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Transform Lives and your Career with an MSW Degree

Carlow University’s CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) is designed for working professionals who want to advance their careers. The program offers a flexible hybrid format designed to accommodate students’ work life.

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  • Duration 18-48 months
  • Cost per Credit $650
  • Credit Hours 39-60

Program Benefits

  • CSWE-Accredited
  • Advanced Standing and Traditional Student Tracks
  • 2 Interdisciplinary Specializations Available
  • Trauma-Focused Curriculum
  • Flexible Hybrid Format
  • Experienced, Practitioner Faculty
  • Prepare for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Exam & Licensure

Change Lives and Society with an MSW Degree from Carlow

Earning your Master of Social Work allows you to enter various in-demand roles that make a difference. Offering two specialization tracks in direct practice or macro practice, the MSW degree program’s trauma-focused curriculum provides you with the advanced knowledge, training and confidence you need to function as a highly capable and compassionate social work professional, no matter what path in the field you choose.

The program offers an advanced standing track for students who already have a BSW, allowing them to complete the degree in as few as one and a half years. A traditional track is available for those who don’t have a BSW but want to pursue graduate study in social work. Faculty works with you to tailor your field placement experiences to your career goals. You’ll graduate prepared to sit for licensure.

Dual MSW MBA Degree Program

For those looking for further specialization, Carlow offers an MSW – MBA dual degree program. This is a unique interdisciplinary degree, which offers the opportunity to examine both the theoretical and practical aspects of business administration while also studying social work.  The dual degree requires only an additional 27 credits of business course work beyond the MSW requirements.

MSW Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at Carlow University is to educate and prepare ethical, compassionate professionals committed to a more just and merciful world. The MSW program promotes a trauma and research informed approach to professional social work practice to promote human and societal well-being and human rights. The program is committed to preparing exemplary leaders to critically engage in service to and advocacy for diverse populations and complex systems using a cultural humility lens to promote racial, social, economic, and environmental justice.

“I would recommend this program to anyone interested in pursuing their MSW. The faculty at Carlow University is wonderful. Each of my professors has truly cared about my success in and out of the classroom.”

– Online MSW Student

“I chose online learning because I work full time and have a family. This option enables me to get a degree while still maintaining my income and responsibilities. I am so grateful that all the MSW professors are very understanding of the busy lifestyles of working, online learners.”

– Online MSW Student

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Choose from two specializations in Macro or Direct Practice to prepare for an impactful career in social work.

After completing 39 credit hours for advanced standing students or 60 credit hours for traditional students, you’ll enter the workforce as a highly competent social worker with a trauma-focused approach to effectively treating diverse populations and influencing systems, as well as advocating for social change.

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Program Outcomes

Career Outlook

Employment of social workers is expected to grow 9 percent between 2021 and 2031, resulting in 74,700 new jobs.1 Master’s degrees are preferred for most clinical social workers. Learn to advocate for the profession and prepare for a variety of careers.

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Choose from Two Specializations

In Carlow’s MSW program, we offer two in-demand specializations.

MSW: Direct Practice

The hybrid, CSWE-accredited online MSW degree in direct practice prepares students for clinical work focusing on individuals, families and groups.

MSW: Macro Practice

The hybrid, CSWE-accredited online MSW degree in macro practice focuses on human rights and justice at community and organizational levels.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the MSW program, you’ll need:

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Tuition Details

The Master of Social Work program at Carlow University consists of 39-60 credit hours and costs $650 per credit hour.

Carlow is committed to helping make your education affordable. Our team is here to provide any assistance you need as you pursue your master’s degree in our program.

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Our responsive faculty and supportive community care deeply for students and work hard to help you meet your goals. Our full-time instructors have extensive experience in social work, which they apply to their teaching.

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An Online Learning Experience Like No Other

When you join the Carlow family, you get an experienced and compassionate team dedicated to your personal and professional growth. Online learning at Carlow offers the flexibility you need while connecting you to a vibrant, close-knit and supportive community of instructors and learners.

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Financial Aid

We understand that pursuing higher education is an investment. Carlow’s staff is always available to answer questions and connect you to resources for loans, grants, scholarships and employer benefits.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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There is a $16 per credit university fee.

No work experience is required.

The MSW program does not have a residency component, but students will complete field placement onsite at community agencies. Traditional MSW students will complete 900 credit hours of field experience and Advanced Standing MSW students will complete 600 hours of field experience. Contact us to learn more.

You can take all the time you need to complete the program, as long as enrollment is maintained. 

The values and principles of the Sisters of Mercy are woven throughout our coursework. Our convenient, affordable and flexible program allows students to grow careers while expanding on the values that lead them daily. Learn more about our Mercy mission.

We primarily have full-time faculty who are available and engaging. The program faculty are highly committed to each and every one of their students. From the start of the program through graduation, faculty are fully invested in the success of their students by being accessible, responsive and offering all the resources available to students at Carlow so they can reach their goals. Many faculty members still work in the field in various areas, including aging populations, behavioral health and child welfare. Learn more about our faculty.

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