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Master of Social Work (MSW) Program (CSWE-Accredited)

Choose a university that provides real-world training and helps prep you for state licensure.*

You already have a passion to help those in need. Walden’s Master of Social Work Program helps you develop in-demand, social work skills to make a difference. Make a bigger impact in how you help others and build real-world experience to prepare you for state licensure.*

  • Combine online training and face-to-face interactions with active professionals in the field with our MSW Skills Lab and field practice.
  • In addition to providing hands-on training, our Skills Lab provides students an opportunity to prepare for their field practicum and state licensing test simulation.
  • Award-winning case study videos to facilitate your learning experience.

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Hailed as the top two jobs for social workers in 2016, medical and clinical social workers are in high demand.2

Learn how to implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions related to clinical social work so you can excel in this growing field.

2Data for this analysis of 32,140 job titles for social workers from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016, was retrieved using Burning Glass Labor Insight Real-time Labor Market Information Tool. Job skills are at the national level and may not reflect local and/or short-term job conditions and are subject to change.

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Develop the knowledge and skills needed to effectively identify and address the critical needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged children, youth, and families, including navigating social service and child welfare agencies and the juvenile justice system.

The healthcare industry leads the demand for social workers nationwide, with more than 28,000 job postings in 2016.3

Extend your knowledge in this growing field as social workers adapt to a changing healthcare environment. Focus on 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.

3Data for this analysis of 35,035 job posting for social workers from January 1, 2016, to December 31, 2016, was retrieved using Burning Glass Labor Insight Real-time Labor Market Information Tool. Job postings are at the national level and may not reflect local and/or short-term job conditions and are subject to change.

Customize Your Learning

Uniquely designed with your future in mind, Walden’s online MSW program:

  • Primes you for the real world through award-winning case studies, hands-on training, and evidence-based practices.
  • Helps prepare you to sit for the national social work licensure exam.
  • Offers four concentrations that will help you do the most good according to the community you serve.

Degree Completion Options

Choose from three degree completion options to align with your schedule and maximize your savings. Call an enrollment advisor today at 8552035779 to review these options and find out which one is best for you:

  • Standard option: Balance your MSW with other life commitments by limiting your workload to one or two courses per term. You may be eligible to transfer up to 20 credits earned at previous institutions.
  • Accelerated option: Dedicate yourself to completing your degree in less time by enrolling in more courses per term. This option requires a strong time commitment, as you’ll take three courses in most terms. You may be eligible to transfer up to 20 credits earned at previous institutions.
  • 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, saving you time and money.

More about our MSW program

Completed online application and transcripts, MSW Goal Statement and Acknowledgement Statement. Speak to an enrollment advisor who will guide you through the application process.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment within the social work field is expected to grow 25% from 2010 to 2020.* With a Master of Social Work from Walden, you can advance your career in a variety of clinical settings, in roles such as:†

  • Licensed clinical social worker
  • Mental health social worker
  • Case worker
  • Direct-service social worker
  • Clinical social worker
  • Child or family social worker
  • School social worker
  • Healthcare social worker
  • Private or public agency leader or director
  • Policy analyst
  • Supervisor in social work field or agency
  • Program director
  • Social work opportunities within the medical and public health fields

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/Community-and-Social-Service/Social-workers.htm (viewed online March 13, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

†Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this program.

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CSWEWalden 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.

Why earn your MSW at Walden?

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"My long-term goal is to become a licensed clinical social worker, and without Walden’s CSWE accreditation, that would just be a dream."

Charlene McCleoud | Master of Social Work (MSW) Graduate

*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.