Master of Social Work (MSW)
No group work
100% Online Learning
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Master of Social Work (MSW)
Our CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program will prepare you for diverse career opportunities within a variety of social service settings. Using a curriculum that aligns with competencies from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), you’ll gain knowledge, skills, and experience that you can transfer directly into the workplace. This program consists of two tracks to accommodate those with an undergraduate degree in social work and those that are new to the field.
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that the program meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer-review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
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Master of Social Work – Advanced Standing Track
This track is ideal for those that have an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This option makes it possible for students to explore advanced topics and earn their master’s degree with fewer required credits.
Students on this track will examine topics in contemporary social work, including factors influencing the family, engaging with clients with complex needs, and assisting marginalized populations. It also covers core clinical skills in forensic social work and advanced leadership skills. The learning experience combines online coursework and in-person practicum work. In Advanced practicum, students work directly, and often independently, with clients and client groups in a local agency or facility, under the supervision of a qualified professional.Learn More
Master of Social Work – Generalist Track
Those new to the field of social work can prepare for a rewarding career with our Generalist Track. This is an ideal option for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Students on this track will explore the practice of contemporary social work, including social work practices, ethics, communication, and other key skills. It combines online coursework and in-person practicum work. Practicum involves interacting directly with individuals, groups, and communities in an agency in your local area under the direction of an approved local field supervisor. This allows students to gain hands-on experience while also learning flexible, resilient strategies in the work world.Learn More
Program Learning Outcomes
At National University, you can earn your Master of Social Work degree online, when it’s convenient for you. And although you attend class online, you still receive the personal support and guidance you deserve thanks to our one-to-one learning model. We also have no residency requirements, no GRE/GMAT requirements, and no group projects. This offers the flexibility you need to fit higher education into your busy schedule.
Upon successful completion of National University’s Master of Social Work program, you’ll be able to:
- Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
- Employ diversity and difference in practice
- Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
- Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
- Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
- Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
- Evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
Learning outcomes are derived from the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) nine core competencies.
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Watch our video to learn more about the Master of Social Work program from Dr. James Billings.
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Why Choose Master of Social Work (MSW) at National University
- Eight and Twelve Week Courses
- Online Delivery
- Year-Round Enrollment
- One-to-One Teaching and Learning
- Courses Taught by Doctoral Faculty
- Military Friendly
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