Welcome to the Virtual Academic Center
The University of Southern California School of Social Work is the first among elite research universities to offer its highly regarded Master of Social Work degree online. Available nationally through our Virtual Academic Center, the MSW@USC engages students in various web-based learning activities and hands-on, supervised traditional field instruction in local communities where they live and work. Taught by renowned faculty and leaders in the field of social work, the MSW@USC curriculum mirrors the academic rigor of the on-campus program. The program provides both synchronous and asynchronous elements, with students expected to be online at specific times for some activities but able to participate in others on their own schedules. Students will enjoy an intellectually stimulating academic experience they can share with like-minded professors and peers in a collaborative, inspirational environment – all without stepping foot on campus.
With employment of social workers expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2014 (Bureau of Labor Statistics), social work offers great career potential. An accredited online MSW from USC may carry significant value in an organization’s hiring and advancement decisions.