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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.
Official nameMaster of social work
Program typeMaster's degree
Academic homeSchool of Health Professions | School of Social Work
Delivery mode100% online
AccreditationHigher Learning Commission, Council on Social Work Education
Advanced Standing credit hours39
Advanced Standing estimated cost$20,728.50
*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.
Job titles of recent MSW graduates
- Adoption specialist
- Cardiovascular social worker
- Family advocacy representative
- Policy planning specialist
- Public health manager
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