Help others achieve more in life

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.

Quick facts

  • 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: $28,185.00*

*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.

Career prospects

Employment growth
Median salary

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Social and Community Service Managers

Job titles of recent MSW graduates

  • Adoption specialist
  • Cardiovascular social worker
  • Counselor
  • Family advocacy representative
  • Policy planning specialist
  • Public health manager

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.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the School of Social Work.