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MSW, Master of Social Work

Put your compassion to work for those who need it with an affordable and CSWE-accredited online MSW degree. Our expert faculty are trained to deliver a high-quality experience. Learn by doing through hands-on field work at a service agency in your area as you prepare to become a licensed social worker. 

An MSW Degree Made for Advocates Pursuing Licensure

Our practical master’s in social work curriculum equips you with the knowledge and experience you need to succeed in this rewarding field. This flexible and affordable program is made for working professionals. Through hands-on skill and knowledge building, you apply what you learn to make a positive impact on your community. 

Prepare to make a difference across a spectrum of settings, including: 
  • Child protective services agencies
  • Criminal justice, legal service and military organizations
  • Local, state and federal agencies
  • Home- and school-based programs
  • Hospitals and other health care settings
  • Mental health and substance abuse treatment programs
  • Nonprofit, human rights and advocacy organizations

Next Session

Summer II (Jun 24, 2024)

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Ways to Learn

Online

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    Master of Social Work Admission Requirements

    You do not need to hold a BSW degree in order to apply, and there is also no GRE requirement. Applicants to the MSW degree program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • 3.0 grade point average (GPA)
    • Written personal narrative that speaks to your motivations for choosing social work as an academic and career goal
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where coursework was completed or attempted
    • For more information please view the MSW Program Introduction Video 
    Residency Restrictions

    This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

    School Social Work Credential

    Master of Social Work students can add a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work to expand their career options. Three courses, combined with fieldwork, will fulfill the requirements for your PPSC-SSW.

    Graduate Level Exams

    This Master’s degree program does not require applicants to take costly exams like the GRE. 

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    Choose Your MSW Degree Path

    Finish your MSW degree in as little as one year.

    Choose from six start times per year to fit your busy schedule. Classes are available fully online with two pathways to complete the Master of Social Work degree: advanced standing and standard. If you qualify for the advanced standing pathway, you may complete the MSW degree in as little as a year. If you take the standard path, you may complete your program in two years.* The majority of our students are working adults with busy lives, so University of Massachusetts Global ’s courses are designed to be both flexible and affordable. Find the best fit for you:


    Advanced Generalist/Advanced Standing Option (AG/AS)
     
      Standard Advanced Generalist Option (SAG) 
     Time to Completion: One year*            Time to Completion: Two years*
     Total Credit Hours: 39 credits    Total Credit Hours: 69 credits
     Practicum: 600 hours of field placement practicum    Practicum: 1,000 hours of field placement practicum
     Time to Completion: One year*            Time to Completion: Two years*

    Advanced Generalist/Advanced Standing Option (AG/AS)
     
      Standard Advanced Generalist Option (SAG) 
     Time to Completion: One year*            Time to Completion: Two years*
     Total Credit Hours: 39 credits    Total Credit Hours: 69 credits
     Practicum: 600 hours of field placement practicum    Practicum: 1,000 hours of field placement practicum

     Time to Completion: One year*
             
     Time to Completion: Two years*

    Advanced Generalist/Advanced Standing Option (AG/AS)
    Advanced Generalist/Advanced Standing Option (AG/AS) 
      Standard Advanced Generalist Option (SAG) 
     Time to Completion: One year*            Time to Completion: Two years*
     Total Credit Hours: 39 credits    Total Credit Hours: 69 credits
     Practicum: 600 hours of field placement practicum    Practicum: 1,000 hours of field placement practicum

    Time to Completion: One year*

    Advanced Generalist/Advanced Standing Option (AG/AS)

    Time to Completion: One year*

    Total Credit Hours: 39 credits

    Practicum: 600 hours of field placement practicum

    Time to Completion: One year*

    Standard Advanced Generalist Option (SAG)

    Time to Completion: Two years*

    Total Credit Hours: 69 credits

    Practicum: 1.000 hours of field placement practicum

    Advanced Generalist/Advanced Standing Option (AG/AS)

    Time to Completion: One year*

    Total Credit Hours: 39 credits

    Practicum: 600 hours of field placement practicum

    Standard Advanced Generalist Option (SAG)

    Time to Completion: Two years*

    Total Credit Hours: 69 credits

    Practicum: 1000 hours of field placement practicum

    *Based on the average full-time, advanced-standing and regular-program students who successfully progress through the program. 

    **Subject to approval.


    Curriculum Designed to Prepare You for Licensure

    The online Master of Social Work degree curriculum is built to equip you with everything you need to pass the LCSW exam. Our curriculum is designed to satisfy all academic requirements for licensure in California, Washington, and many or all academic requirements in other states.

    Courses prepare you to understand the issues, services and policies that will be most relevant to the people you serve. Select three courses from a variety of electives to customize your Master of Social Work degree with the topics that you are most passionate about.

     

    Program Curriculum

    • Code Course Name Credits
      SOWK 511 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
      SOWK 512 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 3
      SOWK 502 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

      3

      SOWK 503 Social Work Practice with Groups, Communities, and Organizations

      3

      SOWK 504 Diversity and Social Justice

      3

      SOWK 507 Social Work Research

      3

      SOWK 509 Social Welfare Policy 3
      SOWK 593 Social Work Practicum Seminar l

      3

      SOWK 594 Social Work Practicum Seminar ll

      3

      *SOWK 595 Social Work Practicum Seminar lll

      3

      Foundational Core Subtotal

      30

      * If a student does not complete the required 400 practicum hours during the SOWK 593, 594, 595 course series, or the 600 required practicum hours during the SOWK 693-696 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required SOWK 597 or SOWK 697 Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Graduate Practicum Continuation Fee until the student completes the total required hours. Students will accumulate hours toward their practicum requirements only when enrolled in SOWK 593, 594, 595, or 597 or SOWK 693, 694, 695 696 or 697.

       

    • Code Course Name Credits
      SOWK 601 Family Violence

      3

      SOWK 602 Social Work Law and Ethics

      3

      SOWK 603 Social Work and Human Sexuality

      3

      SOWK 622 Advanced Generalist Practice I

      3

      SOWK 623 Advanced Generalist Practice II 3
      SOWK 625 Practice Evaluation

      3

      SOWK 693 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar I*

      3

      SOWK 694 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar II*

      3

      SOWK 695 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar III*

      3

      *SOWK 696 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar IV*

      3

      Advanced Generalist Core Subtotal

      30

      * If a student does not complete the required 600 practicum hours during the SOWK 693, 694, 695, 696 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required SOWK 697 Advanced Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Practicum Continuation fee, per each course and session, until the student completes the total required hours and receives a P in the SOWK 693, 694, 695, 696 courses. Students will accumulate hours toward their advanced practicum requirements only when enrolled in SOWK 693, 694, 695, 696, or 597.

       

    • Choose 9 credits from the following:

       

      SOWK 630
      Child Welfare

      3

      SOWK 631
      Social Work Practice with Adolescents

      3

      SOWK 632
      Prevention and Intervention in Child Abuse and Neglect

      3

      SOWK 650
      Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response

      3

      SOWK 651
      Social Work Response to Disasters

      3

      SOWK 652
      Military/Veteran (SMVF) Social Work

      3

      SOWK 653
      Social Work Practice with SMVF populations

      3

      SOWK 654
      Death, Loss, & Grief

      3

      SOWK 655
      Substance Abuse

      3

      SOWK 656
      Sexual Abuse

      3

      SOWK 657
      Mental Health and Mental Illness

      3

      SOWK 658
      Healthcare Social Work I: Integrated Health Care Policy and Services

      3

      SOWK 659
      Healthcare Social Work II: Social Work Practice in Integrated Health

      3

          SOWK 660 Social Work Policy in School Settings 3
          SOWK 661 Social Work Practice in School Settings 3
          SOWK 662 Child and Family Policy 3
          SOWK 663 Social Work Management and Leadership 3
    WSCUC

    University of Massachusetts Global is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

    CCNE

    UMass Global's Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

    Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

    All Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. All social work students are expected to master these competencies of social work practice during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work program for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of a competency. This form is used to assist the CSWE in the evaluation of the program's compliance with the accreditation standards below:

     
    5.0.1(d) The program posts its assessment plan and summary outcomes publicly on its webpage using Form AS
    5.0.1(d). The findings are updated every two years, at minimum.
    a. The program submits Form AS M5.0.1(d) to report its assessment plan and most recent assessment summary outcomes.
    b. The program provides a hyperlink to the program’s webpage where the assessment plan and summary outcomes are publicly displayed.
    c. The program provides outcomes for each program option and in aggregate.
    Licensure

    Social work licensure requirements are determined by each state. Please contact your state licensing board for the specific academic requirements or review this website for further information. While University of Massachusetts Global’s MSW program has been designed to satisfy all academic requirements for licensure in California and Washington, and many or all academic requirements for licensure in other states, it is the student’s responsibility to identify and comply with the licensing requirements in any state in which they plan to seek licensure. University of Massachusetts Global does not guarantee that completion of its program will result in a student achieving licensure.

    Learn from seasoned social workers.

    Our faculty and leadership are scholar practitioners with many years of field work under their belts. While learning in an online setting, you’ll get the benefit of practicum experiences that prepare you to serve your community. University of Massachusetts Global’s program also includes supportive staff who will help you find and secure field placements in your area that align with your career interests.  

    Meet Our Faculty

    UMass Global has been a welcoming school to veterans and adult learners. The courses offered provide exceptional learning and skillsets needed for your profession. This university is a great solution, more importantly to adult learners coming back after years of being out or being a parent, especially a single parent.
    Yajaira V.
    Master of Social Work
    Education is a treasure waiting for people to partake. There’s nothing more effective than getting a degree in a field you’re interested in and passionate about.
    Bill K.
    Master in Social Work
     

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Browse through frequently asked questions about the social work profession.

    How long does it take to become a social worker?

    It usually takes between four to six years to become a social worker. Aspiring social workers must earn their bachelor’s degree, and many continue on to earn a master’s degree as well.

    What degree do you need to be a licensed social worker?

    In the United States and Canada, the requirements to become a licensed social worker vary by state, province, and territory. However, a common prerequisite is obtaining a degree in social work from an accredited institution. Typically, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) is the minimum requirement for entry-level positions, while a Master of Social Work (MSW) is often necessary for advanced clinical roles.

    According to the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), licensure requirements can differ significantly depending on your location. You can find specific licensing requirements by state or province on their website: ASWB Licensing Requirements.

    For further insight into the requirements and pathways to becoming a social worker, you can refer to the article: Social Worker Requirements: What You Will Need. This article may provide additional details and considerations for individuals pursuing a career in social work.

    How do I become a licensed social worker?

    Social worker licensure requirements vary by state. Typically, obtaining your licensure includes achieving a minimum level of education, reaching a required amount of supervised practice time and completing an application. There are also optional and advanced licensures for specific social worker careers. You can learn more about requirements here.

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