Master of Social Work

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Get your MSW online

Go further as a social work practitioner.

The accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, offered 100% online, prepares you to become a leader in your field.

Why earn your Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Missouri State?

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It's flexible and all online

With full-time or part-time options, you can earn your degree at your own pace. The program is 100% online (with the exception of in-person practicums), so classes will fit your schedule.

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Enjoy lower costs, high quality

Missouri State has affordable tuition rates. You’ll save money without sacrificing quality – MSU’s social work program has been fully accredited since the 1970s.

Explore estimated costs at MSU

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Two program options to suit your needs

The advanced or regular standing options ensure you only take the courses you need to graduate.

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Advance your career: Become an LCSW

Your courses prepare you for advanced generalist practice. You can become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or pursue other career paths.

Want to know more? Attend a program informational meeting

Our online informational meetings held in the fall are a great way to explore the program.

  • What: MSW fall informational meeting
  • When: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 3, 2024
  • Where: Join on Zoom
  • Meeting ID: 4178365442
  • About: We’ll cover program requirements, the application process, costs and answer your questions.

Choose the right path for you

Do you already have a CSWE-accredited bachelor’s degree in social work?

You may qualify for the advanced standing option, where you can finish your MSW in just one year (three semesters) if you take classes full-time.

If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW), the regular standing option is for you.

Degree options

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Careers and outcomes
Impact lives at a greater level and boost your earning potential.


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The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Missouri State University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

CSWE is a national association of social work education programs that is designed to enhance the quality of social work education.