Online MSW Programs in North Dakota (ND)

The University of North Dakota’s Department of Social Work and Office of Extended Learning, based in Grand Forks, is currently the only institution in the state that offers an online MSW program. Instruction for the program is delivered through synchronous, real-time web sessions that students must attend during evenings and weekends. The program progresses in the traditional cohort model, with all of the students admitted during a given academic year advancing together through their classes. Beyond the online coursework, the program requires students to visit campus once (for advanced standing students) or twice (for traditional standing students) for on-campus intensives. In addition, students are required to complete their field education 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 North Dakota offers both traditional and advanced standing tracks, as well as an advanced generalist concentration. The traditional track is 60 credits and requires 950 hours of field education split between two internships. It is part time only, typically completed in three or more years. The advanced standing track is only 36 credits and requires 500 hours of field education. It is part time only as well and typically completed in two years.

In addition to the University of North Dakota, 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 North Dakota, and the majority of these programs are fully online, meaning they do not require students to visit campus while earning their degrees. There are some programs that necessitate a limited number of visits, and these may be the ideal medium for students looking for both the flexibility of an online program and the pleasure of meeting professors and classmates in person.

Several out-of-state online MSW programs also offer the same tuition rates to in-state and out-of-state students, so aspiring social workers in North Dakota should research as many of their options as possible. To learn more about a particular program below, click on the name of the school.

Colleges in North Dakota with Online MSW Programs

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from North Dakota
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 North Dakota

The North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners issues three different social work licenses: Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Below are some common steps to become a social worker in North Dakota, which you should confirm with North Dakota’s board of social workers. Information regarding licensure in North Dakota was last retrieved in August 2020.

Pathway to Become an LCSW in North Dakota

Pathway to Become an LMSW in North Dakota

  • 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 North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners.

Pathway to Become an LBSW in North Dakota

  • Complete a Bachelor of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Bachelors Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners.

For more detailed information on becoming a social worker in North Dakota, visit the North Dakota 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