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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 or LISTA (Latina/o/x Initiatives for Service, Training, and Assessment) Certificate. Both certificate programs offer specialized courses that complement field placements for students with this area of interest.

Field Education

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.

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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.

Tuition and Fees

100% Online students pay a fixed credit price regardless of residency. The cost per credit is $923. Approximate charges per semester range from $4,615 to $7,384 depending on the semester/number of credits taken. 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.

Licensing Information

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.

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