STEPS (Student Training & Education in Public Service) ranked Boise State University’s Master of Social Work Online 41st on their list of the nation’s best Master of Social Work programs. The ranking is based on online delivery and flexibility, affordability, a well-rounded curriculum and proper accreditation.
Regular/Advanced Standing Master of Social Work
Boise State offers both a regular and advanced standing MSW program entirely through online delivery. The regular program is designed for students who’ve previously earned a degree in a field other than social work, while the advanced standing allows students with previous social work training to get a jump start on their education. To qualify for the advanced standing program, you must meet one of the following criteria:
- You graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from a Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school within the last seven years.
- You graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE accredited school within the last 10 years and have significant post-BSW social work practice experience.
If you do not meet either of the qualifications above, you are encouraged to enroll in the regular program to give yourself the best education in social work possible.
MSW Licensing Information
Boise State’s Master of Social Work Online meets the professional licensure standards of all 50 states and all U.S. territories. Some states require additional information to become a licensed professional social worker. Each state has its own requirements for licensure based on what state and area you plan to work in. Most students in the social program seek licensure upon graduation as many states reserve the title of social worker to those licensed.
Social Work Program Costs
Investing in your master’s degree is a smart decision and Boise State offers competitive tuition rates. Depending on which program you choose, financial aid and other assistance are available for anyone looking to become a dedicated social worker. See a full breakdown of the costs associated with the regular and advanced standing programs.
For additional information about financial aid options, contact Student Financial Services.
Career and Salary Information for the Growing Field of Social Work
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, the social work field is expected to grow 12% between 2020 and 2030, adding 78,300 new jobs in that same time. The median salary is expected to rise by $51,760 annually or $24.88 hourly.
Your Master of Social Work Online degree prepares you to advocate for and empower individuals, promote social justice and equality and make the world a better place for all people. Social work is a necessary component of many industries and opens the door for a variety of career opportunities. Here are a few examples of career possibilities with an MSW from Boise State University:
- Addictions Counselor
- Behavioral Health Consultant
- Clinical Therapist
- Family Advocacy Representative
- Guidance Counselor
- Non-Profit Manager
- Substance Abuse Counselor
- Victim Advocate
For additional information on the career outlook for social work, explore our careers page.
Social Work Student Support
Still deciding if the Master of Social Work online program is right for you? Connect with a coach. The MSW Student Success Coaches are ready to help you discover everything you need to know when entering the MSW program, including admissions, costs, degree plan, field work, licensure and careers. Use the contact information below to be connected with a coach today.