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Minimum Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must have a bachelor's degree or higher

University of Southern California

About University of Southern California

With its origins dating back to 1880, the University of Southern California (USC) has a long history of innovation, growth, and research. In 2009, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, which is highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report, began to offer its master's degree in social work program online. Known as the MSW@USC program, it is one of more than 100 online graduate degree and graduate certificate programs offered by the university.

The Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work contains the Department of Adults and Healthy Aging; the Department of Children, Youth and Families; and the Department of Community, Organization and Business Innovation, and the program's curriculum focuses on each of these departments. Program options include:

  • Military Social Work
  • Older Adults
  • Systems of Recovery from Mental Illness
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Social Work and Business
  • Global Social Work

Combining online learning and a virtual education with an in-person field experience, the MSW@USC program is the first MSW to be offered online by an elite private research university in the United States. This platform allows you to have group discussions, work on team projects, use a discussion wall to meet those with similar interests, and form groups. The in-field portion of the program can be completed at sites in or near your community; the field education starts with a 210-hour Virtual Field Practicum (VFP), where you will work in supervised small groups with an actor simulating an actual client. You can get to know peers and the expert faculty well, as MSW@USC classes average 12 students per class. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

If you already hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), you could earn your MSW degree through the advanced standing track. This track has the same courses and leadership emphasis as the traditional MSW studies offered at USC, but allows students to bypass some first-year courses and earn their master's degree in as little as 12 months. Prospective students of this MSW@USC program must have earned their bachelor's from a CSWE-accredited school and hold a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. GRE scores are not required for admission to either of the MSW@USC programs.

Student Testimonials

''For me, and I know certainly for a lot of my classmates, we thought we got the best education possible.''

- Brock McNabb, USC MSW@USC Graduate

''MSW@USC has prepared me to make a difference in my community, and the world in general.''

- Michael Mann-Stock, USC MSW@USC Graduate

Why University of Southern California?

  • Real-Time Learning: As an online MSW student, you are taught by USC faculty using the most up-to-date technology.
  • Interactive Education: You can access interactive coursework 24/7 either online or using a mobile app.
  • Fieldwork: More than 1,000 hours of field experiences allows you to apply what you've learned and prepare you to handle the responsibilities of a social work in an actual clinical setting.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

As an applicant to a USC graduate program, you must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

The MSW@USC and the USC School of Social Work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (WASC).

University of Southern California offers the following degree programs:

  • Master - Social Work