Online Master of Social Work (MSW)
Are you interested in making a powerful impact on those most vulnerable in our society? The online Master of Social Work (MSW) at Arizona State University prepares you to work with individuals, families, communities and the world at large. You’ll learn how to promote social justice and find practical solutions to urgent social problems.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 20
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 60
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What you’ll learn in this master’s of social work
In the first year of this program, you’ll build foundational knowledge in social work. Key study areas include behavioral and mental health, human behavior, cultural humility, research methods, social work ethics, assessment and applied practice with diverse populations throughout the life course.
In your second year, you’ll focus on advanced generalist coursework that combines micro skills of advanced direct practice with mezzo and macro skills of policy, administration and community organization.
This online MSW program prepares you to become a skilled practitioner who:
- Delivers culturally-adapted, knowledge-informed, ethical interventions to individuals, families and groups (micro).
- Affects social change through skills in organization, administration, policy development and community practice (macro).
- Unites communities and groups of stakeholders around shared values and causes (mezzo).
Who’s a good candidate for a master’s in social work?
Ideal candidates for this program have a passion for working with people and addressing complex social conditions impacting some of the most vulnerable and marginalized communities in our world. The best candidates for this program are individuals who care about others and want to make a positive change with those we serve.
Master’s in social work courses
The MSW program follows a set sequence of courses based on a broad range of social concerns. You’ll learn how to implement effective, practical solutions through a combination of coursework and hands-on experience.
Along with your courses, you’ll participate in 960 hours of required applied field education at two distinct internship sites. You’ll work in partnership with the School of Social Work’s Field Education Office to find internship sites within your geographic region that meet school and CSWE standards. Pre-placement requirements will be arranged and monitored by the field agency and supported by ASU staff.
Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice
Advanced Social Work Practice
Assessment of Mental Disorders
Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice in Social Work
Foundation Practice I
Foundation Practice II
Human Behavior/Social Environment
Human Behavior/Social Environment II
Jobs you could get with an online MSW
As a graduate with advanced generalist knowledge, you’ll be prepared for a variety of roles in settings such as public and private human service agencies, research organizations, schools, nonprofits, governments, private practice settings and hospitals. You may pursue client-facing positions or focus on community organization and policy development. Potential career paths include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
Applicants to the Master of Social Work program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
Nationally recognized public service programs
The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.
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