MSW 100% Online Program
The 100% online MSW program in clinical social work offers close interactions between students and faculty and is designed for self-directed students who seek the flexibility and convenience of online learning.
Students in this program complete their MSW in three years and classes are held in an asynchronous format, which means there is not a fixed meeting time. Just like in a traditional, in-person classroom, courses have regularly scheduled assignments and due dates. For the online program, students and faculty interact via threaded discussions and other web-based technologies. Field placement at a social service agency begins in the third semester of the first year and continues until program completion. The advanced standing option is available to students who have a BSW or BASW from a CSWE-accredited school of social work, and allows students to complete the MSW program in just four semesters.
Once admitted to the MSW, 100% online students may also apply to the Violence Against Women and Children Certificate (VAWC) program, which offers specialized courses that complement field placements for students with this area of interest.
Field education is an essential pedagogical component of your MSW education. In the 100% online program, the field internship begins in the third semester. Students complete two field placements – a generalist level placement for three semesters (11.25 hours/week) and an advanced clinical placement for four semesters (13.5 hours/week). Advanced standing students begin placement in their first semester and complete placement over four semesters (16 hours/week). Students will work with the 100% online field faculty to identify an appropriate field placement setting. The School has relationships with numerous agencies across the country to meet the interests of online program students.
Rutgers MSW is a 60-credit degree program, or 39 credits if admitted to the Advanced Standing MSW (for students with an accredited bachelors of social work degree). Select your desired semester start from the list below to view the prescribed 100% Online MSW curriculum.
- Online Curriculum | Spring
- Online Curriculum | Fall
- Online Curriculum | Summer
- Advanced Standing Curriculum | Fall
- FAQs about Online Learning
Tuition and Fees
100% Online students pay a fixed credit price regardless of residency. The cost per credit is $900 and there is a $300 course fee. Most courses are two or three credits, thus students pay approximately $2,100 or $3,000 per course in the program. Please go here for more information about tuition and fees.
Applications for the 100% Online MSW are accepted for the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Review the application priority deadlines here, and learn more about the application process and requirements here.
Rutgers Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and satisfy the requirements for licensure in New Jersey. Requirements for licensure vary by state. To review social work licensing requirements in your state click here.