A Master of Social Work (MSW) can open doors to fulfilling careers across a range of fields, such as mental health, family counseling, and military and community advocacy. Consistently top-ranked in the social work field, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is the country’s most innovative social work graduate school. With part-time and full-time options, the MSW@USC is a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited online MSW program that prepares you to become a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
The MSW@USC curriculum is designed to address 21st-century challenges with coursework rooted in strong social work principles as well as evidence-based practice and evidence-informed interventions. The program offers part-time and full-time program tracks, and you can focus your studies in areas such as families and children, mental health, military, substance abuse or social work in business settings.
Both the online MSW and DSW programs offer multiple start dates per year and accept applications on a rolling basis.
Apply by November 13 to start MSW classes in January.
Apply by October 27 to start DSW classes in January.
The Social Work Field Is Growing
Between 2014 and 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the social work field to grow 12 percent, considered faster than the average for all occupations. This increased demand for social workers encompasses all social work practice areas, including families, children and youth; mental health; community organizing; advocacy; and health care.
Whether you need help landing your first social work position or enhancing your on-the-job skills, the MSW@USC Office of Career and Professional Development is dedicated to providing you with the resources and services to realize career success. Career support ranges from career counseling and job searching to resume building and interview preparation to evaluating job offers and negotiating salary.
What’s Different About the Online MSW?
The online MSW program has the same admissions standards, curriculum and graduation requirements as the on-campus program and confers the same degree: a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. The only difference is that you attend classes and complete coursework online. Your diploma will not indicate that you earned your degree through an online program.
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