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 curriculum and an advanced standing curriculum.
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:
and the Social Environment I
and the Social Environment II
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:
- Mental Health
- Families and Children
- Community Organization, Planning and Administration (COPA)
- Social Work and Business in a Global Society
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.
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.