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Program Details

Our MSW program is built for working professionals like you, and we know situations and commitments can change. Customize your MSW to align your lifestyle and career goals by choosing what works best for you among three degree completion options, eight start dates, and five focus area and embedded certificates.

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Program Degree Completion

  • The Traditional option is the best fit if you’re looking to balance your studies with work, family, and other responsibilities.
  • The Traditional Fast Track option can be a good choice if you want an intensive workload and have plenty of time to dedicate to your studies.
  • The Advanced Standing option is ideal if you already hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program and graduated with a minimum GPA of 3.0. This option lets you skip foundational courses and start your MSW with advanced-level courses.

Questions about Walden's MSW program? Our Enrollment Specialists are here to give you answers.

MSW Focus Areas and Embedded Certificates

Target your learning and start shaping your dream career working with the populations that matter most to you.





Explore the specific needs of clients experiencing addiction when it comes to accessing and receiving services.

Child and Family

Prepare to work in community social welfare agencies, child welfare agencies, or the juvenile justice system.


Explore a unique array of challenges that certain patient populations and their families face in accessing and receiving medical services.


Prepare yourself to address the specific needs of active military personnel, veterans, and their families.


Prepare yourself to work with individuals who have faced trauma.


If you want to take your studies a step further, you can add a third course (5 credits) from a single focus area and earn an optional embedded certificate along with your MSW degree.

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Interactive and Hands-on Learning

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The online Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares scholar-practitioners who demonstrate culturally responsive ethical, evidence-based practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The curriculum emphasizes cultural humility within a strengths-based, generalist intervention model and provides advanced clinical skills needed for specialized practice. The program prepares students to be change agents within and beyond their local communities and to advocate for social justice on behalf of diverse populations, with particular attention to people who are vulnerable and/or oppressed.