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Master of Social Work – Online

Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Graduate Program

Boise State’s College of Health Sciences offers – fully online – a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree designed to prepare students for advanced social work practice with individuals and families.

Program Description

All classes are offered online. Students learn clinical, organizational, and policy skills necessary for promoting social justice and equality, and enhancing the quality of life for all people.

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Applicants who have graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE (Council of Social Work Education) accredited school within the last 5 years are eligible to apply for the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program, as are applicants that have graduated within the last 10 years but also have significant post-BSW social work practice experience. Applicants who do not meet these criteria are encouraged to apply for the full Master of Social Work program.

Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, every student will have achieved the following competencies:

  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice
  • Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
  • Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
  • Engage in policy practice
  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities



Why Choose Social Work?

“Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increased demand for health care and social services, but will vary by specialty.” – The United States Department of Labor

Randy H. Magen, Ph.D., Director and Professor in the School of Social Work at Boise State University, points out “there are several factors associated with this projected growth. First is the aging of the baby-boomer generation. They might not admit it, but as they age, they will need social workers’ assistance for a variety of psycho-social needs. Second, federal legislation such as the mental health parity law and the Affordable Care Act have mandated that insurance cover mental health needs in the same way that they have paid for physical health care.”

In addition, the National Association of Social Workers reports that most of the country’s mental health services are provided by social workers. Finally, consider the vast number of situations where a social worker can provide great assistance. Boise State’s online Master of Social Work program would like the opportunity to assist you in becoming a social worker.