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George Mason University - Online Master of Social Work

The College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University offers an online Master of Social Work degree. This program is specifically designed for students seeking to advance social justice through individual client interaction. Students who complete the MSW may be eligible to take the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) exams. Topics covered include cultural and social diversity, human rights, economic justice, human behavior, and social policy.

The Master of Social Work degree courses are 100% online, however students are required to complete several field practicums in their geographical area. The program consists of 60 credits and can be completed part-time in three years. Courses begin in the fall, spring, and summer.

George Mason University delivers courses through the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). Students collaborate using chat rooms and discussion boards, and participate in group projects and coursework assessments. Students can expect to spend 8 to 12 hours per week on each course.

Courses for the MSW may include Foundations of Social Work; Human Behavior and Social Systems I-II; Research Methods for Social Workers; Social Policies, Programs and Services; Influencing Social Policy; Generalist Field Practicum and Seminar I-II; Psychopathology; Community Centered Clinical Practice; Program Evaluation for Social Workers; and Advanced Clinical Practice. Electives may include Clinical Practice with Children and Families; Trauma and Recovery; Substance Abuse Interventions; and Integrated Behavioral Health Policy.

George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). The MSW program is pending approval by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

George Mason University

Programs: Master of Social Work (MSW)
Accreditation: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC); Pending approval by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Program Highlights
  • Students who complete the MSW may be eligible to take the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) exams
  • Specifically designed for students seeking to advance social justice through individual client interaction
  • Topics covered include cultural and social diversity, human rights, economic justice, human behavior, and social policy
Program Overview
Program Structure: Online instruction with field practicums required
Example Courses: Foundations of Social Work; Human Behavior and Social Systems I-II; Research Methods for Social Workers; Social Policies, Programs and Services; Influencing Social Policy
Instruction Methods: Courses are mostly asynchronous and offered through Blackboard LMS, with videos, assignments, and assessments, while peer and faculty interaction take place through online chats, discussion boards, and other multimedia tools
Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, and Summer admission
Curriculum Options: Part-time
Length of Program: Program can be completed in 3 years
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0
Testing Requirements: No GRE required
Work Experience: Not required for admission
Tuition Costs: ~$46,500 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $775.00

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