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Online Master of Social Work

NOTE: The Master of Social Work program is currently being developed by Director Jennifer Jacobson and Field Education Director Sharon Simmons. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Master of Social Work (MSW) Highlights

The mission of the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University is to develop students into advanced social work practitioners, equipped with the specialized knowledge required to serve individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations in their chosen areas of practice, as well as a strong adherence to the core values and ethics of the social work profession.
Group 7002 (2)

Tuition & Cost

$565 per credit hour

Group 6999

Standard Track

62 Credit Hours

Group 7002

Advanced Track

31 Credit Hours

Curriculum stats/highlights

The MSW concentration in Behavioral Health includes the following courses:

Clinical Social Work in Addictions
Clinical Social Work in Mental Health
Trauma-Informed Social Work Practice

The MSW concentration in School Social Work includes the following courses:

Social Work Practice in the Schools
Special Education Policy
Social Work Practice with Children

Students who come in with a bachelor's in social work completed at a CSWE-accredited institution within the last five years are eligible for advanced standing (ASAP). They will take all the courses listed after "ASAP starts here" plus Behavioral Health or School Social Work concentration courses. Students who do not meet ASAP criteria will take all courses plus their selected concentration.

Additional Courses

Required MSW Courses

  • Entering the Social Work Profession
  • Introduction to Social Welfare Policy
  • Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups
  • Social Work Macro Practice
  • Social Justice & Advocacy Practice
  • Culturally Competent Practice
  • Research Methods in Social Work
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment Across the Lifespan
  • Foundation Practicum 1
  • Foundation Practicum 2
  • Practicum Seminar I (once every other week)
  • Practicum Seminar II (once every other week)

           ASAP Starts Here

  • Advanced Clinical Social Work Skills
  • Global Social Problems
  • Spirituality in Social Work Assessment and Intervention
  • Psychopathology & Deviance
  • Evaluating Social Work Programs
  • Advanced Practicum I
  • Advanced Practicum 2
  • Advanced Seminar I (once every other week)
  • Advanced Seminar II (once every other week)
  • 9 Hour Concentration
  • Total Advanced Track Hours
  • Total Standard Track Hours

Credit Hours

  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 0.5
  • 0.5
  • 31
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 0.5
  • 0.5
  • 9


  • 31
  • 62


Upon completion of the MSW, and with proper licensure, students will be prepared for the following careers:

School Social Worker: Use social work skills in a school setting to conduct assessments of children in need of support in accessing the curriculum, managing mental and behavioral health problems, and acquiring the resources needed to be successful in an educational setting.

Medical Social Worker: Apply your social work skillset to the medical field, working in a hospital or medical office. You'll conduct psychosocial assessments of patients, refer them to needed resources, and offer behavioral health support.

Clinical Social Worker/Therapist: An MSW degree and professional licensure prepares you to provide clinical social work skills, which can include assessing and diagnosing mental and emotional health problems, developing treatment plans, and providing psychosocial services, including counseling and therapy. Your work might involve serving individuals, groups, or families/couples. You might work with individuals with a substance use disorder, in addition to treating mental health disorders.

Social Work Supervisor: With a master's degree in social work, you'll be prepared to supervise the work of other social workers.

Social Work Administrator: An MSW provides sufficient preparation for serving as an administrator over a social or human services agency. You might become an administrator at a mental health clinic, a government agency, or a child welfare office.

Researcher/Faculty Member: A master's-level social work education is typically the minimum requirement for faculty positions at universities. You may be limited to adjunct positions, as some institutions require full-time and tenured faculty to obtain a doctoral degree, especially when teaching at the graduate level. An MSW prepares you for entry into research positions at hospitals, universities, and government agencies.

We can help you explore majors, discover internships, and plan your future as a professional. Our advisors welcome students at all levels and offer personalized guidance tailored to individual needs. From resume and interview preparation to networking advice, MVNU advisors provide a host of resources that can help you achieve a rewarding career after graduation.

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