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

Where Social Work Meets Social Change

Making the decision to improve the lives of others was easy for you. Deciding where to develop your professional identity, skills, and confidence to become an effective change agent should be too. At Walden, our Master of Social Work program is designed to impact your career in ways that matter to you and the community you serve.

Fill out the form to speak with your personal enrollment advisor about:

  • Admission requirements (no GRE required!)
  • Financial aid and degree completion options
  • Degree concentrations and elective clusters

Fast Facts

Limited-Time Offer: $3,000 grant for eligible students
Next Start Date: November 27th, 2017
Accreditation: CSWE Accredited
Transfer Credits: Up to 20 credits

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Courses, Admissions, and Financial Aid

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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.

Explore the impact of military life, including relocations and family separation, on veterans and their families.

Prepare to address the needs of active military personnel, veterans, and their families by gaining an understanding of post-traumatic stress disorder, vicarious trauma, and the effects of extended deployments, parent-child separation, and frequent family relocations.

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.

Choose an MSW Program That Aligns With the Community You Serve

Elevate your career in ways that matter to you by further customizing your MSW program. Along with choosing a concentration, MSW students can add 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

More about our MSW program

  • A bachelor's degree or higher is required for entrance into the MSW program.
  • If you have earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may be eligible for the Advanced Standing option, which allows you to complete your MSW in less time, for less money.
  • 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.

Walden's MSW program can prepare you to make an immediate impact in your professional and help position you for success in one of the top industry sectors:

  • Hospitals and other healthcare settings
  • Colleges, universities, and professional schools
  • Home healthcare services
  • Human resource administration
  • Outpatient care
  • Insurance carriers
  • Skilled nursing facilities

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

Because tuition costs will vary depending on your previous education, you can get in touch with an enrollment advisor today by calling 8552035779, 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.

Our enrollment advisors are ready to answer any questions you may have regarding this program. Fill out the form on this page to be contacted, or call 855-203-5779.

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