The MSW@USC is the online Master of Social Work program from the top-ranked USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Designed for those who want to lead social change in their communities, the program prepares students to pursue professional licensure and work directly with people of all ages.
Sponsored MSW Program
Students focus on the population that interests them most by choosing one of three departments in which to study:
- Adult Mental Health and Wellness
- Children, Youth and Families
- Social Change and Innovation
Start Dates and Program Options
The MSW@USC offers a traditional program and an advanced standing program with multiple start dates per year. Advanced standing enables students who have already earned a Bachelor of Social Work to bypass foundation courses and earn their degree in less time. Both the traditional and advanced standing programs can be completed full time or part time.
Online Classes and Coursework
MSW@USC students attend online classes in a virtual classroom that puts them face to face with their classmates and their professors. Outside of class time, the virtual classroom is used for study sessions, group projects and faculty office hours.
Students also use the online campus to access and complete course assignments such as video lectures and case studies. All coursework is accessible on the go using the mobile application for tablets and smartphones.
Community-Based Field Placements
The MSW@USC prepares students for 21st-century practice through a Virtual Field Practicum (VFP) and community-based field placements.
VFP acclimates traditional program students to direct practice in a controlled environment. Students attend twice-weekly sessions where they interact with simulated clients played by professional actors and discuss their findings in groups.
Both traditional and advanced standing students participate in community-based field placements. The MSW@USC has a team of placement specialists who match students with USC-approved agencies based on location, work experience and agency needs.
Career Services and Student Support
The MSW@USC offers a range of support services to help students complete the program and prepare for employment. While enrolled, students have 24/7 access to a technical support team as well as a student support advisor who provides guidance and resources.
MSW@USC students are encouraged to use career services offered through USC’s Department of Professional Development. Students can explore careers and hone their skills during alumni panels, employer spotlight events and one-on-one appointments with career advisors.