Top Online Masters in Social Work Degree Programs

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Do you enjoy helping other people, especially people with a variety of health, income and emotional challenges? And do you like to make a good income at the same time? Then perhaps you should consider getting your Master’s in Social Work, or MSW.

Many hardworking professionals choose social work as their profession because they want to improve the lives of poor people, children, the elderly and various underserved communities.

When you first get started in social work, you will most likely have your bachelor’s degree. To increase your earning potential and eventually move into social work management, you will need to obtain your MSW.

These days, you no longer must attend an on-campus MSW program; there are many excellent online options that do not even require you to take the General Record Exam (GRE).

Some of the best online MSW programs without a GRE requirement are:

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Online Master of Social Work – Ohio State University

A 100% online delivery with no campus requirements makes the MSW through Ohio State University a truly convenient way to earn your master’s degree in social work. Plus, this program is offered both as a traditional program and as an Advanced Standing Alternative Program (ASAP)—an accelerated degree for students with an undergraduate degree in social work. Complete your MSW here and you’ll be part of an esteemed university that’s been named among the ‘Nation’s Best Public Universities’ and ranked first among Ohio Public Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

  • Program: Master of Social Work
  • School: Ohio State University


Online Master of Arts in Human Services – Liberty University Online

If you want to make a major difference in the lives of the less fortunate, you should consider earning this online Master of Arts in Human Services. This two year online degree is the equivalent of a MSW degree. This advanced program will show you how to apply your insights to the most common problems of underserved communities. Note that this is a fully accredited program in Virginia that will well prepare you to hold many types of upper management positions in social work. Request Information from Liberty University.

  • Program: Online Master of Arts in Human Servics
  • School: Liberty University Online


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Online Masters of Social Work – Rutgers University

The 100% online MSW program at Rutger’s University in Clinical Social Work is made for the self-directed student who wants to have a flexible and convenient online degree option. Students in this fully accredited social work program can complete their master’s degree is two to three years. Note that all of the classes are in an asynchronous format; that is, there is no fixed meeting time. Each class has regular assignments with due dates, just as in the on campus program. You also may complete this program in the Advanced Standing option if you already have a BS in social work. This allows you to finish the degree in as little as a single year.

  • Program: Online Masters in Social Work
  • School: Rutgers University


Online Masters in Social Work – Colorado State University

This is a three year online master’s degree program, with an Advanced Standing option for completing in two years, if you already have a bachelor’s degree in social work. Note that this is a part time program that does include in classroom work for two weekends per semester. This is in addition to the regular online discussions between classes. You will need to complete several prerequisites to be admitted into this program, which includes 18 credits in social and behavioral sciences, and 9 credits in one of the following: sociology, psychology, political science or economics.

  • Program: Online Masters in Social Work
  • School: Colorado State University


Online Masters in Social Work – Texas State University

The MSW program at Texas State University is an excellent online opportunity for people with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work who want to earn an advanced degree that will make a difference in society. This program is offered both on campus and online. With both, you will spend approximately 50% of your time in a practicum in the field. This can be done in your local community in a venue of your choosing, pending the approval of your supervisor in the Texas State program. Both programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

  • Program: Online Masters in Social Work
  • School: Texas State University


Online Masters in Social Work – Boston University

This exciting, two year, online MSW program will give you the chance to earn a fully online master’s degree from one of the best universities in the US – regardless of where you live. Boston University features one of the biggest private research organizations in the US. This highly regarded and accredited online program offers you a chance to focus on clinical social work, which is one of the highest paid specialties in the field. While you can take all of your classes online, you will need to complete at least one field internship in your community.

  • Program: Online Masters in Social Work
  • School: Boston University


Online Masters in Social Work – Michigan State University

This master of social work online degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and is typically completed in two years. If you have a bachelor’s degree in social work, you may be able to complete it in as little as one year. There are two major choices in concentration: clinical social work and organization and community leadership. Some of the classes that you will take include social welfare services, human behavior in the social environment, research techniques, administration, practice methods and field education.

  • Program: Online Masters in Social Work
  • School: Michigan State University


Online Masters in Social Work – Fordham University

This is a very rigorous MSW program that is ranked highly by US News and World Report in social work. It also is one of the oldest social work college programs in the US, having been founded more than 100 years ago. While it is a top tier online MSW program, you should know that enrollment is limited to those who live in NY, CT and NJ. You also need to live within 50 miles of a Fordham campus. For those who live in those states, you will be exposed to some of the best social work instructors in the world.

  • Program: Online Masters in Social Work
  • School: Fordham University
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