Online MSW Programs in Missouri (MO)

The University of Missouri School of Social Work, based in Columbia, is currently the only in-state institution to offer a fully online MSW program. The program follows the standard cohort model, with a set plan of study, and most instruction is delivered asynchronously, although some live, synchronous sections are required for role-playing exercises and interactions with professors and peers. In addition to the online coursework, students must also complete field education requirements at a local health services agency.

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

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The University of Missouri School of Social Work’s online MSW program offers traditional and advanced standing tracks, as well as concentrations in Advanced Clinical Practice and in Policy, Planning and Administration in Human Services. The traditional track is 60 credit hours and includes two practicums: one of 400 hours and another of 680 hours. It is part time only, typically requiring three years to complete. The advanced standing track is only 39 credit hours and includes a total of 680 hours of field education. It is part time only as well, typically requiring two years to complete.

In addition to The University of Missouri, students residing in the state have several out-of-state online MSW options. There are many out-of-state universities with online MSW programs that accept students from Missouri, and the majority of these programs are fully online, meaning students need not visit campus while earning their degrees. Some of these programs do require a limited number of campus visits, which may be ideal for students who want the flexibility of an online program yet would still prefer to meet their instructors and classmates face to face.

Several out-of-state online MSW programs also offer the same tuition rate to in-state and out-of-state students, so aspiring social workers in Missouri would do well to research as many of their options as possible. To learn more about a particular program below, click on the school’s name.

Colleges in Missouri with Online MSW Programs

Colleges in Missouri with Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL NAME STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM PROGRAM OPTIONS
University of Missouri 100% Online Traditional and Advanced Standing (PT)


Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Missouri

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Missouri
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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100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Syracuse University
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100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced FT & PT
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 Missouri

The Missouri Committee for Social Workers issues four types of social work license: Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker (LAMSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW). Below are some common steps to become a social worker in Missouri, which you should confirm with Missouri’s board of social workers. Information regarding licensure in Missouri was last retrieved in August 2020.

Pathway to Become an LAMSW in Missouri

Pathway to Become an LCSW in Missouri

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Following graduation, 3,000 hours of supervised experience within 24 to 48 months.
  • Pass the Clinical Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Missouri Committee for Social Workers.

Pathway to Become an LMSW in Missouri

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Masters Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Missouri Committee for Social Workers.

Pathway to Become an LBSW in Missouri

  • Complete a Bachelor of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Bachelor’s Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Missouri Committee for Social Workers.

For more detailed information on becoming a social worker in Missouri, visit the Missouri Committee for Social Workers. You can also refer to our guides on general requirements for becoming a social worker and becoming an LCSW.

Last updated: September 2020