According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social worker positions are expected to increase by 19% from 2012-2022 (a much faster pace than average). This will result in a net gain of over 114,000 jobs, many that will require masters in social work degrees for strong applicants. While traditional MSW programs have a well-established record of placing individuals in leadership and research positions in community and human service positions, many require students to attend traditional classes in one location for several years. Luckily, online education has expanded to MSW programs, with a number of the nation’s top universities now offering programs online. Check out our comprehensive list of online MSW programs below.

Key:

  • (T) traditional entry
  • (A) advanced standing entry
  • (H) hybrid program

A:

  • Arizona State University (T) offers a 30-credit hour Traditional Track MSW with a concentration in Advanced Generalist Studies that is designed to be completed in 2 years at full-time enrollment, 3 years at part-time enrollment. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $589.

B:

  • Bellevue University (MAHS) offers a 36-credit hour MAHS in Human Services with an emphasis in non-profit and administration management. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $525.
  • Boston University (T, A) offers a 65-credit hour Traditional Track MSW or 43-credit hour Advanced Standng MSW with a concentration in Clinical Social Work Practice. Tracks are designed to be completed between 2 and 3 years depending on credit transfer. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $730.

C:

  • Cal State, San Bernardino* (T) offers a 90-quarter unit MSW that is designed to be completed in 3 years at full-time enrollment. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $400.
  • California State, Northridge (T) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW that is designed to be completed in 2 years at full-time enrollment. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $737.
  • Capella University (T, A) offers an 88-credit hour Traditional Track MSW and a 52-credit hour Advanced Standing MSW with courses that are designed to be completed in 10 week terms. The Advanced Standing MSW can be completed in one calendar year. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $500.
  • Case Western Reserve U. (T, A) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSSA (Master of Science in Social Administration) and 36-credit hour Advanced Standing MSSA with specializations in Community Practice for Social Change, Direct Practice for Children, Youth and Families, as well as for Mental Health with Adults. Traditional Track programs are designed to be completed in as few as 2.5 years, while Advanced Standing Programs are designed to be completed in as few as 2 years. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $1385.
  • Catholic University of America offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW with a Clinical Concentration that is designed to maintain the low student ratio of 25:1 for foundation courses and 12:1 for clinicals. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $830.
  • Colorado State University offers a 62-credit hour Traditional Track MSW along with a 45 credit-hour Advanced Standing program for those holding a BSW or equivalent, as well as a concentration in Advanced Generalist Studies that is designed to be completed in 2-3 years. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $559.
  • Columbia University* (T) offers a 60-credit hour Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) with concentrations in Advnaced Clinical Social Work Practice and Social Enterprise Administration and is designed to be completed in 2 years at full-time enrollment. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $1390.

E:

  • Edinboro University (T, A) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW along with a 39 credit-hour Advanced Standing program for those holding a BSW or equivalent. Designed to be completed in 1-2 years. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $323.

F:

  • Florida State University (T, A) offers a 61-credit hour Traditional Track MSW along with a 39 credit-hour Advanced Standing program for those holding a BSW or equivalent. Designed to be completed in 2-3 years. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $1110.72.
  • Fordham University (T, A) offers a Traditional Track MSW along with an Advanced Standing program for those holding a BSW or equivalent. Provides clinical concentration, leadership and macro practice concentration, as well as a qualification in substance abuse counseling. All tracks designed to be completed between 1 and 3 years. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $1195.
  • Fort Hays State University (H) offers a 64-credit hour MSW along with a 38 credit-hour Advanced Standing program for those holding a BSW or equivalent. Designed to be completed in 1-2 years in hybrid format. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $359.

H:

  • Humboldt State Univ.* (T, A) offers a 60-credit hour MSW along with a 30 credit-hour Advanced Standing program for those holding a BSW or equivalent. Designed to be completed between 1 and 3.5 years fully online and provides opportunities to apply for two stipend: Child Welfare Training and Mental Health Education. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $510.

I:

  • Indiana University* (T, A) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW along with a 42-credit hour Advanced Standing Track, both catered to Advanced Generalists. Designed to be completed with a combination of full- or part-time schedules as long as degree candidates finish within five years of when they start. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $662.

L:

  • Louisiana State Univ. (T, A) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Tack MSW and a 33-credit hour Advanced Standing program, which are designed to be completed in 2 years time at full-time enrollment or 3-4 years at part-time enrollment. Also provides opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in Gerontological Social Work. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $475.

M:

  • Michigan State University (T, A, H) offers a 53-credit hour Regular Clinical MSW and 40-credit hour Advanced Standing program, which are designed to be completed between 1 and 3 years in hybrid format. Provides opportunity to earn one of eight graduate certificates. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $1319.75.

N:

  • Northeastern University (MHS) offers a 46-credit hour MS in Human Services with concentrations in global studies, leadership, and organizational communication. Designed to be completed in 2 years at full-time enrollement or 3 years at part-time enrollement. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $601.

O:

  • Our Lady of the Lake U. (T, A) offers a 54-credit hour Traditional Track MSW or a 31-credit hour Advanced Standng MSW for those holding a bachelor’s degree in social work. Tracks are designed to be completed between 2 and 3.5 years. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $822.

P:

  • Portland State Univ.* (T) offers a 78-credit hour Traditional Track MSW that is designed to be completed in 3 years at a full-time rate of taking 6-9 credits per term. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $651.

R:

  • Rutgers University (T) offers a 56-credit hour Regular Clinical MSW with a concetration in Clinical Social Work that is designed to be completed in 3 years. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $900.

S:

  • Saint Leo University* (T, A) offers a 62-credit hour Traditional Track MSW or a 32-credit hour Advanced Standng MSW for those holding a bachelor’s degree in social work. Tracks are designed to be completed between 1 and 2 years at full-time enrollment. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $450.
  • Simmons College (T, A) offers a 65-credit hour Traditional Track MSW with an accelerated option that can be completed in either eight, six, or four terms, in addition to a 37-credit hour Advanced Standng MSW for those holding a bachelor’s degree in social work that can also be completed in four terms. Provides clinical specializations in Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, as well as Health and Aging. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $990.

T:

  • Texas State, San Marcos (T, A) offers a 62-credit hour Traditional Track MSW or a 36-credit hour Advanced Standng MSW for those holding a bachelor’s degree in social work. Provides the option for a concentration in Administrative Leadership for both tracks. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $440.
  • The Catholic U. of America (T, A) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW with a concentration in Advanced Generalist Studies that is designed to be completed in 2 years at full-time enrollment, 3 years at part-time enrollment. Also provides an Advanced Standing track that is designed to be completed in one year. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $830.

U:

  • University of Louisville offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSSW (Master of Science in Social Work) along with a 30-credit hour Advanced Standing Track MSSW. Designed to be completed between 2-3 years and 1-2 years, respectively, and provides focuses in children and families, health and mental health, as well as community and international practice. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $714.
  • University of Southern California (USC) (T, A) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW with an accelerated option that can be completed in either four, six, or eight semesters, in addition to a 35-credit hour Advanced Standng MSW for those holding a bachelor’s degree in social work that can be completed in either three or five semesters. Provides concentrations in mental health, families and children, community organization, planning, and administration. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $1666.
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (T, A) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSSW (Master of Science in Social Work) along with a 37-credit hour Advanced Standing Track MSSW. Traditional Track is designed to be completed between 2-4 years if doing the extended study program and Advanced Standing Track is designed to be completed in 1-2 years. Provides concentrations in evidence based interpersonal practice and management, leadership and community practice, as well as certificates in gerontology, school social work, trauma, and veterinary social work. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $1011.
  • University of Texas – Arlington (T, A) offers a 61-credit hour Traditional Track MSW and a 38-credit hour Advanced Standing MSW that are designed to be completed in 2 and 3 years, respectively. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $481.
  • University at Buffalo (SUNY) (T, A) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW and a 35-credit hour Advanced Standing MSW that are designed to be completed at part-time enrollment in 3 and 2 years, respectively. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $925.
  • University of Central Florida (T) offers a 62-credit hour Traditional Track MSW that is designed to be completed in 3 years at both full-time enrollment or part-time enrollment for candidates who enter with a BSW. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $547.78.
  • University of New England (T, A) offers a Traditional Track MSW along with an Advanced Standing program for those holding a BSW or equivalent. Designed to be completed in as many as 4 years or as few as 16 months. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $850.
  • University of New Hampshire (T) offers a 62-credit hour Traditional Track MSW that is designed to be completed in 28 months at full-time enrollment. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $825.
  • University of North Dakota* (T, A) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW and a 36-credit hour Advanced Standing MSW that are designed to be completed at part-time enrollment in 3 and 2 years, respectively. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $527.
  • University of Alabama (H) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW and a 42-credit hour Advanced Standing MSW that are designed to be completed at part-time enrollment in 2 and 1.5 years, respectively. Provides concentrations in children, adolescents, and their families, as well as adults and their families. Format is primarily online, but does involve face-to-face skills lab. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $360.
  • University of Hawaii (T, A, H) offers a 57-credit hour Traditional Track MSW and 30-credit hour Advanced Standing MSW, both with a concentration in children and families. Designed to be completed in 3 years in hybrid format. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $1430.
  • University of Houston (T) offers a 63-credit hour Traditional Track MSW that is designed to be completed in 3 years. Provides specializations in health and behavioral health. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $892.
  • University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign (T, A, H) offers a 64-credit hour Traditional Track MSW and 44-credit hour Advanced Standing MSW that are designed to be completed in 2-4 years. Provides five concentrations: leadership and social change; children, youth, and family services; health care; mental health; and mental health. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $447.88.
  • University of Missouri (T, A) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW and a 39-credit hour Advanced Standing MSW that are designed to be completed at part-time enrollment in 3 to 2 years, respectively. Provides concentrations in advanced clinical practice and policy, planning, and administration in human services. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $587.3.
  • University of the Rockies Online (MAHS) offers a 33-credit hour MAHS in Human Services with an emphasis in not-for-profit management and mental health administration. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $857.

V:

  • Valdosta State University (T, A, H) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW and 33-credit hour Advanced Standing MSW in hybrid format. Designed to be completed in 3 and 1 year(s), respectively. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $310.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (T, H) offers a 60-credit hour Traditional Track MSW in hybrid format with a concentration in clinical social work practice that is designed to be completed in 4 years. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $1214.

W:

  • Walden University (T, A) offers a 92-quarter credit Traditional Track MSW and a 56-quarter credit Advanced Standing MSW that are designed to be completed at full-time enrollment in 2 to 1 year(s), respectively. Provides six concentrations in addiction; children, families and couples; crisis and trauma; forensic populations and settings; medical social work; and military families and culture. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $540.
  • Western New Mexico U. (T, A) offers a 57-credit hour Traditional Track MSW and 36-credit hour Advanced Standing MSW. Designed to be completed between 3 and 1 year(s), respectively. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $291.97.
  • Widener University (T) offers a 63-credit hour Traditional Track MSW and a 39-credit hour Advanced Standing MSW. Traditional Track is designed to be completed in 2 years at full-time enrollment or 3 years at years at part-time enrollment, while Advanced Standing is designed to be completed in 1 year at full-time enrollment or 2 years at part-time enrollment. Both tracks provide concentration in trauma and opportunities for certification in trauma or global social work. Estimated tuition per credit hour is currently $850.