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Online Master of Social Work (MSW) degrees are a relatively new innovation in social work education, but every year more colleges and universities are offering this kind of campus-free learning. Currently, there are less than 30 schools that offer 100% online coursework, are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and award an MSW degree. Because comparisons of these programs can be difficult, we have researched them all, comparing their strengths in terms of program options, reputation in the field, and innovation and investment in this emerging educational format. We are now ready to present the 25 best online MSW programs, with rankings and program descriptions below.

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But first, a few important points. Before beginning to practice as a professional social worker, every state in the nation requires graduates to apply for state licensure. One of the first things the state checks is whether your degree comes from a CSWE-accredited social work program. This is important to know, because some of the first results that pop up in internet search engines link to schools that do not have this accreditation. Graduates from these schools run the risk that they are never going to be able to become professionally licensed social workers. Before enrolling in a program, always check its accreditation. The CSWE maintains a list of accredited online and hybrid campus programs here.

Another important thing to be sure to check is that the school is authorized to do business in your state. Many states require schools to go through an approval process to offer distance education within their state borders. Due to this process, not every school can offer their programming in every state. This situation is in flux, with many schools rapidly adding to the geographic reach of their programs. Some colleges, on the other hand, simply choose to have a specific regional focus. Out-of-state applicants should always check with the school and state in question as a first step in making distance education decisions.

Online MSW programs, like their campus counterparts, require students to complete internships with social service agencies. The programs listed below allow students to do these internships in or close to their home communities. When reviewing each of these programs, we have included information about enrollment options such as full-time, part-time, and Advanced Standing, which is for students who already have a bachelor’s degree in social work. We mention the focus or concentration of each program – whether generalist, clinical, administrative, or something else. We discuss each programs teaching method: many programs are “asynchronous”, which means there are deadlines but no specific log-in times, while other use “synchronous” instruction that includes logging in for classes at predetermined times. Many programs use a cohort model, in which students move through the curriculum as a group; other allow students to move at their own speed. We also make mention of any required visits to campus – some programs do have orientations  – and finally, we give tuition cost per credit. Keep in mind that financial aid packages can, in some instances, make the sticker price irrelevant.

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And so, without further ado, let’s begin with the #1 online MSW program in the nation.

#1. The University of Southern California

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The University of Southern California is a private research university with a flagship campus in Los Angeles. This university began with 53 students in 1880, but today it serves about 41,000 students annually, with more than half of them enrolled in graduate and professional programs. USC was also the first West Coast university to offer a full-time social work program.

Many of the online Master of Social Work degrees are still in the early stages in their development, but if any school is showing us what’s possible in the future, it’s USC. The online MSW degree offers all of the same components as the highly regarded campus program – and with the support of cutting edge technology. Both a traditional track (60 credits) and a 35-credit advanced standing track are available, and both can be pursued either full or part-time. Students in the first year of the traditional track will experience the Virtual Field Practicum, an innovative program that delivers a virtual field internship complete with client actors representing real-world clinical problems. In the advanced year, students select a concentration area of either Mental Health, Families & Children, Community Organization, Health, or Social Work & Business in a Global Society. Sub-concentrations of military social work, older adults, and social work in school settings are also available. USC uses a cohort model with live, seminar-style classes and  a mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. There are no required campus visits, and the school has obtained state consent to enroll students from everywhere except New Hampshire. The tuition for this program is about $1,600 per credit hour.

#2. Case Western Reserve University

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Case Western Reserve University is a research university based in Cleveland, Ohio. Considered to be one of the best academic institutions in the U.S., Case Western has had the honor of having 16 of its graduates, staff members and associates go on to become Nobel Laureates. There are currently over 5,000 students pursuing postgraduate degrees from the university.

Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is an historic, top-ten private school of social work that has recently begun to offer an online MSW program to students across the nation. Both Advanced Standing (45 credit) and Traditional 60-credit programs are available through a part-time cohort model that lasts from 2 to 3 years. This program combines synchronous and asynchronous elements, with classes that meet for one hour per week in the evenings for online lectures and discussion. Students choose between a concentration in Community Practice, or in Direct Practice with either Children/Youth/Families or Mental Heath. The university supports field internships in every state except Alabama and New Hampshire. One unique facet of the program is that students begin internships in their first semester of MSW coursework, allowing for true hands-on learning from the very start. The tuition for 2014 is listed as $1332 per credit hour.

#3. Simmons College, Boston

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Simmons College is a small, private school with a rich tradition and a central location in the city of BostonIn 2008, they were named as one of the “25 cutting-edge schools with an eye towards the future” by the Kaplan college guidebook.

The Simmons School of Social Work has been involved in social work education since 1904, and today they are on the cutting edge of online education. Using state-of-the-art technology, students meet online for live (synchronous) classes and also engage in “immersive” video-based coursework on their own schedules. This 65-credit clinically focused program uses a cohort model, and can be completed full-time in 16 months or part-time in 32 months. There is no advanced standing option at this time. Optional specializations include child & family, mental health & addictions, trauma & interpersonal violence, and health & aging. The program supports clinical field placements in each student’s home community through their national network of service agencies. SocialWork@Simmons is leading the field in terms of creating a sense of community in an online program, with small classes of no more than 15 students and online discussion, chat, and study groups. There is no requirement to visit the campus in Boston, and the school has agreements in place to provide education and field internships in every state except New Hampshire, Maryland, and North Carolina – and those three may soon be approved as well. Tuition for this MSW program is $970 per credit.

#4. The University of Louisville

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The Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville was founded in 1936, and has a strong and growing tradition of leadership in social work education. Louisville is a public research university with an urban location, and its research initiatives are well-funded with considerable federal support.

The Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville has created a generalist online MSW program with a good selection of specializations and program options. The advanced standing option, available to students who have earned a BSW within the past 7 years, requires only 30 credits of study, compared to 60 credits in the traditional track. Both programs follow a cohort model, in which students progress through the curriculum together; the traditional track begins each fall, while the advanced track starts in both summer and fall semesters. The coursework can be completed either full or part-time, with program lengths ranging from 1-4 years. The Kent School offers a great variety of specializations for an online program, with focused study available  in psychosocial oncology, gerontology, mental health, military social work, and alcohol & drug counseling. Instruction tends to be asynchronous, although some classes will have a limited number of scheduled online meetings each semester. There is no requirement to visit campus at any time, and students can live and complete internships in at least 34 different states (contact the school to check your state’s status). The listed price for this online program is $693 per credit regardless of a student’s state of residency.

#5. The University of New England

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The University of New England’s has a coastal campus and an urban campus; the School of Social Work is housed on their century-old location in the city of Portland, Maine. The university is investing in online education, and has developed 10 postgraduate degree programs offered completely online. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked this university as the 9th fastest growing private nonprofit university in the nation.

The University of New England has two beautiful campuses in Maine, but their online MSW program is accessible to students in all 50 states and some foreign countries as well. For online students, there is no campus visit required, and most of the classes are asynchronous, free of any scheduled log-in times. The “traditional track”, designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than social work, consists of 64 credit hours which include 4 field internships. This program can be completed in either 3 or 4 years, depending on enrollment status. For students who have earned a BSW in the last 7 years, an “advanced standing” option is available. This advanced program consists of 37 credits with 2 field internships, and can be completed in either 16 or 28 months. Students choose between a concentration on Individuals, Families, and Groups (clinical practice) or Organizational and Community Practice in their advanced year studies. Both traditional and advanced programs have flexible entry points, with 3 starts per year, and both charge the same tuition rate of $830 per credit hour.

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#6. The University of Indiana-Indianapolis

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The University of Indiana shares an urban campus in Indianapolis with Purdue University. Indiana’s School of Social Work operates from this headquarters, and their online MSW program has the full technical and academic support of this distinguished campus program.

The University of Indiana offers a “MSW Direct” program that is a fully online degree available to students in every state except Arkansas. All online students will have to visit the campus in Indianapolis once for a 3-day orientation. This online program uses a generalist approach, and is built around 11-week quarters rather than bi-annual semesters. Every class has at least some synchronous components, with a minimum of three online meetings per class per quarter. Rather than asking students to declare as part-time or full-time, the program is designed to allow students to move through at their own pace, although the degree must be completed within 5 years of enrollment. Because every required class is available in every quarter, there is never any worry about missing a course due to scheduling. Students who have earned a CSWE-accredited BSW in the last 5 years will only have to take 45 credits to graduate, while for others this is a 60-credit program. Tuition is $520 per credit hour for Indiana residents, and $649 for students living in other states.

#7. Fordham University

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Fordham University is a private research institution in New York City with a Jesuit heritage. Time Magazine includes Fordham as a member of the “Catholic Ivy League,” and U.S. News & World Report describes it as a top-tier national university.

Fordham University is experienced in offering premiere graduate social work education on their New York City campus, and their online MSW program continues this tradition. Fordham offers students living in the three states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut a part time, clinically-focused online program that can be completed in 3.5 years (66 credits). Those eligible for advanced standing enroll in just 33 credit hours, and will be able to finish the degree within a year and a half. The curriculum for both programs follows a cohort model, which moves steadily through coursework at a pre-determined speed. Courses in Fordham’s online program are primarily asynchronous, and students interact with each other through discussion forums that do not require specific log-in times. While there is no campus requirement, online students are considered part of the Fordham community and are welcome on all Fordham campuses, with full access to campus resources and privileges. Tuition is currently $885 per credit hour.

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Boston University is a major U.S. research institution founded in 1839. Today, Boston University consists of 16 schools and colleges and hosts more than 33,000 students from over 140 countries.

Boston University’s School of Social Work offers a part-time (3 year) online MSW program with a clinical focus. This 65-credit program is open to students anywhere in the United States except New Hampshire, Maryland, and residents of the Massachusetts Route 128 corridor. Field internships are supported and supervised in the student’s home community, and applicants with prior experience in a human service field may be eligible to gain internship credit for past work experience. The curriculum emphasizes concerns of diversity, ethics, social and economic justice, and populations at risk; classes require some synchronous meeting times, although much of the coursework and discussion can be completed on your own schedule. There is no campus visit required, and all BU online students will find excellent support from both faculty and the BU Distance Education department. Tuition is currently $765 per credit hour.

#9. Rutgers University

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Rutgers is a public research university in New Jersey. It’s social work program is the fourth largest in the country, and is offered at three campus locations in New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark. The development of their online MSW program reflects the school’s commitment to innovation and flexibility.

Rutgers University has one of the largest and best schools of social work in the country, and they offer a part-time, 3 year online program that draws from their experience as a leader in the field.  This online program has a clinical practice focus and uses a cohort model with asynchronous instruction, although some faculty hold live office hours via webcam. Students in the third and final year of study can opt in to synchronous classes if they prefer. Despite the size of this school of social work, online classes are capped at 20 students to preserve the ability of faculty to give individual attention to each student. Rolling admission offers start points in the spring, summer, and fall. The program consists of 60 credits, and costs $900 per credit hour, plus a fee of $300 per course (excluding field seminars). Rutgers is able to enroll students from about 40 states; prospective out-of-state students should contact the school to check for eligibility.

#10. Our Lady of the Lake University

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Located in San Antonio, Texas, Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) is a small, private Catholic university. They have been designated as a “Hispanic Serving Institution” by the federal government. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report added OLLU to the 1st Tier of Master’s Universities in the West. Small class sizes ensure that each student receives a personalized education.

Our Lady of the Lake University houses the Worden School of Social Service, Texas’s oldest school of social work. The Worden School received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence from the CWSE in 2009. Their online MSW program uses the same coursework as their campus program, and offers both advanced (31 credits) and traditional standing (54 credits). These enrollment options are both part-time, and can be completed in either two or three and a half years, respectively. The unique focus of this 100% online program is social work service to Hispanic families and children across the life span. The program uses asynchronous instruction and is available in all 50 states. Tuition for all students is currently $775 per credit hour.

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#11. Catholic University of America

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The National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University of America is located in Washington, D.C. and benefits from its proximity to the political engines of the nation. Founded in 1918, the School of Social Service offers a unique balance of social work professional ideals and Catholic social teaching.

Catholic University of America has its campus in Washington D.C., but their online program is available to students across the country, as well as to members of the military serving abroad. This is a part-time, clinically focused 60-credit degree program that can be completed in about 3.5 years. Classes are taught by the university’s prestigious faculty, and most of the classes are capped at 25 students to keep the student/teacher ratio small. The field office assists online students in locating internship opportunities in their own communities, and asynchronous learning modules allow the program to fit into a variety of personal schedules. The list price for this program is $830 per credit hour.

#12. The University of New Hampshire

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The University of New Hampshire is a land, sea, and space-grant research institution with over 14,000 students enrolled on three connected campuses. Renowned for its work in sustainability, UNH was recognized for its efforts by being ranked the 6th “coolest school” in the nation by Sierra magazine.

The University of New Hampshire’s full-time online MSW degree is built around a generalist approach, and uses coursework designed by university faculty. The course schedule follows 8-week terms (5 per year), and is designed to be completed in 28 months. The program has rolling admission in the fall, spring, and summer terms. Most of the required classes use asynchronous instruction, although a few do require specific log-in times when students participate in face-to-face discussions. In the second year of study, students can choose to focus on a “field of practice”; options include Health/Mental Health, Addictions & Substance Abuse, Children, Youth, & Families, and Disabilities. Interested students can also earn an additional graduate certificate in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The UNH online MSW is a 62-credit program, with tuition rates of $750 per credit for New Hampshire residents, and $825 per credit for residents of other states. There is no campus requirement at any time, and the two required field internships can be completed in the student’s local area. Because the University is still working to attain agreements with individual states, it is best to check with the school about their availability in your area.

 #13. Florida State University

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Founded in 1928, the College of Social Work at Florida State University is the oldest social work program in the state. This research-focused public university sits in the state capital city of Tallahassee.

Florida State University’s College of Social Work is a pioneer in online education, and was the first school to offer an online MSW accredited by the CSWE. They currently offer an Advanced Standing (AS) program, and are rolling out a traditional program in the spring of 2015. Both tracks have a clinical focus and both are offered on just a part-time basis. Florida State has adopted a cohort model for their online programs, with specific start dates each year. While the 39 credit AS program is fully asynchronous, the 61 credit traditional track does require four weekends of workshops located within driving distance of the program’s coverage areas. Florida State offers the program only in specific counties across seven states (Alabama, Florida, and Georgia in the south, along with Montana, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota). If you live in those states, you should still check the school’s website to see if your county is included. Tuition is currently $559 per credit hour for Florida residents, and $665 for out-of-state students.

#14. Saint Leo University

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Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida is a Catholic university that serves students of all faiths and backgrounds. Founded in 1889, they have been ranked as one of the top universities in the south by U.S. News and World Report.

Saint Leo University offers students residing in the states of Florida, Georgia, and Virginia a cohort-based synchronous online program with a focus on clinical practice. Program options include the 62-credit traditional track, which can be completed either full or part-time (2-3 years), and the 32-credit advanced standing option, which takes just one year to finish. The synchronous classes meet weekly by webcam, during the evening hours. There is a summer weekend seminar on the Saint Leo campus 30 miles north of Tampa, Florida, but other than that the program is completely online. Field internships are supported in each student’s local area. The full and part-time options start each fall, while the advanced standing program begins in the summer. Tuition is currently listed as only $436 per credit for all online MSW students.

#15. Widener University

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Widener University was originally founded in 1821, although they have gone through several name changes since then. This is a private university located in Chester, Pennsylvania. Social Work is one of their primary graduate programs.

Widener University’s online MSW is a brand new offering, but it stems from their long tradition of social work education. This is a clinically-focused program with a concentration on trauma. The courses follow a cohort model but use asynchronous instruction for increased flexibility. There is no need for campus visitation at any time, and students are welcomed from across the nation. This is a 64-credit part-time program that takes about 3 years to complete. There is currently no advanced standing option available to Widener’s online students. Despite being a private school, the tuition rate of $750 per credit (for all students) is comparable to many of the state schools on this list.

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#16. California State University – Northridge

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California State University at Northridge (CSUN) is located in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, and is one of the largest single-campus universities in the nation. There are over 38,000 students enrolled in their different colleges and schools. The university’s commitment to offering online education as an alternative to campus-based learning is evident in the more than 15 online programs available.

The Tseng College at Cal-State Northridge offers a cohort-based, full-time (2 year) online MSW program that uses a generalist approach. This program is open to students across the nation, has no required visits to campus, and supports field internships in the student’s own community. Instruction is primarily asynchronous,  but the field education class does have one weekly hour-long meeting in the evening (usually between 6 and 8 p.m., Pacific time). Coursework follows an 8-week quarters system, with 2 classes per quarter. All courses in this 60-credit degree are taught by CSUN faculty and supported by the university’s distance learning staff. There is one flat tuition rate of $695 per credit for all online students.

 #17. Western New Mexico University

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Located in scenic Silver City, Western New Mexico University sits on an 83 acre campus filled with historic buildings. Rich in history, the school is focused on the future, as evidenced by the 6 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs offered completely online. Their tuition is also the lowest of any school on this list.

The social work program at Western New Mexico University offers an innovative online MSW that uses online coursework mixed with the use of desktop software (similar to Skype) for synchronous class meetings on some evenings and weekends. The 66 credit program can be completed either full or part-time, with a 45 credit advanced standing option available as well. The program has a generalist approach with a primary focus on rural social work practice, is available to students across the nation, and it has no campus requirements at all. Rolling admissions allow for enrollment at any point in the academic year, and students can study at their own pace, even if that’s just one class per semester. The flexibility and affordability of this program are driving up its popularity; the school reports having over one hundred new applicants to the program in 2014. Electives are available in military and clinical social work. Tuition rates for 2014 are the lowest for any program on this list: about $265 per credit for New Mexico residents, and about $305 for out-of-state applicants.

 #18. The University of North Dakota

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The University of North Dakota is a large research university with over 15,000 students. The campus sits in the city of Grand Forks, and serves students from all 50 states as well as 84 foreign countries. This school is making a mark in online education, and currently offers almost 40 online degree programs.

The University of North Dakota’s online MSW program offers part-time study in both a traditional, 60-credit format and a 36-credit advanced standing track. This program is unique among the online programs in that it uses mainly synchronous class meeting on evenings and weekends, where students log in together to interact with faculty during designated class times. There is also a required visit to campus – once in both the first and second year of the traditional track program, or just one required visit for advanced standing students. These 4-6 day visits are used for intensive labs and face-to-face interactions between the faculty and the cohort. The synchronous classrooms and yearly campus meetings give more of a community feeling to this online program. The curriculum approaches social work from a generalist perspective, and is only offered part-time; the 3.5 year long traditional track has a start point every January, while the 2 year advanced standing program starts each summer. Tuition for 2014 comes in at about $518 for all online MSW students, regardless of your state of residence.

#19. Edinboro University

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Edinboro University in Edinboro, Pennsylvania is a public liberal arts school that offers over 100 degree programs. The school has been offering online graduate degrees since 2001, and today Social Work is one of a dozen graduate degrees available through online study.

The MSW program at Edinboro University offers full-time online programs of either 39 credits (advanced standing) or 60 credits in length. The shorter program can be completed in 15 months, while the traditional track will take two years. There are never any required campus visits, but the programs are considered accelerated and students are required to take courses in every quarter, including summers. The degree uses a generalist approach in the foundation year, but focuses on social work with families in the advanced courses. Classes are mostly asynchronous and are based on a cohort model, in which students stay with the same group as they move through their studies. Students come to Edinboro’s online program from across the United States and even internationally. Tuition rates for 2014 are about $550 per credit for Pennsylvania residents, and $640 for out-of-state students.

#20. Texas State University

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Texas State University serves over 36,000 students from its campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock, Texas, and through their online programs. Notable for the diversity of the student body, Texas State has a rich history that goes back to 1903.

The School of Social Work at Texas State University offers a part-time online MSW program with a concentration in Administrative Leadership. The traditional track includes 62 credits and takes 4 years to complete, while the advanced standing track has 36 credits and requires 2 years of study. There is no campus requirement, and coursework uses a cohort model with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction; students will need to have a webcam to participate in some online forums. Tuition for this program breaks down to about $400 per credit for Texas residents, and just over $750 per credit for out-of-state students. Texas State will accept students from across the country, but emphasizes that out-of-state students should check the status of their home state’s policies on distance education. Currently, the university’s website lists 21 states for which the MSW distance program has been approved.

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 #21. Humboldt State University

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Located in Arcata, California, Humboldt State is the northernmost campus of the 23-campus California State University system. Recent accolades include being named a “Top Western University” by U.S. News and World Report, and a “Green College” by The Princeton Review.

The Department of Social Work at Humboldt State University offers a part-time online MSW program with a focus on rural and indigenous communities. The advanced standing option, for students with a bachelor’s degree in social work, is comprised of 40 credits and can be completed in 2 years, while the traditional track requires 75 credits and will take 3.5 years to finish. This cohort-based program accepts students into the traditional program every spring, while the advanced standing track begins each fall.  There is a lot of asynchronous study, but students are required to log on for a two hour class every Monday evening (6:00-8:00 p.m., Pacific time). The only campus requirement is a 4-day orientation and seminar each January; for out-of-state students, this could be a good excuse to visit Northern California. The program accepts students from across the country, and offers the same flat-rate tuition of $510 per credit to all.

 #22. Portland State University

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The only MSW program in the state of Oregon is a good one, and they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Over the years, their campus-based social work program has come to be recognized as one of the top 50 in the nation.

The Portland State School of Social Work offers a part-time, 3-year online MSW program with a macro concentration on “Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations”. This program is open to students living in any state, but Oregon residents (and those living in some counties in Washington) are the only ones offered in-state tuition. Using a quarters system with four quarters per year, students complete 78 credits over the course of 3 years of study. Portland State uses a cohort model with fall start dates. Instruction is  largely asynchronous, although some classes utilize periodic online meetings with professors. All students are required to attend 3 days of workshops and meetings on the Portland campus at the start of each school year. Tuition is approximately $500 per credit for students qualifying as in-state, and almost $700 per credit for out-of-state students.

#23. The University of Tennessee

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The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is the state’s flagship land-grant campus. The school has invested well in their social work program, and their online program reflects this commitment to excellence.

The University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work offers an online MSW program that is specifically targeted to Tennessee residents, although it is also available to out-of-state students at higher tuition. To qualify for the program, students need to live at least 25 miles from the Knoxville or Nashville campuses. Tennessee’s Online MSW includes the whole range of options offered by their highly-rated campus-based program, and it can be completed either full or part-time. An advanced standing option (as short as 12 months) is available to qualifying students as well.  Each of these program options combine synchronistic and asynchronistic elements. Tuition is about $680 per credit for Tennessee residents, but goes up to about $1,700 per credit for out-of-state students.

#24. The University of Texas at Arlington

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The University of Texas at Arlington is a major research university that currently serves over 33,000 students. They recently made the “Best in the West” list published by The Princeton Review, and they offer more online classes than any other university in the state.

The School of Social Work at UT Arlington has been offering some online classes for years, but they have recently launched a fully online MSW degree program with a concentration on Direct Practice with Children and Families. This is a part-time program, and can be completed in 3 years (61 credits), or in just 2 years (38 credits) for those who qualify for advanced standing. Both program options begin each fall and follow a cohort model using asynchronous instruction. At this time, the program is only available to residents of the state of Texas. Tuition is approximately $440 per credit going into the fall 2014 semester.

#25. California State University – San Bernadino

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Cal-State San Bernadino is the third California State University to make this list, and this one has been named a “Best in the West” university by The Princeton Review for 11 years in a row. CSUSB sits on a scenic 440 acre from which it serves over 17,000 students each year.

The School of Social Work at Cal-State San Bernadino offers a part-time, 3 year generalist-focused MSW degree through their Pathways distance education program. Following a quarters system, this degree plan consists of 90 credits with a tuition rate of $400 per credit hour. The Pathways program uses a cohort model with sequential classes, all of which are taught by CSUSB social work faculty. The only campus requirement is a 2-day orientation at the start of the first year. Because CSUSB does not have agreements in place with every state, the school recommends that prospective students contact them to check on program availability in their area.

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There are over 230 graduate schools of social work in the United States that have received accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). With so many choices, it can be difficult to know how all these schools stack up. What follows is a ranking of the top programs across the country, programs that have emerged as leaders in the field.

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While creating our 2014-2015 ranking of the top 50 Master of Social Work degree programs, we have taken two previous rankings into account: one by U.S. News and World Report, which has ranked graduate social work programs since 1993, and the other from The Gourman Report on Graduate Schools. The Gourman Report based its results on factors such as program history, facilities, and the content of the curriculum. The rankings from U.S. News and World Report, on the other hand, are based on survey responses from senior faculty and deans. Of the two, we have given slightly more weight to the Gourman Report.

These rankings are also influenced by our own criteria such as the number of specialization and concentration options, the presence of new and innovative approaches and ideas, and the overall sense that the social work program is important to the university as a whole. Location is considered in terms of local human and recreational resources. Cost is always a factor when choosing a college, and so we have made some effort to point out the most affordable options on the list as well.

As with all college and graduate program rankings, this MSW program ranking should be used in conjunction with other tools and considerations regarding which MSW program is best for each individual student. If you’re interested in online MSW programs, be sure to check out our ranking of the top online MSW programs.

#1. University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

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The University of Chicago has been a leading private academic institution for over a century, and it’s School of Social Service Administration is among the oldest and most respected schools of social work. The school’s committed academic culture has also made it one of the most selective programs in the nation. The Gourman Report on Graduate Schools gave this program first place on their list, while U.S. News and World Report put them in a tie for #3.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration offers one of the world’s best graduate social work programs. They offer an “AM” degree, which is fully equivalent to an MSW but adds interdisciplinary theory and research that leads to even greater career flexibility after graduation. After completing the core curriculum, students choose to concentrate on either clinical practice or social administration. The school offers 9 programs of study that allow students to specialize their degree, but 60% of graduate students create their own specialization through related electives and internships. The diversity of course and internship offerings are among the best in the nation.

Accreditation
The Master of Social Work program at the University of Chicago has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and its predecessors since 1919.

 

#2. Columbia University School of Social Work

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The Columbia University School of Social Work has the distinction of being the top-ranked social work program in New York City. The school has been educating and empowering students to better their communities for over 100 years. This program is ranked at #2 in the nation by the Gourman Report (U.S. News has them tied for #5).

MSW Program Overview
Columbia University’s School of Social Work has designed an MSW program with more options than most. The curriculum offers the choice of 4 method areas, which can be applied within one of 7 fields of practice. For example, a student could choose to apply the Clinical method to the field of Refugees and Immigrants, or the method of Policy Practice to the field of Mental Health & Disabilities. The possible combinations are endless. There are 9 dual degrees, including an MSW/International Affairs degree and an MSW/Urban Planning degree, and the school also offers 4 minors in areas such as business administration and international social welfare. Because of its urban location in the largest city in the nation, field placements are vibrant and diverse.

Accreditation
The Columbia University School of Social Work was first accredited in 1919 by predecessors to the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

 

#3. University of Michigan School of Social Work

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The University of Michigan School of Social Work in Ann Arbor has been offering graduate degrees in social work since the early days of the profession, and has enjoyed recognition as one of the best graduate program in social work in the country. U.S. News and World Report put this program in a tie for 1st place, and the Gourman Report on Graduate Schools ranked this program #3. Graduates from this public research university often go on to hold high positions in community organizations.

MSW Program Overview
University of Michigan’s School of Social Work offers a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program with a great variety of courses and concentrations. All students choose both a “practice method” concentration – interpersonal, community, management, or policy – and a “practice area” in which to apply their chosen method. Practice areas include aging, children and families, and mental health. A Certificate in Global Social Work augments a strong global studies program. An advanced standing program for students holding a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) allows select students to reduce the length of the program based on past academic experience.

Accreditation
The University of Michigan School of Social Work has been accredited since 1922 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and its predecessors.

 

#4. Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work

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The Brown School of Social Work has been a part of Washington University in St. Louis for 100 years, and the Master of Social Work program has been available through the university since 1945. Seminars and professional development workshops in social work keep the university connected with the local community. U.S. News and World Report placed this program in a tie for first place; the Gourman Report ranked them #9.

MSW Program Overview
Washington University in St. Louis’s Brown School of Social Work offers one of the most flexible Master of Social Work (MSW) programs in the nation. Students can choose from concentrations in gerontology, children & families, health, mental health, and economic development; students can also choose to create their own concentration based on their own interests. With connections to over 400 field internship agencies both locally and globally, there is a field learning experience for every career goal. Dual degree programs are available for students who want to combine their social work degree with one in business, Jewish studies, architecture, law, public health or divinity studies – and with over $4 million in social work scholarships available to students in the program, the cost of attendance can be significantly less than the price tag.

Accreditation
The Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work has offered a fully accredited MSW program since 1928.

#5. Case Western Reserve University School of Applied Social Sciences

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The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University has been providing students in the Cleveland area with social work education since 1915. The Gourman Report ranks this school at #6, while U.S. News and World Report puts them in 9th place; the university is also highly reviewed by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

MSW Program Overview
Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences offers an on-campus Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) program that prepares students for a career in either clinical or administrative social work. Students choose between a concentration in Community & Social Development or Direct Practice; the specializations available for direct practice students include aging, alcohol & drug abuse, health, mental health, and children youth & families. The 60-credit program is traditionally finished over the course of two years, but students who work full time or have other obligations can enroll in a weekend-only program that lasts three years or a part-time program of up to four years. Situated within a prestigious private research university, the Mandel School is one of the top three schools at Case Western in terms of per-capita external research funding. The Mandel School also boasts the most endowed professorships among all social work schools across the nation.

Accreditation
Case Western’s MSW program has been accredited since 1919 by the CSWE and its predecessors.

 

#6. The University of Pennsylvania

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The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia is a private, ivy-league school that was founded by Benjamin Franklin, and is one of the oldest universities in the country. Their School of Social Policy and Practice (known as “SP2”) is over 100 years old itself, and was recognized as a top 5 MSW program in the Gourman Report on Graduate Schools, as well as being ranked 16th by U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice may be over 100 years old, but it offers a recently redesigned MSW curriculum that keeps it on the cutting edge of the field. Classes are small, with only 10-25 students, and there are eleven dual degree programs, which is the most selection of any school reviewed. They also offer eight certificate and specialization programs, as well as study-abroad opportunities. There are over 40 electives listed in the course catalog, divided into “clinical” and “macro” categories, and almost 150 field placement agencies listed as current options for students. All this adds up to one of the broadest ranges of opportunities and choices for MSW students in the nation.

Accreditation
The University of Pennsylvania’s social work program has been accredited by the CSWE and its predecessors since 1919.

#7. The University of Wisconsin at Madison

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With a rich history, relatively affordable in-state tuition, and a friendly, college town atmosphere, the University of Wisconsin is a great choice for graduate studies. It doesn’t hurt that the School of Social Work has a national reputation for excellence and community involvement, and was ranked #4 in Princeton’s “Gourman Report on Graduate Schools”. The school was also tied for 11th place in the rankings complied by U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
The Masters of Social Work Program at the University of Wisconsin offers both full-time and part-time programs, as well as an “advanced standing” program for students that have earned a BSW in the past 5 years. Students can choose from among three main areas of concentration: Child, Youth, and Family Welfare; Health, Aging, and Disability; and Mental Health. Faculty are involved in research addressing the needs of children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. The School of Social Work was established as a separate program within the University system in 1946, after decades of foundation-laying by personalities such as Helen I. Clarke, an early pioneer in the settlement house movement.

Accreditation
The University of Wisconsin has been accredited by the CSWE and its predecessors since 1922.

 

#8. The University of California at Berkeley

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UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare offers a dynamic 2-year MSW program along with all the perks that come from living in one of the most legendary college town in the country. The school was ranked 7th among MSW programs by U.S. News and World Report, and 12th by the Gourman Report, and as a state university this program has relatively low tuition.

MSW Program Overview
The School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley allows students to pick from five areas of concentration: Children and Families, Community Mental Health, Gerontology, Health, and Management and Planning. Specialized training is offered for students seeking the qualifications to work in child welfare or school settings. A dual MSW/MPH degree is offered through collaboration with the School of Public Health, and a concurrent Masters Degree in Public Policy can be pursued as well. Staffed by internationally recognized faculty researchers, UC Berkeley engages in innovative research and practice techniques: for example, in fall 2014 the school will sponsor a panel discussion on using restorative justice as a tool for creating healthier public schools.

Accreditation
UC Berkeley’s School of Social Service has offered an accredited MSW program since 1944.

 

#9. University of Southern California School of Social Work

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As one of the state’s most prestigious colleges, the University of Southern California has maintained its reputation as an innovator in social work education since becoming the first West Coast university to offer a full-time social work program. This is a private research university with a flagship campus in Los Angeles, although the MSW program is also offered on satellite campuses in Irvine and San Diego. Their MSW program is currently tied for 11th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings, and is in 15th place according to the Gourman Report.

MSW Program Overview
University of Southern California’s School of Social Work offers a strong MSW program that flexes to meet the needs of students through full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options. Students choose an areas of concentration from children & families, health, mental health, community organization, or social work & global business. Students can further specialize their choice by selecting a sub-concentration related to a specific population. USC offers 8 dual degrees that can be earned alongside the MSW in disciplines as diverse as law and gerontology. The vibrant field program places USC students with agencies across the city, while the Global Immersion program provides learning and service opportunities around the world.

Accreditation
The University of Southern California School of Social Work has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and its predecessors since 1922.

 

#10. The University of Texas at Austin

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Situated in the cultural hub of Austin – a college city famous for its music scene – the University of Texas is a public research university and another great choice for graduate social work studies. This innovative MSW program received 7th place in the U.S. News rankings, as well as 19th in the Gourman Report on Graduate Schools.

MSW Program Overview
MSW Students at the University of Texas choose between the two concentration areas of Clinical Social Work or Community and Administrative Leadership. They can also participate in innovative “portfolio programs”, which are clustered elective classes, some of which are pulled from other graduate programs within the university. For example, students may choose to take a group of electives in disability studies, dispute resolution, gerontology, nonprofit leadership, or gender studies. Finally, there are four dual degrees available that allow students to complete concurrent degrees in Public Health, Public Affairs, Divinity, and Law. Along with all this variety, UT Austin offers flexible entry and exit points, which means students can select the speed of study that best suits their needs.

Accreditation
The University of Texas at Austin received CSWE accreditation for their MSW program in 1952.

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#11. The University of Pittsburgh

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The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work is 94 years old, and has been a leader in social work education for decades. They were recently recognized with an 8th place ranking in the Gourman Report, and were ranked 11th by U.S. News and World Report in 2013. The university is technically private but does receive state funding, which means tuition falls somewhere in the middle ground between the average private and state school.

MSW Program Overview
The MSW program at the University of Pittsburgh offers two main concentration areas, direct practice and community organization.. Situated in Allegheny County, which has one of the oldest per capita populations in the country, the MSW program partners with numerous agencies that serve the elderly through several aging initiatives. They also participate in the Child Welfare Education for Leadership (CWEL) program with other schools of social work in the state of Pennsylvania, and their Center on Race and Social Problems is known across the nation. 7 distinct dual-degrees are available for students looking to combine the MSW with knowledge from another field. Offering a full-time MSW program in the city of Pittsburgh, as well as part-time options designed for working adults at their Johnstown and Bradford campuses, the University of Pittsburgh has continued to innovate and adapt into the 21st century.

Accreditation
The University of Pittsburgh has offered a fully accredited MSW program since 1918.

 

#12. The University of North Carolina

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Located in one of the most respected academics hubs in the world, the “research triangle” of Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, the University of North Carolina has provided cutting edge social work education since 1920. The program was tied for 5th place in the 2013 edition of the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

MSW Program Overview
The School of Social Work at UNC offers a 2-year Masters Program, as well as a 12 month advanced standing program for students who have previously earned a BSW. There is also a 3-year distance education option available. Students are offered concentrations in direct practice or management & community practice, but can also choose a flexible “self-directed” concentration that is developed in conjunction with faculty advisors. Dual degrees are available through partnerships between UNC’s School of Public Health, the School of Law, and the Department of Public Administration. There is even a dual degree offered through the Duke University Divinity School. In-state tuition is low, relative to state schools in other regions.

Accreditation
The UNC School of Social Work has been accredited by the CSWE and its predecessors since 1920.

 

#13. Boston University School of Social Work

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Boston University is a world-class private university in urban Boston with over 150 years of history. The BU School of Social Work has been in operation since 1937, offering one of the most highly regarded MSW degree programs in the country. U.S. News and World Report has this program in a tie for 16th place.

MSW Program Overview
The Master of Social Work program at Boston University offers programs tailored to either clinical or macro-practice social work. Clinical specializations include aging, trauma, family therapy, group work, and behavioral medicine. Students in the macro concentration focus on concerns of program development, assessment, and agency management. A variety of certificates programs respond to the need for specially trained social workers in specific practice areas, and a dual degree with School of Education allows MSW students to be trained as educators for children and families. The international program supports cross-cultural learning and offers opportunities for study in places like Mali and Puerto Rico, and an engaged faculty with a broad set of research interests ensure a diversity of ideas on campus.

Accreditation
The Boston University Master of Social Work program received accreditation for their MSW program in 1939.

 

#14. Virginia Commonwealth University

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Since its inception in 1917, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work in Richmond, Virginia has become known as one of the best social work programs in the nation. Social and economic justice has remained integral to the school’s values over the years, and the faculty members in the School of Social Work are known around the world for their research and practice. U.S. News and World Report places this program as tied for 11th place in their rankings.

MSW Program Overview
Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Social Work offers a 60-credit on-campus Master of Social Work (MSW) program that can be completed in 2-3 years, depending on enrollment status. Before beginning their second year of studies, students choose between a concentration in clinical social work or social work administration, and internships will relate to this choice. VCU has a strong international program, with intern-exchange and service-learning opportunities, but most of the knowledge base drawn from faculty research is re-invested in the local community, where the school works with dozens of local agencies to assess existing programs and assist in the development and delivery of social services. As a result, there are over 400 agencies that welcome VCU students as field interns.

Accreditation
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work was first accredited to teach social work in 1919.

 

#15. Fordham University

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This prestigious Jesuit educational institution consists of 10 nonprofit schools and colleges across New York City. Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service has been regarded among the very best school’s of social work since its inception in 1916. U.S. News and World Report currently has them tied for #11 in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
Fordham University offers a 66-credit Master of Social Work degree through their Graduate School of Social Service. Students in the program complete foundation studies before choosing a concentration area from clinical social work, leadership/macro practice, or research. Fordham’s research institutes address the social concerns of women, children, and the elderly, and the Fordham Center for Nonprofit Leaders prepares students for careers in this growing sector. There is a good selection of full and part-time enrollment options. The school has three different campuses across the city; field placement opportunities are endless, and the diverse student body with small classes led by prestigious faculty ensure a well-rounded educational experience.

Accreditation
Fordham University first received accreditation for their MSW program in 1929.

 

#16. The University of Minnesota

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This historic northern university has been climbing the ranks lately, thanks to a strong commitment to social work research and values through a “local meets global” perspective. Students here can choose from a number of concentrations and benefit from a seasoned faculty and a rich history of instruction. U.S. News ranked this school as tied for #33, but the Gourman Report was impressed enough to rank them #10 in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Minnesota is a land-grant public research university, and its MSW program, located on the Saint Paul campus, has developed a strong academic tradition that emphasizes social justice and diversity. The program’s areas of specialty include Clinical Mental Health, Community Practice, Families and Children, and Health, Disability and Aging. Dual-degrees have also been established in Public Policy, Urban Planning, and Public Health. The university’s social work program is also involved with five research centers, some of which address issues of child welfare and family violence. One remarkable initiative – the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking – focuses on conflict resolution; this center conducts research and training, and even facilitates dialogue internationally in areas such as Northern Ireland and Palestine/Israel. Despite some outstanding academic achievements, the school of social work remains grounded in a “person and environment” perspective with the stated goal that every graduate “have a practical understanding of how power and privilege, and their opposites, shape the roles that all of us play in society”.

Accreditation
The University of Minnesota’s program has been accredited by the CSWE and its predecessors since 1919.

 

#17. Boston College

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Boston College is a private Catholic university that has developed one of the best MSW programs in the country. This innovative program is located in Chestnut Hill, just six miles from downtown Boston. Distinctions include a 10th place ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
Students in the MSW program at Boston College first choose between a “Clinical” or “Macro” focus for their degree. Within those specializations, there are six areas of concentration, including Children Youth and Families, Global Practice, Health, Mental Health, and Older Adults and Families. Additionally, there are eight certificate programs available, which allow students to focus on areas as diverse as immigration, neuroscience, and military veterans. Dual degrees are offered in law, business, and pastoral ministry. This MSW program is notable for its work with aging populations through the Boston College Institute on Aging, and for immigration studies through their Immigrant Integration Lab. They are also well-known for international field placements through the Global Studies concentration. With program lengths running from one to four years, Boston College offers students the flexibility to complete their studies at their own chosen pace.

Accreditation
Boston College first received accreditation for its MSW program in 1936.

 

#18. Rutgers University

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Rutgers is a public research university in New Jersey. It’s social work program is the fourth largest in the country, and is offered at three campus locations in New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark. This program was recognized with a #14 ranking in the Gourman Review of Graduate Schools, as well as being #26 on the list of U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
Rutgers University offers a lot of choice to their MSW students. Not only is the full program offered on three separate campuses, but options include a 1-year advanced standing program, an “intensive weekend” program designed for working adults, and a “blended” online and campus-based program. Rutgers offers both a clinical concentration and a management and policy concentration, within which students can complete certificate programs in Addictions Counseling, Aging, Jewish Studies, or Violence Against Women and Children. There is one dual degree option in law and social work, and another dual degree that combines an MSW with a divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. The School of Social work also operates a number of innovative centers and programs such as the Center for Leadership and Management, the Center for Gambling Studies, and the Center for International Social Work. These initiatives provide unique opportunities to Rutgers students that can translate into career-building experiences.

Accreditation
Rutgers University has offered an accredited MSW program since 1957.

#19. Tulane University

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At the oldest school for social work in the deep south, Tulane MSW students find a rich tradition and a wide variety of program options. They also find newly renovated and modernized facilities in a new downtown New Orleans location, just a few steps from Canal Street. This program was ranked 20th in the Gourman Report, and placed 44th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings – which came out before the school occupied its new, expanded location.

MSW Program Overview
The MSW program at Tulane offers several certificate programs within their curriculum, in areas including Disaster Mental Health, Family Practice, and Global Social Work. Dual degrees can be pursued in Public Health or Law. Perhaps most unique to Tulane is a new dual degree program which combines an MSW with a Master of Science in Disaster Resilience Leadership. This program prepares students for careers in the planning and implementation of relief efforts to vulnerable communities worldwide – and Tulane’s Resilience Leadership Academy recently received almost 1 million dollars from Unicef to fund their resiliency research in Mali. But all the international opportunities at the Tulane School of Social Work don’t diminish the diversity of the local city culture and the great variety of opportunities for field placements that MSW students can find right outside their own front door.

Accreditation
Tulane received its accreditation in 1927 and has never looked back.

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#20. University of Washington School of Social Work

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Founded in 1861, the University of Washington in Seattle has since risen to prominence as the premier research institution in the Pacific Northwest. The UW School of Social Work was established in 1934, growing to become one of the most recognized and respected schools of its kind. U.S. News and World Report put this program in a tie for 3rd place; the Gourman Report ranked them at #29.

MSW Program Overview
The Master of Social Work degree program at UW prepares students for direct practice with every population, and for policy work with a variety of social issues. Students begin their coursework with a foundation year that builds a base of knowledge for solving complex social problems. The advanced year prepares students for careers and leadership positions in the field. The university operates a number of research and innovation centers, addressing issues of interest to social workers such as Indigenous Wellness, Women’s Welfare, Poverty & Policy, Suicide Prevention, and Diversity & Justice. Program options include the full-time day program, as well as an extended degree program and an advanced standing program. This flexibility allows the school to accommodate students in every stage of life. The MSW curriculum is constantly evaluated and revised to ensure that students’ skills are up to date.

Accreditation
The Master of Social Work program at the University of Washington has been accredited since its inception in 1934.

 

#21. CUNY – Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work

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The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College is New York City’s oldest social work program. Many of their graduates are drawn from the five boroughs of the city, and they emphasize diversity both in their admissions process and in their course offerings. This MSW program was recently tied for 16th in the U.S. News and World Report rankings, and come in at #25 in the Gourman Report on Graduate Schools.

MSW Program Overview
With a broad, well-designed curriculum that emphasizes applied knowledge through social work practice, students at the Silberman School of Social Work choose from field placement opportunities that are as diverse as the city itself. Every student enrolls in one of four “methods concentrations”, which are sets of three courses in either Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families, Group Work, Community Organization, or Leadership and Management. The school offers a range of options and time frames for completing the MSW program; students can enroll in either full-time or accelerated programs, and there is also a “one year residency” program designed for students who are currently employed in social service agencies. This residency program, which despite its name does take two years to complete, allows the students to continue working and to use their paying job as an academically-supported field placement throughout the second year of their studies.

Accreditation
The Hunter College MSW program has been accredited since 1958.

 

#22. University of Denver

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This MSW program in Colorado’s mile-high city offers students a great variety of concentrations and specializations, as well as opportunities for international study. The off-campus outdoor recreation is also hard to beat. This private university was founded in 1864. U.S. News and World Report ranked this program #26, while the Gourman Report bumped them up to #22.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work allows students to begin studies within their chosen area of specialization relatively quickly, which means you won’t have to wait long to dig into one of their eight concentrations or three certificate programs. In addition to the standard fare, the program offers unique choices such as a certificate in “animal-assisted social work”. Dual degrees can be designed individually or pursued in established dual programs including law, international studies, and theology. The University of Denver has some international internship opportunities available, and they also offer the MSW program at satellite campuses in Glenwood Springs and Durango for Colorado natives who can’t quite get themselves to move to the big city. Whichever campus you pick, you’ll never be far from the world-class skiing and outdoor recreation.

Accreditation
The University of Denver first received its accreditation in 1933.

#23. Smith College

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The Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts offers a world-class, clinically-focused program to their MSW students. This private university boasts a student-faculty ratio of four to one, and supports field placements not only in their local area but around the nation as well. U.S. News and World Report placed them in a tie for 16th on their list.

MSW Program Overview
Smith College uses an innovative “block plan” in its curriculum, which runs for a total of 27 months (18 months for advanced standing). In the full-time program, three consecutive summers are spent on campus, working through intensive 10-week academic sessions. The fall and spring semesters are devoted entirely to field placements around the country, during which students work closely with faculty advisers to reflect on and grow through their experiences. Students can select from over 120 agencies sprinkled over 20 states. There are even opportunities for placement in Canada. The program is clinically-focused, and has a unique, outspoken focus on the power of relationships as a tool for promoting personal change.

Accreditation
The Smith College School for Social Work has been accredited by the CSWE and its predecessors since 1919.

 

#24. The University of California at Los Angeles

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The Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA offers an MSW program with ten areas of concentration to choose from. This public research university has a solid reputation, and sits on a beautiful campus in the heart of Los Angeles. U.S. News put UCLA’s social work program in a tie for 16th place, while the Gourman Report ranked this program #23 in the country.

MSW Program Overview
Students in the MSW program at UCLA choose from among ten distinct areas of concentration, including Aging, Immigration, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Youth/Families. The program length is two years, with students picking either a “micro” or “macro” focus for their second-year studies. Situated within the School of Public Affairs, students have opportunities to get involved in programs addressing transportation and nonprofit leadership, as well as centers for research on inequality, aging policy, and health policy. The program is expansive enough that every students can create an individualized learning adventure on their way to graduation.

Accreditation
UCLA’s MSW program has been accredited since 1949.

 

#25. The University of Maryland

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Located in the city of Baltimore, the University of Maryland offers a top-tier MSW program with a good selection of specializations and dual-degrees. Students with a BSW degree may apply for an advanced standing program. The U.S. News list placed Maryland’s MSW program in a tie for 16th place.

MSW Program Overview
Each student will choose between a clinical or macro concentration, though combining the two is also an option. In the second year of the program, students select a specialization for their field practicum; choices include Aging, Families & Children, Health, Behavioral Health, and Community Action/Social Policy. A unique sub-specializations is also available in Employee Assistance Programs. Available dual-degrees include Jewish Studies, Law, Business (MBA), and Public Health. Of special interest is this program’s growing international focus. Students can take courses on health, social justice, and comparative social work practice that include international travel, and they can also participate in coursework and field placements at partner universities in London and Cochin, India. Whatever your personal interest in social work, you are likely to find the University of Maryland is a good fit.

Accreditation
The University of Maryland has offered an accredited MSW program since 1963.

 

#26. Ohio State University

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Located in the city of Columbus, the MSW program at Ohio State has enrollment options that range from advanced standing (three semesters) to part-time program lengths of up to four years. Students make statewide connections at more than 700 field placement agencies, and pick from a good variety of course options. The Gourman Report ranked this school #11, while U.S. News and World Report put them in a tie for 26th place.

MSW Program Overview
The curriculum in this program is flexible and diverse. MSW program participants choose from four areas of specialization; Aging & Health, Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Child & Youth Services, or Community & Social Justice. All students will also select from courses approaching these issues from both the micro and macro levels of practice, and coursework is rounded out with choices from a list of 30 electives. Students at Ohio State can also pursue specialized training in school social work, child welfare, or the interdisciplinary study of aging. The MSW can even be combined with other disciplines to create dual-degrees in Public Health, Public Affairs, or City & Regional Planning. To top it all off, Ohio State has also developed a vibrant international program that participates in both scholar exchange and study-abroad programs and offering an “international track” within the traditional MSW course load. Students are able to pursue their own individual interests within the structure of an established academic leader.

Accreditation
Ohio State’s MSW program has been accredited by the CSWE and its predecessor since 1919.

 

#27. New York University – Silver School of Social Work

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NYU’s Silver School of Social Work offers a premiere MSW program within a private, research-based university atmosphere. Located in the heart of New York City, this urban program has focused on social justice issues in the city for decades. U.S. News and World Report put them in a tie for 16th place on their list.

MSW Program Overview
NYU’s Silver School offers a clinically focused, research-informed program. The original direct-practice emphasis of the school is still evident today in their curriculum, but there are also new focus areas including policy, integrated health/behavioral healthcare, and global social work. There are six different ways to pursue a degree, from advanced standing (16 month) to a 32 month part-time program. The Silver School maintains its clinical emphasis through its excellent field programs, which offer specializations in practice areas such as Children & Families, Adolescents in Schools, Substance Abuse, LGBTQ Populations, End-of-Life Care, Mental Health, and Macro/Micro Practice in Organizations. Dual degrees are available in Law, Public Administration, Public Health, and Child Development. With connections to community agencies across the city, NYU is able to support one of the most dynamic internship programs in the country. You can even spend the first year of the degree program at the new NYU-Shanghai campus – as long as you are fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Accreditation
The Silver School of Social Work has been accredited by the CSWE since 1955.

 

#28. The State University of New York – Buffalo

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The SUNY-Buffalo MSW Program combines the benefits of a research university with low in-state tuition. Located on the northeast shores of Lake Erie, students can play on the lake (in warm weather) or take easy day trips to Toronto. U.S. News and World Report ranked this program as tied for #26.

MSW Program Overview
The School of Social Work at SUNY-Buffalo has revised their program in recent years to reflect a cutting-edge synthesis between trauma-informed and human rights perspectives. This innovative approach distinguishes Buffalo from other programs, and brings them into communication with the international knowledge base of the profession. Evidence of this unique lens is can be seen throughout the MSW curriculum. International study and internship experiences can be pursued in locations as diverse as Brazil, Moldova, and Canada, and dual degrees are offered in law, business, and public health. MSW students are invited to participate in and create research projects through the Buffalo Center for Social Research. SUNY-Buffalo is an active research community that has demonstrated a willingness to allow research to inform change as it grows into the future.

Accreditation
SUNY-Buffalo’s MSW program has been accredited by the CSWE and its predecessors since 1934.

 

#29. The State University of New York – Albany

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The School of Social Welfare at SUNY-Albany offers an urban-based MSW program with a highly respected and active faculty. As part of the state university system, tuition is relatively affordable. U.S. News and World Report ranked this school as tied for #24.

MSW Program Overview
The SUNY-Albany program offers courses and research opportunities to meet a wide range of interests. There are full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options; all students will choose between clinical practice and organizational management as their area of concentration. The Internships in Aging Project offers a degree specialization in gerontology, while interdisciplinary certificates are available in public affairs and policy, nonprofit management, and health disparities. Dual degrees can be pursued in criminal justice, law, public health, and bio-ethics. The school has eight different research centers, with focuses ranging from mental health to homelessness to aging, and the faculty have been ranked in the top 5% in the nation for their research productivity. Their relationships with agencies across the city enhances field internships, and helps this MSW program graduate well-prepared and well-connected social workers.

Accreditation
The SUNY-Albany MSW program has been accredited by the CSWE since 1968.

 

#30. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a public land-grant university in the Big Ten Conference. This is the flagship campus in the University of Illinois system. The School of Social Work offers a dynamic, research-informed MSW program that earned a #16 ranking from U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
The School of Social Work at the University of Illinois offers five areas of concentration for MSW specialization: students pick from Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change, Children, Youth, and Families, Mental Health, Health Care, or School Social Work. In an innovative twist, the field program is completely separated from semesters of coursework to allow for total immersion in the field placements. In keeping with the university-wide emphasis on research, the school developed the Children & Family Research Center in 1996 through a collaboration with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services. This Center continues to provide opportunities to MSW students to work with faculty and other professionals on research projects and community initiatives.

Accreditation
The University of Illinois’ flagship campus has offered a fully accredited MSW program since 1946.

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#31. The University of Utah

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The College of Social Work at the University of Utah has been providing social work education since 1937. Located in Salt Lake City, the university has connections to over 300 local and global social service agencies, as well as unlimited outdoor opportunities in the Wasatch Mountains and skiing in nearby Park City. The Gourman Report ranked this program at #21 in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
MSW students at the University of Utah will find a wide range of specializations and field placements to choose from. After working through some generalist foundational courses, students can focus their studies on a number of areas including forensic social work, global social work, aging, mental health, and substance abuse. Graduate certificates can be pursued in women’s health and disability studies, and the university also offers dual degrees in public health, public administration, and law. The College of Social Work has screened and accepted over 300 agencies to its field internship program, all of which have demonstrated a commitment to the same values of diversity and social justice that inform the mission of the program. The rich history of the school, and it’s beautiful mountain location, combine to make the University of Utah a great choice for graduate social work studies.

Accreditation
The MSW program at the University of Utah has been fully accredited since 1940.

 

#32. Saint Louis University

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Saint Louis University is a private Jesuit university with a research focus. Their school of Social Work offers a strong MSW program with a number of dual-degree and certificate options. The Gourman Report ranked this program at #18.

MSW Program Overview
This program has a strong commitment to social justice that is informed by their Jesuit heritage. After taking foundational courses, students choose between clinical, community and organization, or applied behavior analysis as their area of concentration. Seven diverse areas of specialization are offered, addressing issues such as trauma informed care and nonprofit administration. The dual-degrees available include law, public health, and pastoral studies. The full-time program is two years long, but up to 18 credits can be waived for students with a BSW degrees. As a research university, faculty at the School of Social Work are actively researching topics such as community development, diversity, and poverty. The School also operates the Doerr Center for Social Justice Education and Research, which sponsors discussions and fosters community engagements while providing a variety of scholarships for MSW students.

Accreditation
Saint Louis University has been accredited by the CSWE to confer the MSW degree since 1974.

 

#33. The University of Louisville

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The Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville was founded in 1936, and has a strong and growing tradition of leadership in social work education. Louisville is a public research university with an urban location, and its research initiatives are well-funded with considerable federal support. U.S. News and World Report ranked this school at #37.

MSW Program Overview
The diverse program of study at the Kent School of Social Work allows MSW students to specialize in Marriage and Family Therapy, Military Social Work, School Social Work, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, Gerontology, or Psychosocial Oncology. Dual-degrees are available in law, bioethics, women’s and gender studies, and pan-African studies, as well as an MSW/MDIV through a collaboration with the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. The international program participates in two-week scholar exchanges with universities around the world. Strengths of the Kent School include research on health disparities and aging, and the school has the only endowed chair in oncology social work in the nation.

Accreditation
The University of Louisville has offered a fully accredited MSW program since 1937.

 

#34. Michigan State University

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Michigan State in East Lansing has a beautiful 5,000 acre campus, located just minutes from the capital city of Lansing. Founded in 1855, this is one of the original land-grant universities in the United States. The Gourman Report ranks this program at #17, while U.S. News and World Report placed them in a tie for #26.

MSW Program Overview
Students in the MSW program at Michigan State begin with generalist studies before choosing a concentration in either Clinical Social Work or Organizational and Community Practice. Specialized study is offered in areas such as family therapy, infant mental health, school social work, law and social work (including a JD/MSW degree), and gerontology. Internships in these and other practice areas are offered through MSU’s established field program, and easy access to the state capital enhances opportunities for students to become involved with political advocacy and policy work. Program lengths run from one year for advanced standing, two years for full-time and three years in the part-time program. The university also offers a weekend MSW program, and even satellite programs in the three cities of Flint, Oakland, and Saginaw.

Accreditation
Michigan State’s MSW program has been accredited by the CSWE since 1952.

 

#35. Yeshiva University

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The Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University has been a leader in social work education since 1957. With roots as a training school for group workers in New York City’s Jewish Community Centers, Yeshiva quickly expanded their program to offer a full curriculum of graduate social work studies. The Gourman Report ranked this university’s MSW program as the 13th best in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
Yeshiva’s Wurzweiler School confers and MSW degree with emphasis areas of clinical settings, group work, or community organization. Additional certification opportunities are offered in gerontology, child welfare, Jewish philanthropy, Jewish communal service, and social work in military settings. Full-time, part-time, and advanced standing enrollment is available, as well as a “summer block program” that uses three consecutive summers to complete all classroom work, with the fall and spring semesters focusing on field internships around the city. Yeshiva is a private research university originally founded as an institution for Jewish scholarship, but students come from many backgrounds, and the university welcomes every race, faith, orientation and creed. The university does like to highlight the contributions of Jewish thought to social work, and all students are required to take “Jewish Social Philosophy” in their second year. There is also a unique “interdenominational clergy” program that offers clergy supervision to interested students.

Accreditation
Yeshiva University’s MSW program first received its CSWE accreditation in 1959.

 

#36. University of Illinois – Chicago

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The city of Chicago has a number of good social work programs, and this one certainly deserves to make the list. U.S. News ranked this school at #24, while the Gourman Report gave them 26th place.

MSW Program Overview
The Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illionois Chicago takes it’s name from the pioneering founder of the profession, whose life work included a focus on the city’s poorest citizens. The College carries that tradition forward, and offers concentration studies in child & family, community development, mental health, and school social work. There are also unique interdisciplinary concentrations available in gender & women’s studies and violence studies. There are several schedule options, including a “P.M.” schedule that schedules coursework in the evenings. With the diversity of the city at it’s doorstep, students in this program will have no problem finding field internships that align with their own interests

Accreditation
The University of Illinois Chicago has had an accredited masters program since 1946.

 

#37. Catholic University of America

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The National Catholic School of Social Service at Catholic University of America is located in Washington, D.C. and offers unparalleled proximity to the political engines of the nation. Founded in 1918, the School of Social Service offers a unique balance of social work professional ideals and Catholic social teaching. The Gourman Report ranked this program as the 16th best in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
MSW students come to Catholic University from all faiths and many nations. After completing foundational courses, students choose between policy and management, clinical practice, or a “combined” focus for their advanced studies. Students on the clinical track can specialize even further by choosing to study either “clinical health” or “clinical military”. The School of Social Service also operates six research centers addressing issues such as international social development, spirituality and social work, and global issues of aging. In these centers students have the opportunity to work with faculty on cutting-edge research and educational initiatives. The school’s location in the national capital gives students an unmatched selection of internships, not only in placements related to public policy but also in world-renowned agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, Catholic Charities, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Whitman Walker Clinics. It’s not difficult to imagine why many graduates begin their careers within the same agencies that have supported their education.

Accreditation
Catholic University of America has been accredited by the CSWE and its predecessors to confer the MSW degree since 1923.

 

#38. The University of Iowa

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Located in the friendly college town of Iowa City, the University of Iowa offers an excellent social work program in the heart of the Midwest. With a history that dates back to 1913, this program has continued to innovate and grow. U.S. News and World Report placed them in a tie for #44.

MSW Program Overview
Over the years, the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa has developed a broad, eclectic MSW program. Areas of emphasis include family & child welfare, organizations & communities, aging/end-of-life care, health/mental health, and diversity & social justice. The school offers a graduate certificate in culturally competent practice, co-sponsors a conference on Latino issues, operates the Aging Studies Program and has developed an end-of-life care field of practice to address the growing need for social workers in trained in this specialization. International service learning projects are offered in Mexico and India. The university is also the home of the influential National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice, and was recently awarded a major federal grant to create the National Resource Center for In-Home Services. The national research and training center’s elevate the profile of the campus and provide unique learning and service opportunities to students. The school also sponsors Wild Bill’s Coffeeshop in Iowa City, a business with 13 physically and intellectually disabled employees that seeks empowerment through inclusion.

Accreditation
The University of Iowa’s MSW program has been accredited by the CSWE and its predecessor since 1951.

 

#39. Florida State University

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Founded in 1928, the College of Social Work at Florida State University is the oldest social work program in the state. This research-focused public university has affordable in-state tuition and sits in the state capital city of Tallahassee. The Gourman Report ranked this school 24th, while U.S. News and World Report placed them in a tie for #44.

MSW Program Overview
Students in the program at Florida State choose between the clinical concentration and social policy/administration. Within these two broad categories there are a number of ways to personalize the degree; certificate programs are offered in child welfare, gerontology, and “leadership in executive and administrative development” (LEAD). Other specialized areas of study include arts and community practice and family social work practice. Florida State also offers dual masters degree in business, law, criminology, and public administration. The international program gives students opportunities to study and intern in locations as diverse as Costa Rica and Prague, and offers alternative spring break projects as well – in 2015 they’re going to Grenada. The stateside field program is equally impressive, and some of the agencies even offer stipends to their interns.

Accreditation
Florida State’s MSW program has been accredited by the CSWE since 1974.

 

#40. Bryn Mawr College

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Bryn Mawr is a small, private Quaker college located just outside of Philadelphia. While undergraduate programs admit only women, the graduate schools are open to men as well. This college was the first in the nation to offer a doctoral degree in social work. The Gourman Report ranked them at #31, while U.S. News and World Report placed them in a tie for #37.

MSW Program Overview
Founded on Quaker principles of equality and social justice, the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College is supported by the College’s historic commitment to social responsibility. Concentrations are chosen from either clinical or community practice, policy, and advocacy, and this choice will guide the second year of study. Students here will find small class sizes and dedicated faculty, and can pursue additional certification in social work and law, organizational management, and as home and school visitors. A dual degree is offered in public health. Fellowships are available through the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) and the Center for Child and Family Well-being. The School of Social Work will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015, and while still true to its roots the school has a modern curriculum that address the social complexity of the 21st century.

Accreditation
Bryn Mawr College has offered an MSW program accredited by the CSWE and its predecessors since 1919.

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#41. Arizona State University

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Arizona State is a public research university inside the Phoenix city limits. This university offers the only accredited MSW program in the state of Arizona, and faculty are actively involved in research and instruction specific to the populations of the Southwest. U.S. News and World Report ranked them at #44.

MSW Program Overview
Students in this program choose between a clinical or an administrative concentration before embarking on their advanced year of studies. Students on the clinical track will further refine their choice to focus on children and families, adult health/behavioral health, or public child welfare. Some of the available certificate programs include Latino Cultural Competency, Trauma and Bereavement, and Gerontology, and dual-degrees are offered in law and public health. The school also operates a number of innovative community and research initiatives, including the Office of Forensic Social Work, the Office of American Indian Projects, and the Southwest Collaborative on Immigration, Inequality and Poverty. As an active research community that is focusing on the needs specific to their Southwest culture, the School of Social Work at Arizona State brings students into a dynamic and symbiotic relationship with local populations.

Accreditation
Arizona State’s MSW program has been accredited by the CSWE since 1965.

 

#42. The University of Georgia

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Situated in the picturesque college town of Athens, the University of Georgia offers an MSW program that just celebrated its 50th anniversary. U.S. News and World Report placed this program in a tie for #37.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Georgia’s School of Social Work offers students a nice variety of coursework on a beautiful, shady campus that sits right on the edge of downtown Athens. A number of graduate certificates can be pursued in areas such as global health, gerontology, disability studies, marriage and family therapy, or nonprofit management through the university’s own Institute for Nonprofit Organizations. The robust global studies program could take you to Northern Ireland, Ghana, South Africa, or Peru, while a variety of service-learning projects let you earn credits while getting involved in local causes. Dual degrees are offered in public health and law. This is a reputable program with almost 50 years of experience, and the friendliness of the local southern culture just sweetens the experience of college life at UGA.

Accreditation
The University of Georgia’s MSW program became accredited by the CSWE in 1966.

#43. The University of Kansas

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The School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas offers a competitive MSW program. Located in the friendly college town of Lawrence, KU is a public research university that overlooks the city from a plateau rising above the downtown area. U.S. News and World Report ranked this program #26.

MSW Program Overview
MSW students at KU benefit from all the perks of enrollment in a major public research hub. After completing foundation courses, all students choose between clinical practice or administrative and advocacy concentrations. Those who study clinical social work will focus on either children and families, health/mental health, or aging. The full-time program will take two years to complete, but there is an advanced standing option for those already awarded a bachelor’s degree in social work. The one dual-degree on offer is an MSW/JD (law) degree, which can be completed in four years. The full-time MSW program is also offered on the Edwards campus in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City. The Edwards campus program schedules classes on evenings and weekends to support the enrollment of working adults.

Accreditation
The MSW program at the University of Kansas was first accredited by the CSWE in 1974.

 

#44. Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

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Indiana-Purdue University in Indianapolis is a major research university that houses one of the oldest social work programs in the nation. They offer a dynamic MSW curriculum that was recognized with a #26 ranking by U.S. News and World Report.

MSW Program Overview
Indiana-Purdue offers a number of scheduling options to students, from advanced standing to weekend-only programs. There are five available areas of concentration, including mental health & addictions, school social work, health, leadership, and child welfare. Joint degrees can be pursued in law and public health. The MSW program is offered at several campuses around the state, but the Indianapolis campus offers the full range of options and the benefits of long-standing field-placement relationships with local social-service agencies.

Accreditation
IUPUI’s School of Social Work has offered an accredited MSW program since 1923.

 

#45. Howard University

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Howard is a private, historically black university in Washington D.C. Their School of Social Work was established in 1935, during a period of major social policy changes in the United States. The Gourman Report ranked this school at #30, while U.S. News placed them in a tie for #33.

MSW Program Overview
Howard University’s social work program focuses on issues of social justice and human rights, with an emphasis on poverty. Students at Howard can focus on micro or macro social problems, and choose a specialization of criminal justice, displace populations, family and child welfare, social work in health care settings, mental health, or social gerontology. The field program is well-connected to the wide variety of social service agencies in our nation’s capital city. Some unique opportunities at Howard include an alternative spring break in Cape Town, South Africa, and the chance to work with the E. Franklin Frazier Center for Social Work Research or the Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center. With a long and rich history, Howard University’s School of Social Work continues to provide an excellent education informed by the “Black Perspective”.

Accreditation
Howard University’s MSW program first received its accreditation from CSWE predecessors in 1940.

 

#46. The University of Houston

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The Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston has developed a vibrant and diverse MSW program that rates very highly in the state of Texas. This program offers some unique concentrations and access to diverse populations through their field programs. U.S. News and World Report put this program in a tie for #37.

MSW Program Overview
Students in the Graduate College of Social Work take just one semester (15 credits) of foundation courses before choosing between Clinical and Macro concentrations and beginning their advanced coursework. Both concentrations offer a wide selection of elective courses. Specializations can be pursued in Gerontology, Health Disparities, Political Social Work, or Social Work Practice with Latinos. The available dual degrees combine the MSW with graduate degrees in law, public health, or business. The College has connections with over 400 social service agencies in the Houston area, so internship opportunities are unlimited. There is no advanced standing program, but students can enroll as full-time or part-time, and can even choose the “Weekend College” that allows them to continue working by keeping their weekdays free. With its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, spring break is never very far away.

Accreditation
The University of Houston first received CSWE accreditation for its MSW program in 1970.

 

#47. The University of Connecticut

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The University Of Connecticut is a public land and sea grant research school. Their School of Social Work is located on the Greater Hartford campus, affording easy access to the diversity of the capital city of Hartford. U.S. News and World report placed this program in a tie for 37th in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work has designed an MSW program that offers great course diversity in an urban location. Concentrations address both micro and macro concerns and include Casework, Group Work, Policy, Community Practice, and Administration. Additional opportunities for study and civic engagement are afforded through the university’s own Institute for Political Social Work, as well as the Center for International Social Work Studies. Dual degrees can be pursued in public health, business, and law, and a collaberation with the Yale Divinity SChool creates a combined MSW/Divinity degree. With a variety of program lengths including a “summer block” schedule, the Uconn School of Social Work is likely to have a program that meets your needs.

Accreditation
Uconn’s MSW program was first accredited by the predecessor to the CSWE in 1949.

 

#48. Portland State University

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The only MSW program in the state of Oregon is a good one, and they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Portland State offers a diverse urban environment with lots of social/recreational opportunities for students. U.S. News and World Report put this school in a tie for 33rd place.

MSW Program Overview
Students at Portland State can complete the MSW program at their own pace (one to four years), and choose from community organization, health across the lifespan, or children, youth & families as their area of concentration. In addition, select coursework can lead to a certificate in gerontology or licensure to practice in schools. A dual degree is offered in public health. Portland State also offers an innovative “Peace Corps Masters International” MSW program through a collaboration with the Peace Corps that allows students to get field credits while they serve overseas.

Accreditation
Portland State is celebrating their 50th anniversary and has been accredited by the CSWE since 1964.

 

#49. The University of Tennessee

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The University of Tennessee in Knoxville is the state’s flagship land-grant campus. At less than an hour’s drive from the Great Smoky Mountains, the university has both a great social work program and a great location. U.S. News placed this school in a tie for #37.

MSW Program Overview
The University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work offers a selection of full-time, part-time and advanced standing program options. All students choose between clinical or macro concentrations for their advanced studies; the college offers specialized competencies through programs in Gerontology, School Licensure, Trauma, and even Veterinary Social Work. Student will also find opportunities through the Social Work Office of Research and Public Service and the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center. There are ways to study abroad through the Global Initiatives program, although the college’s connection to over 400 social service agencies through their field program will offer plenty of selection if you decide to keep it local.

Accreditation
The University of Tennessee has been accredited by the CSWE and its predecessors to award the MSW degree since 1945.

 

#50. Wayne State University

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Wayne State University has an urban location in the city of Detroit. Their School of Social Work has created a program with strong field internships and connections to the community. U.S. News and World Report put this school in a tie for #37 in the nation.

MSW Program Overview
Wayne State offers both full and part-time program options, with a length of 2-4 years. As the core curriculum nears completion, students choose between a concentration on micro and macro social problems for their advanced studies. This program offers some unique interdisciplinary graduate certificates, including Infant Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Certificates can also be pursued in Gerontology and Alcohol & Drug Studies. The field program makes good use of the school’s connection to social service agencies across the city, and the continuing education program brings in professionals for lectures and workshops throughout the calendar year.

Accreditation
Wayne State’s MSW program has been accredited by the CSWE and its predecessors since 1942.

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How Do I Become a Social Worker? http://www.bestmswprograms.com/how-do-i-become-a-social-worker/ Mon, 10 Feb 2014 23:20:26 +0000 http://www.bestmswprograms.com/?p=173 If you are interested in helping others maximize their quality of life and navigate social services and other available resources, you may want to consider becoming a social worker. Social workers are on the ground in neighborhoods, communities, and institutions to provide much needed support for individuals and families in need. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, this career is expected to grow by 19 percent over the next 10 years. Read on for a complete guide to attaining the education and experience you need to become a licensed social worker.

Initially, you should do some research and identify the type of social work you’re interested in doing. Some possibilities include clinical social work, child and family social work, school social work, healthcare social work, and mental and substance abuse counseling. If possible, consider shadowing an established professional in your area of interest.

For most entry-level social work positions, you’ll need to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) from an accredited college or university. To become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a master’s degree is required. A good resource for colleges and universities with accredited social work programs is available from the Council on Social Work Education.

LSCWs may also be required to be certified by the state, which typically requires 3,000 hours of supervised clinical experience after receiving a master’s degree. However, licensure requirements vary depending on the state where you’ll be practicing.

As a social worker, you can expect to make an average of approximately $44,000 per year. This amount varies based on your specialty and the region in which you practice. Social workers who practice in schools and other educational institutions tend to earn the highest salary (around $54,000 annually), followed by those in a governmental setting, medical setting, then religious or civic setting.

Because of increased need for social services as large swaths of Americans age, demand for social workers is expected to grow faster than that for most other occupations. In addition, as more Americans seek treatment for mental illness and addiction issues, need for social workers who specialize in that area will also be in high demand.

According to the National Association of Social Workers, other specialties that are trending over the next several years include work with adolescents, behavioral health, end of life care, diversity, peace and social justice work, and international careers.

If you enjoy working with people and are concerned with social justice and services, a career as a social worker may be ideal for you. Employers are looking for candidates with superb listening skills and a genuine interest in helping others; compassion for those who may be in difficult situations as well as interpersonal skills to deal with people from many walks of life; and excellent organizational, problem solving, and time management skills.

To learn more about this profession, you may want to consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook, available online from the federal government. In addition, the National Association of Social Workers has resources for professionals and students alike.

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As populations grow and cities become more crowded than ever, public housing has become an increasingly important issue for governments around the world. However, social housing is no longer limited to characterless blocks of concrete. These days, the aim is often to provide low-cost housing to individuals and families who need it – while still affording them the dignity of well-designed and distinctive homes.

These modern public housing projects frequently incorporate eco-conscious designs and elements, as efficient energy usage tends to be a priority. Here we look at 30 of the world’s social housing developments that break the mold, undoing negative stereotypes and serving as remarkable works of architecture in their own right.

30. Mirador Housing Project – Madrid, Spain

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The Mirador housing project in Madrid’s Sanchinarro quarter is more than just a block of flats. It’s closer to a vertical collection of mini neighborhoods. Dutch architectural firm MVRDV created slits between the blocks in the construction imagined as upright alleyways, and the large open space near the top has been dubbed the “sky plaza.” This “semi-public” area provides residents with a communal meeting place and features a garden with stunning views of the nearby Guadarrama Mountains. The project won the Madrid municipality’s Best Design in Housing prize in 2005, even though it wasn’t completed until 2012. It contains 165 apartments.

29. Torre Plaça Europa – Barcelona, Spain

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This stunning eco-friendly tower in Barcelona’s relatively new Plaça Europa (Europa Square) zone completely shatters the idea of the boring, gray public housing block. Designed by local architects Roldán + Berengué, it is part of a project that includes another 25 other tower blocks, most of them social housing. The naturally ventilated building is an interesting mix of surfaces in varying shades of gray and black, giving it a decidedly futuristic look. Both recycled and 100 percent recyclable materials were used in the building’s construction, which began in 2005 and was finished in 2010. The 20-story tower contains 75 units.

28. Poljane Community Housing – Maribor, Slovenia

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Due to the fact that the Poljane Community Housing project in Maribor is located next to a busy intersection, award-winning Slovenian studio Bevk Perović architects faced spatial limitations when designing the complex. The limited exterior space prompted the company to create large community spaces, either inside the buildings, or on top of them in the form of roof gardens. The designers were also able to incorporate distinctive orange balconies, adding color and character to the otherwise somewhat plain looking walls. Completed in 2007, the four-building complex on the outskirts of the city contains 130 separate apartments.

27. Harold Housing Project – Paris, France

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Local architectural studio Jakob + Macfarlane faced a rather tricky environment when designing the Harold Housing Project in Paris, France. Faced with strict land rules, building restrictions and tree preservation orders, the project was divided into three separate apartment blocks, which are connected by a network of pathways. Completed in 2008, the eco-conscious buildings house 100 separate apartments. The complex also features ground-level shopping areas as well as wheelchair-friendly first-floor apartments. And all three blocks have green roof elements, plus rooftop solar-powered heating systems that provide the buildings with more than half of their hot water.

26. Les Nids – Courbevoie, France

26. Les Nids GÇô Courbevoie, France

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The brief for this social housing project in the relatively new urban development zone that is Les Fauvelles in Courbevoie, France was that it should “present new approaches for social housing in densely occupied urban settings.” Paris-based KOZ Architects responded with Les Nids, a two-block complex that includes innovative features such as different shaped apartments, large landings and lots of external spaces, offering residents airy views of nearby western Paris. Completed in 2010, the project was commissioned by the Courbevoie Town Council, which collaborated with social housing organization Groupe 3F to initiate a design competition and thus fill the final spot in the area. The complex includes 28 four-room social housing units.

25. Sa Pobla Social Housing – Mallorca, Spain

25. Sa Pobla Social Housing GÇô Mallorca, Spain

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Locally based architectural studio Ripoll Tizon designed the Sa Pobla social housing project in Mallorca, Spain to be both unified in its simplicity and adaptable to the needs of individual occupants. The result? This white-fronted complex, which almost looks more like a holiday resort than the kind of public housing we’re used to. The project was completed in 2012 and won first prize in the Best Residential Architecture Project category at the 2013 Architecture Plus Awards. In addition, the 19-unit project was a FAD Architecture Awards 2013 and XII Spanish Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2013 finalist.

24. Carabanchel Social Housing – Madrid, Spain

24. Carabanchel Social Housing GÇô Madrid, Spain

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This intriguing looking public housing project in Madrid’s Carabanchel district was designed by now-defunct London-based Foreign Office Architects, using what the design studio called “advanced ecological technology.” The exterior is clad with bamboo louvers, which provide environmentally sound climate control by keeping heat in during the winter months and offering respite from the searing Spanish sunshine in the summer. The project also includes a hollow “Air Tree” that is built from recycled materials and features solar panels, ivy plants, fans and water sprays, providing residents with shade and clean air much as a real tree would. The development, which was completed in 2007, is five stories high and contains 100 apartments, making it one of Europe’s biggest social housing schemes.

23. L’Astrolarbre – Paris, France

23. LGÇÖAstrolarbre GÇô Paris, France

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When architects from locally based design studio KOZ Architects first saw this location in Paris, France, their attention was drawn to an old maple tree growing on site. The architects decided to incorporate the sprawling tree into the design of the 12-unit L’Astrolarbre social housing project, infusing the urban residential development with nature. “We just couldn’t imagine to cut it down,” explained an architect from the studio. KOZ Architects also added front gardens to the ground floor and certain first floor apartments as well as an eco-friendly rainwater harvesting system for the entire development. Construction was completed in 2007.

22. Tetris Apartments – Ljubljana, Slovenia

22. Tetris Apartments GÇô Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Observing its irregular design, it’s easy to see how this block containing social housing in Ljubljana, Slovenia earned its “Tetris” name. Local firm OFIS Architects built the Tetris Apartments building utilizing cost-effective but good-quality materials like granite tiles and oak flooring. Completed in 2007, the four-story structure is situated looking in the direction of a busy highway. To compensate, the balconies and windows were angled 30 degrees away from the highway, and rather impressively, none of the windows and balconies look directly onto another apartment. What’s more, to allow for individual customization, only the main walls of the units are structural; the rest can be repositioned as desired.

21. Social Housing in Parla – Parla, Spain

21. Social Housing In Parla GÇô Parla, Spain

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Madrid-based architectural firm Arquitecnica faced the common concerns tied up with developing projects of this nature when designing this social housing scheme in Parla, Spain. The architects had to consider the size and cost of the individual apartments as well as the land that was available to them, and the result was these attractively colored blocks. The design fits the specified purpose and – thanks to the green-patterned façade – blends in smoothly with the surrounding natural landscape. Construction began in 2006, and the project was completed in 2010. Altogether, 120 low-cost units with stylish modern interiors were built with young renters in mind.

20. Hayrack Apartments – Cerklje, Slovenia

20. Hayrack Apartments GÇô Cerklje, Slovenia

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To make the most of the scenic location in the Slovenian town of Cerklje, OFIS Architects designed the Hayrack Apartments social housing project so that most of the units look out onto the neighboring mountains and fields. The crisscross motif at the front of the building was inspired by the traditional hayracks in the area – hence the name. Meanwhile, the structure’s L-shape design was built to preserve a 300-year-old lime tree on the property, such that the building and the tree are nicely integrated. The project was completed in 2007 and houses 56 low-cost apartments.

19. Angers Social Housing – Maine-et-Loire, France

19. Angers Social Housing GÇô Maine-et-Loire, France

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French architectural firm Studio Bellecour designed the Angers social housing project in France’s Maine-et-Loire department, aiming to break the mold of the stereotypically negative “concrete block” synonymous with schemes of this nature. Hence, the studio came up with a dynamic design that is both unified and intimate yet still clearly separated and defined for the different units and structures – each of which has an asymmetrical rooftop over an attic. The idea was to create a close-knit and positive environment that retains residents’ privacy, and the development was completed in 2010.

18. Vivazz, Mieres Social Housing – Asturias, Spain

18. Vivazz, Mieres Social Housing GÇô Asturias, Spain

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For its Vivazz, Mieres project in Asturias, Spain, French/Belgian design studio Zigzag Architects aimed to create a housing development that maintains a connection to nature. While the outward-facing sections of the structure are made of corrugated steel, their inward-facing counterparts feature a “double skin” comprising sizable windows and movable wooden shutters. The open spaces in the design allow natural light to enter and air to circulate. In addition, as well as enjoying spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, the development utilizes solar power and passive solar energy. Completed in 2010, in 2011 it was honored as a highly commended project at the AR+D Awards for Emerging Architecture.

17. Monterrey Housing – Nuevo León, Mexico

17. Monterrey Housing GÇô Nuevo Leo¦ün, Mexico

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The Monterrey Housing project won Chilean architectural studio Elemental a 2011 INDEX design prize. Located in Monterrey in the Mexican state of Nuevo León, the reinforced concrete units were created with the idea that occupants could modify their particular spaces themselves, depending on their personal finances. For example, the empty spaces between the units provide space for future expansion. Only the essential parts of the houses, such as the kitchens and bathrooms, are ready built. Individual adaptability seems to be an important aspect of many modern social housing projects, giving residents the feeling that they really own and have control over their living spaces.

16. Social Housing for Mine Workers – Asturias, Spain

16. Social Housing for Mine Workers GÇô Asturias, Spain

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Before this state-subsidized housing development project was constructed in the Spanish mining town of Cerredo, Asturias, it had been a quarter of century since any new homes had been built in the area. Designed by Spanish architectural studio Zon-e and completed in 2009, the two perpendicular blocks were intended to complement the colors of the surrounding countryside. Each apartment has a different floor plan, and all benefit from cross ventilation. The windows also afford stunning views of the surrounding Cantabrian Mountains.

15. Honeycomb Apartments – Izola, Slovenia

15. Honeycomb Apartments GÇô Izola, Slovenia

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This bright, eclectic and unusual social housing project is situated in Izola in the southwestern part of Slovenia. The distinctive design ensured Ljubljana-based architects OFIS won a Slovenia Housing Fund award in a competition that involved designing inexpensive housing for young families. Dubbed the Honeycomb Apartments, the two blocks enjoy a view of Izola Bay on one flank and look out onto the neighboring hills on the other. Shade and open-air access are important in this part of the world, so each unit has its own well-ventilated balcony area. Residents can also customize the interior of their apartments, while the colored fabric shades above the outdoor spaces provide privacy. Completed in 2006, the project contains 30 apartments in each block.

14. Pearcedale Parade – Melbourne, Australia

14. Pearcedale Parade GÇô Melbourne, Australia

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The bright, cheerful colors and quirky architecture of Pearcedale Parade in the Melbourne suburb of Broadmeadows makes it quite an eye-catching development. It was designed by the Victoria-based branch of CH Architects and was funded by the Brumby Labor government and Yarra Community Housing, a non-profit body dedicated to providing affordable accommodation to Victorians who need it. Completed in 2010, Pearcedale Parade contains 88 cross-ventilated units, and the development also boasts solar-powered hot water and heating. The dignity of occupants was an important factor in the design process, and the hope was that the finished project would change the way people think about community housing.

13. Bondy Social Housing – Paris, France

13. Bondy Social Housing GÇô Paris, France

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Thirty-four families were relocated into this stylish and energy efficient social housing building in the suburban municipality of Bondy in northeastern Paris. The units were designed by Parisian architectural studio Atelier du Pont. Built in a U-shape around a centralized courtyard, the development features a high-ceilinged roof, and the units benefit from ample natural light, balconies, and passive solar design – while rainwater is also used to provide eco-conscious cooling. Financed by social housing organization Immobilière3F for low-income families, the building was ready for occupation in 2010.

12. Salburúa Social Housing – Álava, Spain

12. Salburu¦üa Social Housing GÇô A¦ülava, Spain

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This housing development designed by international architectural firm ACXT proves that social housing blocks don’t have to be limited to the dull brown and grey shades often associated with them. The bright red color of the building leaps out from its much less vibrant surroundings, and the facility features a 21-story tower and a lower block of differing levels. Located in the Salburúa district of Vitoria, in the Álav province of northern Spain’s Basque Country, the apartments were built with consideration given to both energy efficiency and the comfort of residents. In Salburúa, social welfare is a matter of pride for the city council, which regards decent housing as the right of all citizens, no matter their economic status.

11. Hollande Social Housing – Pas-de-Calais, France

11. Hollande Social Housing GÇô Pas-de-Calais, France

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The influence of the 1970s architecture that surrounds this building is obvious. As for the structure itself, well while its shape may be somewhat conventional, there is actually little that’s boring about this housing project in Béthune in the French department of Pas-de-Calais. The opaque black bricks of the exterior contrast with the light-colored wood used for the window frames and fencing, while the asymmetrical window placement adds a certain quirkiness to the otherwise slightly plain looking walls. Paris- and Geneva-based designers FRES Architectes developed the project for social housing specialists Pas-de-Calais Habitat, and the building was completed in 2012.

10. Savonnerie Heymans – Brussels, Belgium

10. Savonnerie Heymans GÇô Brussels, Belgium

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The Savonnerie Heymans social housing project is an attempt to create an entire environmentally friendly neighborhood consisting of public housing. Designed by local firm MDW Architecture, the development offers various apartment types, including lofts, maisonettes and duplexes, all of which incorporate energy-efficient qualities. Solar power and rainwater harvesting are just two of the eco-conscious features of the complex, which is built on the site of an old soap factory and utilizes the original structural elements where possible. You can see the old chimney for yourself. The 42-unit complex, which was completed in 2011, won a 2012 Prix Bruxelles Horta Award and earned a special mention at the 2012 Belgian Building Awards.

9. Les Loggias – Paris, France

9. Les Loggias GÇô Paris, France

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The timber façade and bright green paint of the Les Loggias housing project in Paris’ arrondissement de Reuilly sets it apart from its noticeably less vibrant neighbors. Paris-based agency KOZ Architects designed the building, giving consideration to both the environment and the needs of its inhabitants. Completed in 2011, the block is clad in neat looking ash timber, which is at once durable and cost effective. The interiors were designed to receive as much natural light as possible, and the building also features exterior insulation as well as eco-conscious solar panels.

8. Elmas Social Housing – Sardinia, Italy

8. Elmas Social Housing GÇô Sardinia, Italy

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The colors of the Mediterranean were incorporated into the sunny white and yellow design of this social housing project in Elmas, Sardinia. According to Italian architects 2+1 Officina Architettura, the differently spaced and sized windows “create a vibrant and binomial play of open/closed.” The development has a walkway balcony with brise-soleil screening used as a form of climate control, and shutters on the north side of the structure shield against chilly winds. Materials were chosen to be both affordably priced and long lasting, and the development, which was completed in 2010, includes a courtyard as well as ground floor duplexes.

7. Pormetxeta Social Housing – Baracaldo, Spain

7. Pormetxeta Social Housing GÇô Baracaldo, Spain

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Completed in 2007, Spanish architects ACXT’s state-subsidized housing development in Pormetxeta, Baracaldo, in the north of Spain, was spearheaded by the local Basque government. Although the complex is made of prefabricated concrete, its sharp angles and modern, two-toned color scheme prevent it from resembling traditional public housing blocks. Forty-six units are housed within two separate buildings, and parking space is also provided. The plan won first prize in a scheme design competition.

6. Parc Central Social Housing – Valencia, Spain

6. Parc Central Social Housing GÇô Valencia, Spain

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The Parc Central Social Housing Building in Valencia, Spain is made up of a large number of units shared among three non-identical towers built around a central courtyard. Two Spanish agencies, Office of Architecture in Barcelona and Peñín Architects, were involved in the design of the modern looking, aesthetically pleasing white buildings, which are situated in a landscaped park space. The project was completed in 2010.

5. Hatert Housing – Nijmegen, Netherlands

5. Hatert Housing GÇô Nijmegen, Netherlands

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Tower Hatert in the Dutch city of Nijmegen is part of the local government’s plan to invigorate its housing. The rippling, sculpture-like 13-story building was designed by Rotterdam-based studio 24H Architecture, and it houses 72 apartments as well as a health care center on the ground floor. The timber used throughout the construction is FSC certified. And the non-aligned balconies – with the railings apparently inspired by leaf patterns – ensure that each unit gets enough natural light, while also offering residents uninterrupted views of their surroundings. This futuristic looking tower was finished in 2011.

4. Zabalgana Social Housing – Álava, Spain

4. Zabalgana Social Housing GÇô A¦ülava, Spain

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In Zabalgana, Vitoria, in northern Spain’s Basque province of Álava, Spanish architects ACXT developed this striking social housing project, which contains 65 residential units. Completed in 2006, the building incorporates wood on the balconies and in the foyer area, providing aesthetic warmth and complementing the building’s colder, stylish metal cladding. Despite strict affordable housing guidelines, ACXT stuck to their aim and achieved what the company describes as “a deep environmental and landscaping sensibility.” The project was pushed forward by the VISESA group, which is financed by the Basque government.

3. Tête en l’air Social Housing – Paris, France

3. Te¦éte en l'air Social Housing GÇô Paris, France

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This wooden structure may look more like an ancient fort than a modern complex in a busy metropolis, but Paris’ Tête en l’air (meaning “head in the clouds”) social housing project is definitely the latter. Designed by Paris-based agency KOZ Architects, the complex, which includes thirty units – 15 brand new and another 15 rehabilitated from the pre-existing structure – was completed in 2012. The project was undertaken for social housing organization SIEMP, a group committed to sustainable architecture, including the renovation of older buildings.

2. Sint-Agatha-Berchem Housing Project – Brussels, Belgium

2. Sint-Agatha-Berchem Housing Project GÇô Brussels, Belgium

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This project in the Brussels municipality of Sint-Agatha-Berchem may be new, but the district it is located in has been dedicated to social housing since the early 1920s. Architect Victor Bourgeois created the original district, and Belgian architectural firm Buro II & Archi+I designed these new units, which were completed in 2012, to complement Bourgeois’ cubist style. They are also low-energy units that incorporate solar panels, rainwater retrieval systems and eco-friendly materials – a far cry from the gray tower blocks many picture when they think about social housing.

1. Le Lorrain – Brussels, Belgium

1. Le Lorrain GÇô Brussels, Belgium

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Designed by Belgian agency MDW Architecture, the Le Lorrain social housing project is actually a repurposed old iron dealer facility located in Belgium’s capital, Brussels. Completed in 2011, the new complex consists of a multi-unit apartment building and three terraced maisonette homes, each of which has its own private garden. Originally, a high wall surrounded the eastern side of the site, but this was lowered to allow in more light, and the complex has a large, open communal space for residents to use. The design of Le Lorrain is contemporary, yet it still retains a vestige of the site’s industrial heritage.

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Top 25 Scholarships for Social Work Students http://www.bestmswprograms.com/top-25-scholarships-for-social-work-students/ Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:35:19 +0000 http://www.bestmswprograms.com/?p=109 A career in social work requires a very specific type of person – one who is altruistic, compassionate and generally wants to make the world they live in a better place. Social workers spend their days improving the lives of those who may be caught in a cycle of poverty, addiction or crime or who are elderly, disable or otherwise disadvantaged. Many individuals seek this type of profession not out of hope for financial gain, but because they generally want to make a difference in the world.

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But despite the philanthropic nature of social work, it is not a career for volunteers. Most jobs in the private and public sector require several years of schooling, which can cost a student thousands and potentially leave them heavily in debt. Fortunately, there are a number of great scholarships specifically geared toward social work majors. And in order to assist you in finding the scholarship or scholarships that are right for you, here is a list of the 25 most popular and most generous for undergraduate and graduate social work students alike.

1. Presbyterian Church USA Student Opportunity Scholarships

Young members of the Presbyterian Church who have completed their sophomore year and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply for this scholarship, which can include awards as high as $2,000. Students must be pursuing a degree in education, social service, or religious studies and must be able to prove a need for financial assistance. Minorities and those from extremely poor backgrounds are often given preferential consideration. A personal essay about the faith of the applicant as well as student transcripts are required at the time of application.

2. Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship

Provided by the American Legacy Foundation, the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications awards $5,000 each to two students who can properly demonstrate their service to an economically or socially disadvantaged community. A focus on reducing alcohol, tobacco and drug use is preferred, and students must have maintained a 3.0 GPA for their most recent course year. An essay describing the students achievements is required at the time of application, as is proof of academic good standing.

3. Bethesda Lutheran Communities Service Scholarship

One of many social work scholarships provided by religious institutions, this program provides up to $10,000 in grants to active Lutheran students whose careers will benefit people with developmental disabilities. Eligible students must have a 3.0 GPA and provide letters of recommendation along with their applications. The best candidates are those who can demonstrate a sincere desire to work specifically with disabled individuals upon graduation.

4. Jewish Community Center (JCC) North American Graduate Scholarship

Another very generous scholarship opportunity for future social workers, this grant is geared toward full-time students whose career path will someday take them to work in the JCC movement. Eligible students can receive assistance up to $10,000 per year for a one or two-year period, but must coordinate with a scholarship coach to complete field work within the JCC community. Recipients must also agree to work for the JCC movement for a minimum of two years following their graduation.

5. Maryland Graduate and Professional School Scholarship

There are a number of social work scholarships that are specific to a certain school or state, and this is one of the most popular. Available to Maryland residents who are enrolled in a full or part-time program at some of the larger Maryland schools and who are able to demonstrate a financial need, the scholarship awards between $1,000 and $5,000 per year to students pursuing careers in social work or medicine. Transcripts and letters of recommendation are best submitted with an application.

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6. Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to social work majors earning master’s degrees who have demonstrated a special commitment to working with American Indian, Inuit or Hispanic communities. Scholarships vary depending on funding, but have been known to reach $4,000 each, with 10 or so students becoming recipients every year. Students must be NASW members and have already applied for a master’s program (MSW). A personal essay and professional / academic references are required.

7. Verne LaMarr Lyons Memorial Scholarship

Administered by the National Association of Social Workers, this scholarship is available to students pursuing a master’s degree in social work who have demonstrated a commitment to addressing healthcare and mental health issues within the African American community. Two scholarships are awarded annually in varying amounts, depending on the available NASW funds. Students must be NASW members, maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA and must compose a personal biographical essay for consideration.

8. CSWE Scholars Program

The Council on Social Work Education provides this unique scholarship to doctoral students who have demonstrated a commitment to research projects that are of interest to the CSWE. Students must apply through the CSWE, and grants will be dolled out based on need and funding. Students and or faculty are eligible for this grant, provided they can demonstrate that their project fits the guidelines outlined by the application.

9. John A. Hartford Foundation Fellowship Grants

In order to further social work education and help students better prepare themselves for the workforce, the John A. Hartford Foundation offers a number of grants to both students and active social workers. This initiative is intended to draw more students toward geriatric social work in order to address the concerns of an aging population. There are a number of grants available, with varying guidelines, amounting to nearly $300,000.

10. The Cenie Jomo Williams Award

One of several yearly scholarships offered by the National Association of Black Social Workers, the Cenie “Jomo” Williams award is available to African American students who support social, political and economic endeavors that will help better the lives of those in the African American community. Two awards of $2,000 each are given out annually to students who can demonstrate their commitment to continuing the Cenie Williams legacy. Applicants should submit college transcripts as well as letters of recommendation and achievement.

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11. Emma & Myeloid Algood Undergraduate Scholarship

This $1,000 scholarship is offered in honor of its namesakes’ tireless dedication to the poor in their community, despite their lack of proper education or training. The scholarship is awarded through the National Association of Black Social Workers to an African American student who has shown similar dedication to improving the standard of living in the black community. A two to three page purpose letter must be submitted to the NABSW, as well as letters of recommendation or achievement.

12. Dr. Joyce Beckett Graduate Student Tuition Scholarship

Designed to assist African American graduate students who plan to provide much needed social services to their local black community, this $1,000 scholarship is awarded through the National Association of Black Social Workers in honor of Dr. Joyce Beckett. Applicants are required to submit a two-to-three-page letter of purpose as well as several letters of recommendation. Transcripts and other evidence of personal achievement are welcome.

13. Alice M. Yarnold and Samuel Yarnold Scholarship Trust

Available to New Hampshire residents who can demonstrate both financial need and enormous potential, this scholarship is awarded yearly in amounts varying from $2,000 to $5,000. Students must be pursuing social work, nursing or medicine, and must submit college transcripts, letters of recommendation and a completed Federal Student Aid application.

14. ABE Judith Holm Memorial Award

The American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work is a national organization that attempts to set across-the-board standards for the Social Work profession. Its Judith Holm Memorial Award is a $2,000 cash stipend intended to assist second-year graduate students who plan to become clinical social workers. Guidelines vary from year to year, but letters of recommendation and personal essays are usually required.

15. Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund is a catch all for community activists whose goal is to support civil rights, economic justice and other progressive issues. Awards are based on financial need and can be as high as $10,000. Applicants are required to submit a personal statement, college transcripts and letters of support. Political and social activism are an absolute must.

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16. The Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship

Intended for students who can demonstrate both a financial necessity and a commitment to a graduate degree in community service, this scholarship is awarded to a few qualified individuals every year in various amounts. The maximum award is $8,500, and students are required to provide academic transcripts as well as the most recent tax returns of their parents. A GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale is required.

17. The Roothbert Fund Scholarship

Students pursuing a degree in Social Work out of a desire for spiritual fulfillment may be eligible for one of these scholarships, which are open to all students at accredited universities and can range between $2,000 and $3,000. Students are required to prove financial hardship and submit a formal application. Afterwards, they must meet in person with a member of the Roothbert Fund, so individuals should be prepared to travel and give a great interview.

18. Sarah Haley Memorial Fund

Offered to students pursuing a Masters or PhD in Social Work, the Sarah Haley Memorial Fund is provided by The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. The grant is only available to applicants who can demonstrate a dedication to working with post-traumatic stress disorder from childhood sexual abuse, family violence and / or violence against women. Awards range up to $5,000, and application guidelines change annually.

19. Transgender Scholarship and Education Legacy Fund (TSELF)

Provided to transgender students pursing degrees in Social Services, Health Care and Law, this scholarship is reserved for those undergrads who have demonstrated a commitment to effecting change within the transgender community. Students are required to submit an application as well as supplemental information regarding school performance, financial hardship and / or special honors or achievements. Awards vary depending on donations and funding.

20. National Association of Puerto Rican Hispanic Social Workers (NAPRHSW)

First and second-year graduate students of Hispanic descent who are currently enrolled in a social work program may apply for this scholarship, which provides awards based on financial need and academic accomplishment. Students are required to submit an application demonstrating their commitment to issues that affect the Puerto Rican / Latino community as well as supplemental information about their background, goals and achievements.

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21. UJA Federation — The Wiener Educational Center

New York students pursuing a degree in Social Work, Public Administration or Nonprofit leadership may apply for one of these scholarships, which are awarded based on financial need and educational aptitude. Students must demonstrate a desire to work within the Jewish community – particularly the pursuit of a career in Federation work. Students must be active within the UJA-Federation network and already have an internship at one of its affiliates.

22. United Jewish Communities Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program

Students pursuing a master’s degree in social work and / or Jewish community service or administration are eligible for this scholarship, which dolls out thousands of dollars every year to qualified applicants. Students seeking to apply for the scholarship should have and maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate a willingness to work at the NAJF for a minimum of two to three years. Essay statements, transcripts and references are required at the time of application.

23. William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students

Offered by the Nonprofit Sector Research Fund of Washington, D.C., this scholarship is geared towards students pursuing degrees in an altruistic or non-profit field. Students should demonstrate academic excellence and be a member of some minority group. Awards range between $2,000 and $4,000, and students are required to participate in an internship with the Hearth Fellowship upon acceptance.

24. Survivors and Dependents Assistance (DEA)

Children of certain United States Armed Forces veterans may qualify for government grants and / or scholarships, regardless of their academic pursuits. Some students may receive up to 45 months of educational benefits to be used toward their degree. Amounts vary, and applications must be submitted through the Veteran’s Affairs office in coordination with one’s educational institution. Academic and financial advisers should be able to assist in this process.

25. The Hooyman Intergenerational Fellowship

This scholarship provides assistance to students pursuing fields where they will be working with older adults and their families in a multi-generational context. Depending on the number of qualified applicants, awards can range anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. In order to qualify, students must agree to complete the Multigenerational Concentration program, where they will be required to work specifically with older adults in their final years of study. Personal statements, references and a resume are required at the time of application.

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10 Brilliantly Creative Condom Ads http://www.bestmswprograms.com/10-brilliantly-creative-condom-ads/ Mon, 20 May 2013 17:25:02 +0000 http://www.bestmswprograms.com/?p=86 Lead

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Assuring patients of confidentiality about potentially sensitive matters may make them feel more willing to use reproductive health services. Of course, condom advertisements also aim to encourage the public to consider their sexual health – be it through risqué humour, clever visual images or serious messages. As such, they can be a good place for ad agencies to show their creativity and produce some excellent work.

Whether they’re warning of the dangers of AIDS or simply trying to promote good, clean, safe fun, condom adverts can be sources of both entertainment and knowledge. Read on for 10 brilliantly creative condom ads.

10. Elasun – Sports Make You Healthy

10. Elasun GÇô Sports Make You Healthy

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A series of advertisements from the Chinese condom company Elasun cleverly tied in their product to a massive sporting event. In the run-up to the 2008 Olympics, archery, cycling, basketball, rings and swimming were apparently voted the safest Olympic sports set to be practised in Beijing.

Perhaps suggesting to consumers that Elasun’s condoms were the safest, the simple series of adverts became a worldwide talking point. The ads incorporated stick figures participating in these “safest” sports, and all featured condoms somehow representing the different activities.

The campaign went viral during the Olympics and is said to have “exploded” the company’s recognition, proving a success for Elasun while communicating the safe sex message. And, if used correctly, condoms themselves can be very effective, preventing pregnancy in 98 percent of cases and reducing the risk of contracting HIV by up to 95 percent.

9. Tulipán – Be Careful

9. Tulipa¦ün GÇô Be Careful

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Here’s a condom advertisement that isn’t even slightly sexy, despite what it depicts. This and other ads in the same campaign seem to warn the public about the risk of AIDS by portraying those engaging in unprotected sex as skeletons. The campaign was launched by Argentinean condom makers Tulipán in 2008 and was devised by Guillermo Vega, the former executive creative director at Young & Rubicam Buenos Aires. As a stark reminder of our mortality, it’s certainly effective.

Tulipán are not averse to producing offbeat, humorous and sometimes suggestive adverts, including one that played on the rivalry between the Argentina and Brazil national soccer teams by depicting a capital “A” apparently about to penetrate a capital “B.” A 2012 commercial for the brand also saw an ungrateful son leaving his father in a retirement home filled with distraught and despondent residents, ending with the slogan, “Think twice before having kids.”

8. World AIDS Day

8. World AIDS Day

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Featuring Death himself in an AIDS awareness campaign might not be a new idea, but the Reaper has surely never been depicted slipping over on a condom. This ad was created for World AIDS Day, which takes place on December 1 each year, by the Greek advertising agency Cream.

AIDS is now regarded as a global pandemic, with an estimated 34 million people infected with HIV worldwide. World AIDS Day began in 1988 and is considered an opportunity to raise awareness, tackle prejudice and educate people about the HIV virus.

Another memorable AIDS public service advert featuring the Grim Reaper was a 1987 Australian commercial that showed him knocking over unsuspecting victims with giant bowling balls. The video was controversial, not least because some feared that the figure of Death would be identified with gay men rather than, say, the disease itself.

7. Durex – With Ribs

7. Durex GÇô With Ribs

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In this eye-catching Belgian advertisement for Durex, created by agency McCann Erikson in 2006, street art is ingeniously employed, with the “ribs” of the paving intended to mimic those of the condom. Similar ads across the country used a condom painted onto bumpy features on the street, accompanied by the slogan, “Durex – With Knobs.”

Interestingly, adverts like these may not only raise awareness about the brands publicized but, as SUNY Cortland’s Alan J. Sofalvi states in a paper on the subject, also have “the potential to be a useful teaching tool for students and can improve media literacy and health literacy.” Sofalvi argues that discussing such campaigns and their messages with young people may help them become aware of the benefits of using condoms to avoid contracting sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, and he adds that greater numbers of condom ads in the media could in turn increase the use of condoms.

6. DocMorris Pharmacies – Hitler

6. DocMorris Pharmacies GÇô Hitler

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The clever campaign of which this ad was part looks to warn off those intending not to use protection by depicting sperm with the distinctive characteristics of Adolf Hitler, Osama Bin Laden and Chairman Mao.

The series – which apparently suggests that using condoms is a way to prevent giving birth to a potential dictator or terrorist – was created by agency Grey Global Group for DocMorris pharmacies and was run in Germany in 2009. However, the ads drew criticism from Chinese officials and members of the public, who were outraged that their former leader was placed in the same category as two such other infamous figures.

5. Tulipán – Kids Later

5. Tulipa¦ün GÇô Kids Later

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Another campaign from Argentina’s Tulipán featured couples treating dogs with as much affection as they would young children – gazing at one adoringly as it sleeps, as in the above ad; taking another on a beach holiday; and even throwing one lucky pooch a birthday party. The tagline on the condom packet at the top right of the picture pushes forward the message that you should perhaps have a pet first, but “Kids Later.”

Created by Young & Rubicam and running from 2011, the campaign seems to be related to a previous Tulipán ad series that appeared in 2008, this one featuring rabbits frolicking and the slogan, “Fun now, kids later.”

4. Olla – Please Use Condom

4. Please Use Condom GÇô Olla

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South American condom manufacturer Olla’s campaign is certainly creative – if perhaps a bit mean. It features various conventionally unattractive couples, like the pair above, along with the slogan, “Please Use Condom.”

The implication seems to be that ugly people shouldn’t have children because their offspring might turn out to be unattractive – and this approach has been described as “insensibly cruel” by some. The advertisements were created by AGE Isobar in São Paulo and ran in 2010.

Olla has also become famous for “friending” young men on Facebook while masquerading as their unexpected children. Targets of this campaign have received the message, “Avoid surprises like this one,” together with a link to Olla’s website.

3. Hansaplast – Long Pleasure Condoms

3. Hansaplast GÇô Long Pleasure Condoms

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This advertisement gives a new meaning to the phrase “fun in the sun.” The ads, like this one, in the campaign for Hansaplast’s Long Pleasure Condoms line featured women exhibiting rather suggestive tan lines, with the implication that using the company’s product will give the user a greater degree of “endurance.” Even so, it could also dissuade people from fooling around outdoors when it’s sunny, if this is the result.

French advertising company TBWA, who were responsible for the campaign, have also produced an advert for the same brand depicting a firecracker with an incredibly long fuse. And, apparently at least partly because of this ad, they were given the “Agency of the Year” honour at Eurobest 2006.

2. Durex – Get it On

2. Durex GÇô Get it On

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Durex’s “Get it On” campaign was created by Atlanta-based Fitzgerald+CO and was launched in 2008. The adverts featured cute if slightly strange balloon-modelled animals, well, getting it on, and in a variety of different positions.

A TV spot was also produced, presenting the prophylactic creatures engaging in sexual intercourse, complete with squeaky sound effects. The concept was reportedly inspired by stills created by photographer Arian Camilleri. And the series was highly acclaimed – particularly the video, which won numerous awards, including a Gold CLIO for viral marketing, and has reached millions of viewers worldwide. Still, going viral is surely an ironic fate for a virus prevention device.

1. CondomShop – Don’t Be Stupid, Protect Yourself

1. Condomshop.ch GÇô Don't Be Stupid, Protect Yourself

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With a play on the idea of “protection,” the man pictured ready to storm a building in the nude is meant to represent someone “going into action” without a condom. It certainly seems like a bad idea, if this image is anything to go by.

The “Don’t Be Stupid – Protect Yourself” campaign was created by advertising agency Advico Young & Rubicam in 2007 for the Swiss firm CondomShop, which sells an extensive range of condoms and associated paraphernalia through their online store.

The adverts humorously depicted men in hazardous situations – firefighting, handling dangerous chemicals, and being part of a SWAT team – and all while completely naked. The concept is pretty shrewd, because if unsafe sex is seen as being as dangerous as braving flames or conflict, demand for protection may very well skyrocket.

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Online Social Work Resource Guide http://www.bestmswprograms.com/online-social-work-resource-guide/ Mon, 18 Mar 2013 20:19:01 +0000 http://www.bestmswprograms.com/?p=78 This guide is intended to be your once stop shop for valuable information and resources about social work, both as a field and as a course of study. Our intent is to provide interested parties with ample resources that are useful to those who are either employed or currently pursuing a career in the field of social work.

Within this guide, one will find a number of highly relevant resources divided into categories such as associations, websites, blogs, and even twitter accounts of notable professionals within the field of social work.

Whether a professional social worker currently employed within the field or a student in search of resources to aid in successful entry into the field, this resource guide has something for everyone.

Social Work Associations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – The National Association of Social Workers is one of the fastest growing associations within the field of social work. The purpose of this association is to positively influence the ethics and work behaviors of social workers throughout the nation.

Clinical Social Work Association – The Clinical Social Work Association is a group rooted within a federation formed over 30 years ago. The purpose of this association is to support those employed within the clinical social work field, new professionals, and students pursuing an education within the field.

School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA)
– The School Social Work Association of America seeks to promote and support social workers employed within the school system. Their goal is to use the field of social work to help enhance and promote the success of students within the school system.

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) – The Association of Social Work Boards seeks to enhance the effectiveness of the various regulatory boards in order to further protect the public. This association hopes to increase the overall competence of social workers within the field.

North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NAACSW) – The North American Association of Christians in Social Work is an association that seeks to connect and support social workers who identify as followers of Christianity within the field.

Catholic Social Workers National Association (CSWNA) – The Catholic Social Workers National Association is an association whose purpose is to support social workers within the field who adhere to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) – The National Association of Black Social Workers is an association that targets social issues affecting those of African ancestry. This association would like to reduce the levels of oppression and racial dominance that have adversely affected those of African ancestry throughout the nation.

Association of Oncology Social Workers (AOSW) – The Association of Oncology Social Workers assists and supports social workers who work with communities and individuals coping with the various aspects of cancer.

Social Work Blogs


HelpStartsHereBlog
– This blog is specifically focused upon women who remain in abusive relationships with a spouse or partner.

Social Work Blog
– This is the official blog of the National Association of Social Workers.

Everyone Needs Therapy– This blog is written by a social worker who believes that all people should seek help if they ever feel that they need it.

The New Social Worker– This blog is an offshoot of the published periodical “The New Social Worker.”

Katie Malinkski, LCSW– This is the blog of Katie Malinski, LCSW. She is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in parenting and family therapy issues.

Social Work Tech Blog– Social workers who are seeking to incorporate technology into their practice will find numerous tips and a multitude of info on this blog.

A Just Society– In this blog, a social worker delves into the issue of verbal violence in children.

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog– Social workers working within the child welfare and foster care systems will find an abundance of information and support on this blog.

Adult Services – The Adult Services blog focuses upon the social work issues that affect primarily disabled or elderly individuals.

Dryblog – Social workers dealing with substance abusers will find a large array of information on this blog.

A Social Workers View– Hot button topics that spark debate such as gender and sexuality issues are all explored in this blog.

Social Worker: That’s So Messed Up– A social worker offers a tell all of some of her most disturbing cases in this blog. The names and locations have all been changed to protect the identities of the clients.

Fried Social Worker Blog– This blog functions as a place for psychologically exhausted social workers to vent after a difficult work week out in the field.

Do No Harm – The Do No Harm blog focuses upon issues within the social work field such as reporting instances of possible child endangerment.

Social Work Databases and Journals

Social Work – The Social Work journal is one of the most well-known journals within the field of social work. This journal is targeted towards professionals, students, and educational faculty within the social work field.

Children & Schools– The Children & Schools journal is specifically geared towards practitioners. It is meant to be a peer-reviewed publication that focuses on issues directly related to social work within the school system. This includes issues such as ADHD, violence, evaluations and a number of other issues that affect students within the educational system.

Health & Social Work– The Health & Social Work journal is a journal that predominately focuses on social work issues within the health care system. In publication for over 20 years and counting, this journal covers issues such as aging, oncology and maternal issues among other things.

Social Work Research– The Social Work Research journal approaches the issues addressed in the field of social work from an analytic and research based point of view. Widely regarded as the foremost journal for analytical research within the field of social work, this journal offers the scientific facts and data pertinent to social workers. http://naswpress.org

Social Work Abstracts– Social Work Abstracts takes the most relevant and pertinent abstracts within the field of social work and publishes around 500 of them on a quarterly basis. This service has been operating for over 30 years and is the starting point for many literature searches. http://naswpress.org

EBSCO Host– EBSCO host is a platform that allows searchers to find a number of peer reviewed journals and research abstracts. This database has hundreds of thousands of abstracts and journals dating back as far as the 1960s.

Ovid– Ovid is a database that has a large number of peer reviewed journals and abstracts that can be searched from as far back as 1968. Each abstract is classified by subject matter and field.

Professional Organizations and Societies for Social Workers

National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW) – This organization seeks to support social workers who work specifically within the legal system and in circumstances involving the law.

Latino Social Work Organization – This organization supports those of Latino heritage who work within the social work field.

Society for Social Work and Research– This organization, started in 1994, seeks to aid in the improvement of research efforts within the field of social work. Members of this organization are often the educational faculty within higher education schools, students pursuing their masters or doctorates, and research staff.

Council on Social Work Education– The purpose of this nonprofit organization is to increase the level of competency within the field of social work, and it has been in operation since 1952.

Action Network for Social Work Education and Research – The Action Network for Social Work Education and Research is a collaborative effort between a number of other social work organizations. These organizations include: the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research, Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education, Society for Social Work Research, National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work and National Association of Social Workers.

Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work– This organization is comprised of the directors of social work programs within educational institutions.

Educational Resources for Social Workers


Continuing Education Resource Center
– This site offers social workers a multitude of resources for continuing education credits within the field of social work.

Social Work Student Center– This website offers students a list of valuable resources that can be used to help them attain their goal of completing an education in the field of social work.

Social Work Twitter Accounts

@NASW- The official twitter account of the National Association of Social Workers.

@NPSW- The official twitter account of the Network of Professional Social Workers.

@newsocialworker – This twitter account is the official account of the magazine The New Social Worker.

@LMSWstudyguide – The purpose of this twitter account is to offer assistance to students studying for the social work certification examination.

@Socialworknews – Social workers that follow this account will find a vast amount of information about the latest news and changes within the field of social work.

@beasocialworker – This twitter account seeks to recruit new people to the field of social work.

@Getsocworkjobs – Experienced social workers as well as recent graduates will find a number of job openings posted to this account.

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MSW Programs in Texas http://www.bestmswprograms.com/msw-programs-in-texas/ Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:16:18 +0000 http://www.bestmswprograms.com/?p=69 There are thirty-six MSW programs in Texas. While many Texas universities offer these degrees on-campus, there are also online options. You should consider several factors when deciding whether to study on-campus or online. You should know in which environment you will best learn and interact. You should also consider your lifestyle with work, children, or other obligations. Consider whether you can meet at the designated time for an on-campus program or whether you will need more flexibility.

Abilene Christian University, Our Lady of the Lake University, the University of North Texas, the University of Houston, Baylor University, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Texas at Arlington all offer traditional, campus-based MSW programs in Texas. However, other brick-and-mortar universities across the United States, such as Florida State University, the University of Southern California, and Boston University offer online MSW programs in Texas as well.

High-level training and development will equip you with the knowledge and skills that you need to become an expert in your field. A certification in a specialized segment of social work will help you become the valued voice in your field and community. All of these may lead to increased career opportunities. Increased career options may lead to increased pay and autonomy in your current position because the more valuable you are to others, the harder your current employer will have to work to keep you. These are all benefits to obtaining a master’s degree in social work.

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MSW Programs in Maryland http://www.bestmswprograms.com/msw-programs-in-maryland/ Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:14:15 +0000 http://www.bestmswprograms.com/?p=67 There are twenty-nine MSW programs in Maryland. Just three of these twenty-nine programs are offered on-campus. Therefore, take time to decide whether you want to be located on-campus or learn through web-based study. When you are making this decision, you need to weigh the pros and cons of both. Ask your questions some of the following questions: how much do I value face-to-face instruction? Is my schedule flexible enough to manage on-campus instruction? Do you want to commute? How will each method affect your lifestyle?

The only three campus-based MSW programs in Maryland are offered at the University of Maryland at College Park, Morgan State University, and the University of Maryland at Baltimore. California State University at Northridge, the University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University are some of the brick-and-mortar universities that offer online MSW programs in Maryland.

The benefits of obtaining a master’s degree in social work are abundant. The most obvious of these benefits is the advanced integration of theory and application that results in higher learning and development. This will equip the degree earner with the knowledge and skills to become an expert in his or her respective field. This may lead to better pay, increased autonomy, and a wider range of career options. Many specialized certifications required a master’s degree, so obtaining the degree may open those doors as well. With additional certification, you may be on your way to becoming a renown and respected expert in your community, which also increases your value.

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MSW Programs in Connecticut http://www.bestmswprograms.com/msw-programs-in-ct/ Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:10:05 +0000 http://www.bestmswprograms.com/?p=65 Connecticut (CT) provides twenty-eight opportunities for social work programs at the graduate degree level. Just two of the twenty-eight MSW programs in CT are offered as on-campus study. Some factors to consider when deciding whether to study on-campus or online include: your most effective learning environment, your commitments and schedule, and whether one method will affect your lifestyle in a disadvantageous manner.

The only two on-campus MSW programs in CT are provided at Southern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut. Boston University, Florida State University and Western Kentucky University are three universities of many that offer online-based programs. These universities are brick-and-mortar, which means that they also provide on-campus instruction. Some online programs may be more costly, but that counters the added flexibility that they may afford you. There are also strictly online universities, such as Capella University, that offer master’s degrees in social work online.

The advantages of obtaining a master’s degree in social work may be abundant. As with any master’s degree program, you will be learning at a higher level. Therefore, you will exit the program with more skills and depth of knowledge. The program will also help your development and connections to others in the field. The master’s degree will also provide you with the opportunity to seek specialized certifications, which may lead to your becoming an expert in your respective field. With these two advantages, you will increase your value as a professional. Increased value generally leads to increased pay, more control over your work, and more recognition.

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