Master of Science in Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work – 100% Online

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Are you passionate about helping others lead a safer, healthier and more fulfilling life?

Build or advance your career in social work with a MSSW degree online!

University of Louisville and Kent School of Social Work offer a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) completely online for professionals who have a bachelor's degree in any area of study other than social work. Within the MSSW online program, students have the option of choosing an online specialization in Psychosocial Oncology, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Military Social Work or Gerontology.

  • Click to Show/HideStandard Track: No BSW Required

    The “Standard” track is a 60 credit hour program that prepares professionals with various academic backgrounds to enter or advance their career in the social work field. You can opt for a 3-year or 4-year curriculum plan that accommodates your learning style, professional and personal commitments and schedule, and helps you achieve your goals at your own pace.

    The MSSW online degree allows you to gain a deeper, more complex understanding of the social work occupation, critically evaluate and contemplate the class material while experimenting with the flexible application of the knowledge in a variety of social contexts.

    The MSSW online coursework helps you develop skills and knowledge focused around 1) children and families, 2) health and mental health, and 3) community and international practice.

  • Click to Show/HideAdvanced Standing Track: For BSW Graduates

    The "Advanced Standing" track is a 30 credit hour program designed for students who already hold a Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW). It allows you to build on your previous academic knowledge without repeating lower level coursework.

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Submit the Information Request form to the right and we will provide you with details about the application and admission deadlines, requirements and process at UofL online and Kent School of Social Work.

Now Accepting Applications*

Due to the high demand for this program, we encourage all candidates to submit their application as early as possible in order to be considered for the next available term/start.

* The Standard 60-credit hour program (for applicants who have bachelor's degrees in other fields) admits students only for the fall semester.

* The Advanced Standing 30-credit hour program (for applicants who have earned a BSW within the last seven years) admits students for summer and fall semesters.

Online MSSW Degree Value

  • Ranked #1 Social Work program in Kentucky and #16 in the U.S.
  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)*
  • Online courses mirror the on-campus course quality and experience
  • Access to online courses anytime and from anywhere to fit your schedule
  • Distinguished faculty with extensive practical and research experience
  • Dedicated enrollment advisers to help you every step of the way
  • Financial aid and scholarships available to all students who qualify
  • Tuition assistance available to all active-duty military who qualify**

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The University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSOC). For more information -

*The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them.

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**Military Tuition Assistance: Active-duty is defined as "on orders" for 180 days or more.

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