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Master of Social Work (CSWE-accredited)

CWSE_logo.pngWalden University’s online Master of Social Work (MSW) program can prepare you to begin or advance your social work career - and help you improve quality of life for at-risk individuals, families, and groups. Our MSW program leverages written case studies, award-winning customized video case studies, in-person residencies, and field experience to provide you with real-world learning to enhance your knowledge of the field. Network with expert faculty and a diverse group of fellow students as you hone your academic skills and work toward your professional goals.

Now is the time. Begin or advance your career as a social worker.

Receive a 10% tuition reduction if you reside outside the US and start this program today. Contact one of our enrollment advisors to learn more.

Enrollment process

  1. Complete the Request Information form

  2. An enrollment advisor will contact you to answer your questions.

  3. Choose the program that’s right for you, then apply.

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What Our Students Say:

“My education helps me create the change that I want to see.”

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Focus your studies through one of four concentrations designed to help you more deeply explore specific populations and their needs:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Social Work in Healthcare
  • Military Social Work
  • Social Work With Children and Families

Elective Clusters

To further customize your studies, select from six optional, three-course elective clusters focused on a particular aspect of social work:

  • Addictions
  • Crisis and Trauma
  • Medical Social Work
  • Children, Families, and Couples
  • Forensic Populations and Settings
  • Military Families and Culture

Certain elective clusters may not be combined with certain concentrations.

Why a Walden MSW?

Award-Winning Case Studies — Our immersive video series won a 2014 Silver Telly, a prestigious award for online videos.
Engaging Field Experience — Gain real-world knowledge as you learn on-site from practicing professionals.
Two Face-to-Face Residencies — Network with expert faculty and fellow students as you hone your social work skills.
Exceptional Student Support from our 24/7 tech support, Writing Center, Career Services Center, and more.
Social Change Mission — Walden encourages you to become more than a scholar as you gain skills to help make a difference in your community.
Scholarship Opportunities — Scholarships are available to new students who demonstrate a proven commitment to helping under-served populations.

Hear About Walden's Case Study Approach

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.

Note 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. 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 intends to practice. 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.

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