What's Next for You: A career in social work can position you to make a real difference in your community. The USC School of Social Work, the country’s largest social work graduate program, offers the MSW@USC to prepare leaders through rigorous coursework and community-based field experiences. Our online, seminar-style classes are kept small — with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1 — and are designed with a focus on collaboration and connection.

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Since 2010, the MSW@USC has been changing lives through innovations in social work education.


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Featured Concentrations

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Mental Health

Learn to diagnose and treat mental, behavioral and emotional disorders; provide individual, group, family and couples therapy; and perform psychosocial assessments of common mental health problems.

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Families and Children

Prepare to work in direct practice with families seeking support and resources to rise above adversity or stabilize after a crisis through assessment, resource coordination, counseling, support and advocacy.

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Community Organization, Planning and Administration

Develop the skills to lead individuals, organizations and communities as they seek change, holistic improvements and policy changes through collective action.

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The MSW@USC offers you more options to customize your program than any other online MSW program in the country, giving you plenty of opportunity to study an area that matches your career goals. You can choose any of the concentrations above or opt for Health or Social Work and Business in a Global Society.


Why USC?

Online Learning Experience

The MSW@USC features the most innovative online learning experience available. Our classes are held live, online and are taught by USC School of Social Work faculty members. Coursework is immersive and dynamic, designed to engage you in your clinical practice and facilitate classroom discussion and collaboration.


Virtual Field Practicum (VFP)

Field education is the cornerstone of any social work program. The MSW@USC prepares students for community-based field placements with the online Virtual Field Practicum (VFP), an innovative learning experience in the virtual classroom. Students master clinical skills, DSM-5 diagnosis and other evidence-based training. Learn about the VFP >>

Advanced Standing

The 35-credit accelerated MSW program enables students to earn their degree in less time than the traditional program by waiving first-year foundation courses. Students who meet the eligibility requirements can complete the program in as little as three semesters or five if they attend part-time. Learn more about advanced standing >>

Military Social Work

Learn how to support the health and well-being of military service members, veterans and their families as they cope with the unique stressors specific to life in the armed forces, including deployment, reintegration and post-traumatic stress disorder. Find out more about the Military Social Work sub-concentration >>

Accreditation and Ranking

The MSW@USC is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The USC School of Social Work is ranked #11 nationally by U.S. News & World Report.