Online Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) online program at Arizona State University will prepare you to work with individuals, families, communities, and in the world at large 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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Quick facts

Next start date: 01/11/2021


Total classes: 20

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 60

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Details

The ASU School of Social Work is one of the largest and most diverse in the world and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE.) The online delivery of the MSW program provides a vibrant learning platform for engaging with our faculty who are experts in child welfare, health and behavioral health, community practice, administration, global social work, policy advocacy and innovative services for individuals, families, groups and communities. We also have expertise in gerontology, forensic social work, human trafficking, Borderlands issues, and several other areas. Our expertise and attention to cultural diversity and the distinct populations of the Southwest are unique.

The MSW 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 will also participate in 960 hours of mandatory hands-on field education at two different and distinct internship sites. You will 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.

The Master of Social Work online program’s concentration in Advanced Generalist studies will focus on effective and culturally competent service practices across system levels, and strategies for change informed by research evidence.*

A social work career provides many opportunities to make a difference for those in need – through direct service to individuals, families, groups and communities; developing innovative public and nonprofit programs; and creating more just social and economic policies.

*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 the professional licensure list 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: mswadmissions@asu.edu.
 
Please note that the advanced generalist concentration is not a clinical concentration.

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Featured courses

Students in the online program culminate their experience with an applied portfolio project. This culminating coursework is tied closely with the concentration year internship. Students must pass the course with a B or their degree will not be conferred.


Micro Human Behavior/Social Environment


Social Policy and Services


Macro Human Behavior/Social Environment


Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context


Macro Social Work


Research Methods


Assessment of Mental Disorders


Program Evaluation


Related careers

Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Social Work have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Social worker

Sociologist

Recreation worker

Community services manager

Mental health counselor

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around 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.

Prestigious faculty

The impressive faculty in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions are inspiring the next generation of public service leaders through real-world solutions to issues around 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.

Admission requirements

Application Deadline:

  • Fall 2020 deadline: June 1, 2020 with all supplemental materials received June 15th.
  • Spring 2021 deadline: November 1, 2020 with all supplemental materials received November 15th

Application requirements

Application process

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. 

Top 10


Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Top 15


Best Public Affairs Programs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

20


research centers.

25+


academic programs offered online.

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