University of Alaska Anchorage Online MSW Programs

The University of Alaska at Anchorage’s (UAA) School of Social Work offers an online MSW program with an Advanced Generalist concentration. This program has both traditional and advanced standing tracks. The traditional standing track is comprised of 62 credits and 960 hours of field practicum that students can complete over the course of two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study. The advanced standing track is composed of 35 credits and one 480-hour field placement, which students can complete in one year of full time study or two years of part time study.

While all courses are delivered online, students must travel to their field placements, and also attend campus intensives. Traditional standing students must attend two campus visits, while advanced standing students must attend one.

The MSW Field Education Coordinator determines field placement sites for all students within the University of Alaska’s online MSW program. Students who are accepted into the program must fill out a field education application packet that the Field Education Office then uses to determine their placements.

Currently, UAA’s online MSW program only accepts students who live in Alaska.

Traditional Standing Track

The University of Alaska’s traditional standing online MSW program requires students to progress through both a Foundation Curriculum and a Concentration Curriculum. Full-time students take one year to complete the Foundation Curriculum, and one year for the Concentration Curriculum, while part-time students in this track complete both the Foundation and the Concentration Curricula over the course of two years, totaling four years.

Classes that are part of the Foundation Curriculum include Social Work Policy and Services, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Human Diversity in Social Work Practice, Practice I: Individuals, Practice II: Families and Groups, Practice III: Organizations and Communities, and Social Work Practicum I and II. Courses that are part of the Concentration Curriculum include Social Policy for Advanced Generalist Practice, Program Evaluation, Advanced Generalist Practice I: Individuals, Advanced Generalist Practice II: Families and Groups, Advanced Generalist Practice III: Organizations and Communities, and an MSW Research Seminar.

Traditional students complete two 480-hour field practicums–one foundational placement and one concentration placement. Field practicums begin in the first year of study for full-time traditional standing students, and in the second year of study for part-time traditional standing students, and typically span two semesters each.

Advanced Standing Track

The advanced standing online MSW program includes only the Concentration Curriculum, and can be completed in one year of full time study or two years of part time study. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited institution in order to qualify for the Advanced Standing track. Students in the Advanced Standing track only complete one advanced 480-hour field practicum that spans two semesters.

University of Alaska at Anchorage’s School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and the university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).


University of Alaska Anchorage Online MSW Programs: Overview

Department: School of Social Work
Degree Types: Traditional and Advanced Standing
Concentrations: Advanced Generalist

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)
Instruction Methods: Most courses require students to attend weekly synchronous sessions scheduled in the afternoon or evening.

Disclaimer: Program only accepts students from Alaska

Program Information – Traditional Students

Program Overview
Program Name: Distance Education MSW Program
Website: School of Social Work
Phone Number: (907) 786-6900

Program Requirements
Field Education Requirements: A total of 960 hours
Number of Credits Required: 62 credits needed to graduate

Program Length
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

Admission Requirements
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
GRE Information: Not Required
Tuition: Inquire with school

Program Information – Advanced Standing Students

Program Overview
Program Name: Distance Education MSW Program – Advanced Standing
Website: School of Social Work
Phone Number: (907) 786-6900

Program Requirements
Field Education Requirements: A total of 480 hours
Number of Credits Required: 35 credits needed to graduate

Program Length
Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options
Program Length: Full-Time program: 1 year; Part-Time program: 2 years
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Admission Requirements
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 (with a 3.5 GPA in BSW core courses)
GRE Information: Not Required
Tuition: Inquire with school