Online Master of Social Work

College of Social Work
Embrace difference. Seek justice. Be the change.

Ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report, the Master of Social Work (MSW) curriculum at The Ohio State University is designed to prepare you to be a social work leader, ready to address regional, national, and global issues. Our Online Master of Social Work curriculum ensures that you possess the competences to successfully practice in a variety of fields such as mental health, substance abuse, and child and youth services. You will be equipped with the ability to intervene through direct services, administrative practice, advocacy, community change and policy reform.

Career outlook: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is expected to grow 13 percent from 2019 to 2029.

The online MSW program offers two pathways to the master’s degree. In both Master of Social Work options, you can attend part-time or full-time, and no GRE is required. All courses are asynchronous, which means you can take online courses on your own schedule, and many courses offer live sessions that provide opportunities to engage in real time with faculty and other students.

  1. MSW Advanced Standing Alternative Program (ASAP) pathway
    Students who earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) in the last 5 years, a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and a "B" or better in all required social work courses are eligible for the ASAP Master of Social Work program, which provides an accelerated path to your degree. The ASAP program typically takes 3 semesters (1 year, including summer semester) to complete for full-time students and 6 semesters (2 years, including summer semester) for part-time students. 
  2. Traditional MSW pathway
    Students who have earned a bachelor's degree in any discipline are eligible for the traditional Master of Social Work program. The traditional program typically takes 4 semesters (2 years) to complete for full-time students and 8-11 semesters (3-4 years) for part-time students. 

Licensure Information:
If you are planning to obtain professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please visit the State Authorization Disclosures page for licensure requirements by state.

Campus Requirements: 

None. Field placement will be completed at an agency within a student's local area. 

Kelsey Parker
Kelsey Parker
Online MSW Student
"My overall experience with the College of Social Work has been amazing. Being in the online program and not on campus, I still feel like a part of the college and have all of the support as if I was on campus. The staff has always been available to answer questions via phone calls and the professors have been great at putting in extra time if problems or questions arise."

Program Tracks

MSW Advanced Standing Alternative Program (ASAP) pathway

Our Advanced Standing Alternative Plan (ASAP) Master of Social Work program begins each summer semester and is available on campus and online. It is designed for students who have earned their Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) within the last five years and achieved a 3.0 undergraduate GPA for your Social Work degree and a “B” or better in all required social work courses. The ASAP plan can be completed in three semesters going full-time, or you can choose to go part-time. 

Traditional Online MSW pathway 

Our traditional Online Master of Social Work program begins each Autumn semester and is available on campus and online. It is designed for students who have earned an undergraduate degree in something other than social work or who received the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) more than five years ago. Our Traditional MSW degree can be completed in two years going full-time or you can choose to go part-time.

Sample Courses

SWK 7630 & 7631

Integrative Seminar on Child & Youth Services

This area of emphasis prepares social workers to be employed in schools, child welfare agencies, juvenile court systems, or community-based youth development settings to serve children, youth, and their families. Area of Emphasis: Child and Youth Services
SWK 7620 & 7621

Integrative Seminar on Mental Health & Substance Abuse

This course provides a comprehensive survey of social work practice, policy, program, and organizational issues and outcome evidence related to the delivery of mental health services. Area of Emphasis: Mental Health and Substance Abuse
SWK 7400

Evidence in Social Work Practice

This course is designed for ASAP students to develop the requisite values, skills, and knowledge for beginning to apply evidence in identifying, selecting and evaluating social work practices at all levels of intervention.
SWK 6189 & 7189

1st and 2nd Year Field Practicum

Two semesters of internships in a social work agency; integration of classroom knowledge and practice skills within a practice area specialization.

Featured Faculty

Jerry Bean
Assistant Professor
Anna Stewart
Assistant Director of Field Education
Assistant Professor

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