Question: Are there any 1 year online MSW programs?

Answer: Yes for Professionals with a Bachelor of Social Work

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 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 seven 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 10 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 an online program. 8 of the 10 schools that offer these programs are 100% online and do not require students to visit the campus during the program. Only Saint Leo University in Florida, which accepts students who live in Florida, Georgia and Virginia, 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.

SCHOOL NAME PROGRAM STRUCTURE* LENGTH CONCENTRATION(S)
Boise State University 100% Online 16 months Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
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
Saint Leo University Limited Campus Visits Required 1 year Advanced Clinical Practice
University of Alaska Anchorage Limited Campus Visits Required 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, Psycho-Social Oncology
University of Southern California (USC) 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)
Western New Mexico University 100% Online 1 calendar year Advanced Generalist with electives

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


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