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Winthrop University - Online Master of Social Work (MSW), Advanced Standing or Traditional

The College of Arts and Sciences at Winthrop University offers an online Master of Social Work (MSW) program with Traditional and Advanced Standing pathways. The MSW degree focuses on empowerment practice, which assesses how vulnerable groups in society are affected by personal, structural, and societal power systems. Topics covered may include human behavior and biopsychosocial development, social welfare policy, building relationships, assessments and creating change plans, interviewing strategies, empathetic communication skills, and social work research.

Graduates will be eligible to take master’s-level social work licensure exams.

The Traditional MSW program consists of 60 credits and can be completed part-time in three years. Students also complete internships, fulfilling 930 hours of field practice. The Advanced Standing program comprises 39 credits and can be completed in two years part-time. Students complete internships totaling 720 hours of field practicum.

The programs begin in fall or spring and courses are 100% online with no campus visits required. Students receive field placement assistance, and may be able to fulfill field hours at their current place of employment.

Online courses are delivered asynchronously through the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS). While assignments and assessments have specific due dates, students have the flexibility to determine when to log in and complete their work.

Learning formats include video lectures as well as online discussion boards, chat, and student groups. Students have access to faculty support, student services, career counseling, technical support, and enrollment assistance.

The Traditional MSW program includes courses such as Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Social Welfare Policy I-II; Generalist Social Work Practice I-III; Empowerment Practice Concepts; Interpersonal Helping Skills; Advanced Practice: Micro Systems; Advanced Practice: Macro Systems; Social Work Research; Advanced Social Work Research; and Psychopathology and Empowerment Practice. Students also complete the Advanced Practice Capstone.

The Advanced Standing MSW program includes courses such as Social Work Foundation Review; Social Welfare Policy II; Empowerment Practice Concepts; Psychopathology Empowerment Practice; Advanced Social Work Research; Advanced Practice: Micro Systems; Advanced Practice: Macro Systems; Leadership and Empowerment Practice; and Advanced Practice: Capstone.

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

Winthrop University

Programs: Online Master of Social Work (MSW), Online Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Standing
Accreditation: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC); Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Online Master of Social Work (MSW)

Program Highlights
  • Coursework is delivered 100% online; no campus visits required
  • Students receive field placement assistance and may be able to fulfill hours at their current place of employment
  • Graduates will be eligible to take master's level social work licensure exams
Program Overview
Program Structure: Online instruction with no campus visits required, three internships required
Example Courses: Human Behavior in the Social Environment; Social Welfare Policy I-II; Generalist Social Work Practice I-III; Interpersonal Helping Skills; Social Work Research; Psychopathology and Empowerment Practice
Instruction Methods: Asynchronous courses are delivered through the Blackboard LMS, while assignments and assessments have specific due dates; learning modes include video lectures as well as online discussion boards, chats, and student groups
Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 60 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: Fall and Spring admission
Curriculum Options: Full-time or Part-time
Length of Program: Program can be completed in 3 years
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0 for last 60 credits
Testing Requirements: GRE or GMAT required, waiver available
Work Experience: Not required for admission
Tuition Costs: ~$57,000 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $950.00

Visit landing.online.winthrop.edu to learn more about the Winthrop University Online Master of Social Work

Online Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Standing

Program Highlights
  • Designed for applicants who possess an undergraduate degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Students receive field placement assistance and may be able to fulfill hours at their current place of employment
  • Students may complete the program in as little as two years
Program Overview
Program Structure: Online instruction with no campus visits required, two internships required
Example Courses: Social Work Foundation Review; Social Welfare Policy II; Empowerment Practice Concepts; Psychopathology Empowerment Practice; Advanced Social Work Research; Advanced Practice: Micro Systems; Advanced Practice: Macro Systems; Leadership and Empowerment Practice; Advanced Practice: Capstone
Instruction Methods: Asynchronous courses are delivered through the Blackboard LMS, while assignments and assessments have specific due dates; learning modes include video lectures as well as online discussion boards, chats, and student groups
Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 39 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: Fall and Spring admission
Curriculum Options: Full-time or Part-time
Length of Program: Program can be completed in 2 years
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 3.0 overall
Testing Requirements: GRE or GMAT required, waiver available
Work Experience: Not required for admission
Tuition Costs: ~$37,050 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $950.00

Visit landing.online.winthrop.edu to learn more about the Winthrop University Online Master of Social Work