Full-Time Online Master of Social Work Programs for Traditional Standing Students

Last updated: January 2021

2021 Accredited Full-Time Online MSW Programs

Full-time online Master of Social Work (MSW) programs are designed for students who have the bandwidth and resources to attend graduate school on a full-time basis, but do not have access to or want to attend a traditional campus-based program. The majority of full-time online MSW programs can be completed in approximately two years, compared with two and a half to four years for part-time programs. As of April 2020, there are over 30 full-time online MSW degree programs.


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For professionals who already work in a health services field and want to expand their career options, earning a MSW degree opens the door to advanced careers in the field of social work. In the United States, a MSW is the social work degree required to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

Earning a MSW online is also an option for individuals who are looking to change careers and want to enter a rewarding and growing profession. Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the employment of social workers is expected to grow 13 percent from 2019 to 2029. The BLS continues to report that this anticipated growth rate is faster than the average for all occupations.

Structure of Full-Time Online MSW Programs

Unlike part-time programs, there is not a lot of variability between the different full-time online MSW programs. Students are required to complete about 60 to 66 credit hours to graduate and a quarter of the programs only have Fall admission. The other schools offer full-time programs that have multiple start dates per year or a spring or summer start only. The full-time program curriculum usually follows one of two formats although other formats do exist:

  • Four semesters over two years
  • Year-round classes over two years: six semesters or eight quarters

Programs with year-round classes tend to have lighter course loads since the credit hours are spread over a greater number of terms.

  • Class Structure: The majority of full-time online MSW programs use a cohort model where students enter and proceed through the program together as a group. Depending on the school, students may then have the option to select concentrations or electives during their second year in the program.
  • Types of Instruction Methods: The instruction method used, synchronous (i.e. students are required to be online at specific times for real-time classes) versus asynchronous (i.e. students can log in to complete lectures and view other class materials at their convenience), varies by program. For some programs, the majority of instruction is synchronous, while for others, the majority of instruction may be asynchronous. Some schools also use both methods depending on the class and instructor. For classes that have real-time instruction, students typically know ahead of time when they are required to be online.
  • Field Education: Students are required to complete 900 to 1,1200 hours of field education, depending on the program. Most programs follow a similar format with students completing four semesters of field education: two internships that are each two semesters long, though other formats exist.In order to complete the required number of hours, students should expect to work 16 to 20 hours per week at a local agency. In addition, most internships take place during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, when proper supervision is present.

Due to the course load and field education requirement that students must complete each semester, most full-time programs do not recommend students work full-time while pursuing their degree. Students should be aware that full-time online programs have the same standards and curriculum as the campus-based programs, and working full-time while enrolled as a full-time student is not advised.

(This page looks at traditional standing programs. For students who have already earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate program, we have compiled a comprehensive list of schools offering Advanced Standing Online MSW Programs complete with program information and admission requirements.)

CSWE Accredited Full-Time Online MSW Programs

The following schools all offer CSWE-accredited full-time online MSW programs designed for students who have not already earned a Bachelor of Social Work. On OnlineMSWPrograms.com, we classify any program that requires two or fewer visits to the campus per year as an online program. We do this to avoid any confusion around how schools name their respective programs.

As with all degree programs, admission requirements, and student eligibility are subject to change at any time; therefore, students should confirm the information below with an admission advisor before applying.


Arizona State University: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work Program Online
  • Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Generalist

Program Information

  • Program Length: Program can be completed in 2 years full-time, 3 years part-time
  • Program Start Dates: Fall and Spring admission

Eligibility Restrictions: Program does not currently accept students from North Carolina

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 semester hours (or 90 quarter hours) of undergraduate coursework
  • GRE: GRE or MAT only required for students with a GPA lower than 3.2

Baylor University: Diana R. Garland School of Social Work - Sponsored

Program Overview

  • Program Name: MSW@Baylor
  • Structure: Online with field placements
  • Concentrations: Clinical Practice or Community Practice
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Program Information

  • Program Length: Standard MSW - 24 Months or Accelerated - as few as 16 months
  • Program Start Dates: January, May, and August

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • GRE: Not Required

Boise State University: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Graduate Program
  • Structure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

Program Information

  • Program Length: Program can be completed in 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, and Summer admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • GRE: Not Required

California State University, Northridge: Department of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work – Online
  • Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Generalist with an emphasis on urban family practice

Program Information

  • Program Length: Full-Time program: 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall and Spring

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE: Not Required

Campbellsville University: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work – Online
  • Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Generalist, Clinical Social Work

Program Information

  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE: Not Required

Case Western Reserve University: The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences - Sponsored

Part-Time Online MSW Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online Social Work at CWRU
  • Structure: Online with field placements
  • Concentrations: Children, Youth and Families, Mental Health with Adults, or Community Practice for Social Change
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Program Information

  • Program Length: As few as two and a half years
  • Program Start Dates: January, April, and August

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • GRE: Not Required

Columbia University: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online Master of Science in Social Work
  • Structure: Online with field education 
  • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice; Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming; Policy Practice; Social Enterprise Administration

Program Information

  • Program Length: Full-Time program takes approximately 2 years to complete
  • Program Start Dates: Fall and Spring

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: No Minimum GPA
  • GRE: Not Required

Delaware State University: Department of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: MSW Program
  • Structure: Online with field internships (no requirements for online students to attend campus)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Generalist Practice

Program Information

  • Program Length: 2-3 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall only

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: 2.75
  • GRE: Not required

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania: Department of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: MSW Program
  • Structure: Online with field internships (no requirements for online students to attend campus)
  • Concentrations: Family Social Work Practice

Program Information

  • Program Length: Full-Time program: 2 years 
  • Program Start Dates: Fall or Spring admission only

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8, otherwise students are required to take the GRE or MAT
  • GRE: Not required unless GPA is below 2.8

Fordham University: Graduate School of Social Service - Sponsored

Program Overview

  • Program Name: OnlineMSW@Fordham
  • Structure: Online with field placements
  • Areas of Focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
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Program Information

Program Length: The advanced standing program can be completed in eight months full time or 16 months part time, and the traditional program can be completed in 16 months full time, 24 months full time, or 32 months part time.

Admission Requirements

GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.6


Indiana University: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: MSW Online program
  • Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Direct Social Work Practice

Program Information

  • Program Length: Program can be completed in 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Unlisted
  • GRE: Not Required

Louisiana State University: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: MSW Online program
  • Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Direct Social Work Practice

Program Information

  • Program Length: Program can be completed in 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Six start dates per year

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE: Not Required

Metropolitan State University: Department of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Traditional Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
  • Structure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Individuals and Families (Clinical); Mental Health (Clinical); Leadership and Management (Macro)

Program Information

  • Program Length: Program can be completed in 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE: Not Required

Morgan State University: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
  • Structure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Urban Children, Youth, and Families and Addictions

Program Information

  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0, conditional acceptance possible for GPAs from 2.5-2.99
  • GRE: Not Required

New Mexico State University: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
  • Structure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Generalist Practice with Populations of the Southwest

Program Information

  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE: Not Required

Ohio State University: College of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Traditional Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
  • Structure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Mental Health and Substance Misuse, Child and Youth Services

Program Information

  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0, lower GPAs considered on case by case basis
  • GRE: Not Required

Samford University: College of Public Health

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
  • Structure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Clinical Practice

Program Information

  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0  or 3.2 for last 60 credits. GPA of 2.8 considered with submission of GRE scores
  • GRE: Not Required

Simmons University: School of Social Work - Sponsored

Program Overview

  • Program Name: SocialWork@Simmons
  • Structure: Online with field placements
  • Certificates Options: Trauma Practice, Mental Health Practice, Practice with Groups and Families
Without attending classes on campus, students can earn an MSW online from Simmons University. Students may earn a certificate with their MSW in either Practice With Groups & Families, Mental Health Practice, or Trauma Practice. GRE scores are not required.
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Program Information

  • Program Length: As few as 16 months
  • Program Start Dates: Multiple start dates throughout the year

Admission Requirements

  • GRE: Not Required

Texas A & M University

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online MSW
  • Structure: Online with field placements
  • Concentrations: Advanced Generalist

Program Information

  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Summer, Fall, Spring

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: 3.0 overall or for last 60 credits
  • GRE: Required for GPAs below 3.0
  • GRE: Not Required

Texas State University San Marcos: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online MSW
  • Structure: Online with field placements
  • Concentrations: Advanced Practice Leadership

Program Information

  • Program Length: 2.5 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: 3.0 overall or for last 60 credits
  • GRE: Not Required

Tulane University: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online MSW
  • Structure: Online with field placements
  • Concentrations: Advanced Generalist, with Certificates Available in Disaster Mental Health; Trauma Studies and Family Practice

Program Information

  • Program Length: 16 months
  • Program Start Dates: Summer

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: 3.0
  • GRE: Not Required

University of Alaska Anchorage: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Distance Education MSW Program
  • Structure: Online with field placements (1 campus visit per year)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Generalist

Program Information

  • Program Length: 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Summer admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: 3.0 preferred, 2.5 required
  • GRE: Not Required

University of Denver: School of Social Work - Sponsored

Program Overview

  • Program Name: MSW@Denver
  • Structure: Online with field placements
  • Concentrations: Mental Health and Trauma or Health, Equity, and Wellness
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Program Information

  • Program Length: 21 months accelerated, 27 months full-time
  • Program Start Dates: January, March, June or September

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: 2.5 required
  • GRE: Not Required

University of New England - School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Online Master of Social Work
  • Structure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Integrated Clinical Practice Specialization

Program Information

  • Program Length: 3 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, and Summer admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE: No GRE Required

University of Kentucky: College of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work Online
  • Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Generalist 

Program Information

Program Length: 2 years

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: 3.0 in undergraduate coursework
  • GRE: Not Required

University of Louisville: Kent School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Science in Social Work Online
  • Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Generalist with your choice of advanced topics: Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Gerontology, Mental Health, Military Social Work, Psycho-Social Oncology

Program Information

  • Program Length: Program takes 2-3 years to complete
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, and Summer admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: 3.0 minimum
  • GRE: Not Required

University of New Hampshire: Department of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work Online
  • Structure: Online with field education (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Generalist with Electives: Health and Mental Health; Addictions and Substance Abuse; Children, Youth, and Families; Disabilities

Program Information

  • Program Length: Program takes 28 months to complete
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, and Summer admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA not specified
  • GRE: Not Required

University of Southern California (USC): USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work - Sponsored

Program Overview

  • Program Name: MSW@USC
  • Structure: Online with field placements
  • Departments: Adult Mental Health and Wellness; Children, Youth and Families; Social Change and Innovation
The MSW@USC, the online Master of Social Work from top-ranked1 USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, is designed for aspiring social work leaders. Students gain clinical skills in virtual and in-person field education and will choose a department of study in either adult mental health, children and families, or social change.
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Program Information

  • Program Length: As few as 16 months
  • Program Start Dates: Multiple Starts Per Year

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE: Not Required

University of Tennessee at Knoxville: College of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: M.S.S.W. Distance Education Program
  • Structure: Online with field placements (no campus visits or residency requirements)
  • Concentrations: Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice (Clinical); Management, Leadership and Community Practice (Macro)

Program Information

  • Program Length: Full-Time: 2 years (four semesters)
  • Program Start Dates: Fall admission only

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • GRE: Not Required

University of Texas - Arlington: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Masters of Social Work
  • Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Direct Practice with Children and Families, Direct Practice in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and Direct Practice in Aging

Program Information

  • Program Length: Program takes 2 years 
  • Program Start Dates: Fall admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • GRE: Required for GPAs under 3.0
  • GRE: Not RequiredGRE Required

Western New Mexico University: School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work
  • Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Generalist with electives

Program Information

  • Program Length: Program takes 2 years
  • Program Start Dates: Spring, and Summer admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • GRE: Not Required

Winthrop University

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work
  • Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Empowerment Practice

Program Information

  • Program Length: Program takes 3 or more years depending on whether a course is taken each 7 week period
  • Program Start Dates: Spring and Summer admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.8 for last 60 credits
  • GRE: GRE or GMAT Required

Yeshiva University: Wurzweiler School of Social Work

Program Overview

  • Program Name: Master of Social Work
  • Structure: Online with field instruction (no campus visits required)
  • Concentrations: Advanced Generalist

Program Information

  • Program Length: 2.5 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: 3.0
  • GRE: Not Required