Distance Education

Distance Education Offerings by Accredited Programs

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) currently does not keep information about distance education offerings in the database of accredited programs. The list of programs offering online or distance education we have compiled is not intended to be exhaustive. Representatives from accredited programs can have their programs added to the list by sending an e-mail to aholster@cswe.org, along with providing information regarding to whom the program is offered and the methodology used. All accredited programs are subject to the same accreditation standards and review criteria by the Commission on Accreditation, regardless of the curriculum delivery methods used.

You will have to contact these programs to learn in which states they offer their online programs. Almost every state requires a social work degree from a CSWE-accredited institution to apply for a license and sit for the licensing exam. Practicing social work without a license is illegal, except in very narrow practice environments. See the online CSWE Directory of Accredited Programs for more information. The directory records can be sorted by program level and by state.

Many programs offer weekend and evening classes for nontraditional students. Interested students should talk to the directors of admission at the schools in their state or nearby states and see what they offer.

Baccalaureate Level

This list is sorted by program name and was last updated on October 29, 2014.

Brescia University (KY)

  • BSW degree completion program
  • Online (weekly chats, discussion forums, and interactive classrooms)
  • Students do not receive all of their credits from Brescia University since it is a degree completion program.
  • The majority of students have attended other colleges or universities for most of their general education courses and may already have an associate’s degree from their local community college or have a bachelors degree.
  • Full- or part-time options available
  • More information: http://www.brescia.edu/academics/divisions_and_schools/social_and_behavioral_sciences/programs.php

Briar Cliff University (IA)

  • Part-time BSW degree completion program, which may be completed in two calendar years
  • Open to students with at least 77 approved transfer credits from any region in the United States
  • Fully online program with no campus visit necessary
  • Weekly student-scheduled online face-to-face mentoring sessions with faculty
  • Asynchronous classes, allowing students to complete assignments at any time before specified deadlines
  • More information: http://www.briarcliff.edu/academics/online-degrees/social-work 

California State University, Chico (CA)

  • BSW Distributed Learning Program
  • Three-year, year-round program involving 3-9 units per semester that begins at the junior year
  • Blended-learning program offered primarily online with two weekend intensive visits to the campus in Chico, California, every semester
  • Students must complete field practicum in one of 18 designated northern California counties
  • Student Mentoring program available 
  • More information: http://www.csuchico.edu/swrk/programs/distributedlearning/index.shtml.

Humboldt State University (CA)

  • Full-time (2-year) and part-time (3-year) options using Distributed Learning methodologies (e.g., online discussions, video conferencing, chats, web tours, small group work, projects, virtual role plays)
  • Program emphasizes work with Indigenous and rural communities with a particular commitment to Decolonizing Social Work and mindfulness-based practice
  • Annual on-campus orientation/intensive required 
  • More information: http://humboldt.edu/socialworkonline

Metropolitan State College of Denver (CO)

Salisbury University (MD)

  • Classes are simulcast and broadcast using interactive TV (ITV), online, and hybrid technology
  • Open to students in non-urban sections of the state
  • More information: http://www.salisbury.edu/socialwork

Western New Mexico University (NM)

  • Part-time andfull-time options
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • Courses taught online and via Poly-com (similar to Skype)
  • More information: http://www.wnmu.edu/academic/sw

Masters Level

This list is sorted by program name and was last updated on October 29, 2014.

Boston University (MA)

California State University, Chico (CA)

  • MSW Distributed Learning Program
  • Three-year, year-round program involving 6-12 units per semester
  • Blended-learning program offered primarily online with two weekend intensive visits to the campus in Chico, California, every semester
  • Students must complete field practicum in one of 18 designated northern California counties
  • Student Mentoring program available 
  • More information: http://www.csuchico.edu/swrk/programs/distributedlearning/index.shtml.

California State University, Long Beach (CA)

  • Part-time, three-year MSW program using interactive television and online resources with frequent in-person visits by faculty
  • Classes on Saturdays with 16-hour per week field placements during second and third academic years
  • Children, Youth, and Families Concentration
  • Currently offered at Sonoma State University and Ventura College sites
  • More information: http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/departments/social-work/distance-education

California State University, Northridge (CA)

  • Online MSW program using asynchronous instruction, 24/7 access to classes
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • International students welcome dependent on field site availability and appropriate TOEFL scores
  • Urban Family Studies Concentration
  • More Information: http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/programs/MSW

Case Western Reserve University (OH)

  • Online masters social work program
  • Advanced Standing, full-time, or part-time options
  • Two distinct concentrations: Community Practice & Social Change and Direct Practice (Child, Youth, & Families) or (Mental Health/Adults)
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • More Information: http://socialworkdegree.case.edu

Catholic University of America (DC)

  • Online MSW program
  • Part-Time, 3.5 year program using asynchronous instruction with 24/7 access and support
  • Clinical Concentration
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States , as well as service members stationed around the world
  • Field placements in student's community
  • No requirement for on-campus presence
  • More information: http://online.cua.edu/msw/online-master-of-social-work

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Florida State University (FL)

Fordham University (NY)

  • Part-time, online MSW program with a clinical concentration
  • Advanced Standing and Traditional plans of study
  • Asynchronous instruction, 24/7 access to classes
  • Field placements in geographic areas of students
  • Currently open to residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut only
  • Online/on-campus hybrid option with Fordham's Long Island, NY, location
  • For more information: http://www.fordham.edu/gss/online

Humboldt State University (CA)

  • Part-time (3.5 year) and part-time Advanced Standing (2-year) options using Distributed Learning methodologies (online discussions, video conferencing, chats, web tours, small group work, shared projects, virtual role plays)
  • Program emphasizes work with Indigenous and rural communities with a particular commitment to Decolonizing Social Work and mindfulness-based practice
  • Annual extended weekend on-campus intensive required
  • More information: http://humboldt.edu/socialworkonline

Indiana University (IN)

  • Online MSW program
  • Advanced Standing and Regular
  • Advanced Generalist Concentration
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • More information: http://mswdirect.iu.edu

Metropolitan State College of Denver (CO)

  • Online and hybrid formats
  • Part-time and full-time options
  • Primarily serving students in Colorado
  • Individuals & Families and Macro (Leadership & Management) concentrations
  • More information: http://www.msudenver.edu/socialwork/msw  

Michigan State University (MI)

  • Part-time program using interactive video or video conferencing at locations around the state
  • Clinical social work concentration
  • For people who live more than 50 miles from BOTH the East Lansing AND Flint campuses
  • Hybrid or blended program combining face-to-face, videoconferencing, and online instruction
  • More information: http://www.msu.edu/~swdisted/index.html

Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)

Portland State University (OR)

  • Three-year cohort model fully online MSW program
  • Community and Organizational Practice or Advanced Clinical Practice focus
  • Synchronous and asynchronous delivery taught by campus faculty
  • 3-day on-campus intensives prior to the beginning of each academic year
  • Open to students nationwide
  • More information: http://www.pdx.edu/ssw/msw-program

Rutgers University (NJ)

  • Fully online 3-year, part-time program
  • Clinical social work concentration
  • Open to students nationwide
  • More information: http://online.rutgers.edu/msw or call 800.935.1433 

Salisbury University (MD)

  • Classes are simulcast and broadcast using interactive TV (ITV), online, and hybrid technology
  • Open to students in non-urban sections of the state>
  • Advanced Standing or Regular Program options>
  • More information: http://www.salisbury.edu/socialwork

Simmons College (MA)

  • Live classes taught by faculty who also teach on-campus
  • Course content available 24/7 via online platform
  • Field placement team works to place students in clinical sites across the country
  • More information: http://socialwork.simmons.edu  

Texas State University (TX)

University of Alabama (AL)

  • Primarily online MSW program
  • Full-time, part-time or advanced standing options
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States; however students will be required to participate in face-to-face skills labs held on selected Saturdays at regionally convenient locations across the state of Alabama and field placements will be within a 200-mile radius of Tuscaloosa, AL
  • More information: http://bamabydistance.ua.edu//degrees/master-of-social-work-primarily-online

University of Denver (CO)

  • Four Corners MSW Program, operated in partnership with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Fort Lewis College, and community agencies, offers students the opportunity to earn their MSW on location in Durango, Colorado, to address the special needs of rural and tribal communities of the Four Corners area
  • Western Colorado MSW Program, operated in partnership with Colorado Mountain College and numerous local and regional human service programs, offers students the opportunity to earn their MSW on location in Glenwood Springs, to address the special needs of Colorado's rural and mountain communities
  • Classes for both programs taught onsite; simulcast and broadcast from Denver using Interactive TV (ITV); and online  using Web-based technology
  • More information: http://www.du.edu/socialwork/programs/index.html

University of Hawai’i at Manoa (HI)

University of Louisville (KY)

  • MSSW online or on-campus open to all students in the United States who have earned a baccalaureate degree
  • Advanced standing program for students who have BSW degrees from CSWE-accredited programs
  • Offering part-time and full-time programs, including 3-year and 4-year curriculum plans
  • Specializations in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT); Military Social Work; School Social Work (SSW); Alcohol and Drug Counseling (ADCS); Gerontology (GER); Mental Health Counseling (MH); and Psychology Oncology
  • More information: http://louisville.edu/online/programs/masters/master-of-science-in-social-work?utm_source=cswe

University of New England (ME)

  • Open to students anywhere in the US and internationally
  • Advanced Standing and Traditional Track
  • No campus visits required
  • Asynchronous learning with regular and accelerated options available
  • Individual, Family, and Group Practice (clinical-based) or Organizational and Community Practice (policy-based) tracks
  • More information: http://socialwork.une.edu

University of New Hampshire (NH)

  • Full-time 28-month program with part-time options
  • Advanced Generalist Concentration
  • Online program using mostly asynchronous instruction with 24/7 access to classes
  • Field placements in student's community
  • No requirement for on-campus presence
  • More information: http://mswonline.unh.edu

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

University of North Dakota (ND)

University of Southern California (CA)

  • Live classrooms facilitated online
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • More information: http://msw.usc.edu  

University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

  • Online MSW program
  • Designed for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • Full-time, part-time, and advanced standing programs
  • Primarily online with very limited face-to-face meetings
  • Clinical or macro concentrations
  • Certificates available to online MSW students in Gerontology, Veterinary Social Work, and School Social Work
  • More information: http://www.csw.utk.edu/students/mssw/distance_ed.html

University of Utah (UT)

  • Part-time, three-year program
  • Friday nights and Saturdays through hybrid of distance technology and traditional classroom study broadcast in Cedar City (SUU), Richfield  (Snow College), Orem (UVU), and Ogden (WSU)
  • More information: e-mail sorensen_s@suu.edu

Valdosta State University (GA)

 Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Western New Mexico University (NM)

  • Part-time, full-time, and advanced standing options
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • Courses taught online and via Poly-com (similar to Skype)
  • More information: http://www.wnmu.edu/academic/sw

Widener University (PA)

  • Part-time, just over three years to complete
  • Advanced curriculum weaves trauma and its impact on mental health into all coursework
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States, as well as service members stationed around the world
  • Field placements in students' communities with help of a Widener Field Placement Coordinator
  • No requirement for on-campus presence
  • More information: http://www.onlineprograms.widener.edu