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You’re already called to make a difference. Enhance your ability to help those in need with support from our community of expert educators and practitioners. Hone the advanced clinical skills required for specialized practice, while developing the confidence to effectively address challenging situations in the field. When you choose Walden’s MSW program, you can:
Next Start Date: December 16, 2019
Limited-Time Offer: Receive your first course at no cost if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on December 16, 2019.
Transfer Credits: Up to 30 credits
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Accredited by CSWE, our master’s in social work program combines a practical curriculum with groundbreaking classroom tools and experiences. Two Social Work Skills Labs give you the opportunity to prepare for your field practicum and participate in a state licensing test simulation. The curriculum emphasizes cultural humility within a strengths-based, generalist intervention model.
Depending on your goals and schedule, choose from four start dates throughout the year and three degree completion options:
Limit your workload to one or two courses per term with the standard option.
Commit yourself to full-time studies with the accelerated option, which requires three courses in most terms.
Reduce your time to degree completion with the Advanced Standing option, available to students who already hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited program.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment within the social work field is expected to grow 16% from 2016 to 2026.1 In 2018, the social work job titles with the greatest employer demand included:2
Other career opportunities may include:
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Questions? Contact one of our dedicated enrollment advisors, who will guide you through the application process.
Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with an enrollment advisor today at 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this 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.
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.
Note on Licensure:
The minimum academic credential required to obtain licensure to practice as a social worker in most states is a Master of Social Work (MSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Walden University’s MSW program is accredited by CSWE.
State licensing boards are responsible for regulating the practice of social work, and each state has its own academic, licensure, and certification requirements.
Walden recommends that students consult the appropriate social work licensing board in the state in which they plan to practice to determine the specific academic requirements for licensure. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to the state-by-state requirements for licensure. However, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all licensing requirements for the state in which he or she intends to practice. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential as a social worker.
"My long-term goal is to become a licensed clinical social worker, and without Walden’s CSWE accreditation, that would just be a dream."
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Social Workers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.
2Source: Data for this analysis of job postings for professionals with a master’s degree in social work from January 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, was retrieved using Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Results for industry sectors and job titles are at the national level and may not reflect local and/or short-term job conditions and are subject to change.