Online MSW Programs in Massachusetts (MA)

There are two universities with campuses in Massachusetts that offer online Master of Social Work (MSW) programs. These programs, which includes Boston University, offer online MSW programs with Clinical Social Work Practice concentrations and are 100% online in that they do not require students to visit the campus during the program.

Please note: All online MSW programs require students to complete field education at a local health services agency.

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The Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) offers an online MSW program with three tracks, two designed for traditional standing students (those who have not earned a Bachelor of Social Work) and one for advanced standing students (students who have earned a BSW from a CSWE accredited institution). BUSSW’s traditional standing program is unique in that it offers a Human Experience Track designed for students who have at least two years of experience in the social services. Students in this track are required to complete fewer field education hours compared to the traditional program at BUSSW (1,000 versus 1,200 hours). All three tracks are offered in a part-time format.

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In addition to schools with a physical campus in Massachusetts, there are dozens of graduate schools that offer online MSW programs that accept students from Massachusetts. The majority of the programs are offered fully online and do not require students to visit the campus during the program, but some schools do require a limited number of campus visits per year.

For students who are interested in out-of-state programs, some schools offer the same tuition for in-state and out-of-state students, while others do not. Check with the school for more information on tuition costs.

In the tables below, click on the school name to learn more about the programs offered by that school.

 

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Massachusetts

Colleges in Massachusetts with Online MSW Programs
University Name Program Structure Program Options
Adelphi University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Arizona State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Baylor University
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Boise State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Boston University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
California State University, Northridge 100% Online Traditional FT
California State University, San Bernardino Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Campbellsville University 100% Online Traditional FT, Advanced FT & PT
Capella University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Case Western Reserve University
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Columbia University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced PT
Delaware State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Edinboro University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Florida State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Fordham University
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George Mason University 100% Online Traditional PT
Humboldt State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
Indiana University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Louisiana State University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
Loyola University Chicago 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Metropolitan State University of Denver 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
New Mexico State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Ohio State University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Ohio University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Our Lady of the Lake University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Portland State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Rutgers University 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced FT
Samford University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
San Jose State University Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional PT
Simmons University
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Syracuse University
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Temple University 100% Online Traditional PT
Texas State University - San Marcos 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
The Catholic University of America 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Tulane University 100% Online Traditional FT & PT, Advanced FT
University at Buffalo (SUNY) 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Arkansas 100% Online Advanced FT
University of Central Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Denver
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University of Georgia 100% Online Traditional PT
University of Houston 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
University of Kentucky 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of Louisville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Nevada, Reno 100% Online Traditional 8 Semesters, Advanced 4 Semesters
University of New England (UNE) 100% Online Traditional PT, Advanced Accelerated & PT
University of New Hampshire 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
University of North Dakota Limited Campus Visits Required Traditional/Advanced PT
University of South Florida 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Tennessee at Knoxville 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley 100% Online Advanced FT
West Virginia University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced PT
Western New Mexico University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT
Winthrop University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT
Yeshiva University 100% Online Traditional/Advanced FT & PT

All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency. Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program.

How to Become a Social Worker in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers issues four types of social work license: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA). Below are some common steps to become a social worker in Massachusetts, which you should confirm with Massachusetts’ board of social workers. Information regarding licensure in Massachusetts was last retrieved in August 2020.

Pathway to Become an LICSW in Massachusetts

Pathway to Become an LCSW in Massachusetts

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a Doctorate or Master of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Masters Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

Pathway to Become an LSW in Massachusetts

  • Complete a Bachelor of Social Work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Pass the Bachelors Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

Pathway to Become an LSWA in Massachusetts

  • Complete an Associate of Social Work degree program.
  • Pass the Associate Social Work Licensing Examination from the Association of Social Work Boards.
  • Apply to the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

For more detailed information on becoming a social worker in Massachusetts, visit the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers. You can also refer to our guides on general requirements for becoming a social worker and becoming an LCSW.

Last updated: September 2020