Master of Social Work (2022)

Choose an Online Master of Social Work Program Grounded in Experiential Learning

Do you have a calling to help shape a more inclusive and equitable world? Start your journey as a social change-maker at Walden. Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), our online Master of Social Work program is designed to turn your passion into the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to be an effective social worker.

You’ll be guided through your program journey with support at every stage. Start with foundational knowledge and build on it through a variety of hands-on learning experiences. Gain fresh perspectives working closely with Walden’s diverse faculty and fellow students from a variety of backgrounds. You’ll also prepare for state licensure in our robust licensure module.

Finally, you’ll emerge from your online social work program feeling inspired, knowing you can make a real difference for people who need help the most.

Why Choose Walden?

Build Your Experience

Interactive online scenarios, simulations, and skills labs let you practice what you learn in a safe and supportive environment.

Expand Your Perspective

Work with Walden’s truly diverse faculty and student body to see clients and society in a whole new way.

Prepare for Licensure

If you choose to, you can engage in an optional licensure preparation experience that includes helpful resources and a practice exam.

Customize Your Program

Choose your program focus and pace with electives, focus areas and certificates, and degree completion options to fit your unique needs.

Prepare for Practice With Walden’s CSWE-Accredited Social Work Programs

Do you want to make a real impact in people’s lives? Walden’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs are CSWE-accredited and help you learn to address the needs of individuals, families, and communities. CSWE accreditation means that a program prepares you to apply ethical principles and critical thinking to social work practice. Earning a degree from one of our CSWE-accredited programs also academically prepares you to sit for social work licensure exams.

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Program Details

Online MSW Program Degree Completion Options

Walden gives you choices for earning your Master of Social Work online. Choose from three MSW completion options as well as 12 start dates throughout the year.1

  • The Traditional option is the best fit if you’re looking to balance your studies with work, family, and other responsibilities.
  • The Traditional Fast Track option can be a good choice if you want an intensive workload and have plenty of time to dedicate to your studies.
  • The Advanced Standing option is ideal if you already hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program and graduated with a minimum GPA of 3.0. This option lets you skip foundational courses and start your MSW with advanced-level courses.

The content and learning experiences in the MSW courses build on each other as you progress through your program. Within the completion options offered below, there is a sequence (or required Plan of Study) that you will follow.

Our MSW program is built for working professionals like you, and we know situations and commitments can change. Talk to your Enrollment Specialist about which option is right for you.

Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 92 quarter credits (97 with optional embedded certificate)
    • Core courses (68 cr.)
    • Elective courses(10 credits required; 15 credits for optional certificate)
    • Field Experience(12 cr.)
  • Two 6-week Skills Labs (1 credit each) – 3 weeks of online sessions, 3-day intensive (choose face-to-face or virtual), 2 weeks of online sessions

Note: Students in this program must have a webcam for their first course as well as for various assignments throughout the program. Please refer to our technology requirements.

The courses sequence below represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept,call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course CodeTitleCredits
SOCW 6002

Changing Lives, Changing Society: Introduction to Social Work

This is a foundation course designed to introduce students to the social work profession. Students explore the history of the profession, the characteristics of generalist practice, social work practice settings, and professional values and ethics. Students also develop knowledge of current issues and directions for the profession, and the requirements and challenges of being a professional social worker.

(3 cr.)
SOCW 6101

Essential Skills for Social Work Practice

This course is designed for students to gain foundation-level social work skills on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social work practice. Students in the course explore how to set professional boundaries and exhibit professional demeanor conducive to social work practice. They further examine appropriate ethical conduct, client engagement, active listening, empathetic responses, and interviewing skills. Students also apply the Generalist Intervention Model in a culturally competent manner through engagement, assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation, termination, and follow-up with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

(5 cr.)
SOCW 6301

Social Work Practice Research I

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This foundation course is designed to develop students' understanding of the importance of research to social work practice. Students are introduced to basic principles of scientific method including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. While exploring the research process, they analyze associated ethical and cultural considerations, evaluate existing literature, and build a research proposal on a topic of interest. This is the first of two courses designed to prepare students as scholar-practitioners who use research to inform their ethical, culturally competent social work practice.

Prerequisites

Master of Social Work (MSW) Traditional and Traditional Fast Track Options

  • None

Master of Social Work (MSW) for Students Entering Prior to May 31, 2021: Standard and Standard Accelerated Options

  • SOCW 6002
  • SOCW 6101
  • SOCW 6200
  • SOCW 6051
  • SOCW 6351
(5 cr.)
SOCW 6200

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

Students in this foundation course are provided with an understanding of the intersection between the social environment and the healthy lifespan development of individuals, families, groups, and communities. Throughout the course, students examine the dynamics of human behavior including biological, psychological, and social systems from birth to young adulthood. They also analyze case studies for the ways in which gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, and disability impact human development. Overall, students explore human behavior through the lens of human development, the environment, and social context.

Prerequisites

  • SOCW 6002
  • SOCW 6101
(5 cr.)
SWLB 0651

Skills Lab I

The Social Work Skills Lab I is a 1-credit, 6-week hybrid class that includes three weeks of online content, followed by a 3-day intensive experience (available face-to-face or virtually), and then closes with two weeks of online content. The Social Work Skills Lab I course reinforces the content covered in the MSW Foundation Year courses with an emphasis on generalist skills development, diversity and inclusion, evidence-based practice, ethics, and development of the professional self. Material covered includes practice labs focused on individual engagement and assessment, group development and leadership, and an understanding of how to advocate within organizations and communities. A key component of the skills lab is to prepare and assess students for their readiness to enter the field.

Prerequisites

  • SOCW 6002
(1 cr.)
SOCW 6051

Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice

This is a foundation course in which students broadly address race and ethnicity, nationality, gender and sexuality, socioeconomic status and class, spirituality and religion, ability, and age in an effort to better understand social identity. Throughout this course, students complete discussions and applied assignments to explore the role of power, privilege, oppression, and marginalization on the social development of clients. In addition, students engage in reflective journals and activities to foster self-awareness of their own role in the hierarchy of power and privilege. At the completion of this course, students will have a personalized, digital Diversity Portfolio showcasing their developing competence in providing evidence-based contextually and culturally relevant assessments and interventions for individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Prerequisites

  • SOCW 6002
  • SOCW 6101
(5 cr.)
SOCW 6210

Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

This advanced course is designed to prepare students for clinical social work practice that reflects an advanced understanding of life-span development and socio-psychological identity development with individuals from young adulthood through later adulthood, their families, within groups, and communities. Throughout this course, students will use their learning around life-span development and socio-psychological identity development to understand human behavior and, particularly, individual and family functioning within the environmental context. With an emphasis on ethical practice in social work, this course gives students the opportunity to use this information to inform their assessments, evaluations, interventions, and advocacy for their clients.

Prerequisites

  • SOCW 6200
(5 cr.)
SOCW 6500

Social Work Field Education I

This is the first foundation course in the four-part field practicum sequence. Students are required to complete 200 hours in an approved social services agency under the supervision of a professional social worker. Through the practicum experience, students are introduced to the role of a professional social worker. Students demonstrate skills in maintaining boundaries and ethics while interacting in a professional manner with clients. Through their participation in a weekly hour-long seminar with their instructor and peers, students demonstrate their integration of classroom knowledge with professional practice skills.

Prerequisites

Master of Social Work (MSW) for Students Entering Prior to May 31, 2021: Standard and Standard Accelerated OptionsPrerequisites:

  • SOCW 6002
  • SOCW 6101
  • SOCW 6200
  • SWLB 0651
  • SOCW 6210
  • SOCW 6051
  • SOCW 6351

Master of Social Work (MSW) Traditional and Traditional Fast Track OptionsPrerequisites:

  • SOCW 6002
  • SOCW 6101
  • SOCW 6200
  • SWLB 0651
  • SOCW 6210
  • SOCW 6051
  • SOCW 6301
(3 cr.)
SOCW 6351

Social Policy, Welfare, and Change

Students in this foundation course are provided with an overview of the professional social worker's role in the development, delivery, and implementation of social welfare policies, programs, and services in the U.S. The students explore the history of social welfare and current policies and programs, including those addressing poverty, healthcare (including mental health), child welfare, and disabilities. Students develop policy knowledge and skills to assist them in influencing policy development.

Prerequisites

  • SOCW 6002
  • SOCW 6101
(5 cr.)
SOCW 6510

Social Work Field Education II

This is the second foundation course in the four-part field practicum sequence. As in SOCW 6500, students are again required to complete 200 hours in an approved social services agency under the supervision of a professional social worker. Students have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in engaging clients, developing mutually agreed-upon goals, identifying clients' strengths and needs, completing assessments, and providing professional documentation during the field practicum experience. Students also identify policies at the organizational, local, state, or national level, which impact the client system. Through their participation in a weekly hour-long seminar with their instructor and peers, students demonstrate their integration of classroom knowledge with professional practice skills.

Prerequisites

  • SOCW 6301
  • SOCW 6500
(3 cr.)
SOCW 6060

Social Work Theory and Clinical Practice

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of theories, models, and intervention methods for clinically informed advanced generalist social work practice. Students explore the theories and models for application to working with clients. The emphasis of the course is to understand the assumptions of theories and models and how they guide social work assessment, intervention, and practice evaluation. In addition, students evaluate the strengths and limitations of the various theories, with specific consideration to compatibility of a theory with a client's diverse background and to social work values. Students integrate multiple sources of knowledge to critically evaluate a theory or model's applicability to social work practice.

Prerequisites

Master of Social Work (MSW) Traditional and Traditional Fast Track Options (Also for Students Entering Standard and Accelerated Options Prior to May 31, 2021)

  • SOCW 6500

Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing

  • None
(5 cr.)
SOCW 6111

Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice I

This is an advanced course designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to apply clinical social work services. Students in this course focus on the application of evidence-based theories and other intervention methods with individuals and families. There is a particular focus on individuals and families from diverse cultural backgrounds and marginalized or oppressed populations in this course. Students demonstrate therapeutic skills to engage clients, to define and prioritize issues, to set mutually developed goals, and to commit to the change process. Students select, implement, monitor, and evaluate interventions.

Prerequisites

Master of Social Work (MSW) Traditional and Traditional Fast Track Options

  • 6510

Master of Social Work (MSW) for Students Entering Prior to May 31, 2021: Standard and Standard Accelerated Options

  • SOCW 6500
  • SOCW 6510
  • SOCW 6060

Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing

  • SOCW 6060
(5 cr.)
SOCW 6361

Social Policy: Analysis and Advocacy

Students are provided with the knowledge to analyze, formulate, and advocate for social policies that advance individual and social well-being in this course. Students explore various methods of policy analysis and develop advocacy plans that involve collaboration with colleagues and communities to address policy issues. There is a special emphasis on policies that impact human rights and advance social and economic justice. Students develop skills in the policy analysis process, including the values that influence policy, the legislative process, and the roles of advocacy and lobbying organizations.

Prerequisites

Master of Social Work (MSW) Traditional and Traditional Fast Track Options (Also for Students Entering Standard and Accelerated Options Prior to May 31, 2021)

  • SOCW 6351
  • SOCW 6510
(5 cr.)
SOCW 6121

Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice II

In this advanced course, students gain knowledge and skills to apply research-based models, theories, and intervention methods to groups and organizations. The focus of the course is on therapeutic factors in group process and the tasks and skills of the clinical social worker in forming, planning, facilitating, documenting, and evaluating groups. A special emphasis is placed on cultural and gender-sensitive application of social work group practice. There is an added emphasis on empowerment of groups, organizations, and communities. Students explore the structure, role, goals, and impact of organizations, including culturally sensitive management, and the impact of organizations on social welfare and the delivery of human services. Students effectively engage, assess, develop, implement, and evaluate research-based interventions with groups and organizations.

Prerequisites

  • SOCW 6111
(5 cr.)
SOCW 6311

Social Work Practice Research II

This advanced course is designed to support students' development as scholar-practitioners in clinical social work. Students identify and apply research that can be used to advance their practice, including social welfare, advocacy, and policy. Throughout the course, students are provided resources and activities designed to help them become critical consumers of research for the sake of ethical, evidence-based clinical social work practice. Students in this course have the opportunity to evaluate research design, research methods, and the applicability of results to diverse populations.

Prerequisites

Master of Social Work (MSW) Traditional and Traditional Fast Track Options (Also for Students Entering Standard and Accelerated Options Prior to May 31, 2021)

  • SOCW 6510
  • SOCW 6111
  • SOCW 6301

Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing

  • SOCW 6111
  • SOCW 6361
(5 cr.)
SWLB 0652

Skills Lab II

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The Social Work Skills Lab II/IIA is a 1-credit, 6-week hybrid class that includes 3 weeks of online content, followed by a 3-day intensive/ experience (available face-to-face or virtually), and then closes with 2 weeks of online content. The Social Work Skills Lab II/IIA course reinforces the content covered in the Second Year MSW courses with an emphasis on advanced skills development, diversity and inclusion, evidence-based practice, ethics, and development of the professional self. Material covered includes experiential class sessions focused on individual engagement and assessment, group development and leadership, and an understanding of how to advocate within organizations and communities. A key component of the skills lab is to prepare and assess students for their readiness to enter the field.

Prerequisites

Master of Social Work (MSW) Traditional and Traditional Fast Track Options (Also for Students Entering Standard and Accelerated Options Prior to May 31, 2021)

  • SOCW 6510
  • SOCW 6111

Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing

  • SOCW 6111
(1 cr.)
SOCW 6090

Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Social Work Practice

Students in this course are prepared to identify mental disorders and to understand the necessary professional evaluations needed to formulate a DSM-5 diagnosis in a culturally sensitive and ethical manner. Students are sensitized to the risks and benefits of using diagnosis, with an emphasis on minimizing stigma.Throughout this course, students learn about the most common DSM-5 diagnoses and integrate that knowledge with the use of established diagnostic procedures. In developing a "working diagnosis," students learn to consider differential diagnosis, individualize and capture missing dimensions of an illness (mental status, severity, cultural idioms, and other details) as well as adapting interventions to various ages, races, genders, and cultures. Students learn how to incorporate DSM-5 requirements into a holistic biopsychosocial approach that includes the use of evidence-based assessments to systematically resolve ambiguities in diagnosis and strengthen diagnostic accuracy. Students also practice communicating and coding DSM-5 diagnoses and their supporting evidence to peers. The course uses case materials for direct skill-building.

Prerequisites

  • SOCW 6111
(5 cr.)
SOCW 6XXX

Elective*

5
SOCW 6070

Supervision, Leadership, and Administration in Social Work Organizations

Students in this advanced course prepare for roles as supervisors, leaders, and administrators in clinical social work. Students examine leadership theory and strategies for leadership development, ethical practice as clinical supervisors, and the roles of administrators in social work organizations. Students participate in activities that develop their skills in critical decision making to address some of the complex problems that face leaders and administrators in social work. As a result of this course, students will understand the competencies of social work supervisors, leaders, and administrators and will identify a plan for their own continued development in these areas.

Prerequisites

  • SOCW 6111
  • SOCW 6361
  • SOCW 6121
  • SOCW 6090
(5 cr.)
SOCW 6520

Social Work Field Education III

This is the third course in the field practicum sequence. It is an advanced course. Students are required to complete 250 (20–24 hours per week) hours in an approved social services agency under the supervision of a professional social worker. There is a focus on agencies that serve clients from diverse populations and/or marginalized or oppressed groups. In this course, students focus on recognizing the importance of clinical social work practice and demonstrating the ability to negotiate and advocate with and on behalf of client systems to enhance client well-being and ensure social and economic justice. Students demonstrate the ability to critically examine research available on interventions, make an appropriate selection, and follow through with the implementation. A seminar is included in which students demonstrate the integration of classroom knowledge with the professional practice skills.

Prerequisites

Master of Social Work (MSW) Traditional and Traditional Fast Track Options

  • SOCW 6510
  • SOCW 6060
  • SOCW 6111
  • SOCW 6090
  • SOCW 6361
  • SOCW 6121
  • SWLB 0652
  • First specialization/elective course
  • SOCW 6070 must be completed with or prior to SOCW 6520

Students Entering Standard and Accelerated Options Prior to May 31, 2021

  • SOCW 6510
  • SOCW 6060
  • SOCW 6111
  • SOCW 6090
  • SOCW 6361
  • SOCW 6121
  • SWLB 0652
  • First specialization/elective course
  • Second specialization/elective course
  • SOCW 6070 must be completed with or prior to SOCW 6520

Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing

  • SOCW 6002 (students starting prior to August 30, 2021)
  • SOCW 6060
  • SOCW 6111
  • SOCW 6090
  • SOCW 6361
  • SOCW 6121
  • Skills Lab II / SWLB 0652
  • First specialization/elective course
  • SOCW 6070 must be completed with or prior to SOCW 6520

Students Entering Advanced Standing Prior to May 31, 2021

  • SOCW 6002
  • SOCW 6060
  • SOCW 6111
  • SOCW 6090
  • SOCW 6361
  • SOCW 6121
  • Skills Lab II / SWLB 0652
  • First specialization/elective course
  • Second specialization/elective course
  • SOCW 6070 must be completed with or prior to SOCW 6520
(3 cr.)
SOCW 6XXX

Elective*

5
SOCW 6530

Social Work Field Education IV

This is the final course in the four-part field practicum sequence. As in SOCW 6500, SOCW 6510, and SOCW 6520, students in this course are also required to complete 250 hours in an approved social services agency under the supervision of a professional social worker. Through the practicum experience, students are provided with the opportunity to monitor and evaluate therapeutic outcomes and engage in research-based practice. Students demonstrate the ability to provide services to a client or client system, from intake to termination or transfer. Students demonstrate skills in termination; evaluating interventions and outcomes; and disseminating these results and analysis to colleagues, peers, and other practitioners. A seminar is included in which students demonstrate the integration of classroom knowledge with the professional practice skills.

Prerequisites

Students Entering Prior to May 31, 2021 - all tracks

  • All coursework must be completed with the exception of SOCW 6311 and third specialization/elective prior to enrollment in SOCW 6530.
  • SOCW 6311 must be completed with or prior to SOCW 6530

Students Entering on or after May 31, 2021 - all tracks

  • All coursework must be completed with the exception of SOCW 6311, secondspecialization/elective, and third specialization/elective prior to enrollment in SOCW 6530.
(3 cr.)
SOCW 6XXX

Optional Certificate Course*

5
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*Electives can be chosen from a variety of social work courses. Students can choose to focus their studies by selecting two elective courses from the same focus area. An optional certificate can be added to the MSW program if students select three courses from a specific focus area. (Note: Optional certificates add 5 credits to the program.)


Focus Areas and Embedded Certificates

Focus Areas

Walden’s online Master of Social Work program allows you to customize your studies by filling the two open elective slots with courses from various relevant focus areas. Choose courses from different areas—or focus your electives by choosing both courses from a single area. Our five MSW focus areas are:

  • Addictions
  • Child and Family
  • Healthcare
  • Military
  • Trauma

Embedded Certificates

If you want to take your studies a step further, you can add a third course (5 credits) from a single focus area and earn an optional embedded certificatealong with your MSW degree.

Learn Through Hands-On Experience

Walden’s online Master of Social Work program combines practical and relevant curriculum with engaging classroom tools and experiences. Build valuable skills and instincts in a safe—yet highly authentic—environment and prepare for real encounters in the field. Engage in interactive online scenarios and other simulations that reflect actual situations social workers face.

You’ll also hone your skills in two immersive Skills Labs (available virtually) that give you the opportunity to meet faculty and peers and prepare for your field placement.

Lastly, you’ll put what you’ve learned into action through field practice experiences, where you’ll work with real clients under the supervision of a professional social worker. Enter the field with confidence, knowing you’ve practiced doing what social workers do every day.

Be Immersed in Diversity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of our online social work program. Engaging with a diverse community of faculty and classmates—all with varied experiences, voices, and worldviews—will help you broaden your cultural and social perspectives. You'll gain the insights and empathy to be a more effective social work practitioner and make a meaningful impact in people’s lives.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher. For the Advanced Standing option, students must have a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program with a GPA of at least 3.0.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application, transcripts, and Acknowledgement Statement. Speak to an Enrollment Specialist who will guide you through the application process. More information for international applicants.

Mission

The online Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares scholar-practitioners who demonstrate culturally responsive ethical, evidence-based practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. The curriculum emphasizes cultural humility within a strengths-based, generalist intervention model and provides advanced clinical skills needed for specialized practice. The program prepares students to be change agents within and beyond their local communities and to advocate for social justice on behalf of diverse populations, with particular attention to people who are vulnerable and/or oppressed.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum ComponentRequirementsCostamount
Tuition

92 quarter credit hours

97 quarter credit hours
with certificate

$489 per credit hour

$44,988

$47,433

Skills Lab FeeTwo in programIncluded (travel, lodging, and other expenses are additional
if the face- to-face option is selected.)
$0 (virtual option)
Technology Fee

Per quarter – Standard

Per quarter – with optional Certificate

$165

$1,815

$1,980



Standard

with Certificate

$46,803*

$49,413*


*Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 30 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept,, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $2,500 to $3,500. The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion, which can vary by student, depending on individual progress.

If you are planning to enroll in three or more courses per quarter, the costs may be more than your financial aid offer per quarter.1

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Program Outcomes

What’s the Career Impact of Earning an MSW Online?

Pursue your passion for helping others live better lives while you build a career for yourself. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for social work professionals is expected to increase 12% by 2030—faster than the national average for all occupations.2

Earning your master’s degree in social work can give you the knowledge and skills you need to increase your impact and expand your career options. Social work professionals are sought by employers nationwide, especially in industries such as healthcare, substance abuse treatment, and mental health care.2

An online MSW degree can help prepare you to pursue career options such as:2

  • Child, family, and school social workers
  • Healthcare social workers
  • Mental health and substance abuse social workers
  • Social workers, other

The demand for social work professionals is expected to increase

12%

by 2030, faster than the national average.2

An additional

89,200

additional social work jobs are expected to be available through 2030.2

An online MSW degree can prepare you to work in a variety of settings, including:

  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Offices of other healthcare practitioners
  • Individual and family services
  • Insurance companies

Career options may require additional experience, training, licensure or other factors beyond the successful completion of this online Master of Social Work program.

Read our Master of Social Work Program Outcome Report.


Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s Master of Social Work program, you will be prepared to:

  • Develop a professional orientation and identity as a social worker.
  • Apply legal and ethical standards in the administration of social work.
  • Apply principles of advocacy that promote cultural understanding and positive social change in individuals, communities, and society.
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  • Utilize evidence-based research and critical thinking skills to inform practice in meeting the needs of diverse clientele.
  • Synthesize and apply theories of human growth and development to develop culturally responsive social work practices.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Resources

Meet Your Academic Team

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    Emmett Roberts

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Roberts’ professional background includes working with foster youth—primarily young men of color—for 30 years. He also briefly worked in an agency that specialized in substance abuse treatment with adults participating in a drug court program.

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    Rocio Terry

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Terry is an experienced and tenured professor, change agent, and leader. She has held key operational and tactical leadership and management roles with local and national nonprofit organizations, helping to change the life trajectory of thousands of people across the country.

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    Chenobia Webster-Hill

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Webster-Hill has almost 20 years combined as an educator, licensed clinical supervisor, and clinical practitioner. She brings the art of storytelling to difficult conversations surrounding the social work role in acknowledging, understanding, and actively engaging to confront societal inequities.

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    Chris Cotten

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Cotten is an experienced clinical consultant and trainer. He was a research associate at Chicago’s Howard Brown Health Center, an LGBTQ health center in the Midwest. In 2014, the Florida state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) named him Social Work Educator of the Year.

Testimonials

Master of Social Work (6)

I learned a lot of skills I was able to bring back to the professional setting. The first thing in social work is assessment. That is something I learned in the MSW program—to gather more information, ask questions, and get to know what’s going on with an individual or family to be better able to assist them.

Winter Watson Master of Social Work (MSW)

Master of Social Work (7)

I’ve been focused on working with veterans with PTSD and their families and have written about various programs available through the VA and elsewhere. I’ve found the Walden library and databases to be very helpful in giving me more information on treatment options for veterans with PTSD and the families supporting them.

Amy Ondriezek Master of Social Work (MSW)

Master of Social Work (8)

It was part of my upbringing to fight for justice and advocate for those who cannot do it for themselves. Walden has opened additional doors for me to be involved in advocacy groups and expand my worldview.

Barbara Flagel Master of Social Work (MSW)

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Is it worth doing a social work masters? ›

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average weekly earnings for those with a master's degree are $1,497, compared to $1,248 per week for those with a bachelor's. That's a potential difference of $12,948 a year or more than half a million dollars over a lifetime career.

What does Master of Social Work Qualifying mean? ›

The Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) encompasses areas such as child protection, cross-cultural and Indigenous studies, ethics, human rights, law, mental health, social policy, and in-depth study of social work methods and theories.

What is your biggest weakness social work interview? ›

Select a weakness that will not impair your performance as a social worker, like a lack of self-control or difficulty in making decisions. Also, be sure to explain what steps you have taken to improve. Example: “I am so dedicated to providing a high-quality service, that sometimes I take on too much work.

Why am I suitable for Socialwork? ›

You enjoy working with people

Successful social workers naturally enjoy working with people. Most people are drawn to social work because they want to make a difference in someone's life. If you are a people person who is naturally concerned for the welfare of others you could go a long way as a social worker.

How difficult is a masters in social work? ›

Earning a Master of Social Work (MSW) poses unique challenges, however. The curriculum is not only academically challenging but also emotionally draining. Finances can present a problem because unlike, say, a JD or MBA student, you're not likely to start earning a fortune the moment you receive your degree.

Is social work hard to study? ›

Social work is a challenging career in many ways – emotionally, mentally and often physically. The education required to attain this career is easy in some ways but difficult in other ways.

Where are the highest paid social workers? ›

Where Do Social Workers Get Paid the Most?
  • California: $68,910.
  • Connecticut: $68,000.
  • Nevada: $64,890.
  • New Hampshire: $62,300.
  • Maine: $61,140.
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What can you do after a masters in social work? ›

After completing an MSW degree, candidates can work as Healthcare Social Workers, Clinical Social Workers, Therapists or Social Workers in the field of Medical Health and Educational sector, among other career opportunities. Aspirants can pursue MSW as a full time or even a part-time/distance education course.

Can I do a masters in social work with a law degree? ›

Students graduating from a dual MSW/JD degree program will graduate with their master's in social work and their law degree. They will be eligible to practice as a social worker immediately, and as an attorney after passing the bar exam.

What is a good weakness for a social worker? ›

Lack of experience is a always a good weakness to mention

It's fine admitting that you lack experience, that you may struggle with something in the job because of that, with the tricky situations you will encounter while working with the clients. If you cannot think about a better weakness, go with lack of experience.

What are 6 core values? ›

Six core values of the social work profession
  • Service.
  • Social justice.
  • Dignity and worth of the person.
  • Importance of human relationships.
  • Integrity.
  • Competence.

How do you answer tell me about yourself? ›

Your answer to the "tell me about yourself" question should describe your current situation, your past job experience, the reason you're a good fit for the role, and how you align with the company values. Tell the interviewer about your current position and a recent big accomplishment or positive feedback you received.

Is an online MSW worth it? ›

The cost of an online degree is certainly worth the return on investment because of the increase in opportunities available with an MSW degree compared to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. For less than $6,000, you could earn an online MSW that could then: Allow for career advancement opportunities.

Is being a social worker a good career? ›

You will be in demand.

And, it is one of the most flexible careers today. According to the Bureau of labor statistics, the job outlook for social workers is expected to increase by 12 percent from 2020 to 2030. This increase is faster than the average and is one of the top pros of being a social worker.

What can I do with a social work degree Reddit? ›

I know Social workers employed in outcomes and evaluations departments, political advocacy, non-profit administration, fund development/grant writing, and in research positions. My experience is that these positions are more common in major metropolitan areas and at larger agencies.

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