Online MSW Programs in Washington D.C. (DC)

The Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service is currently the only institution in Washington, D.C., that offers a fully online MSW program. The majority of the instruction for the program is delivered asynchronously, allowing students to complete readings, learning modules and assignments on their own schedule (provided, of course, that they meet all relevant deadlines). The program progresses along the traditional cohort model, with start dates in the fall, spring and summer, and courses offered year-round. Class sizes are typically limited to 25 students to maintain a low student-to-faculty ratio. Beyond the online coursework, the program also requires students to complete field education at local health services agencies.

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

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The online MSW program from the Catholic University offers a traditional and advanced standing track, with an optional clinical concentration. The track is 60 credits and requires 1,080 hours of field education split between two practicums. The first practicum, of 480 hours, has a generalist focus, while the second practicum, of 600 hours, centers on more advanced clinical methods and skills. The program is part time only, taking approximately three years to complete for traditional standing and one and a half years for advanced standing.

In addition to Catholic University, students residing in Washington, D.C., have several other online MSW options. There are many universities with online MSW programs that accept students from D.C., and the majority of these programs are fully online, meaning they do not require students to visit campus while earning their degrees. A few of these programs do necessitate a limited number of visits, and one of these programs may be the ideal option for students who want the flexibility of an online program yet would still like to meet their professors and classmates in person.

Several online MSW programs also offer students from D.C. the same tuition rate as in-state students, so aspiring social workers 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 Washington D.C. with Online MSW Programs

Colleges in Washington D.C. with Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL NAME STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM PROGRAM OPTIONS
The Catholic University of America 100% Online Traditional (PT)


Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Washington D.C.

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Washington D.C.
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 Washington, D.C.

The Washington, D.C., Board of Social Work issues three types of social work license: Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). Below are some common steps to become a social worker in Washington, D.C., which you should confirm with the Washington, D.C., board of social workers. Information regarding licensure in Washington, D.C. was last retrieved in August 2020.

Pathway to Become an LGSW in Washington, D.C.

Pathway to Become an LICSW in Washington, D.C.

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Doctorate or Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Following graduation, complete 3,000 hours of experience.
  • Pass the Clinical Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Washington, D.C., Board of Social Work.

Pathway to Become an LISW in Washington, D.C.

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Doctorate or Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Following graduation, complete 3,000 hours of experience.
  • Pass the Advanced Generalist Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Washington, D.C., Board of Social Work.

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

Last updated: September 2020