Social Work, MSW
Master of Social Work Degree
Why Pursue This Program
The blended Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program prepares students for social work practice within a variety of settings. The program is designed for those who are sensitive to cultural and ethnic diversity and strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty and other forms of social injustice.
Students may pursue an MSW degree through one of two paths:
- The Master of Social Work (Advanced Standing) degree program is designed for those who have earned a Social Work, BS (BSSW) degree from an accredited school of social work within the last 10 years. This program requires 39 credit hours.
- The Master of Social Work (Foundational Level) degree program is designed for those who do not hold a bachelor's degree in the area of social work and are looking to move into the field. This path requires 63 credit hours due to additional coursework.
Students who are driven to increase their impact through the work they do with others choose this program because:
- The program is accredited through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body for all social work education.
- Courses are offered in a variety of modalities, which is ideal for busy working professionals who are looking to advance or change their career path.
- They have a desire for meaningful work and a need to serve others in the field of social work.
Through activities in the form of direct practice, community organizing, supervision, consultation, administration, advocacy, social and political action, policy development and implementation, evaluation, research and evaluation, Social Work maintains a dual focus on individual well-being in a social context and on the betterment of society.
The MSW program is offered by the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Abbott's social activism and writings contributed to programs that safeguarded mothers and families, protected immigrants from abuse, and rescued child laborers. Today, that tradition is embodied in students, faculty and proud alumni.
Career Outlook: Social workers seek to enhance the capacity of people to address their own needs, helping people to identify and address the environmental forces that create and contribute to problems in living.
Masters level social workers are employed in public and private agencies, including medical settings, mental health agencies, schools, residential treatment centers, court and correctional agencies and community planning and development agencies. Between 2014-2024, the demand for social work professionals is expected to grow by 12%, faster than the national average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Career fields include:
- Licensed clinical social worker
- Mental health/substance abuse social worker
- Medical/public health social work
- Case manager/supervisor
- Clinical social worker
- Child or family social worker
- School social worker
- Program manager/supervisor
- Social Policy analyst
- Program director
What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from a leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.