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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Change the way you change lives. Develop career-ready skills grounded in practical training through our CSWE-accredited online MSW program.

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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:

  • Move forward in becoming a licensed clinical social worker. Walden’s online master’s in social work curriculum prepares you to pursue licensure in your state.

  • Prepare for practice. Our award-winning, custom case studies and true-to-life simulations introduce you to situations you will encounter as a social worker.

  • Enhance your internship and career readiness. With a choice between online or face-to-face interactions, two MSW Skills Labs allow you to build practical skills and readiness for your licensing exam.

Fast Facts

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Transfer Credits: Up to 30 credits

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Develop the therapeutic skills to engage clients in defining issues, setting and prioritizing goals, and committing to the change process.
Address the needs of military personnel, veterans, and their families before, during, and after deployment.
Promote child, youth, and family success in the face of challenging environments and social conditions.
Prepare for practice in the complex healthcare environment as you learn to support clients and families facing a variety of medical challenges.

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.

More about our MSW program

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment within the social work field is expected to grow 16% from 2016 to 2026.* In 2018, the social work job titles with the greatest employer demand included:

  • Medical social worker
  • Clinical social worker
  • School social worker
  • Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)
  • Mental health counselor
  • Social service assistant

Other career opportunities may include:

  • Case worker
  • Direct-service social worker
  • Child or family 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
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
  • Completed online application and transcripts
  • MSW Goal Statement and Acknowledgement Statement

Questions? Contact one of our dedicated enrollment specialists, who will guide you through the application process.

Tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education. Get in touch with a Walden Enrollment Specialist today at 855-203-5779, to learn more about tuition costs for this program and financial aid options.

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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 specialists 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?

Charlene McCleoud MSW image

"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

*Bureau 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.

Source: 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.


A 15% tuition reduction for servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and their spouses.*

*A 15% tuition reduction is available to new students who are servicemembers, veterans of the U.S. armed forces, or employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This tuition reduction is also available if you are a spouse of a servicemember, veteran, or employee of the VA. This tuition reduction cannot be retroactively applied. Tuition reductions are applicable to tuition only and do not apply toward books, materials, and other supplies or fees needed for a course.

Walden may change the tuition reduction offered hereunder at any time, but such change will not affect the tuition reduction for students who are currently enrolled at Walden and using the existing tuition reduction. All tuition reductions, grants, or scholarships are subject to specific eligibility requirements. Contact a Walden University Enrollment Specialist for details.

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