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Delivered completely online, this 39-credit hour "advanced" standing master's option prepares you for leadership opportunities with courses that build on your undergraduate education.

Note: Advanced-standing students must have earned their BSW within the last seven years from a school that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Please contact us if you have questions about your eligibility.

If you have an educational background that does NOT include a bachelor's in social work, MU also offers an online “regular” standing master’s option. Students can enroll with part-time status and complete the degree within three years. You will enter the 60-hour master's program with a cohort of others who have "regular" standing and who together are learning the core concepts of the social work field. Learn more about the social work profession.

Career options

Social work employment is forecast to be one of the fastest-growing occupations over the next few years due to the aging baby boomer population as well as changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act. Mizzou's MSW program gives you the option to choose one of two professional concentrations:

Advanced Clinical Practice — alumni from this concentration work in direct intervention with individuals, families, small groups and communities.

Policy, Planning and Administration in Human Services — prepares social workers for management, policy making and advocacy practice in a wide variety of social service organizations, foundations and government settings.

Online study

The online MSW is designed for part-time study with two courses, typically 6 credit hours of course work, per semester. All courses are offered online with the exception of the practicum, which requires 680 hours of supervised work at an approved agency. Online course work is predominantly asynchronous, but is not self-paced. Classes will have specific starting and ending dates and will require weekly assignments.

All course work can be completed from a distance through the University of Missouri. As a student in this online degree program, you'll have all the benefits of earning a degree from a well-established, nationally respected university, with the convenience of an online platform that helps you balance your career and personal life.

Technology recommendations

  • Comfort with social media and MS Office applications
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Updated computer/laptop with webcam and microphone

To review the application process and learn more about the course work, see the School of Social Work web site.

Note The MU School of Social Work accepts applications for the online MSW from students in Missouri and contiguous states (Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois).