Social work: Online master’s degree
Master of social work (MSW)
- Program type: Master’s degree
- Academic home: College of Human Environmental Sciences | School of Social Work
- Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Council on Social Work Education
- Delivery mode: 100 percent online
- Credit hours: 60
- Estimated program cost: $26,362.20*
*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.
Get the degree you deserve
A master’s degree in social work from MU can help you further your existing career in clinical practice or policy, planning and administration. If you want to help individuals, families or groups maximize their opportunities for change, this may be the degree for you.
Program structure and topics
The online master’s in social work is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required, however a field practicum involves supervised work at an approved agency.
Students typically take two classes each semester. If you have advanced standing (i.e., you have completed a bachelor’s degree in social work within seven years of beginning MSW course work), you can complete the 39-credit-hour program in two years (six semesters).
If you are admitted with regular standing (i.e., you have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than social work), you will need to complete 60 credit hours, which would most likely take three years (nine semesters).
Important 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). Students must reside within this region to maintain eligibility for the online MSW.
Course work covers
- Intervention with individuals, families, small groups and communities
- Policy making and advocacy practice
- Human behavior and psychopathology
- Research in social work
- Management of social agencies
In-state tuition rates
As a distance learner in a University of Missouri graduate program, you qualify for in-state tuition rates, regardless of where you live.
This program is administered by the School of Social Work.