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Master of Social Work (MSW)
Online Degree Program


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Master's Degree

Master of Social Work (MSW)
Online Degree Program

Earn an MSW degree with Herzing University

AccreditationHerzing University has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation;1 Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
EligibilityCurrent bachelor’s degree holders in a non-social work major
Format100% online classes delivered asynchronously, with hands-on clinical field practicums
CurriculumCurriculum includes virtual, simulated experiences to enhance distance learning
Areas of practiceClinical-focused social work curriculum with your choice of electives across 3 areas of practice
QuickPathsTransfer credit, stackable credentials, and adaptive learning technology build a faster pathway to a higher education with Herzing University
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Our overall student satisfaction rate, according to the 2023 Herzing Graduate Survey.

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Our overall student satisfaction rate, according to the 2023 Herzing Graduate Survey.

Master of Social Work

Overview: Online Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work degree program option is a 60-credit online graduate program which prepares you for a career as a social worker.

The CSWE-aligned program curriculum provides students with advanced knowledge and skills in human behavior in the social environment, social policy and services, clinical social work interventions, psychosocial assessment & clinical diagnosis, and much more.

Career-focused curriculum

Discover the crucial knowledge and skills required to succeed in your work and build a foundation for continued career growth.

Flexible schedule

You can take classes during the day or in the evening. We strive to be as flexible as possible for busy non-traditional students.

Virtual services

Access to extensive virtual services, including academic advising, tutoring, support services, technical support and library services.

Lifelong support

We support your ongoing career advancement by providing comprehensive, personalized student services with lifelong career coaching.

Rolling admissions

No application deadlines to worry about. Apply when you’re ready and prepare to get started soon.

Classes Start September 4th

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MSW program classes & curriculum details

软件下载的课程旨在通过学术课程和实际应用为您成为一名文化知情的临床医生做好准备. The program emphasizes lifelong learning, professional development, service, networking, and adherence to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.

All didactic, lecture-style courses are delivered online, with 900 total field practicum hours. You will choose electives across three career-focused social work areas of practice: Mental Health, Medical Social Work, and Children, Families, and Aging Services.2

Current Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) holders may consider our Advanced Standing MSW track.

Master of Social Work (MSW)24-4860

i. Average number of months for students to complete the program for full-time (24 months) and part-time (48 months) enrollment.

Required Core Courses

All courses, 37.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Project Residency Core Courses

All courses, 14.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Area of Practice Elective Courses

9.00 semester credit hours are required. Students should select three courses from the list below to learn more about areas of social work practice. Course availability depends on enrollment. 

Choosing the right area of practice electives

When you enroll in the Herzing MSW program, you will choose elective courses across three different areas of practice:

Mental Health

Develop an understanding of mental health assessment, diagnosis and intervention. Learn theories of human behavior, trauma, and diversity—and how to apply this knowledge to mental health provision and wellbeing.


Medical Social Work

Build an understanding of medical diagnoses in the context of a person-in-environment model. Study social work intervention strategies including crisis intervention, biopsychosocial assessment, and trauma-informed clinical approaches.


Children, Families, and Aging Services

Become an advocate for vulnerable children, families, and elderly clients in need of assistance. Build your understanding of social problems and their impact on individuals, families, and their communities across all age groups.

This area of practice explores the delivery structure of social services and how you can become a key facilitator of protective services for pediatric and gerontological clients.

Unsure which electives to choose? Our admissions team can help you determine what courses are right for you based on your personality and desired career path.

Field Practicums

Prepare for practice through field education

Your education begins by establishing key social work concepts through didactic coursework and culminates in field practicums putting your learning into practice to fully prepare you to succeed as a social worker.

Discover how to apply social work knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive affective processes in many potential types of practice settings, including:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Mental health facilities
  • Community agencies
  • Criminal justice organizations
  • Counseling centers

Field education informs your understanding of how social work theory and research inform social work practice.

Apply what you’ve learned in career-focused field practicums to fully prepare for career success.

Practicum highlights

  • General and Specialized field practicums
  • General Field Practicum: 400 hours, 2 semesters
  • Specialized Field Practicum: 500 hours, 2 semesters
  • Where you complete each practicum can vary widely based on your location and electives you choose. We encourage you to choose your preferred Field Agency, but our Director of Field Education will provide support should you need help securing practicum sites.

Your practicum experience

Field education is crucial to becoming fully prepared for career success as a social worker. Learn more about how our program’s field education component is designed and how it works—and access important field education resources.

Learn about field education

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Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the Master of Social Work program is $615 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. 这就是为什么软件下载一直在努力改进软件下载的课程和流程,使软件下载的课程尽可能负担得起,同时为你的工作成功做好最好的准备.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 


MSW program enrollment requirements

The requirements for admission to the traditional MSW program track are: 

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA in baccalaureate degree 
  • 未来的研究生必须在美国政府认可的机构认可的学院或大学完成社会工作的学士或研究生学位.S. 或在国外学院或大学完成了三或四年制的学士学位,被认可为相当于美国大学.S. bachelor’s degree by an approved foreign credential evaluator
  • Transcript from baccalaureate degree program 
  • Personal statement addressing MSW prompts – see admission advisor for details 
  • Optional Recommendations for both traditional and advanced standing MSW tracks: students may choose to submit recommendations to be considered with their application but are not required 

Please contact admissions for details regarding the application. 

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the Virgin Islands.

Classes Start September 4th

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Career Possibilities

What you can do with a master’s in social work

While the field of social work has evolved to become more diverse and specialized, core master’s degree courses prepare you for a wide variety of job possibilities.

Choose the area of practice electives best reflecting the social work career path you want to walk.

Job titles can vary widely with overlap across each area of practice.3

  • Behavioral Health Therapist
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Psychosocial Coordinator
  • Residential Therapist
  • Substance Use Disorder Clinician
  • Suicide Prevention Specialist
  • Therapist
  • Victim Advocate
  • Home Health & Hospice Social Worker
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Oncology Social Worker
  • Residential Treatment Coordinator
  • Social Work Case Manager
  • Adoption Social Worker
  • Adult Protective Services Worker
  • Child Protective Services Supervisor (CPS Social Worker)
  • Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Family Protection Specialist
  • Family Resource Coordinator
  • Family Service Worker
  • Foster Care Social Worker
  • Gerontology Social Worker
  • Pediatric Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Veteran Affairs (VA) Social Worker
  • Youth Specialist

Job outlook


Projected employment growth, 2022-2032, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)*

Employment of social workers is expected to increase across all specialties, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. News and World Report scores social worker an 8 out of 10 in terms of future growth.

Among available BLS occupational groupings, employment of mental health and substance abuse social workers is expected to rise the fastest (11% growth).

Meet our Faculty & Leadership

Elizabeth Wilson - PhD, MSW, LCSW

"It is an honor and privilege to be part of a building a new MSW program with current, evidence-based curriculum to prepare students for high demand jobs in the areas of mental health, medical social work and children, families and aging services.

Our goal is to help support each student through our program to maximize their potential as a social worker and be a successful change agent."

Dr. 威尔逊是一位知名的社会工作教授,拥有20多年的教学经验,并在高等教育中担任了15年的社会工作幸运28计划主任. Dr. Wilson has extensive practice and teaching experience in crisis response, crime victimization, child abuse and neglect, family violence, mental health, and suicide prevention. She has delivered numerous professional presentations, continuing education sessions, and chaired numerous dissertations focusing on social issues. Dr. Wilson is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Missouri, a member of NASW, and has provided service to many community boards. Dr. Wilson has received several teaching recognitions and was awarded the Jane Bierdeman-Fike Humanitarian Award in 2019.

Elizabeth Wilson PhD, MSW, LCSW Social Work Program Chair

Elizabeth Wilson

Program Chair
Master of Social Work

Nicki Schoonover - MSW, LCSW

"Field Education is the referred to 'Signature Pedagogy of Social Work Education' by the Council on Social Work Education, our accrediting body. Practicum is a keystone experience of your social work education, providing you a hands-on experience to develop your social work skills and determine your area of practice. At Herzing you will have support in locating and completing your practicum from our Director of Field, Practicum Readiness Training, Practicum Orientation, and Practicum Courses. 软件下载与多家机构建立了合作关系,帮助您在符合您的热情和专业知识的环境和人群中完成实习."

Nicki Schoonover is the Director of Field Education at Herzing University in the Master of Social Work Program. Nicki Schoonover is a licensed clinical social worker with 10+ years of practice in a variety of social work settings. She received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from William Woods University (2009) and her Master’s in Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis (2010). Nicki has practiced previously in St. Louis County public schools as a Child, Family, and Youth Therapist. She has also worked as a Training Coordinator with Every Child’s Hope in St. Louis, training staff on a variety of topics and helping the agency receive certification as a Trauma Informed Agency though the State of Missouri. Nicki曾在格林维尔市格林维尔大学担任实地教育主任和社会工作助理教授,具有社会工作教育经验, IL. While at Greenville University, Nicki directed the field program and taught practice-oriented courses in-person and online. Nicki also played a significant role in the accreditation reaffirmation of the Bachelor of Social Work Program in February of 2023.

Nicki Schoonover Director of Field Education

Nicki Schoonover

Director of Field Education

Dr. Hyacinth McKee DBH, LCSW-BACS, ACSW

"An MSW from Herzing allows for the student to acquire skills that will help them become effective social work practitioners in today's world. Being a part of Herzing allows students to engage in bi-directional innovation, scholarship and leadership with their professors.

来自赫晶的城市生活垃圾促进了与赫晶其他幸运28计划(如刑事司法)的学生和专业人士建立相互联系的机会, nursing, and other medical degrees that are long lasting well after graduation."

Dr. Hyacinth McKee has 22 years of combined experience as a licensed clinical supervisor, clinical practitioner and professor. Her expertise includes integrated health, disease care management and educational social work. 她在社会工作专业担任领导职务,担任路易斯安那州社会工作考官委员会主席, her state social work licensing board, and on other boards nationally in the social work profession. She holds additional national and state certifications in the areas of school social work, school-based mental health counseling, and trauma informed supports. Dr. McKee has conducted local, state and national presentations on school based mental health, behavioral health, and social work services. She continues to provide supervision to clinical social workers who aspire to engage in independent clinical practice. She is considered among her colleagues as an expert in the field of behavioral health, mental health, child welfare and educational social work. Dr. McKee is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusive practices as evidenced by her life's work serving marginalized and disadvantaged populations.

Dr. Hyacinth McKee DBH, LCSW-BACS, ACSW Associate Professor

Dr. Hyacinth McKee



Frequently Asked Questions

Educational and licensing requirements can vary by state and employer across both jobs. The disciplines are distinct enough to demand separate master’s degree curriculums.

The primary difference between clinical social workers and mental health counselors is the scope of their duties and the education required to perform them. Generally, counselors focus solely on mental health issues, while clinical social workers carry a wide variety of responsibilities including and beyond mental health care.

Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) includes more involvement in managing your clients’ support network and larger community. While clinical social workers can potentially adopt a direct, active role in diagnosing and treating mental health issues, it’s not the sole purpose of the profession as it is for mental health counselors.

The average salary for a social worker depends on several factors, including where they work, the state in which they practice, how long they have practiced, and chosen specialization.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides average salary estimates for three different types of social workers:* 

The skills and traits required for success as a social worker overlap with those of a human resources manager or professional. Both careers require strong communication skills, empathy, and a desire to help both individuals and groups thrive.

However, there are significant differences in the day-to-day life of HR professionals vs. social workers, including work environment, schedule, who you’ll work with, and types of problems you’ll be solving.

Learn more about the difference between human resources and social work careers.

Yes, you can potentially leverage your education and experience in nursing into a career as a social worker. You may choose to stay in the healthcare field as a medical social worker.

You'll want to consider a Master of Social Work degree program to earn the new skills in knowledge to succeed in the field and position yourself best when applying for jobs.

Learn more about the RN to social work pathway and discover some of the primary differences between each career path.

Yes, you can elect an extended 4-year part-time program as an alternative to the 2-year full-time plan. The extended 4-year plan spans 12 semesters as opposed to 6 semesters in the full-time plan.

According to the CSWE’s most recent Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, the 9 Social Work Competencies are listed as such: 

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 
  2. Advance Human Rights and Social, Racial, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  3. Engage Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) in Practice
  4. Engage in Practice-Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Learn more about the most important skills needed to succeed as a social worker.

There is some overlap when it comes to careers in human services and social work. In both career fields you’ll be helping individuals and/or communities solve problems and find better social outcomes. Degree programs typically cover introductory behavioral health and global topics relevant to both career pathways.

However, jobs in human services typically focus on the health of communities at large, while social workers tend to place more focus on helping individuals and their families. Human service workers apply interdisciplinary skills to solve many types of problems in communities, while social workers help those in need to secure access to important social resources.

For instance, our Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services curriculum includes study of nonprofit organization management, grant writing and fundraising, program planning and development, and volunteer, board, and community development.

On the social work side, our Master of Social Work curriculum zooms in on social services primarily for individuals and families, including clinical social work theory and practice, social policy and services, clinical social work interventions, and more.

No. Our 2-year MSW program is designed for those without a BSW. 

As long as you’ve earned a non-social work bachelor’s degree earned through an accredited university recognized by the US Department of Education, you can potentially qualify to enroll in our program.

Social workers provide assistance to individuals, families and communities to address problems in their everyday lives. They can work in a “macro” role directly coordinating with organizations or policymakers, or a “micro” role focusing on individuals and their families. 

The social work job description varies—social workers can have a wide variety of duties: 

  • Find those in need of help 
  • Work with people in all stages of life from birth to end of life 
  • Assess their situation: what they need, who supports them, what their goals are and develop interventions and strategies to help 
  • Collaborate with community resources to offer a network of care and refer clients accordingly 
  • Diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional health problems 
  • Maintain clear case files and records 
  • Raise awareness and advocate for solutions at the local, state, or even national level 
  • Navigate crisis situations, such as child abuse, family and community violence, or health emergencies 

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Disclosures & Accreditation

1. Herzing University has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. 一个获得候选资格的幸运28计划已经证明了满足教育政策和认证标准所设定的合规标准的承诺, but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.

Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. 候选资格通常是一个为期三年的过程,获得候选资格并不能保证一个幸运28计划最终将获得初步认证. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.

2. The Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies three specialties projected to grow at an above average rate from 2022-2032: Mental health and substance abuse social workers (11%), Healthcare social workers (10%), and Child, family, and school social workers (5%).*

3. Individuals considering the Master of Social Work program should be aware that state certification/ licensure requirements and eligibility to apply for certification/licensure vary from state to state. While certification/licensure is not a requirement for certain types of jobs, in some states, it may be required for any positions titled ‘Social Worker’ and to refer to yourself as a Social Worker in professional settings.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Master of Social Work Online Campus
Cost per Credit$625.00
Base Tuition$37,500.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (9 x $625.00 )(-$5,625.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$31,875.00
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Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$545.00
Estimated Total Fee*$3,270.00
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