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Chelsea Hoyer

Master of social work (MSW)

Chelsea found her passion working in the mental health field. The University of Missouri's online master of social work program allowed her to expand her role at the local hospital. With no campus visits required, Chelsea was able to graduate after welcoming her first child. Now, Chelsea has the credentials to further improve the lives of residents and patients in her community.

Courses

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 regular standing (i.e., you have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than social work), you can complete the program in three years (nine semesters). Successful completion requires 60 credit hours: 21 credit hours of foundation courses, 30 credit hours of concentration courses and 9 credit hours of electives.

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 will need to complete 39 credit hours: a foundation course (SOC_WK 7952) of 3 credit hours, 30 credit hours of concentration courses and 6 credit hours of electives.

You will choose from one of two concentration areas: advanced clinical practice or policy, planning and administration in human services.

Completion of an approved college-level statistics course (e.g., SOC_WK 4310, STAT 1200, STAT 1300, ESC_PS 4170) with a grade of C- or higher is a prerequisite to admission to the program.

The chart below shows when the courses are traditionally offered. These courses are listed in numerical order only. Please speak to your adviser before enrolling in any course as to follow the proper plan of study. Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless stated otherwise. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.

Foundation courses (21 credit hours)

SOC_WK 7000 Professional Social Work Practice   
SOC_WK 7710 Social Policy and Service Delivery in Social Work   
SOC_WK 7720 Foundations of Human Behavior   
SOC_WK 7730 Social Work Skills   
SOC_WK 7740 Large Group Theory
2 credit hours
   
SOC_WK 7760 Social Justice Seminar
2 credit hours
   
SOC_WK 7952 Research Methods in Social Work1   
SOC_WK 7971 Graduate Field Practicum I
4 credit hours. Regular standing students must complete this at an agency within our region.
   

Advanced clinical practice concentration (30 credit hours)

SOC_WK 7770 Strategies of Clinical Social Work Intervention   
SOC_WK 7780 Fundamentals of Social Work Administration   
SOC_WK 7820 DSM V and Psychopathology: A Social Work Perspective   
SOC_WK 7220 Advanced Social Work Practice in Integrated Healthcare   
SOC_WK 8952 Evaluative Research in Clinical Social Work Practice   
SOC_WK 8970 Professional Practice Seminar I   
SOC_WK 8971 Graduate Field Practicum II2   

Policy, planning and administration concentration (30 credit hours)

SOC_WK 7780 Fundamentals of Social Work Administration   
SOC_WK 7820 DSM V and Psychopathology: A Social Work Perspective   
SOC_WK 7920 Advanced Foundations of Human Behavior for Administrators   
SOC_WK 8350 Management of a Social Agency   
SOC_WK 8953 Evaluative Research in Social Work   
SOC_WK 8970 Professional Practice Seminar I   
SOC_WK 8971 Graduate Field Practicum II
12 credit hours2
   

Electives (6-9 credit hours)

Choose 9 credit hours of course work with the direction of your adviser; 6 credit hours if you have advanced standing.   

1 Fall for regular standing. Summer for advanced standing.

2 You will only register practicum hours in the summer semester if you plan to extend your final practicum over two semesters.

You may apply graduate course work from another institution if approved by the MSW program director.

Practicum

Students will complete two practicums. The first (SOC_WK 7971) must be completed at an agency within Missouri or the contiguous states. The final practicum (SOC_WK 8971) may be completed at an agency in or outside of the region.

Moving out of the region prior to the final practicum will result in program withdrawal.

It is important to note that practicums must be completed Monday through Friday during normal workday hours (not evenings or weekends).

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The School of Social work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

State authorization

States require that the University of Missouri be authorized to deliver university-level distance/online education to their residents. Each state handles this process differently.

Please see our state authorization page.

How to apply

  1. Fulfill the admission requirements:

    • 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).
    • Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution. For advanced standing, you must have completed a bachelor’s degree in social work within the last seven years at a school that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
    • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education and for any undergraduate professional social work courses. If your GPA is lower than required, please contact Crystal Null, Student Support Specialist, at nullc@missouri.edu to find out your options for applying.
    • Completion of an approved college-level statistics course (e.g., SOC_WK 4310, STAT 1200, STAT 1300, ESC_PS 4170) with a grade of C- or higher. Courses at other institutions are subject to approval by the MSW program director.
    • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 90 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 7, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 61 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 183.
      • Minimum TOEFL sub-scores are reading, 21; listening, 22; speaking, 26; and writing, 23.
      • Minimum IELTS sub-scores are reading, 6.5; listening, 6.5; speaking, 8; and writing, 6.
      • Minimum PTE sub-score is speaking, 65.
      • Minimum C1 sub-score is speaking, 193.
  2. Mark your calendar

  3. Send in your application in time. The regular standing MSW program begins in June (Summer) and the advanced standing MSW program begins in August (Fall).

    Application dates

    Application round Deadline
    Early bird application Jan. 15
    Final application March 1
  4. Gather your papers

  5. Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

    • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application and have official transcripts mailed to
      • Office of Graduate Studies
      • 210 Jesse Hall
      • Columbia, MO 65211
    • Résumé or CV.
    • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.
    • Three letters of recommendation from professors, employers, supervisors, etc. attesting to your intellectual ability, interpersonal skills, potential for graduate education and potential for professional social work practice. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions for the letters.
    • Personal statement addressing all areas on the personal statement form. Please submit your answers in one document; do not submit a different document for each question.
    • If you are applying for advanced standing, please submit the most recent copy of your field evaluation. If your program does not have field evaluations, please have the director of field or your supervisor/instructor complete one of your three professional references.
  6. Complete the online application

  7. Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

    • Upload the above documents in the online application
    • Degree/Delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
    • Academic Program: Social Work/Regular Standing-Distance (MSW) or Social Work/Advanced Standing-Distance (MSW)
    • Focus area: Advanced Clinical Practice or Policy Planning and Administration in Human Services

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