Online and Distance Education

Online and Distance Education Offerings by Accredited Programs

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) currently does not keep information about online and 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 who have had their distance education components reviewed through either major change reports or reaffirmation review can have their programs added to the list by sending an e-mail to aholster@cswe.org.  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.

Many programs also 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

Bemidji State University (MN)

Brescia University (KY)

Briar Cliff University (IA)

  • Part-time program
  • Fully online program  with asynchronous classes and weekly student-scheduled online face-to-face mentoring sessions with faculty
  • No campus visit necessary
  • Open to students with at least 77 approved transfer credits from any region in the United States
  • Degree completion program
  • http://www.briarcliff.edu/online-social-work-degree/ 

California State University, Chico (CA)

  • Three-year, year-round program 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
  • Degree completion program
  • http://www.csuchico.edu/swrk/programs/distributedlearning/index.shtml.

Campbellsville University (KY)

Humboldt State University (CA)

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

Indiana Wesleyan University (IN)

Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)

Northern Arizona University (AZ)

  • Full-time and part-time options
  • Fully online program with content delivered primarily asynchronously with 24/7 access to classes
  • No campus visit required
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States, with the exception of American Samoa, DC, KY, NY, NC, PR, and the US Virgin Islands
  • International students may be admitted depending on availability of field placement opportunities
  • http://ec.nau.edu/BachelorsDegrees/SocialWork-31/

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
  • http://www.salisbury.edu/socialwork

University of Alaska, Fairbanks (AK)

  • Full-time and part-time options
  • Audio-distance with technology enhanced classroom (using Adobe Connect)
  • No campus visit necessary
  • Open to students in all regions of Alaska, with rural areas preferred
  • Focus on rural social work with indigenous populations
  • http://www.uaf.edu/socwork/

University of Utah (UT)

Western New Mexico University (NM)

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

Masters Level

Arizona State University (AZ)

  • Part-time program
  • Content delivered primarily asynchronously with 24/7 access to classes
  • Fully online with no campus visits required
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States, with the exception of North Carolina
  • International students may be admitted depending on the availability of field placement opportunities
  • Specialized Practice: Advanced Generalist
  • https://socialwork.asu.edu/MSWonline

Boise State University (ID)

  • Full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options
  • Mostly asynchronous courses, with the exception of practice and field seminar courses
  • Fully online with no campus visits required
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States, with the exception of the District of Columbia, Kentucky, and Florida
  • Specialized Practice: Individuals and Families
  • http://hs.boisestate.edu/socialwork/msw-online

Boston University (MA)

  • Part-time program with advanced standing option
  • Live classroom sessions taught by program faculty and asynchronous content available 24/7
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • Specialized Practice: Clinical Social Work Practice
  • http://www.bu.edu/ssw/academics/online/

California State University, Chico (CA)

California State University, Long Beach (CA)

  • Part-time program
  • 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
  • Currently offered at Sonoma State University and Ventura College sites
  • Specialized Practice: Children, Youth, and Families
  • http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/departments/social-work/distance-education

California State University, Northridge (CA)

  • Full-time program
  • Online program using asynchronous instruction with 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
  • Specialized Practice: Urban Family Studies
  • http://tsengcollege.csun.edu/programs/MSW

California State University, San Bernadino (CA)

  • Part-time program
  • Online program with asynchronous course content
  • Three-day on-campus visit required each summer
  • Open to students from any state with which California has the requisite educational agreements; however, primary mission is Inland Southern California
  • Specialized Practice: Advanced Generalist
  • http://socialwork.csusb.edu/majorsPrograms/pdep/index.htm

Campbellsville University (KY)

Case Western Reserve University (OH)

  • Full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options
  • Online program
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • Specialized Practice: Community Practice & Social Change and Direct Practice (Child, Youth, & Families) or (Mental Health/Adults)
  • http://socialworkdegree.case.edu

Catholic University of America (DC)

  • Part-time program
  • Online program with asynchronous instruction with 24/7 access and support and no requirement for on-campus presence
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States, as well as service members stationed around the world
  • Specialized Practice: Clinical
  • http://online.cua.edu/msw/online-master-of-social-work

Colorado State University (CO)

Columbia University (NY)

  • Full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options
  • Online program with live synchronous virtual classroom delivery and asynchronous content available 24/7
  • Fully online with no campus visit required
  • Open to students anywhere the United States
  • Specialized Practice: Advanced Clinical Practice or Social Enterprise Administration
  • http://socialwork.columbia.edu/the-student-experience/online-campus/

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (PA)

Florida State University (FL)

Fordham University (NY)

  • Full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options
  • Fully online program with asynchronous instruction and no campus visit required
  • Option for online/on-campus hybrid program at Long Island, NY, location
  • Open to residents of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut
  • Online/on-campus hybrid option with Fordham's Long Island, NY, location
  • Specialized Practice: Clinical and Community-Based Practice & Leadership
  • http://www.fordham.edu/gss/online

Greater Miami Valley MASW Collaborative (Miami University and Wright State University) (OH)

Humboldt State University (CA)

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

Indiana University (IN)

  • Advanced standing program with open enrollment and three opportunities to start every year
  • Online program
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • Specialized Practice: Advanced Generalist
  • http://mswdirect.iu.edu

Louisiana State University (LA)

  • Full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options
  • Asynchronous 7-week modules with six start dates per year (two start dates for advanced standing)
  • No campus visit required
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States except Delaware; Washington, DC; Kentucky; Massachusetts; New York; and North Carolina
  • http://www.lsu.edu/chse/socialwork/academics/msw-online.php

Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)

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

Michigan State University (MI) - Statewide Blended Program

  • Part-time program with advanced standing option
  • Hybrid - 80% online; 20% face-to-face (annual summer institute on main campus and monthly Saturday videoconferencing at locations throughout the state)
  • Regular option open to students living more than 50 miles from both East Lansing and Flint campuses and within 50 miles of the state border; advanced standing option open to students living more than 50 miles from both East Lansing, Saginaw, and Oakland campuses and within 50 miles of the state border
  • Specialized Practice: Clinical Practice
  • http://www.socialwork.msu.edu/Programs/MSW/Blended-Programs

Michigan State University (MI) - Weekend Program

  • Part-time program
  • Hybrid - 70% online; 30% face-to-face (monthly weekend in-person sessions in Lansing)
  • Oprn to all students residing in Michigan or within 50 miles of the state border
  • Specialized Practice: Clinical Practice and Organization & Community Leadership
  • http://www.socialwork.msu.edu/Programs/MSW/Blended-Programs

Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)

Portland State University (OR)

  • Three-year cohort model
  • Fully online MSW program
  • 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
  • Specialized Practice: Practice and Leadership in Communities and Organizations
  • http://www.pdx.edu/ssw/msw-program

Radford University (VA)

Rutgers University (NJ)

  • Part-time program
  • Fully online
  • Open to students nationwide
  • Specialized Practice: Clinical Social Work
  • http://online.rutgers.edu/msw or call 800.935.1433

Salisbury University (MD) - Satellite Program

  • Part-time and advanced standing options
  • Interactive television, in-class sessions, and online technology
  • Students attend class at a satellite location each week
  • Open to any students able to travel to the sattelite locations
  • Specialized Practice: Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, and Organizations
  • http://www.salisbury.edu/socialwork

Salisbury University (MD) - Online Program

  • Part-time and advanced standing options
  • Fully online program with both synchronous and asynchronous components
  • No campus visit required
  • Open to residents of Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania
  • Specialized Practice: Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, and Organizations
  • http://www.salisbury.edu/socialwork

Simmons College (MA)

  • Full-time and advanced standing options
  • Online program with both weekly 90-minute synchronous sessions and asynchronous course work
  • Open to students from all states except New Hampshire and some districts in Maryland
  • Specialized Practice: Clinical Social Work specialized areas in Mental Health and Substance Abuse; Child and Family Welfare; Trauma and Interpersonal Violence; and Health and Aging
  • http://socialwork.simmons.edu

Texas State University (TX)

University at Buffalo (State University of New York) (NY)

  • Part-time and advanced standing options
  • Fully online program with courses delivered through both asynchronous and synchronous methods
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States and Canada
  • Specialized Practice: Trauma-Informed and Human Rights Perspective
  • http://socialwork.buffalo.edu/online

University of Alabama (AL)

  • Full-time, part-time and advanced standing options
  • Primarily online program
  • 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
  • http://bamabydistance.ua.edu//degrees/master-of-social-work-primarily-online

University of Alaska at Anchorage (AK)

University of Arkansas (AR)

  • Advanced standing program
  • Online asynchronous program augmented by pre-scheduled webcasting
  • No campus visit required
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • Specialized Practice: Multi-System Life Course
  • http://socialwork.uark.edu

University of Denver (CO)

  • Distance education program in Durango to address the special needs of rural and tribal communities of the Four Corners area or 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
  • http://www.du.edu/socialwork/programs/index.html

University of Hawai’i at Manoa (HI)

University of Houston (TX)

  • Part-time program
  • Hybrid weekend program at UH Main Campus and UH Sugar Land Campus
  • Face-to-face meetings on Saturdays, twice per month for the first semester and once per month thereafter
  • Eligible to residents of Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma who are able to travel to campus as needed
  • Specialized Practice: Clinical with optional emphasis in Health and Behavioral Health
  • http://www.uh.edu/socialwork/academics/msw

University of Louisville (KY)

University of Nevada, Reno (NV)

  • Full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options
  • Predominantly asynchronous courses with limited synchronous options in practice and field classes
  • Two-day residency requirement
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • Specialized Practice: Advanced Generalist
  • http://onlinedegrees.unr.edu/

University of New England (ME)

  • Full-time and advanced standing options
  • Asynchronous learning with no campus visits required
  • Open to students anywhere in the US and internationally
  • Specialized Practice: Individual, Family, & Group Practice (clinical-based) and Organizational and Community Practice (policy-based)
  • http://socialwork.une.edu or http://www.une.edu/wchp/socialwork  

University of New Hampshire (NH)

  • Full-time and part-time options
  • Online program using mostly asynchronous instruction with 24/7 access to classes
  • No requirement for on-campus presence
  • Specialized Practice: Advanced Generalist
  • http://mswonline.unh.edu

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC)

  • Three-year distance education program with advanced standing option
  • Hybrid model with in-person and online classes
  • Campus visit required at distance education site in Triangle or Winston-Salem
  • Open to studnets anywhere in the United States
  • Specialized Practice: Direct Practice (DP) and Community, Management, and Policy Practice (CMPP)
  • http://ssw.unc.edu/programs/masters/de/traditional

University of North Dakota (ND)

University of Southern California (CA)

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

University of Tennessee at Knoxville (TN)

  • Full-time, part-time, and advanced standing options
  • Completely online program with no campus visit required
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States
  • Specialized Practice: Clinical or Macro (Management, Leadership, and Community Practice)
  • Certificates available to online MSW students in Gerontology, Veterinary Social Work, and School Social Work
  • http://www.csw.utk.edu/mssw/index_online_mssw.htm 

University of Texas at Arlington (TX)

University of Utah (UT)

University of Wyoming (WY)

  • Full-time and advanced standing options
  • Hybrid program (video, online, and in-person)
  • Five intensive weekends on campus
  • Primarily serving Wyoming studnets
  • Specialized Practice: Advanced Generalist
  • http://www.uwyo.edu/socialwork/

Utah State University (UT)

  • Part-time program
  • Classes held Tuesday evenings via Interactive Video Broadcast (IVC) in Brigham City, Kaysville, Tooele, Price, Blanding, and Vernal/Roosevelt
  • email derrik.tollefson@usu.edu

Valdosta State University (GA)

Virginia Commonwealth University (VA)

Walden University (MN)

  • Standard, accelerated, and advanced standing options available year-round
  • Online courses delivered asynchronously, custom video case studies, and two 4-day in-person residencies
  • Open to students in the US and internationally
  • Specialized Practice: Advanced Clinical Practice, Military Social Work, Social Work in Health Care, and Social Work with Children and Families
  • https://www.waldenu.edu/masters/master-of-social-work

Western Kentucky University (KY)

  • Part-time advanced standing program
  • Synchronous and asynchronous online instructional formats
  • Requires a one-time on-campus orientation
  • Specialized Practice: Rural Advanced Generalist
  • http://www.wku.edu/socialwork/msw

Western New Mexico University (NM)

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

Widener University (PA)

  • Part-time program
  • Online program with mostly asynchronous content
  • No requirement for on-campus presence
  • Open to students anywhere in the United States, as well as service members stationed around the world
  • Specialized Practice: Advanced Clinical with focus on trauma and its impact on mental health
  • http://www.onlineprograms.widener.edu