Columbia University Online MSW Program

Columbia University’s School of Social Work offers an online Master of Social Work (MSW) designed for traditional standing students, as well as one for advanced standing students. Either program has four concentration options:

  1. Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice: This concentration prepares students for direct practice work with individuals, families, and groups.
  2. Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming: This concentration prepares students to work both at the individual and community levels by developing advocacy, evidence-based intervention, and program planning skills.
  3. Policy Practice: This concentration prepares students for policy analysis, advocacy, and research so that they can act on a societal level.
  4. Social Enterprise Administration: This concentration prepares students for mezzo and macro-level practice roles in which they can manage larger organizations such as non-profits and social service organizations or manage human resources and staff development departments within larger organizations.

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The traditional standing track is comprised of 60 course credits and a total of 1,200 hours of field practicum. Students can complete the MSW program in approximately two years of full-time study or about four years of part-time study. 

Columbia also offers a Reduced Residency track that requires a total of 900 hours of field education instead of 1,200 hours. This program requires at least two years of full-time (or four years of part-time) direct practice work experience at a social services agency or human services organization.

For advanced standing students who have earned their BSW, 33 credit hours are required as well as 600 hours of field education. The advanced standing program takes 1 year to complete.

Columbia University’s School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and the university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Columbia University Online MSW Program: Overview

DepartmentColumbia School of Social Work

Degree Types: Traditional Standing, Advanced Standing

Concentrations: Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice; Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming; Policy Practice; Social Enterprise Administration

Program Structure: Online with field education

Instruction Methods: Program combines synchronous real-time instruction using Adobe Connect with offline learning through the Canvas learning management system

Program Information – Traditional Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online Master of Social Work
  • Phone Number: (855) 532-5200

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 1,200 hours
  • Number of Credits Required: 60 credits

Program Length

  • Program Options: Full-time and part-time options
  • Program Length: Full-time program takes approximately two years to complete; Part-time extended program take approximately four years to complete
  • Program Start Dates: Fall/Spring admissions

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: No Minimum GPA
  • GRE Information: Not required

Program Information – Advanced Standing Students

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing Program
  • Phone Number: (855) 532-5200

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: 600 hours
  • Number of Credits Required: 33 credits

Program Length

  • Program Options: Part-time only
  • Program Length: One Year
  • Program Start Dates: Summer admission only

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: No Minimum GPA
  • GRE Information: Not required

Columbia University’s MSW program information was last updated in March 2020. For more information, visit the university’s website above. 

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