Sources of Information, Geographic Restrictions, and Disclaimers

School data presented on were obtained from university websites and through contact with program administrators and advisors at the individual schools. University and program information for online master of social work programs was obtained through research on the CSWE website  and the World Wide Web. For schools that would like to be added to our site or have their information updated, reach out at

Geographic Restrictions

Several online MSW programs have geographic restrictions. Some graduate schools only accept students from certain states and even specific counties within those states, while others may not accept students from all 50 states. In addition, some programs do not accept students who live within a certain distance from their campuses. While we have done our best on this site to note which schools have geographic restrictions, prospective students should consult with an admission counselor at their school of interest to determine if they would be eligible for admission, since these restrictions do change over time.


  • Licensing Requirements: Licensing requirements for social workers vary by state and prospective students should confirm with their state’s social work board via the Association of Social Work Boards  (ASWB) that the online programs they are considering meet the requirements for licensing. Students should also speak with an admission counselor to determine if the program they are interested in accepts students from their state of residence.
  • Advanced Standing Programs: Admission requirements for advanced standing programs vary greatly by school and typically have stricter requirements than traditional programs. These could include completion of specific undergraduate classes in order to waive first year graduate course work. In addition, some programs have minimum GPA requirements for all undergraduate social work classes.
  • Admissions Policies: The majority of online MSW programs have a selective admission process which means that they do not accept all students who apply. Additionally, even students who meet minimum admission criteria are not guaranteed admission.
  • Online Programs with a Campus Requirement: For online programs that require a limited number of visits to the campus, students should be aware that travel expenses are typically not included as part of the tuition costs or university fees.

While we do our best to ensure that the data on is accurate and up-to-date, we do not guarantee that the data on the site is accurate. Information found on should only be used as a guide when researching online MSW programs. Students should contact the universities or colleges directly for the most up-to-date and accurate information with respect to specific degree programs, course offerings, tuition rates, admission requirements, start dates, program lengths, program outcomes, and geographic restrictions.