Master of Social Work Online MSW
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Become a Voice for the Most Vulnerable
Dream big and envision yourself in a career that empowers you to positively impact your community. UCF’s master’s in social work online allows you to work with diverse populations in a variety of fields such as mental health, addiction, homelessness, human rights and social welfare. With an online MSW degree from UCF, you can effect lasting change and protect the rights and interests of the most vulnerable segments of society.
UCF’s part-time, nine-semester online MSW degree is designed for individuals who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or who earned their BSW more than five years ago. The online MSW program—fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)—offers classes in seven-week terms with students enrolled in one class per term.
Students who have already earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program can enroll in the four-semester MSW Advanced Standing option, which features seven-week terms with one course per term. UCF’s online MSW program aims to help clinical social work students become skilled practitioners who will work to promote social and economic justice, overall well-being and human rights.
Why a Master’s in Social Work?
A master’s in social work online from UCF is more than just an investment in your professional future—it’s a powerful resource for improving quality of life for individuals, families and groups within underserved or at-risk populations. In concert with hands-on fieldwork, students will develop the therapeutic skills needed to successfully engage clients and assist with setting and prioritizing goals. They will also learn how to advocate for the needs of others, promote the overall wellness of children and families in a range of settings and pursue positive social change through advanced social work practice.
The demand for highly trained professional social workers has grown in recent years, and career opportunities abound for graduates with master’s degrees in social work. Employment for social workers in the U.S. is expected to grow by 12 percent from 2014 to 2024. Across the nation, an increase in demand for social and health care services will drive growth in the social work field. Regional employer demand for social work professionals has increased 23 percent since 2013, and current postings for jobs with “social worker,” “clinical social worker” and “medical social worker” titles represent 10 percent of all relevant job postings nationwide. However, graduates can seek employment with a number of different organizations or industries, including public school districts, substance abuse treatment programs, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, home care agencies and hospices. Some UCF MSW graduates go on to work for government agencies, legislative offices and research institutions.
Innovation, excellence and an uncompromising commitment to educating skilled practitioners who strive to serve the at-risk segments of society—these are the vital concepts that form the core of the master’s in social work online MSW track. Courses are geared toward evidence-based practice and interventions, as well as combining theory with application under the supervision of diverse, expert faculty and field instructors. UCF’s master’s in social work online program also offers a flexible online format, self-paced coursework and experienced, social work faculty who are committed to the highest quality of teaching.
The online MSW track provides students with a quality education that cultivates competent social workers.The program covers topics including:
- Child protection
- Mental and behavioral health
- Military and veterans’ assistance
- Working with diverse client populations
- Substance abuse and addiction
- Community development
In order to help our students dream big, the master’s in social work online program focuses on incorporating cutting-edge technologies to pioneer the solutions needed by both faculty and students to drive access and change society for the better. UCF’s School of Social Work understands the importance of embracing change, which is why MSW faculty are dedicated to using the latest resources to assist students with developing new strategies for community-wide social justice.
Many working professionals have found the online MSW to be a perfect fit.
The online master’s in social work program at UCF offers seven-week classes, and students are expected to enroll in one class per term. This makes it much easier for working professionals to attain a graduate-level education while still fulfilling their professional responsibilities. We offer two part-time tracks. See which one will fit your schedule best in our program brochure or contact one of our admissions representatives to learn more.
The program requires students to fulfill 1,000 hours of fieldwork, giving them the chance to apply their skills in a real-world environment. The online MSW also features a behavioral health concentration, which can allow students to pursue careers that relate to behavioral therapy, research and more.
These are the core values at UCF, and our community of thinkers, helpers and makers pushes boundaries and shifts paradigms to solve the world’s most pressing problems. A great university can unleash the potential to change the world. Listed as one of the most innovative universities in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2016 Guide, UCF specializes in providing high-quality distance learning options for those talented students and working professionals who are unable to physically attend our Orlando campus or our 12 Central Florida locations.
UCF works with top curriculum curators and designers to create online courses and programs—such as the online MSW—that provide the highest learning experience possible for both our traditional and non-traditional students. The Princeton Review and Forbes consistently rank UCF’s educational offerings as some of the best in the nation in terms of overall educational value. Aside from UCF’s online master’s in social work, UCF also offers a range of other online degrees, including bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees, graduate certificates, undergraduate minors and certificates and 2+2 baccalaureate completion programs. For those who are driven to advance their careers and pursue a high-quality, remote education—UCF is the right choice.
Many online MSW students qualify for financial assistance and support. To explore all of the options for funding your graduate education, visit UCF’s Funding Your Graduate Degree website.
UCF is accredited by The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.
The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master, specialist and doctoral levels. Additional information regarding the university’s SACSCOC accreditation is provided by UCF’s Academic Program Quality unit within the Office of Academic Affairs.