Where Will Your MSW Take You?

Social work is a fast-growing field with a diverse array of career paths available. Our innovative online master’s in social work program will help prepare you to pursue a variety of in-demand roles.

Direct Practice Social Work

Our CSWE-accredited online MSW program prepares you to pursue licensure as a social worker. As a social worker, you can work with individuals, groups and families to help navigate a number of issues.

In many states, earning an MSW from a CSWE-accredited institution is one of the requirements to earn a social work license and be able to practice. The requirements vary by state, so it’s important to check with your state’s social work board.

Learn more about becoming an LCSW in your state.

Direct Practice Careers

Your classes, coursework and placement experience will help prepare you to work directly with clients in roles such as:

  • Adolescent health social worker
  • Child welfare social worker
  • Family and group therapist
  • Foster care and adoptive services social worker
  • School guidance counselor
  • LGBT and gender therapist
  • Eating disorder therapist
  • Substance use social worker
  • Gerontology social worker
  • Marriage and family therapist (LMFT)
  • Crisis counselor

Macro-Level Social Work

Macro social workers address problems on a broader scale to create a more just world for marginalized and underrepresented communities. As advocates for whole communities, regions and states, they work to shape laws and policy.

Macro Social Work Careers

As an online MSW student in the Social Change and Innovation track, you’ll gain the skills you need to help you pursue a policy-level career, such as:

  • Community outreach specialist
  • Corporate social responsibility coordinator or specialist
  • Health care administrator
  • Policy analyst
  • Program evaluator or manager
  • Public affairs coordinator
  • Fundraiser
  • Grant writer
  • Human resources coordinator or specialist
  • Social responsibility consultant
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Trainer

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is the nation’s primary organization overseeing social work education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. CSWE offers accreditation to schools that meet its high standards for competent preparation. To achieve CSWE accreditation, a school must pass a variety of steps overseen by the CSWE Office of Social Work Accreditation, including site visits by CSWE personnel and self-studies evaluating the school’s curriculum and placement education.

Because of CSWE’s high standards, many states require candidates for social work licensure to earn an on-campus or online MSW from a CSWE-accredited institution such as the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. When you earn your MSW online from a CSWE-accredited school, you receive a high-quality education that meets 21st-century standards for practice and prepares you to pursue your next step professionally.

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