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Master of Social Work Online

Boise State’s Master of Social Work (MSW) Online is designed to prepare students for advanced social work practice with individuals and families. Students learn clinical, organizational and policy skills necessary for promoting social justice and equality and enhancing the quality of life for all people. With no out-of-state tuition and 100% online coursework, our program provides you the flexibility to get your master’s degree.

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Next Application Deadline: August 15


The application deadline for the Spring 2025 semester has passed. Apply now to start classes in Summer 2025.

Admission to Boise State’s Master of Social Work Online is offered every spring, summer and fall semester. All application materials must be received by the deadline to be considered for the program. You must apply separately for admission to Boise State University.

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Master of Social Work Online: Regular Program and Advanced Standing

Boise State Online offers both a Regular Program MSW and an Advanced Standing MSW. The Regular Program MSW is for students with a bachelor’s degree in other disciplines. The Advanced Standing MSW is designed for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an undergraduate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Advanced Standing MSW covers only advanced-level work, making it a more efficient choice for students who have recently graduated with a bachelor’s in social work. In the advanced standing program, students are not required to complete foundational coursework and can complete their MSW in a shorter time frame: three semesters if attending full-time or five semesters if attending part-time. Admission to the advanced standing is evaluated on a case-by-case basis; all applicants must demonstrate significant social work practical experience on their resume.

You can apply for the Advanced Standing program if you meet one of the following requirements:

1) You graduated with a bachelor’s in social work from a CSWE-accredited school within the last five years.


2) You graduated with a bachelor’s in social work from a CSWE-accredited school within the last 10 years and have significant post-bachelor’s degree social work practice experience. Applicants who do not meet these criteria are encouraged to apply to the Regular Program Master of Social Work Online.

Master of Social Work On-Campus Program

Master of Social Work graduate programs are offered on the Boise State campus. Our on-campus Master of Social Work was established in 1991 and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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Unique Advantages of an Online MSW

Community Driven

Teaching social workers in their communities is a strategic approach that helps graduates connect closely with local needs. This encourages a responsive and empathetic approach to social work, enabling professionals to navigate and address unique community needs with greater insight and cultural awareness.

High Quality

Nationally acknowledged for its affordability and excellence, the MSW Online consistently prepares graduates to uphold ethical standards in the realm of professional social work. This commitment ensures a high-quality learning experience, positioning graduates for success in their ethical practice and contributions to the social work profession.

Real-World Impact

Moving past theory, the MSW Online empowers graduates to actively challenge inequalities, positively impact individuals’ lives and create meaningful changes in communities and society. This hands-on approach equips them to be catalysts for positive transformations, making a lasting and tangible difference in the world around them.

Recognized for Quality Education and Affordability

Each year, Boise State’s Master of Social Work Online program is recognized for value. With no out-of-state tuition, 100% online coursework and licensing pass rates that exceed the national average, our program can help you reach your goals without leaving your community.

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Boise State has been named as one of the nation’s best schools for online degrees and certificates in the healthcare field going into 2024 by Just 6% of accredited colleges and universities earned a ranking position.

MSW Top Ranking Badge from Online Masters Degree for 2022

Boise State University was listed as one of the Best Master’s in Social Work (MSW) Online Programs in 2022 by the website, (OMD). OMD, a national ranking body that uses the U.S. Department of Education data, analyzed more than 7,700 schools to create an algorithm to rank 70 unique master’s degree subjects. Only six percent of postsecondary institutions earned a ranking position, according to OMD.

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Make your money go farther! Boise State’s Master of Social Work Online program was recently ranked No. 10 in the nation for best affordable MSW Online programs by Best Value Schools.

CSWE Accreditation

Boise State’s Master of Social Work Online is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation.

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Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Board of Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Boise State’s MSW program has been continually accredited by CSWE since 1992.

Hear From MSW Graduates

Get to know our graduates and discover how their unique journeys have been shaped by the Master of Social Work Online’s commitment to providing a practical and transformative education.

Kim MiziaKim Mizia

“I had the support of faculty in finding and securing field placement. That is one of the things I looked at when I was researching different universities — some places don’t help with that.”

Samantha DeanSamantha Dean

“I wanted my students to be good humans and that’s what social work is and that’s why I chose this degree. We’re championing people to be the best they can be. We are breaking down barriers so they can thrive.”

Lisa Hayden-GrayLisa Hayden-Gray

“I can apply every class that I take to the things I want to do. It’s a broad education that I find specifics in. I am grateful for that.”

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Master of Social Work Online Student Success Stories and News

Online graduate Magdalena Butler aims to continue serving Latinx population
National Social Work Month 2024: “Empowering Social Workers!”
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Boise State Master of Social Work Online program celebrates 1,000 graduates milestone
Boise State University recognized as a top school for online education in healthcare for 2024
Master of Social Work Online Students - Fall 2023

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