Online MSW Programs in Oregon (OR)

Portland State University’s School of Social Work is currently the only institution in Oregon that offers an online MSW program. The majority of instruction for the program is delivered asynchronously, allowing students to complete readings, learning modules and assignments on their own schedule (provided, of course, that they meet all relevant deadlines). At least twice per course, students are required to attend live online sessions to interact in real time with professors and classmates. The program progresses along the traditional cohort model, with students admitted only in the fall and classes offered year-round. Beyond the online coursework, students are also required to visit campus for a three-day intensive at the beginning of each year. Additionally, students must complete their field education at local health services agencies.

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

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The online MSW program at Portland State University offers only a traditional standing track, with an optional concentration in Community and Organizational Practice. The program is 78 credits long and requires students to complete 16 hour/week of field education during years two and three. The program is part time only, to be completed in three years.

In addition to Portland State University, students from Oregon have several out-of-state online MSW options. There are many universities with online MSW programs that accept Oregonians, and the majority of these programs are fully online, meaning they do not require students to visit campus while earning their degrees. Five of these programs do require a limited number of visits, and these may be the ideal medium for students looking for the flexibility of an online program as well as the pleasure of meeting their professors and classmates in person.

Several out-of-state online MSW programs also offer Oregonians the same tuition rate as in-state students, so aspiring social workers should research as many of their options as possible. To learn more about a particular program below, click on the name of the school.

Colleges in Oregon with Online MSW Programs

Colleges in Oregon with Online MSW Programs
SCHOOL NAME STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM PROGRAM OPTIONS
Portland State University Limited Campus Visits Traditional (PT)

 

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Oregon

Online MSW Programs that Accept Students from Oregon
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 Oregon

The Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers issues three different social work licenses: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) and Registered Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW). Below are some common steps to become a social worker in Oregon, which you should confirm with Oregon’s board of social workers. Information regarding licensure in Oregon was last retrieved in August 2020.

Pathway to Become an LCSW in Oregon

Pathway to Become an LMSW in Oregon

  • Complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • Complete a 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 Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers.

Pathway to Become an LBSW in Oregon

  • 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 Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers.

For more detailed information on becoming a social worker in Oregon, visit the Oregon Board of Licensed 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