Overview - Master of Social Work (MSW)

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Program at a Glance

Delivery Format - Online

Number of Credit Hours - 42-60

Tuition per hour - $367

Accreditation - Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Ranking - Ranked in the top 25% of accredited MSW programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report

Ranked #1 in the nation by BestColleges.com

Practicum - 60 credit-hour program: 1,000 total clock-hours; Advanced Standing: 500 clock-hours in field education placement

Orientation Required - Yes

Admission Deadline - The primarily online Advanced-Standing Program will begin every January and June

Programs, courses and tuition subject to change.

Since 1965, The University of Alabama School of Social Work has been preparing MSW students to make a difference in the lives of others.

Regardless of your work schedule, you can earn your MSW through distance learning and join our community of alumni who are serving clients in Alabama, across the U.S. and across the world.

The primarily online Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

As a student in the MSW program, you can:

  • Increase your knowledge of social problems and their solutions.
  • Learn to improve social conditions for those in Alabama and throughout the U.S.
  • Develop the skills to promote social justice and human dignity for all people.

UA offers two options for earning your MSW: the Advanced-Standing Program and the 60-credit-hour program. Both options offer two concentrations: Children, Adolescents and their Families or Adults and their Families. 

The Advanced-Standing Program is a 42-credit-hour program for only those who hold a CSWE-accredited BSW. It can be completed in three semesters when pursued full-time. Coursework is offered primarily online with face-to-face skills labs held on selected Saturdays at regionally convenient locations across Alabama.

The 60-credit-hour program is for those who do not currently hold a CSWE-accredited BSW. It is also available primarily online with face-to-face skills labs held at regionally convenient locations on selected Saturdays across the state of Alabama. It can be completed in two years when pursued full-time.

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