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Master of Social Work — 100% Online Coursework

Prepare for clinical social work practice in this affordable program.

Why Choose the Online MSW at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota?

  • You can work full time and earn your degree where it's best for you.
  • Tuition for this valuable program is affordable as part of our Lasallian mission to serve our community.
  • Coursework is 100% online, saving you time and money in commuting.
  • The fieldwork experience requirement can be completed in your geographic area.
  • Advanced Standing track available for students who already have their BSW.3
  • Full- or part-time options allow you to complete the program on the schedule that best fits your needs.

The online Master of Social Work is a flexible, affordable program that prepares you to work as a social worker1 in clinical practice settings. In addition to your 100-percent-online coursework, you will participate in fieldwork experience at a program director-approved organization near you, so you can complete this program without relocating.

 

Before you graduate, you will learn best practices around diagnosis and treatments for individuals, families, and groups through the lens of social justice.

 

By Graduation You Can:

  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
  • Employ diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
  • Inform policy and collaborate with macro social workers and policymakers
  • Use a strengths-based approach as you work with clients
  • Use the appropriate treatment modality, or combination of approaches, in treating clients
  • Assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities

 

Which Curriculum Track2 Is Right for You?

Traditional Track 

A 60-credit track for those without a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.

 

Generalist Coursework — 30 Credits

MSW600 — History and Philosophy of Social Work and Social Welfare, 3 cr.
MSW605 — Generalist Practice I - Individuals & Families, 3 cr.
MSW607 — Generalist Practice II - Groups & Large Systems, 3 cr.
MSW610 — Human Behavior in the Social Environment I - Families, Groups, Organizations, & Society, 3 cr.
MSW612 — Human Behavior in the Social Environment II - Culture, Economics, & Social Justice, 3 cr.
MSW614 — Psychopathology, 3 cr.
MSW620 — Social Work Research, 3 cr.
MSW625 — Social Policy, 3 cr.
MSW645 — Generalist Field Experience I with seminar, 3 cr.
MSW647 — Generalist Field Experience II with seminar, 3 cr.

 

Clinical Social Work Focus — 21 Credits

MSW650 — Clinical Methods I with Individuals, 3 cr.
MSW652 — Clinical Methods II with Families, Groups, & Large Systems, 3 cr.
MSW655 — Ethical Social Work Practice, 3 cr.
MSW670 — Supervision & Management, 3 cr.
MSW680 — Clinical Field Experience I with seminar (300 hours), 3 cr.
MSW681 — Clinical Field Experience II with seminar (300 hours), 3 cr.
MSW690 — Social Work Capstone, 3 cr.

 

Elective Courses — 9 Credits
Select 3 courses from the choices below:

MSW660 — Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents, 3 cr.
MSW661 — Clinical Practice with Addictions, 3 cr.
MSW662 — Clinical Practice with Trauma, 3 cr.
MSW663 — U.S. Poverty: Perspectives and Interventions, 3 cr.

Advanced Standing Track1

A 30-credit track that saves you time and money if you already hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree and meet a set of other requirements.3

 

Advanced Standing Coursework — 24 Credits

MSW601 — History and Philosophy of Social Work Advanced Standing Student Orientation (0 cr.)
MSW614 — Psychopathology, 3 cr.
MSW650 — Clinical Methods I with Individuals, 3 cr.
MSW652 — Clinical Methods II with Families, Groups, & Large Systems, 3 cr.
MSW655 — Ethical Social Work Practice, 3 cr.
MSW670 — Supervision & Management, 3 cr.
MSW680 — Clinical Field Experience I with seminar (300 hours), 3 cr.
MSW681 — Clinical Field Experience II with seminar (300 hours), 3 cr.
MSW690 — Social Work Capstone, 3 cr.

 

Electives — 6 Credits
Select 2 courses from the choices below:

MSW660 — Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents, 3 cr.
MSW661 — Clinical Practice with Addictions, 3 cr.
MSW662 — Clinical Practice with Trauma, 3 cr.
MSW663 — U.S. Poverty: Perspectives and Interventions, 3 cr.

The affordable tuition includes a Wi-Fi-enabled iPad to help you complete coursework on your time. Financial aid is also available.


Saint Mary's University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review and Forbes as a top university.


1 Students must have graduated from a program accredited by the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE) to be eligible to pursue social work licensure. At this time, Saint Mary's is preparing to pursue CSWE accreditation for its Master of Social Work program, but has not yet formally entered the candidacy phase required to obtain accreditation. CSWE states that accreditation applies retroactively to program graduates once it is obtained, but students should check with their state social work board to verify that they will be eligible to apply for licensure in their state if they graduate from a program before it is accredited.


Applicants for social work licensure must also meet additional requirements in every state and U.S. territory, including but not limited to additional training, coursework, and supervised clinical experiences. Requirements vary by state. It is the student's responsibility to verify licensing requirements with their state social work board. Please visit https://onlineprograms.smumn.edu/msw/clinical-social-work-license for helpful links and further details.


2 Courses listed may not reflect all current degree requirements as published in Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Course Catalog. Contact an enrollment counselor today for more information about this program.


3 The Advanced Standing track carries certain admissions requirements in order to ensure our students have the best foundation for this advanced option. If a BSW was earned more than 10 years ago, students will be admitted as Advanced Standing, and will be required to successfully complete four social work generalist classes before registering for clinical classes. Other requirements include a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and successful previous experience in a research methods course. Conditional admittance is available in certain circumstances. Please contact an enrollment counselor to learn more at 877-308-9954.


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