University of Missouri Online MSW Programs

The University of Missouri’s School of Social Work offers a part-time, entirely online MSW program with two different concentration options: Advanced Clinical Practice and Policy, Planning and Administration in Human Services.

Both concentrations offer traditional and advanced standing tracks. The Regular Standing program involves the completion of 60 course credits and a total of 1,080 field practicum hours (divided across one foundational 400-hour internship and one advanced 680-hour internship) over the course of three years, or nine semesters. The Advanced Standing track requires the completion of 39 course credits and one 680-hour advanced field internship over the course of two years, or six semesters. Field placements are determined through a collaboration between the Director of Field Education, the students, and their faculty advisors.

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This program is currently only available to residents of Missouri and residents of states that are contiguous to Missouri, which include Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois.

Advanced Clinical Practice Concentration

This concentration prepares students to provide mental, emotional, behavioral, and social support and interventions to individuals, children, and families in agency and other human services settings. Classes in this concentration include Research Design in Social Work, Psychopathology, Strategies of Clinical Social Work Interventions, Evaluative Research in Social Work, and Strategies of Clinical Social Work Interventions.

Policy, Planning and Administration in Human Services Concentration

This concentration trains students for mezzo and macro-level work that involves designing and implementing interventions at the organizational, community, and societal levels, and advancing social, political, and economic justice through advocacy and program development. Classes in this concentration include Fundamentals of Social Work Administration, Advanced Foundations of Human Behavior for Administrators, Management of a Social Agency, and Evaluative Research in Social Work Planning & Administration.

The online MSW programs at the University of Missouri are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the university is accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission.


University of Missouri Online MSW Programs: Overview

Department: School of Social Work
Degree Types: Traditional and Advanced Standing Programs
Concentrations: Advanced Clinical Practice; Policy, Planning and Administration in Human Services

Program Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
Instruction Methods: Program uses a cohort model with asynchronous instruction – some live synchronous sections are required for role playing and interacting with classmates and instructors
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Disclaimer: Program is only available to students in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois

Program Information – Traditional Students

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master of Social Work Program
Website: The University of Missouri's School of Social Work
Phone Number: (573) 884-9385

Program Requirements
Field Education Requirements: A total of 1,080 hours (two practicums: 400 hours, 680 hours)
Number of Credits Required: 60 credit hours needed to graduate

Program Length
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program takes 3 years to complete (9 semesters)
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Admission Requirements
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE Information: Not Required

Program Information – Advanced Standing Students

Program Overview
Program Name: Online Master of Social Work Program – Advanced Standing
Website: The University of Missouri's School of Social Work
Phone Number: (573)-884-9385

Program Requirements
Field Education Requirements: A total of 680 hours
Number of Credits Required: 39 credit hours needed to graduate

Program Length
Program Options: Part-Time Only
Program Length: Program takes 2 years to complete (6 semesters)
Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Admission Requirements
BSW Requirement: Students must have completed a BSW from a CSWE accredited program within the last 7 years
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE Information: Not Required
Tuition: Inquire with school


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

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