2U, Our Program Partner

2U logoThe University of Southern California has partnered with 2U Inc. to power and support the online Master of Social Work, MSW@USC. Founded in 2008 by a team of education and technology veterans, 2U enables leading colleges and universities to deliver their high-quality degree programs online to qualified students anywhere.

In addition to the University of Southern California, 2U currently works with a number of leading U.S. universities to support their online graduate programs, including the George Washington University, Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and Northwestern University. 2U supports graduate and doctorate programs across the fields of education, nursing, business, public administration, law, international affairs, public health, health care administration, counseling and data science. As part of our partnership, 2U provides the following services:

Technology Support


Students in the online Master of Social Work program access a virtual campus for their classes, coursework and networking. The platform, which is available from most Internet-enabled devices, is powered by 2U. The 2U approach is best described as No Back Row® and features an online classroom that brings students face-to-face for live class sessions. Program instruction is led by USC faculty and instructors and is designed with intuitive, familiar features that foster connection and collaboration.

We know many students choose an online program to take advantage of the flexibility of the platform. To make the MSW@USC program as convenient as possible, 2U brings the online campus to mobile devices with apps for smartphone and tablets. These apps allow students to access coursework online and offline whenever it is convenient for them.


Content Development


In preparation for live class discussions, students watch prerecorded content created by USC faculty in collaboration with 2U content strategists. The 2U team helps partner university faculty members turn their traditional classroom lectures and materials into engaging, interactive content custom made for the online environment. 2U also provides USC with video production services, while USC faculty authors and delivers all content.

Course content is not simply recorded lectures, but an interactive learning experience. Coursework includes video case studies, discussions between professors and real students, dynamic faculty presentations, and interactive elements in which professors can see students’ progress and leave comments and feedback leading up to the live class session.


Admissions Support


The University of Southern California works with 2U to identify and reach the most qualified candidates around the world. 2U’s marketing and recruiting efforts support USC’s goal of finding students who are most likely to succeed in the rigorous Master of Social Work program. 2U also provides an online application and application management system, which ensures a seamless process for applicants and for USC administrators who review candidates. As with all USC programs, applicants are reviewed and candidates receive final admissions decisions from the University of Southern California administration.


Student and Faculty Support


2U prepares faculty and instructors to deliver classes and course materials on the online platform so that they are best able to use the tools available in the virtual classroom. 2U also offers orientation to all online students before classes begin. Dedicated support continues throughout the program with technical support available during every live session.

2U provides both USC and its students with a dedicated field placement team. Through technology-enabled services, this team works with USC faculty to identify an appropriate field placement site for each student based on their location. 2U’s field placement support allows students to meet the hands-on training requirements of the Master of Social Work program without having to relocate.

Have questions about the online Master of Social Work program? Request information to learn more about the MSW@USC.

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