Answer: Yes for Professionals with a Bachelor of Social Work.
One year online Master of Social Work (MSW) programs are basically full-time programs that accept advanced standing students, those who have already completed a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE accredited undergraduate program. These programs can typically be completed in one to one and a half years and are a great option for professionals with a BSW who are looking to increase their credentials or become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (which requires a MSW) in a shorter period of time. For students who have not earned a BSW, a traditional full-time online MSW program typically takes two years to complete.
Information for Non-BSW Graduates
Simmons College's online MSW program, SocialWork@Simmons, offers a traditional accelerated MSW program which can be completed in as few as 15 months. Currently, this is the shortest full-length online MSW program. Visit the Simmons College page for more information.
Advanced standing MSW programs typically have stricter admission criteria than traditional programs. In addition, most programs require students to have completed their BSW within the past five to seven years to be eligible for admission. For more information about these programs including admission requirements, visit our main page on advanced standing online MSW programs.
Currently, there are 10 schools that offer online MSW programs that can be completed in approximately one year (i.e. full-time advanced standing online MSW programs). On OnlineMSWprograms.com, we classify any MSW program that requires students to visit the campus two or fewer times per year an online program. 8 of the 10 schools that offer these programs are 100% online and do not require students to visit the campus during the program. Only the University of Alaska Anchorage, which only accepts students from Alaska, require students to visit the campus during the program. All online MSW programs require field education which is typically completed at a local health services agency.
Online MSW Programs that can be Completed in One Year (Advanced Standing Programs)
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