Online Master of Social Work

The online Master of Social Work at Arizona State University will prepare you to work with individuals, families, communities and in the world at large. In the Master of Social Work, you’ll learn to promote social justice and find practical solutions to social problems and pressing issues facing the most vulnerable in our society.

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Next start date: 01/10/2022


Total classes: 20

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 60

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What is an MSW?

An MSW is a master's degree in social work. ASU's MSW online program explores a variety of social concerns that can affect individuals and families. Key focus areas include administration, behavioral health, community practice, policy practice and innovative services for children, youth and families.

The Master of Social Work online is an accredited degree program that will enable you to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Is an MSW online worth it?

 

A master's degree in social work teaches you how to comprehensively approach challenges faced by your clients. You’ll learn how to implement effective, practical solutions through a combination of coursework and hands-on experience. You’ll participate in two, year-long field education internships to build on-the-ground insight and further develop your abilities.

Is this master’s degree in social work accredited?

 

The online master's in social work is offered through ASU’s School of Social Work, which is one of the largest and most diverse in the world and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Master of Social Work’s concentration in advanced generalist studies focuses on effective and culturally competent service practices across system levels and strategies for change informed by research evidence. Please note the advanced generalist concentration is not a clinical concentration.

How much can I earn with an MSW online degree?

 

Social workers holding a Master of Social Work are regarded as deeply knowledgeable, and their expertise commands relevant compensation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, social workers earned a median salary of $50,470 in 2019, which is significantly higher than the national median pay of $39,810 as of May 2019. Additionally, the projected growth rate for social work positions is 13%. In contrast, the average growth rate for all jobs is 4%.

Earning an advanced degree in social work can lead to a higher salary. The National Association of Social Workers reported that, overall, those in the professions with a Master of Social Work degree earn $13,000 more annually than those with only a bachelor’s degree.

Professional licensure and certification

ASU offers programs that lead to professional licensure with the State of Arizona and may allow graduates to be eligible for licensure in other states. Please check our professional licensure page for Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions to determine if this program meets requirements in your state. Contact our admission team for more information at mswadmissions@asu.edu.

Does my Master of Social Work say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Online master's in social work courses

The MSW online program follows a set sequence of courses based on a broad range of social concerns and includes two professional seminars with synchronous elements designed for professional development. Along with your courses, you’ll also participate in 960 hours of mandatory hands-on field education at two different and distinct internship sites. You’ll work 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.


Required

Micro Human Behavior/Social Environment


Required

Social Policy and Services


Required

Professional Experience I


Required

Macro Human Behavior/Social Environment


Required

Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context


Required

Foundation Practice I


Required

Macro Social Work


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Foundation Practice II


What can I do with an MSW online degree?

As a graduate of the master's degree in social work, you may choose to work directly with clients or focus on program or policy development. Potential career paths include:

Child welfare social worker.

Community services manager.

Forensic social worker.

Hospice and palliative social worker.

Macro social worker.

Medical social worker.

Mental health counselor.

Military social worker.

Recreation worker.

Learn from faculty who empower online Master of Social Work students

The impressive faculty at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues related to child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Learn from faculty who empower online Master of Social Work students

The impressive faculty at the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues related to child welfare, safety, city management, human trafficking and water scarcity. Recent faculty highlights include:

  • Fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
  • Member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

MSW online admission requirements

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.

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Innovators in public service and community solutions

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, including public policy, social work, criminal justice and emergency management, help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.

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