Master of Social Work (MSW) Distance Education (DL) Programs

Welcome
The University of Alabama School of Social Work faculty and staff extend you a warm welcome! Our alumni are serving clients in Alabama, across the U.S., and across the world. The school has been preparing MSWs since 1965 and is ranked in the top 20% of accredited MSW programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. We seek to increase our students' knowledge of social problems and their solutions, to improve social conditions of the state and beyond, and to promote social justice and human dignity for all people.

Program Options
The School of Social Work offers students the opportunity to begin their MSW coursework through two options designed to facilitate distance learning: the Advanced-Standing DL Program (a 42 credit hour program that can be completed in three semesters, only for those who hold a CSWE-accredited BSW) and the 60 credit hour program (a two-year program when completed full time), available primarily online with face-to-face skills labs held at regionally convenient locations across the state of Alabama (UA also offers a traditional face-to-face MSW program on the Tuscaloosa campus.)

Concentrations
The School of Social Work offers two concentrations within the MSW distance education program.  

  • Children, Adolescents and their Families
    This concentration is designed for students interested in working with children, adolescents, and their families, especially in child welfare and mental health settings.  Graduates may practice and take leadership roles in the areas of child welfare, family services, mental health, health care, substance abuse treatment, behavioral health, and other social service fields.
  • Adults and their Families
    This concentration prepares students to work with adults and their families, especially in geriatric services and adult mental health settings.  Graduates may practice and take leadership roles in the areas of geriatric services, family services, mental health, health care, substance abuse treatment, behavioral health, and other social service field.

Start Dates and Locations*

Advanced-Standing DL Program (Requires a BSW)
One cohort of DL advanced-standing students begins every year in late May or early June and another cohort begins every year in January. All classes are primarily online, with face-to-face skills labs held on selected Saturdays at regionally convenient locations across the state of Alabama. Locations for the face-to-face skills labs will be determined based on enrollment.

60-Credit-Hour Program
The first-year and second-year classes in the DL program will be primarily online, with face-to-face skills labs held on selected Saturdays at regionally convenient locations across the state of Alabama. Locations for the face-to-face skills labs will be determined based on enrollment.

To learn more about the two MSW programs, view the School of Social Work's MSW Program Brochure.

We invite you to explore this site to find out more about the MSW DL programs. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

*Programs subject to change.

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