Question: Are there any online MSW programs with asynchronous instruction

Answer: Yes

There are several online MSW programs that use asynchronous instruction for their classes (see the table below for more information). For students who are not familiar with the terms synchronous versus asynchronous, online programs typically use one of three methods for instruction:

  • Synchronous Instruction: Programs that use synchronous instruction methods require students to log on at specific times to attend classes in “real-time”. Some programs require students to log on for a set schedule of classes each week, while others may only require students to log on for real-time instruction a couple of times per semester. Students typically know well in advance when they are required to log on for classes.
  • Asynchronous Instruction: Programs that use asynchronous instruction methods do not require students to log on at specific times to attend classes. Students are given deadlines to watch lectures and complete assignments. For these programs, students can still interact with teachers and classmates through their school’s online learning portal.
  • Combination of Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction: Several programs actual use both types of instruction method depending on the class and professor. Again, students typically know well in advance when they are required to log on for real-time classes.

There are pros and cons to each method and students should determine which method is going to work for them. Some students may prefer classes with synchronous instruction so that they can interact with professors and classmates. Programs that use asynchronous instruction are more flexible; however, they require more discipline to stay on track and keep up with coursework and assignments.

For students who are not sure which method is right for them, we suggest reaching out to a couple of schools to ask more questions about the different methods. Several of these programs are relatively new, so it is possible that instruction methods could change as these programs evolve.

Instruction Methods Used by Online MSW Programs

Click on the school name for more information about their programs, admission requirements and eligibility restrictions.

 

Instruction Methods Used by Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL NAME STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM* INSTRUCTION METHOD
Arizona State University (T) 100% Online Asynchronous
Boise State University (T,A) 100% Online Asynchronous
Boston University (T, A) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
California State University, Northridge (T) 100% Online Asynchronous (majority of classes)
California State University, San Bernardino (T) Limited Campus Visits Required Asynchronous (most classes)
Case Western Reserve University (T, A) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
Columbia University (T) Limited Campus Visits Required Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
Edinboro University (T, A) 100% Online Asynchronous (most classes)
Florida State University (T, A) 100% Online Asynchronous
Fordham University (T, A) 100% Online Asynchronous (most classes)
Humboldt State University (T, A) Limited Campus Visits Required Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
Indiana University (T, A) Limited Campus Visits Required Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
Louisiana State University (T, A) 100% Online Asynchronous
Our Lady of the Lake University (T, A) 100% Online Asynchronous
Portland State University (T) Limited Campus Visits Required Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
Rutgers University (T) 100% Online Asynchronous (third year students can choose which method as both are offered)
Saint Leo University (T, A) Limited Campus Visits Required Synchronous
Simmons University (T, A) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
Texas State University - San Marcos (T, A) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
The Catholic University of America (T) 100% Online Asynchronous (majority of instruction)
University at Buffalo (SUNY) (T, A) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
University of Alaska Anchorage (T, A) Limited Campus Visits Required Synchronous
University of Central Florida(T) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous (depending on instructor)
University of Denver (T) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
University of Houston (T,A) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous (depending on instructor)
University of Louisville (T, A) 100% Online Synchronous
University of New England (UNE) (T, A) 100% Online Asynchronous
University of New Hampshire(T) 100% Online Asynchronous (majority of instruction)
University of North Dakota (T, A) Limited Campus Visits Required Synchronous
University of Southern California (USC) (T, A) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
University of Tennessee at Knoxville (T, A) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
University of Texas - Arlington(T, A) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
Western New Mexico University (T, A) 100% Online Both Synchronous and Asynchronous
Widener University (T) 100% Online Asynchronous (majority of instruction)

(T) = School offers an online MSW program for traditional students
(A) = School offers an online MSW program for advanced standing students


*All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency. Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program.

 

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