Online MSW Programs in Idaho (ID)

Boise State University currently has the only school of social work with a campus in Idaho and a fully online MSW program. BSU’s program relies primarily on asynchronous instruction, which allows students to access course material at their convenience, although some courses are conducted in real time with instructors and peers via Blackboard Learn. Students in BSU’s online MSW program complete coursework in identifying mental, emotional and social challenges; understanding and engaging in policy practice; advocating for human rights and socio-cultural, economic and environmental justice; developing and implementing interventions; and understanding and engaging with diversity and difference.

Please note: All online MSW programs require students to complete field education at a local health services agency.

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BSU’s online MSW program has both full program (i.e. traditional) and advanced standing tracks, as well as a concentration in Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families. The full program track consists of 43 credits of academic coursework and 18 credits (or 1,000 hours) of supervised field practicum — all of which may be completed in two years of full-time study or three years of part-time study. The advanced standing track consists of 25 credits of academic coursework and 12 credits (or 600 hours) of supervised field practicum — all of which may be completed in 12 months of full-time study or 21 months of part-time study.

BSU’s online MSW program has both full program (i.e. traditional) and advanced standing tracks, as well as an optional concentration in Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families. The full program track is comprised of 43 credits of academic coursework and 18 credits (or 1,000 hours) of supervised field practicum — all of which may be completed in two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study. The advanced standing track is comprised of 25 credits of academic coursework and 12 credits (or 600 hours) of supervised field practicum — all of which may be completed in 16 months of full-time study or three years of part-time study.

Please note: All online MSW programs require students to complete field education at a local health services agency.

In addition to BSU, students residing in Idaho also have several out-of-state options. There are dozens of out-of-state universities offering online MSW programs that accept students from Idaho. The majority of these schools offer fully online programs that do not require students to visit campus while earning their degrees, but some schools do require a limited number of campus visits. For students who want the flexibility of an online program but would still like to meet their professors and classmates in person, these programs may be a good option.

Additionally, several out-of-state institutions have the same tuition rate for in-state and out-of-state students, so aspiring social workers should research as many programs as possible while narrowing their list of MSW programs. To learn more about a particular program, click on the school’s name below.

Colleges in Idaho with Online MSW Programs

Colleges in Idaho with Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL NAME STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM PROGRAM OPTIONS
Boise State University 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (FT & PT)


Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Idaho.

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Idaho
University Name Program Structure Program Options
Adelphi University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Arizona State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Baylor University
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Boise State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Boston University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
California State University, Northridge 100% Online Traditional FT
California State University, San Bernardino Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Campbellsville University 100% Online Traditional FT, Advanced FT & PT
Capella University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Case Western Reserve University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Columbia University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced PT
Delaware State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Edinboro University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Florida State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Fordham University
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George Mason University 100% Online Traditional PT
Humboldt State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Indiana University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Louisiana State University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
Loyola University Chicago 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Metropolitan State University of Denver 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
New Mexico State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Ohio State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Ohio University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Our Lady of the Lake University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Portland State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Rutgers University 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Samford University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
San Jose State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Simmons University
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Syracuse University
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Temple University 100% Online Traditional PT
Texas State University - San Marcos 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
The Catholic University of America 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Tulane University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
University at Buffalo (SUNY) 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Arkansas 100% Online Advanced FT
University of Central Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Denver
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University of Georgia 100% Online Traditional PT
University of Houston 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Kentucky 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of Louisville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Nevada, Reno 100% Online Traditional 8 Semesters, Advanced 4 Semesters
University of New England (UNE) 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced Accelerated & PT
University of New Hampshire 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of North Dakota Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
University of South Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Tennessee at Knoxville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley 100% Online Advanced FT
West Virginia University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Western New Mexico University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Winthrop University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Yeshiva University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT

All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency. Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program.

How to Become a Social Worker in Idaho

The Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners issues two types of social work license: Master Social Worker (MSW) and Clinical Social Worker (CSW). Below are some common steps to become a social worker in Idaho, which you should confirm with Idaho’s board of social workers. Information regarding licensure in Idaho was last retrieved in August 2020.

Pathway to Become an LMSW in Idaho

Pathway to Become a LCSW in Idaho

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Following graduation, complete a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised social work experience focused on clinical social work within two to five years, with 1,750 hours in direct client contact and 1,250 in assessment, diagnosis and other clinical social work.
  • Pass the Clinical Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners.

For more detailed information on becoming a social worker in Idaho, visit the Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners. You can also refer to our guides on general requirements for becoming a social worker and becoming an LCSW.

Last updated: September 2020