Social work

Master of social work University of Missouri
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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.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of social work


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

School of Health Professions | School of Social Work

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, Council on Social Work Education

Regular standing student credit hours


Regular standing student estimated cost


Advanced Standing credit hours


Advanced Standing estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

Job titles of recent MSW graduates

  • Adoption specialist
  • Cardiovascular social worker
  • Counselor
  • Family advocacy representative
  • Policy planning specialist
  • Public health manager
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Social and Community Service Managers
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Social and Community Service Managers
Median salary

Program structure

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 as a regular standing student (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 includes

  • 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


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2-3 years

Typical course load

2 classes per semester

Earn a dual master’s degree

With this program, you can concurrently earn a master of public health with an emphasis in health promotion and policy or veterinary public health.

The programs have separate applications and require a minimum of 12 hours of shared 8000-level or above graduate credit. Learn more about the academic process for dual master’s degree students at the Mizzou Graduate School website.


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.

Chelsea Hoyer, MSW, wearing her graduation cap and gown and holding her diploma at her commencement ceremony.
I've been able to gain this community of professionals in the social work field.
MSW ’19

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the School of Social Work