Employment within the social work field is expected to grow 12% from 2014 to 2024*.

Earning your MSW can advance your career as a leader or director in a variety of clinical settings involving substance abuse, youths and families, healthcare, and criminal justice, and more.

Walden’s unique MSW will provide you with real-world learning to enhance your knowledge of the field through:

  • Award-winning case-studies
  • Valuable in-person residencies
  • Relevant field experience internships

Fast Facts

Next Start Date: May 30, 2017

Duration: 36 months

Transfer Credits: Up to 20 credits

  • Advanced Clinical Practice

    Learn how to combine the person-in-environment perspective and strength-based approach with the ethical principles of social justice to promote the worth and dignity of all people. Gain an understanding of how to implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions related to clinical social work.

  • Military Social Work

    Prepare to address the needs of active military personnel, veterans, and their families with this concentration. Gain an understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder; vicarious trauma; and how extended deployments, parent-child separation, and frequent family relocations affect individuals and their children, spouses, and other family members.

  • Social Work in Healthcare

    In this concentration, students will extend their knowledge of the role of social workers in the changing healthcare environment, the needs of clients and families, the issues faced by vulnerable populations, and how to work as part of a care team in a hospital, nursing home, or hospice facility.

  • Social Work With Children and Families

    This concentration prepares students for work in community social service agencies, child welfare agencies, and the juvenile justice system. Students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively identify and address the critical needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, youth, and families.

Customize Your Learning

Along with choosing a concentration, you can further customize your program by adding an optional elective cluster in the following areas:

  • Addiction
  • Children, Familes, and Couples
  • Crisis and Trauma
  • Forensic Populations and Settings
  • Medical Social Work
  • Military Family and Culture

Time to Completion Options

Choose from three degree completion options (Standard, Accelerated, and Advanced Standing) to align with your schedule, as well as four convenient start dates throughout the year.

  • Standard option: helps you balance your MSW with other life commitments by limiting your workload to one or two courses per term.
  • Accelerated option: an ideal choice if you can dedicate yourself to full-time studies. This option requires a strong time commitment, as you’ll take three courses in most terms.
  • Advanced Standing option: for students who already hold a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program and graduated with a minimum GPA of 3.0—you’ll begin your program with advanced-level courses.

Enrollment advisors are ready to speak with you today to review these options and help you figure out which one is best for you.


More about our MSW program

  • Careers

    Walden's MSW program will prepare you to make a larger impact in a variety of settings, in roles such as:**

    • Private or public agency leader or director
    • Supervisor in a social work setting or agency
    • Licensed clinical social worker
    • Policy analyst
    • Case worker
    • Program director
    **Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
  • Entry Requirements

    A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MSW program. You will also be required to submit a completed online application, employment history, and official transcripts.

    Your enrollment advisor will help you gather all of the required materials starting with your application all the way through your first day of classes.

  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 855.202.9074, to learn more about tuition costs for the MSW program and financial aid options.

    Walden's enrollment advisors are committed to helping identify and leverage opportunities for you to save money on your education. 

  • How to Apply

    To speak with an enrollment advisor about applying for our program today, fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855.202.9074.

  • Accreditations

    Walden University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CSWE's Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing standards that define competent preparation for professional social workers and ensuring that social work programs meet these standards.

Why earn your MSW at Walden?

  • Social Change Mission

    Become more than a scholar with Walden; make a difference in your community.

  • Engaging Field Experience

    Gain real-world knowledge as you learn on-site from practicing professionals.

  • Exceptional Student Services

    Benefit from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Social Workers, on the Internat at www.bls.gov/ooh/Community-and-Social-Service/Social-workers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.



“Residencies afford me many opportunities to meet people from all over the world, from diverse cultures, educations, and professions."

Tomica Buford | MS in Mental Health Counseling Graduate