Develop in-demand, foundational skills that can help you advance in your field with our Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)–accredited Master of Social Work program.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s it like to take a program online at Walden?
The Walden online experience is designed with the adult learner in mind, allowing students to balance their courses with their careers, families, and other responsibilities. Students work on their own to meet course deadlines. Students interact with faculty and peers using online discussion boards and assignments are submitted via the online classroom.
Students have access to a wide variety of support services, including the Writing and Career Services Centers, as well as access to a team of professional academic advisors who can help track academic progress and answer questions regarding academic policies and programs.
What’s special about Walden’s MSW program?
The MSW program at Walden University is a one-of-a-kind experience that was designed for the online learner. This is not a traditional campus-based program that was simply converted to an online format.
One of the most unique and exciting things about the Walden MSW is the comprehensive use of case studies. Students are provided with written case studies covering some of the most critical issues facing social work clients today. Then, in the online classroom, students are exposed to a series of video case studies that were custom-designed and produced by Walden. These case studies allow students to apply their learning to situations that social workers face in their daily practice.
How long will it take me to finish?
The amount of time it takes to complete your degree will vary based on the course and field placement schedule that works for you. We anticipate that students with other life commitments will take two courses per quarter and complete their program in approximately three years.
Some students will take longer and some will complete the program in less time by decreasing or increasing their course load.
Is financial aid available?
Walden students may qualify for government student loans and grants. For more information about the financial aid process at Walden, talk to an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336 and visit the financial aid video section of our website.
For admission to the part-time and two-year full-time tracks:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 2.5 or higher
Lower GPAs can be considered on a case-by-case basis
For admission to the Advanced Standing track:
Applicants must have graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited program within the last six years.
Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
How does Walden’s degree compare with campus-based programs?
As our curriculum is designed incorporating required elements as determined by CSWE, it is comparable to those campus based programs that are structured in accordance with CSWE guidelines.
In addition, the Walden degree has more flexibility than campus based programs because of its online format and student support. This flexibility allows students to do their coursework and get their degrees while remaining in their own communities.
Is Walden’s MSW program accredited by the CSWE?
On November 9, 2015, the Walden MSW program achieved accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the U.S.
You can find more information about accreditation at the CSWE website.
What is field experience and how does it work?
Field experience is when students work in real life settings working with clients under the supervision of licensed social workers. As part of the MSW curriculum, you will complete two field experiences over four quarters/terms (students in the Advanced Standing track will complete one field experience).
Students will complete at least 250 hours of fieldwork in each of four quarters for a total of 1,000 hours. This is approximately 24 hours or three days a week during the quarters you are in field. It is important that as a student you consider how you will manage your field experience requirements with your other responsibilities.
Each of your field experiences can be completed in your own town or community. Our field education team supports students in selecting and working with field locations that are appropriate for the curriculum and have the necessary supervision.
In addition, students are enrolled in a field seminar course while in their field placement to guide the monitoring and reflecting processes required by CSWE.
Do I have to come to a campus for any part of my program?
You will not need to come to a campus, but the MSW program includes two 4-day, in-person residencies held in various locations in the United States. When you attend your residencies depends on your degree option (Standard, Accelerated, Advanced Standing) and when you plan on entering your field placement. Students work closely with their academic advisors to plan their residency attendance.
Residencies provide the opportunity for MSW students to meet and collaborate with peers and faculty face-to-face. Students get support, discuss ideas, and practice critical professional skills needed to be a social worker.
We know that time is precious in the lives of our busy students, so the days at residency are planned carefully to provide the most benefit possible.
Residencies are offered several times throughout the year at various locations in the United States. Locations selected are typically major air travel hubs that are easily accessible from most airports and where the cost of accommodations is reasonable.
Please see the residency website or call an Enrollment Advisor at 1-866-492-5336 for more information.