Master of Social Work


The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is the first among elite research universities to offer its flagship Master of Social Work (MSW) degree online.

Available nationally through our Virtual Academic Center, the MSW@USC offers students the chance to earn a top-ranked MSW without leaving their own communities. The program focuses on collaboration with small, seminar-style classes. All class sessions are live and taught by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work faculty. The online classroom features tools, such as breakout rooms, live chat and document sharing, which are designed to foster close, intimate discussion.

MSW@USC students complete field placements in their own communities. Placements are chosen and overseen by the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, ensuring sites meet the school’s standards and each student’s educational and professional goals.

The MSW@USC curriculum is the same as the on-campus MSW program. Students in the online program are held to the same high academic standards.  The school and areas of study are organized into three departments:

Students can further focus their studies with options such as Military Social Work, Older Adults, Juvenile Justice, and Global Social Work, among others.

The MSW@USC is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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Career Options

The need for qualified clinical social workers is growing. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the field will experience 19 percent growth between 2012 and 2022, faster than the average of all other occupations. The growth can be attributed to many factors, from America’s aging baby boomers to increased concern about safety in schools to military service members returning from combat.

Trained social workers are in a unique position to create real change for schools, families and communities through advocacy and support. Social workers provide services in a range of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, hospitals, community outreach organizations, substance abuse recovery facilities and veterans affairs offices.

Learn more about careers in social work here.

Instructional Services for Enrolled Students

The MSW@USC offers access to USC’s online library services as well as tutoring and writing coaches for students who need additional support. Virtual one-on-one writing sessions are also available.

Professors are fully available to online students and encourage ongoing interaction by inviting students to attend one-on-one video office hours. Faculty members also serve as academic advisors, providing students with professional guidance, mentoring and assistance with individualized educational plans and career goals.

Student Services for Enrolled Students

MSW@USC students are supported throughout the enrollment process and during their time in the program. Our student support team works with new students to acclimate them to the online learning platform. Each student completes an orientation to learn the features of the platform, including how to access coursework, the virtual classroom and student groups. Students can reach technical support 24/7 if they encounter difficulties while completing coursework or during live class sessions.

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