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Welcome to the MSW@USC

The USC School of Social Work's Accredited Online Master of Social Work

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.


A 21st-Century Curriculum

MSW@USC coursework and field education are designed to prepare students to meet the great challenges of our time. With a well-rounded foundation in the principles of social work, the MSW@USC curriculum allows you to focus your studies in an area relevant to you, such as mental health, working with families and children, community organization, or military social work. Explore our curriculum >>

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. Discover the MSW@USC student experience >>

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 >>

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 >>

Coming in 2016


The USC School of Social Work is launching a new online Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program in 2016. Request information about the DSW >>

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.