students to be online at specific times. Students must also attend a one weekend seminar on campus during the summer.

Eligibility Restrictions: Program only accepts students who are residents and live in the following states: Florida, Georgia and Virginia

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 – otherwise students must take the MAT or GRE
GRE: Only required for students with a GPA lower than 3.0
Estimated Tuition: ~$27,900 + fees ($450 per credit hour)


Simmons College – School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: SocialWork@Simmons
Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Clinical Social Work with specializations: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, Health and Aging

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Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Accelerated Full-Time: 15 months (4 terms); Standard Full-Time: 2 years (6 terms); Part-Time Extended Program: ~2.5 years (8 terms)
Program Start Dates: Multiple start dates throughout the year

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 65 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,050 hours
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model and classes use synchronous instruction where students attend live seminar-style classes and discussions – classes are small with no more than 15 students

Eligibility Restrictions: Simmons College’s online MSW program does not currently accept students from Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and North Carolina.

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$64,350 + fees ($990 per credit hour)


Texas State University – San Marcos: School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Online MSW Degree Program
Structure: Online with field practicums (no campus visits are required)
Concentrations: Administrative Leadership
Website: www.socialwork.txstate.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Part-Time program typically takes 4 years to complete (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters)
Program Start Dates: Fall admissions only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 62 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,100 hours over four semesters
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model where students take classes in a specific order – instruction type depends on the Professor, some courses have asynchronous instruction while others require students to log on and meet at specific times

Eligibility Restrictions: While no campus visits are required, there is a research forum which requires participation either in person or via web camera (out-of-state students can stream via web camera in real-time). Program does accept out-of-state students if their home state has an agreement with Texas.

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of college classes
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: In-State: ~$18,662 + fees ($301 per credit hour); Out-of-state: ~$42,842 + fees ($691 per credit hour)


The Catholic University of America: National Catholic School of Social Service

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Clinical Master of Social Work (MSW)
Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Clinical Concentration

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program takes approximately 3 years to complete
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits required to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,080 hours (two practicums: 480 hours, 600 hours)
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model but exceptions can be made in the event that a student needs to take some time off – program has year-round classes and the majority of instruction should be asynchronous

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$52,500 + fees ($875 per credit hour)


University at Buffalo (SUNY): School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: MSW Online Program
Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Evidence-based practice with a trauma-informed and human rights perspective
Website: socialwork.buffalo.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program that takes 3 years to complete (nine semesters)
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credit hours needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 900 hours (two field placements: 420 hours, 480 hours)
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model – all foundation level courses are offered online and several advanced year study courses are also available online, depending on the electives chosen, students can complete the degree with 100% online classes

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
GRE: No GRE Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$41,921 + fees (in-state: $698.69 per credit hour); ~$65,021 + fees (out-of-state: $1,083.69 per credit hour)


University of Alaska Anchorage: School of Social Work *Campus Visits Required*

Program Overview
Program Name: Distance Education MSW Program
Structure: Online with field education (note: traditional standing students must visit the campus twice during the program while advanced standing students must visit the campus once)
Concentrations: Advanced Generalist
Website: www.uaa.alaska.edu/socialwork

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Full-Time program: 2 years; Part-Time program: 4 years
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 62 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 960 hours
Instruction Methods: Most courses require students to attend weekly synchronous sessions scheduled in the afternoon or evening.

Eligibility Restrictions: Program only accepts students from Alaska

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$26,226 + fees ($423 per credit hour)


University of Central Florida: School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Master of Social Work Online MSW
Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Behavioral Health; Child Welfare Services
Website: www.ucf.edu/online

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program takes 3 years to complete (9 semesters)
Program Start Dates: Three start dates per year

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 62 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,000 hours (two placements: 400 hours and 600 hours)
Instruction Methods: Program uses a cohort model and courses are 7.5 weeks long – students take one course per term

Eligibility Restrictions: Program does not currently accept students from Minnesota, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon and Tennessee

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$33,962 + fees ($547.78 per credit hour)


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University of Houston: Graduate College of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Online MSW Program
Structure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Clinical Practice: Health and Behavioral Health

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program takes 3 years to complete
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 63 semester credit hours needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 900 clock hours
Instruction Methods: Program uses a cohort model and classes use both synchronous and asynchronous instruction

Eligibility Restrictions: Program only accepts students from certain states: Alaska, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin (http://www.uh.edu/socialwork/academics/msw/online-program/)

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: GRE Required
Estimated Tuition: In-State: ~$25,326 + fees ($402 per credit); Out-of-state: ~$56,196 + fees ($892 per credit)


University of Louisville: Kent School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)
Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Generalist program with the option to specialize in the following areas: Psychosocial Oncology, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Military Social Work or Gerontology
Website: louisville.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time or Part-Time
Program Length: Full-Time: 2 years (4 semesters); Part-Time: 2.5 to 3 years (eight semesters)
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credit hours needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of ~900 hours (four semesters: 225 hours per semester)
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model – instruction type depends on the professor, but courses may have synchronous instruction where students are required to log on at specific times (those times will be noted in the course syllabus)

Eligibility Restrictions: UofL’s online MSSW program does not currently accept students from Delaware, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina and Oregon.

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.75 – students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.75 are required to take the GRE or the MAT (below 2.5 are rarely considered)
GRE: Only required for students with a GPA lower than 2.75
Estimated Tuition: ~$42,840 + fees ($714 per credit hour)


University of Missouri: School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master of Social Work Program
Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Advanced Clinical Practice; Policy, Planning and Administration in Human Services
Website: ssw.missouri.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program takes 3 years to complete (9 semesters)
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only (program starts in Fall 2016)

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,080 hours (two placements: 400 hours and 680 hours)
Instruction Methods: Program uses a cohort model with asynchronous instruction – some live synchronous sections are required for role playing and interacting with classmates and instructors

Eligibility Restrictions: Program is only available to students in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$21,006 + fees ($350.10 per credit hour)


University of New England: Westbrook College of Health Professions

Program Overview
Program Name: Master of Social Work
Structure: Online with field placements (no campus visits or residency requirements)
Concentrations: Clinical Practice: Individual, Families, and Groups (IFG); Community Practice: Organizational and Community Practice (OCP)

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Part-Time program: ~4 years to complete; Accelerated option: 3 years to complete
Program Start Dates: Three times a year in the Fall, Spring and Summer

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 64 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,120 hours (two 560 hour placements)
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model with a set plan of study – instruction is asynchronous and there are no set times students have to log in to attend live classes

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 undergraduate credit hours
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$55,480 + fees ($850 per credit hour)


University of New Hampshire: Department of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Master of Social Work Online
Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Advanced Generalist with Electives: Health and Mental Health; Addictions and Substance Abuse; Children, Youth, and Families; Disabilities
Website: http://online.unh.edu/master-of-social-work

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time Only
Program Length: Program takes 28-29 months to complete
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 62 credit hours needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,160 hours (two field placements)
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model, but since the program accepts three cohorts per year, there is some flexibility for students in the program if needed. The majority of courses will have asynchronous instruction, however, some courses (particulary the practice courses) may require students to attend in real-time to interact with instructors and classmates (synchronous instruction).

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: In-State: ~$46,500 + fees ($750 per credit); Out-of-state: ~$51,150 + fees ($825 per credit)

Work Experience: Work experience in the field is strongly recommended, but is not required


University of North Dakota: Department of Social Work *Campus Visits Required*

Program Overview
Program Name: Master of Social Work (MSW) for Non-BSW Students
Structure: Online with field instruction (note: students must visit the campus once (Advanced Standing) or twice (Traditional) during the program for approximately 5 to 6 days to meet residency requirements)
Concentrations: Advanced Generalist
Location: North Dakota
Website: und.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program takes 3+ years to complete
Program Start Dates: Spring admissions only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 950 hours (two internships: 450 hours, 500 hours)
Instruction Methods: Program designed for working professional – courses have synchronous instruction that requires students to attend live web classes two to three times a week typically in the evenings and/or on the weekends

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (or a GPA of 3.0 over last two years of undergraduate courses)
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$31,651 + fees ($527 per credit hour)


University of Southern California (USC): USC Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: MSW@USC Traditional Online MSW Program
Structure: Online with field education experiences (no campus visits or residency requirements)
Concentrations: Families and Children; Health; Mental Health; Social Work and Business in a Global Society; Community Organization, Planning and Administration (COPA)

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Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Full-Time: 2 years (four semesters); Accelerated: 3 years; Part-Time: 4 years
Program Start Dates: Multiple Starts Per Year

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits are needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,000 hours (up to 200 hours of virtual field practicum before continuing to a community based placement)
Instruction Methods: Program has both synchronous and asynchronous instruction – live seminar style classes are supplemented with dynamic self-paced content

Eligibility Restrictions: Program does not currently accept students from New Hampshire

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$94,446 to $99,960 + fees ($1,666 per unit) (depending on FT or PT study)


University of Tennessee at Knoxville: College of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: M.S.S.W. Distance Education Program
Structure: Online with field placements (no campus visits or residency requirements)
Concentrations: Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice (Clinical); Management, Leadership and Community Practice (Macro)
Website: www.csw.utk.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Full-Time: 2 years (four semesters); Part-Time: 3 to 4 years (six credits per semester)
Program Start Dates: Fall admissions only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 60 credits are needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,024 hours (two field placements: 352 hours, 672 hours)
Instruction Methods: Both asynchronistic and synchronistic instruction – online students will know well in advance when evening lectures or discussions are scheduled. For students who live within driving distance of the Nashville campus (but are outside of 25 miles), some classes may meet on Saturdays (usually no more than three times per semester), but online students are all online.

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
GRE: GRE Required (No minimum GRE score required)
Estimated Tuition: In-State: ~$40,500 + fees ($675 per credit hour); Out-of-state: ~$101,940 ($1,699 per credit hour)


University of Texas – Arlington: School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: MSSW Online Program
Structure: Online with field practice (no campus requirement)
Concentrations: Direct Practice with Children and Families
Website: www.uta.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time only
Program Length: Part-Time program that takes 3 years to complete (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters with two courses per semester)
Program Start Dates: Fall admissions only

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 61 credit hours needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 900 hours over two field practicums (400 hours and 500 hours)
Instruction Methods: Program follows a cohort model – program may have both synchronous and asynchronous instruction as it depends on the class and instructor

Eligibility Restrictions: Currently the program is only open to Texas residents living within Texas

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study otherwise the GRE is required
GRE: Only required for students with a GPA lower than 3.0
Estimated Tuition: ~$27,300 + fees (in-state students)


Western New Mexico University: School of Social Work

Program Overview
Program Name: Masters of Social Work
Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Advanced Generalist with electives
Website: socialwork.wnmu.edu

Program Options
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Program takes 2 to 3 years depending on full-time or part-time enrollment
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 66 credits required to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 900 hours (four semesters: 225 hours per semester)
Instruction Methods: Program allows some flexibility with classes and electives, so students are in loosely structured cohorts – classes use a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.75
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: In-State: ~$16,496 + fees ($249.94 per tuition hour) (full-time or part-time); Out-of-State: Full-Time: ~$37,411 + fees ($566.84 per tuition hour), Part-Time: ~$19,270 + fees ($291.97 per tuition hour)


Widener University: School of Human Service Professions

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master Of Social Work
Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
Concentrations: Clinical Social Work Specializing in Trauma

Program Options
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Part-Time program that takes ~3 years to complete
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission

Program Information
Number of Credits Required: 64 credits hours needed to graduate
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,200 hours (two placements)
Instruction Methods: Program follows a fixed curriculum path with electives and the majority of instruction is asynchronous.

Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required
Estimated Tuition: ~$49,920 + fees ($780 per credit hour)


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