Online Master of Social Work
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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.
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.
One of the largest and most diverse social work programs in the world
- Home to ASU’s most diverse student body —and the largest community of first-generation college students
- #1 university in the U.S. for innovation
- Named a prestigious global university
- Nationally ranked graduate programs
Students in the Online program culminate their experience with SWG 593 Applied Portfolio Project. This culminating course work 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
- Policy Practice
- Advanced Social Work Practice
- Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice
- Field Internship/Practicum
Recent Faculty Highlights Include:
- Fellow by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
- Fellow of the American Psychological Association
- Director inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration
- Top 25 criminal justice professors by Forensics Colleges
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:
- Fall 2019 deadline: June 1, 2019 with all supplemental materials received June 15th.
- Spring 2020 deadline: November 1, 2019 with all supplemental materials received November 15th
- U.S. bachelor’s degree (regionally accredited or international equivalent)
- Official transcripts
- References (A combination of both academic and professional references are required. References from friends, family members or personal therapists will not be accepted.)
- Statement of educational and career goals
- Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT) if applicants have a junior/senior GPA below 3.20. The junior/senior GPA is approximately the last 60 semester hours or last 90 quarter hours prior to receiving your bachelor's degree.
- All applicants must have a minimum of 240 hours of volunteer/work experience in social services during a 6-month period within the past five years. To document this volunteer/work experience applicants may download this form: Record of Volunteer/Work Experience and upload it with your resume and statement of education and career goals.
The following items are required in order to be considered for admission to the MSW Online Program and are submitted directly to ASU Graduate Education at http://graduate.asu.edu/ in sufficient time to meet the School of Social Work admission deadline.
- Graduate College Application
- Application fee
- One official transcript from each institution where the applicant has previously attended. Transcripts should be requested immediately. Note: If you received your baccalaureate degree from ASU you do not need to submit transcripts.
- Statement of educational and career goals: A three to five page typewritten, double-spaced statement of your educational and career goals is required. Your statement will be used to evaluate your knowledge of your career choice, your commitment to the social work profession, and your understanding of and commitment to the mission of the ASU School of Social Work. In addition your statement will be used to assess your written communication abilities. When formulating your essay please use the guideline statements listed below as paragraph headings.
Format your statement using a twelve point font and one inch margins. In order for the admission committee to appropriately review your statement, it is necessary for you to address all three of the following guideline statements:
- Experience, background and/or relationships that have influenced your selection of social work as your professional career (family, education, employment, diversity experience, volunteer involvements, and personal characteristics, etc.).
- Your understanding of the responsibilities of the social work profession and specifically the role and responsibilities that you wish to be able to assume as a professional social worker.
- Reasons for selecting the program at ASU School of Social Work and thoughts on how the Mission Statement addresses your career goals.
- Professional resume that includes volunteer and relevant paid work experience. In your resume, with regards to your required 240 hours of social service experience (paid or volunteer), be sure to provide a very specific description of your duties/activities and include the hours and dates of your experience.
- Record of Volunteer/Work Experience that documents your required 240 hours of volunteer and/or work experience. Click here to download the record form: Record of Volunteer/Work Experience and upload with your resume and statement of education and career goals.
- References: You will be prompted on the Graduate College application to provide the name and e-mail addresses of at least three individuals that you would like to use as a reference. A combination of both academic and professional references are required. References from friends, family members or personal therapists will cause the application to be automatically denied.
Along with your courses, you will also participate in 960 hours of mandatory hands-on field education at two different and distinct internship sites. The inability to pass a background check or fingerprint clearance could limit the opportunities available and impair the student's ability to secure the required internships for this program.