With the combination of classes and field instruction, full-time Master of Social Work (MSW) programs may not be an option for individuals who have financial obligations or who need to work full-time to support their families. On the other hand, part-time online MSW programs, which are Master of Social Work degrees with flexible scheduling, are ideal for professionals who already work in the health services industry and want to pursue an advanced degree while they continue working.
These part-time Master of Social Work programs are also well suited for individuals who are looking to change careers, but do not have the resources to pursue a program full-time. With a MSW degree, students are eligible to pursue careers as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW) after they meet additional licensing requirements.
Part-Time Online Social Work Degrees
Currently, students interested in part-time programs for online socail work degrees have more options than those interested in full-time programs. As of November 2015, there are 31 part-time online MSW degree programs compared with 14 full-time programs. While all online MSW programs must meet the same CSWE accreditation standards (note: all schools listed on OnlineMSWPrograms.com are CSWE accredited), there is no set standard for what constitutes an online program.
Therefore, on OnlineMSWPrograms.com, any program that requires two or fewer campus visits per year is categorized as an online program, or online social work degree. Programs with a campus residency requirement are ideal for students who have some flexibility to travel and want to meet their teachers and classmates in person during the program.