Curriculum

The MSW@USC features a rigorous curriculum that is the same as that of the on-campus program and delivered through online courses taught by our award-winning faculty. The MSW@USC program offers a traditional and an advanced standing curriculum.

See the traditional curriculum   See the advanced standing curriculum

Foundation Courses

The program begins with foundation coursework, in which you will build a base of knowledge, skills and values through the study of theories, issues and practice methods that deal with individuals and their environments. Foundation courses include:

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
Human Behavior
and the Social Environment I
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
Human Behavior
and the Social Environment II
Policy and Practice in Social Service Organizations
Policy and Practice in Social Service Organizations
Social Work Practice with Individuals
Social Work Practice with Individuals
Social Work Practice with Families, Groups and Complex Cases
Social Work Practice with Families, Groups and Complex Cases
Social Work Research
Social Work Research
Field Practicum
Field Practicum
Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice
Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice
Social Welfare
Social Welfare

Concentrations

You will then choose a concentration that allows you to explore an area of focus that complements your career goals. As an MSW@USC student, you can consider these concentrations:

Sub-Concentrations

You can also choose additional coursework in a sub-concentration to enrich your professional development. Sub-concentrations are available in Military Social Work, Older Adults and School Settings.

Field Education

Hands-on experience is an integral part of any Master of Social Work curriculum. Throughout the program, you will spend more than 1,000 hours completing field education — online and offline. Learn more about field education.

Cross-Program Enrollment

MSW@USC students also have the opportunity to take courses from other online graduate programs delivered by several top-tier colleges and universities. You can learn more about cross-university courses here.

Contact an admissions counselor at 1.877.700.4MSW or sswvac@usc.edu to learn more about the MSW@USC curriculum.

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