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 online program.
Walden University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CSWE's Commission on Accreditation is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation for professional social workers and ensuring that social work programs meet these standards.1
Choose from three degree completion options (Standard, Accelerated, and Advanced Standing) to align with your schedule, as well as four start dates throughout the year.
Graduates of Walden’s online Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program will be prepared to:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment within the social work field is expected to grow 25% from 2010 to 2020.2
With a master’s in social work from Walden, you can advance your career in a variety of clinical settings, in roles such as:3
Learn more about the career outlook for graduates with a Master of Social Work.
Find detailed information for this program including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt. This information will vary depending on whether you (1) hold a BSW or (2) do not hold a BSW.
1Note on Licensure:
The minimum academic credential required to obtain licensure to practice as a social worker in most states is a Master of Social Work (MSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Walden University’s MSW program is accredited by CSWE.
State licensing boards are responsible for regulating the practice of social work, and each state has its own academic, licensure, and certification requirements.
Additionally, Walden’s MSW program is not designed or intended to prepare graduates for licensure as a school social worker, however, graduates might be eligible for licensure as a school social worker in their particular state of residence.
Walden recommends that students consult the appropriate social work licensing board in the state in which they plan to practice to determine the specific academic requirements for licensure. Walden enrollment advisors can provide information relating to the state-by-state requirements for licensure. However, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all licensing requirements for the state in which he or she resides. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of its coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve state licensure, authorization, endorsement, or other state credential as a social worker.
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, www.bls.gov/ooh/Community-and-Social-Service/Social-workers.htm (viewed online March 13, 2013). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
3Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this program.