Walden is proud to be the first fully online institution to offer an online Master of Social Work (MSW) program designed to help you expand your career opportunities in the growing field of social work.

As a social worker, you can help marginalized and oppressed populations achieve social equity and improve their quality of life. With an emphasis on advanced clinical practice, the MSW online program is designed to build skills that prepare students to critically apply social work theory and methods to assess and intervene in situations involving individuals, families, and groups. Take advantage of our online MSW program to apply your knowledge and skills in settings that include schools, hospitals, private practice, social service agencies, and mental health clinics.

Online MSW program courses are taught by faculty members who are scholar-practitioners with diverse experience working in the field. The MSW online coursework features:

  • Customized video and written case studies, giving you the opportunity to apply current research and best practices to cases that social workers face every day, as well as build the foundational skills needed to excel in the field.
  • Two 4-day, in-person residencies* to give you real-world experience and an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty members and classmates.
  • Six optional elective clusters, allowing you to enhance your knowledge about the needs of specific populations.
  • Three degree tracks so that you can complete the program on a schedule that works for you:
  • Four convenient start times throughout the year so you can begin the program when your schedule allows.

*The Advanced Standing track requires only one in-person residency.

Find detailed information for this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.

  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

  • Video Case Study Approach

    MSW students are preparing for real-world situations through video case studies that bring social work theory to life. Learn how.

  • "Graduates of Walden's Master of Social Work program will be prepared to design culturally and contextually relevant social services in their practice. They also will be able to provide mentoring and supervision, advocacy, and collaboration activities within their varied client populations."

    Dr. Sally Brocksen
    Program Director, Social Work Programs

  • About the School

    Learn more about the school community and meet the people who you'll work with in your program.


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