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Online MSW Program

Become a Social Worker with an Integrated Approach

Focus on Social Justice

Supportive Faculty

CSWE Accredited

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  • Duration 3 years
  • Cost per Credit $600
  • Credit Hours 60

Program Benefits

  • Our integrated practice model helps you relate to diverse audiences
  • Complete 900 hours of field experience with the support of a dedicated team
  • Online, asynchronous coursework offers flexibility
  • Ranked within U.S. News & World Report 2022 top-100 Best Schools for Social Work

Prepare to Positively Impact Lives with an Online MSW

Succeed in creating change at interpersonal, community and policy levels amidst populations with high rates of diversity and risk. Throughout our social work graduate program, you’ll discover how to support the needs and dignity of all people.

Our MSW is structured toward integrated practice. You’ll learn to create and deliver successful, innovative programs when you lack standard resources and available services. You’ll emerge as an ethical, collaborative practitioner, community leader and researcher who’s ready to promote social justice. Graduate prepared to take the Montana licensed addiction counselor (LAC) exam and meet the educational requirements for the licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) exam.

University of Montana’s MSW is also available on campus.

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Meet the Demand for Well-Rounded Social Workers

As a graduate of the MSW program, you’ll be ready to use research, policy analysis and advocacy in your new role to ensure your clients are given every advantage possible in treatment.

The clinical skills and social justice focus you’ll develop in the MSW program are in high demand. The field of social work is expected to grow 13% between 2019 and 2029, resulting in 90,700 new jobs. Clinical social workers must hold an MSW degree.1

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Innovative Curriculum with a Social Justice Focus

Graduate prepared to improve the human condition as an integrated practitioner. You’ll meet the educational requirements for the licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) exam and be prepared to take the Montana licensed addiction counselor (LAC) exam.

Courses include:

  • Advanced Research and Program Evaluation
  • Advanced Integrated Practice
  • Methods of Social Policy Analysis
  • The Practice of Organizational Leadership
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Apply Today to Our Online MSW Degree Program

To apply for the CSWE-accredited graduate program, submit a completed application. Our online program is open to students with a bachelor’s degree and at least a 3.0 GPA. Two years of relevant work experience is required.

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An In-Demand Degree at a Competitive Rate

At the University of Montana, we strive to keep our graduate programs affordable and encourage you to explore all of your financial aid options, including federal aid and military benefits.

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What You’ll Learn

Throughout the program, you’ll learn to provide innovative services that take into account social context. You’ll graduate ready to impact communities and individuals with diverse backgrounds through our integrated practice model.

Program Outcomes

After completing the program, you will be able to:

Supportive Faculty Enable Your Success

In their roles as instructors and academic advisors, faculty are dedicated to student success. They meet you where you are on your educational journey. Our hands-on faculty members build relationships, address academic needs and provide ongoing support during field education and beyond.

Your Online Experience

The online MSW program gives you the flexibility to continue to work full time and attend to your current responsibilities. You’ll learn in a high-quality, CSWE-accredited program from faculty members who want to see you succeed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our frequently asked questions for in-depth answers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us.

You can earn the online MSW degree in two years.

Total tuition for the online MSW degree is $39,900. Find out more about tuition.

Yes. The program is CSWE accredited.

No. We do not require an entrance exam. Find out about our admission requirements.

Apply now to start the program in the spring of 2022.

You’ll complete 900 clinical hours while in the MSW program. You’ll be fully supported by our field education team at all stages. Before your practicum, you’ll attend a field orientation to familiarize yourself with the process. Additionally, you’ll be part of a 9 to 10 person group led by a dedicated field liaison who guides you through the field experience and leads seminar sessions. Other support elements include a virtual field fair, practicum panels (learn about practicum experiences from more senior students), lunch and learn sessions and more.

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