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Online Clinical Master of Social Work

Take the Next Step Toward Licensure with a Clinical Social Work Degree

Fulfill your calling and extend your reach to individuals, couples, families, and groups as a mental health professional with the online clinical Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from The Catholic University of America (CUA). This degree is delivered by the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS), a 2017 top-50 Best Graduate School for Social Work in the country according to U.S. News & World Report. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the curriculum paves your path to advanced clinical practice by preparing you to pass your Licensed Graduate Social Work (LGSW) exam. 95 percent of our graduates pass their LGSW exam on their first attempt.

Waived Application Fee for the Fall 2017 Term if You
Begin Your Application Between May 1st - May 31st.

An Advanced Standing option that waives 30 credits is available to qualified students. Contact an admissions representative for more information. 

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Advanced Standing Option

The Advanced Standing option waives 30 credit hours of coursework — shortening the length of time it takes you to earn your MSW degree and work towards your clinical license. If you qualify, you’ll focus solely on the advanced curriculum. Your former social work education and experience is considered when determining if you qualify. Contact an admissions representative to discuss your qualification.

Prepare for Your Social Work License

The Catholic University of America’s online MSW program prepares students to sit for the Licensed Graduate Social Work (LGSW) exam in most states. Passing this exam is the first step toward clinical licensure as an independent practitioner to diagnose and treat clients appropriately. Impressively, 95 percent of our students pass the LGSW exam on their first attempt — a testament to the quality of our clinical social work curriculum and outstanding faculty. Clinical licensure allows you to practice social work in many in-demand careers in a variety of fields. To understand more about taking the LGSW exam and earning your license to practice clinical social work, contact an admissions representative here

Learn from a Clinical MSW Curriculum

The online MSW enhances your skills and knowledge through a rigorous curriculum. The full clinical MSW curriculum takes you through all foundation and advanced courses, so if you’re changing careers or the focus of your practice, you’ll be well prepared to meet the challenges of a variety of professional roles and client issues as a clinical social worker. If you qualify, the Advanced Standing option takes you through the advanced curriculum only. The curriculum covers critical social work topics including:

  • Psychopathology
  • Social work practice with groups, organizations, and communities
  • Clinical social work with adults, children, and families
  • Diagnosis and treatment of mental illness
  • Welfare policy

The field experience complements the coursework by providing you with real-world capabilities as you treat clients under the guidance and supervision of a social work practitioner. To learn more about field experience, contact an admissions representative here.

The online MSW curriculum allows graduates to apply advanced knowledge of human development and psychopathology to all careers in clinical practice — whether you’re treating individuals, families, couples, or groups. The advanced micro instruction is also complemented by mezzo and macro courses, so graduates can understand how their clinical practice fits into the overall framework of social work in our government and society.

Ranking and Accreditation

We are proud to have earned the following accreditations and rankings for our program.

  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
    The CSWE is the sole accrediting agency for social work education in America. We work diligently to align NCSSS’s online social work program to the mission of the Council on Social Work Education to “ensure and enhance the quality of social work education for a professional practice that promotes individual, family, and community well-being, and social and economic justice.”
  • Best Graduate School of Social Work
    Ranked in the top 50 of U.S. News & World Report 2017’s list of Best Social Work Graduate Schools in the Country due to its dedication to provide education in the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of social work, as well as hands-on clinical experience.
  • Best Value Christian College with CSWE-accredited Programs
    The Social Work Degree Guide rated The Catholic University of America as #1 in its list of the 35 Best Value Christian Colleges with CSWE-accredited Programs 2015. Rankings were made in consideration of the schools’ average tuition, return on investment, accreditation, and student to faculty ratio.

Answer the Call to Social Justice

The Catholic online MSW program attracts culturally and religiously diverse professionals from various educational and professional backgrounds who make the decision to walk this path of service with their peers. It facilitates a personal connection with other professionals across the nation who — like you — seek daily strength and virtue by living and learning within the Catholic tenets of social justice, service, and compassion.

Learn more about our online MSW, or call 855-295-5711 today.