Why an MSW?

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Why a Master of Social Work (MSW)?

Since social work is a professional field, aimed at preparing graduates for practice, the Master of Social Work is considered the terminal degree in the social work discipline. Many social sciences and other related fields do not consider graduate level education to be terminal, requiring students to continue studies through the doctoral level. While the field of social work offers a PhD (for those interested in research), and a Doctorate in Social Work (DSW, a practice-based doctorate), continued study beyond the graduate level is typically not expected, and the MSW is the terminal degree for professional practice and licensure.

Gain the skills to make positive changes in your community

Young Girl Smiling with Social WorkerAn MSW lets you combine your passion for helping others with the instruction and hands-on practice you need to make a lasting impact.  Programs accredited by the CSWE (Council on Social Work Education) offer coursework in topics such as social policy, clinical practice, ethics, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  You’ll develop advanced knowledge of current social work theory, preparing you to practice with individuals and populations who need an expert advocate like you.

An online master of social work degree offers quality instruction, as well as guided field education, in a format that’s flexible and convenient.  Field placement lets you earn valuable experience working with individuals and groups in your community, under the guidance of a seasoned practitioner.  This means that, even if you enter the program without prior social work expertise, you’ll graduate with both the knowledge and experience that will make you a valuable agent for positive change.

An MSW allows you to work in many different locations with a variety of individuals and locations…

… and a flexibility that you might not find with other degrees in the human service field. Pursuing your MSW means you’re choosing a degree that will elevate your professional prospects and set you up for a successful career.

Earn a degree that is valuable and versatile — and required

MSW alumni who seek licensure are able to practice in are able to practice in a variety of social work settings. An MSW offers the flexibility to practice at elevated levels within many human service environments, so you’ll be earning a credential that opens up new and exciting career opportunities.

Why an MSW is important

In many states, a master of social work degree is required in order to gain third-party reimbursement from insurance companies or government agencies. This means you’ll be able to work in many different locations, with a variety of individuals and locations – flexibility that you might not find with other degrees in the human service field. Pursuing your MSW means you’re choosing a degree that will elevate your professional prospects and set you up for a successful career.

Serve those who need an advocate

MSW students learn to work with individuals who require unique support and services.  Aging populations, veterans and military personnel, mental health patients, and disadvantaged families all need advocates to support them, provide access to community resources, and defend their rights and freedoms.  Field education, along with clinical or macro MSW practice-focused coursework, can allow you to apply your knowledge to the population you want to serve as a social worker.  Learn to bring about social justice and equal care for every individual in a degree program that aligns with your passion for advocacy and service.

8 Reasons to get an MSW Degree