FAQ: Are there any one year online MSW programs?

Answer: Yes for Professionals with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW).

One year online Master of Social Work (MSW) programs are basically full-time programs that accept advanced standing students, those who have already completed a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited undergraduate program. These programs can typically be completed in one to one and a half years and are a great option for professionals with a BSW who are looking to increase their credentials or become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (which requires a MSW) in a shorter period of time. For students who have not earned a BSW, a traditional full-time online MSW program typically takes two years to complete.

Information for Non-BSW Graduates
Simmons College's online MSW program, SocialWork@Simmons, offers a traditional accelerated MSW program which can be completed in as few as 15 months. Currently, this is the shortest full-length online MSW program. Visit the Simmons College page for more information.

Advanced standing MSW programs typically have stricter admission criteria than traditional programs. In addition, most programs require students to have completed their BSW within the past five to eight years to be eligible for admission. For more information about these programs including admission requirements, visit our main page on advanced standing online MSW programs.

Currently, there are 37 schools that offer online MSW programs that can be completed in approximately one year (i.e. full-time advanced standing online MSW programs). On OnlineMSWprograms.com, we classify any MSW program that requires students to visit the campus two or fewer times per year as an online program. All but two of the schools that offer these programs are 100% online and do not require students to visit the campus during the program. Only Adelphi University and the University of Alaska Anchorage, which only accepts students from Alaska, require students to visit the campus during the program. All online MSW programs require field education which is typically completed at a local health services agency.

Online MSW Programs that can be Completed in One Year (Advanced Standing Programs)

Click on the school name for more information about their programs, admission requirements and eligibility restrictions.

Online MSW Programs that can be Completed in One Year (Advanced Standing Programs)
School Name Program Structure* Length Concentration(s)
Adelphi University Limited Campus Visits Required 15 months Advanced Generalist
Boise State University 100% Online 12 months Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
Campbellsville University 100% Online 1 year Advanced Generalist, Clinical Social Work
Columbia University 100% Online 1 year Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice; Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming; Policy Practice; Social Enterprise Administration
Delaware State University 100% Online 12 months Advanced Generalist Practice
Edinboro University 100% Online ~1 year (five quarters) Family Social Work Practice
Louisiana State University 100% Online 1 year (3 semesters) Advanced Direct Social Work Practice
Loyola University Chicago 100% Online 10 months Specializations in: Children and Families, Health, Leadership and Development in Social Services, Mental Health, and Schools.
Metropolitan State University of Denver 100% Online 1 year Children and Families, Mental Health, Leadership and Management
Morgan State University 100% Online 1 year Urban Children, Youth, and Families and Addictions
New Mexico State University 100% Online 1 year Advanced Generalist Practice with Populations of the Southwest
Ohio State University 100% Online 3 semesters Mental Health and Substance Misuse, Child and Youth Services
Portland State University 100% Online 1 year Health Across the Lifespan, Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations
Rutgers University 100% Online 4 semesters Clinical Social Work
Samford University 100% Online 1 year Advanced Clinical Practice
Texas A&M University 100% Online 1 year Advanced Generalist
Texas State University - San Marcos 100% Online 1 year Advanced Practice Leadership
The Catholic University of America 100% Online 1.5 years Clinical Concentration
Tulane University 100% Online 1 year Advanced Generalist, with Certificates Available in Disaster Mental Health; Trauma Studies and Family Practice
University of Alaska Anchorage Limited Campus Visits Required 1 year Advanced Generalist
University of Arkansas 100% Online 1 year Emphasizes a Multi-System Life Course Perspective
University at Buffalo (SUNY) 100% Online 1.5 years Evidence-based practice with a trauma-informed and human rights perspective
University of Central Florida 100% Online 16 months Clinical Practice
University of Kentucky 100% Online 1 year Advanced Generalist
University of Louisville 100% Online 1 year Generalist with your chose of advanced topics: Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Gerontology, Mental Health, Military Social Work, Psycho-Social Oncology
University of New England (UNE) 100% Online 16 months Integrated Clinical Practice Specialization
University of Nevada, Reno 100% Online 15 months Advanced Generalist
University of New Hampshire 100% Online 28 months Advanced Generalist with Electives: Health and Mental Health; Addictions and Substance Abuse; Children, Youth, and Families; Disabilities
University of South Florida 100% Online 3 semesters Clinical Social Work
University of Southern California (USC)
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100% Online ~ 1.5 years (three semesters) Families and Children; Health; Mental Health; Community Organization, Planning and Administration (COPA)
University of Tennessee at Knoxville 100% Online 1 year (Summer, Fall and Spring) Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice (Clinical); Management, Leadership and Community Practice (Macro)
University of Texas - Arlington 100% Online 1 year Direct Practice with Children and Families, Direct Practice in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and Direct Practice in Aging
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley 100% Online 1 year Administration and Community Practice, Direct Practice with Latino Individuals, Families and Groups
Western Kentucky University 100% Online 1 year Advanced Generalist
Western New Mexico University 100% Online 1 calendar year Advanced Generalist with electives
Yeshiva University 100% Online 1.5 years Advanced Generalist

*Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program.


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Last updated: March 2020