Master of Social Work

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

Ranked 9th among public universities 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 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.

Both our Advanced Standing Alternative Program (ASAP) and traditional MSW program are available online. If you have earned a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE accredited social work program within the last five years you’re eligible for the ASAP program, an accelerated path to your degree. The traditional MSW program is available to all students with a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline. Having a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline (with at least 10 credit hours of social sciences) will qualify you for admission. In both options, you can attend part-time or full-time.

Campus Requirements: 
NONE — 100% Online
Alyssa Warner
Alyssa Warner
Current Student
"As a student of the first cohort, it has been beneficial to stay in contact with classmates for a sense of community."

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 7500

Professional Development

Course for ASAP student introduces generic skills of observation & attending, empathic responding, exploratory inquiry, additive empathy, and clarification, values and ethics of the social work profession, diversity, social work professional identity, the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers, and developing leadership skills.

Featured Faculty

Denise Bronson
Associate Professor
Anna Stewart
Field Education Coordinator
Gil Greene
Jerry Bean

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