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An Online Master in Social Work and the Opportunity it Brings

An online master in social work is a valuable degree, offering diverse career prospects as well as the opportunity to bring about social justice and transformative change.  A master’s degree in social work (MSW) is one of the most versatile and sought-after credentials in the human services field, for several reasons. 

MSW students:

  • Gain knowledge through a blend of instruction, research, and practical experience in the field.
  • Develop the ability to work with a wide range of populations.
  • Learn about a multitude of challenges facing at-risk communities, and how to empower community members to combat those challenges.
  • Graduate with hands-on experience in social work settings.
  • Are passionate about positive transformation among individuals, groups, and communities.

For these reasons and many others, an MSW degree is a valuable asset for those who are considering a career in human services.

An Online Master’s in Social Work: Is it Right for You?

MSW students are diverse: they may be recent graduates, career changers seeking a more fulfilling profession, or veteran social workers ready to take the next step.  For many of these learners, online education is the best fit for their professional and personal schedules.  Many online MSW programs, such as the CSWE accredited program offered through The Catholic University of America, provide instruction from renowned faculty who are leaders in the field, as well as a quality field placement experience – with the convenience of online coursework which can be accessed at any time.  In this format, students follow deadlines provided by their instructors, but are not required to log in at specific times.  Field internships are completed at agencies in students’ communities across the country.  In short, an online master’s in social work provides convenience and flexibility for students whose work or family commitments make it challenging to attend a traditional campus program.

After an MSW: Licensure and Career Opportunities

Students pursuing an accredited MSW degree usually seek clinical social work licensure after graduation.  For many positions in the human service field, this license is preferred or even required.  The qualifications vary by state, so a resource such as the Association of Social Work Boards can help MSW students determine what is needed for licensure following graduation. 

Career opportunities abound in the social work field, and they are increasing as government and private agencies work to battle oppression and address social issues by empowering individuals and communities to thrive.  A holistic clinical MSW program offers coursework that prepares students for roles in:

  • Trauma recovery
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Child and family services
  • Gerontology

These fields and many others are in need of qualified social work professionals who can combine compassion with the in-depth skills and knowledge gained through graduate-level social work education.  To find out how an online MSW degree from The Catholic University of America can help you take the next steps in your social work career, request more information or call 855-295-5711.