What is social work?

Social work is the discipline that strives for social welfare, social change, and social justice.

What should I look for in an online social work school?

The best online social work schools should possess either regional or national accreditation from an accrediting body that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In addition, you can often recognize top online social work schools based on:

  • The school's name and status
  • The school's history
  • Teacher credentials
  • Alumni network
In choosing the best online social work school for you, you should consider the following factors:
  • Admission requirements
  • Residency requirements
  • Class and teaching style
  • Testing methods used
  • Course content and presentation
  • Program length
  • Class size
  • Student-teacher interaction
  • Technology use
  • Tuition and financial aid
  • Transferability of credits
  • Availability of a dedicated administration team and resources

What levels of online social work programs are available?

The following levels of social work degree online programs are available:

  • Online Social Work Certificate Programs
  • Online Associates in Social Work
  • Online Bachelor in Social Work
  • Online Masters in Social Work
  • Online PhD in Social Work

How long does it take to get an online social work degree?

The amount of time it takes a student to earn an accredited online social work degree depends on the level of social work degree being pursued and the pace of the student.

Typically, the breakdown is as follows:

  • Online Social Work Certification Programs - 6 months to 1 year
  • Online Social Work Associates Degree - 2 years
  • Online Social Work Bachelor Degree - 4 years
  • Online Social Work Masters - 2 years
  • Online Social Work PhD - 2 to 5 years

What are some examples of online social work courses?

Some common courses students could take in an accredited online social work degree program include:

  • Poverty and Inequality
    This course analyzes issues of poverty in the United States and the factors which perpetuate them over years and generations, including race, class, gender, age, and family structure.
  • Self and Society
    An integral part of good online social work programs, this course will examine social systems and functions in direct relation to the individual, how the individual's identity, reality, and emotions are constructed and influenced by social powers
  • Perspectives on Communication and Social Change
    This course discusses the nature of communication and its function as a vehicle for change, how it is used in a democratic political process, and strategies that people employ in communicating persuasion.
  • Social Welfare Research and Evaluation
    In this course, students will learn the methods used to observe and analyze social circumstances and build the skills necessary to conduct their own case studies.
  • Community Change Practice
    This applied course allows for students' involvement in their own community, usually through an existing organization. Emphasis is on the value of initiative and group effort as vehicles for social change.

What areas of social work specialization are available?

The best online social work degree programs can help students progress towards professional opportunities in any of the following:

  • Medical Social Work
  • Family and Child Social Work
  • Community Developing
  • Poverty and Homelessness
  • Planned Parenthood

What can I do with a social work degree?

The set of skills provided by good online social work programs can lead to work in a fairly wide range of positions, which include:

  • Family and Child Social Worker
  • Social Scientist
  • Social and Community Service Manager
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Educational Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Probation Officer/Correctional Treatment Specialist

What is a social worker?

A social worker is an initiator of or an instrument for social change and the improvement of general well-being.

What does a social worker do?

Social workers are usually employed in either health services or government agencies. They create case files for persons in need and offer assistance in locating counseling centers, information, and sometimes arranging government welfare payments. They must treat all individuals fairly, without letting bias influence the quality of the help and support they provide.

How much does a social worker earn?

Social workers earn annual wages of about $39,000. Job growth is expected at 16% through 2018, faster than the average rate, largely due to the growing elderly population and the increasing number of children, which creates need for new case workers to track and attend to the needs of the elderly.

How do I become a social worker?

Students interested in how to become a social worker will need a bachelor's degree, but higher degrees are desirable and required for some positions. For management, research, and health service positions, applicants will often be required to have a master's or doctorate degree. Many positions also require official licensure, registration, or certification.

Social Work Schools (Campus)

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Arizona State University
1151 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ, 85287
http://www.asu.edu/
X X X
Ohio State University-Main Campus
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH, 43210
http://www.osu.edu
X X X
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL, 32816
http://www.ucf.edu/
X X X
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
100 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN, 55455
http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.php
X X X
The University of Texas at Austin
2608 Whitis Ave
Austin, TX, 78712
http://www.utexas.edu
X X X
Michigan State University
100 Library
East Lansing, MI, 48824
http://www.msu.edu
X X X
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA, 98195
http://www.washington.edu
X X X
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
601 E John Street
Champaign, IL, 61820
http://www.illinois.edu/
X X
New York University
70 Washington Sq South
New York, NY, 10012
http://www.nyu.edu
X X X X
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
440 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI, 48109
http://www.umich.edu
X X
University of Wisconsin-Madison
500 Lincoln Dr
Madison, WI, 53706
http://www.wisc.edu
X X X
Walden University
155 Fifth Ave S Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN, 55401
http://www.waldenu.edu
X
Austin Community College District
5930 Middle Fiskville Rd
Austin, TX, 78752
http://www.austincc.edu
X
University of South Florida-Main Campus
4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL, 33620
http://www.usf.edu
X X X
Florida State University
211 Westcott Bldg
Tallahassee, FL, 32306
http://www.fsu.edu
X X X
Florida International University
11200 S. W. 8 Street
Miami, FL, 33199
http://www.fiu.edu
X X X X
University of California-Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave
Los Angeles, CA, 90095
http://www.ucla.edu/
X X
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
83 Somerset St
New Brunswick, NJ, 8901
http://www.rutgers.edu/
X X X
University of Maryland-University College
3501 University Blvd East
Adelphi, MD, 20783
http://www.umuc.edu
X
University of Houston
212 E. Cullen Building
Houston, TX, 77204
http://www.uh.edu
X X
Riverside Community College
4800 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA, 92506
http://www.rcc.edu/
X
Temple University
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://WWW.TEMPLE.EDU
X X
California State University-Fullerton
800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA, 92831
http://www.fullerton.edu
X
Pima Community College
401 North Bonita Avenue
Tucson, AZ, 85709
http://www.pima.edu
X X
University of California-Berkeley
Gayley Rd & Stadium Rim Way
Berkeley, CA, 94720
http://www.berkeley.edu
X X X X
California State University-Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA, 90840
http://www.csulb.edu
X X
California State University-Northridge
18111 Nordhoff St
Los Angeles, CA, 91330
http://www.csun.edu
X
University of North Texas
Chestnut Ave.
Denton, TX, 76203
http://www.unt.edu
X
Salt Lake Community College
4600 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT, 84123
http://www.slcc.edu
X
University of Georgia
125 Cedar St.
Athens, GA, 30602
http://www.uga.edu
X X X
University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA, 90089
http://www.usc.edu/
X X X
Brigham Young University
Main Campus
Provo, UT, 84602
http://www.byu.edu
X X
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
2101 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC, 27695
http://www.ncsu.edu
X X
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr
San Diego, CA, 92182
http://www.sdsu.edu
X X
Virginia Commonwealth University
910 W Franklin St
Richmond, VA, 23284
http://www.vcu.edu/
X X X
George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA, 22030
http://www.gmu.edu
X X
Capella University
225 South 6th Street 9th Floor
Minneapolis, MN, 55402
http://www.capella.edu
X X X X
Boston University
One Silber Way
Boston, MA, 2215
http://www.bu.edu
X X
Wayne State University
656 West Kirby Street
Detroit, MI, 48202
http://www.wayne.edu
X X X
San Jose State University
1 Washington Sq
San Jose, CA, 95192
http://www.sjsu.edu
X X
University of Missouri-Columbia
105 Jesse Hall
Columbia, MO, 65211
http://www.missouri.edu/
X X X
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH, 45221
http://www.uc.edu
X X
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX, 78666
http://www.txstate.edu
X X
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94132
http://www.sfsu.edu
X X
Georgia State University
33 gilmer st
Atlanta, GA, 30303
http://www.gsu.edu
X X
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI, 53201
http://www.uwm.edu
X X
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
425 University Blvd
Indianapolis, IN, 46202
http://www.iupui.edu
X X X
Texas Tech University
Broadway and University Avenue
Lubbock, TX, 79409
http://www.ttu.edu
X
The University of Tennessee
527 Andy Holt Tower
Knoxville, TN, 37996
http://www.tennessee.edu
X X X X
Troy University
University Avenue
Troy, AL, 36082
http://www.troy.edu
X
University of Utah
201 Presidents Circle
Salt Lake City, UT, 84112
http://www.utah.edu
X X X
University of Kansas
Jayhawk Dr
Lawrence, KS, 66045
http://www.ku.edu
X X X
California State University-Sacramento
6000 J St
Sacramento, CA, 95819
http://www.csus.edu
X X
University of Nevada-Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pky
Las Vegas, NV, 89154
http://www.unlv.edu
X X
University of Iowa
101 Jessup Hall
Iowa City, IA, 52242
http://www.uiowa.edu
X X X X
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX, 78249
http://www.utsa.edu/
X
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
103 South Bldg Cb 9100
Chapel Hill, NC, 27599
http://www.unc.edu
X X
Colorado State University
102 Administration Building
Fort Collins, CO, 80523
http://www.colostate.edu
X X
West Virginia University
Stewart Hall University Avenue
Morgantown, WV, 26506
http://www.wvu.edu/
X X
University at Buffalo
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY, 14214
http://www.buffalo.edu
X X
The University of Alabama
739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL, 35487
http://www.ua.edu/
X X X
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Tower Dr
Baton Rouge, LA, 70803
http://www.lsu.edu
X X
University of South Carolina-Columbia
514 Main St
Columbia, SC, 29208
http://www.sc.edu/
X X X
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
http://www.pitt.edu
X X X X
The University of Texas at Arlington
701 S. Nedderman Dr.
Arlington, TX, 76013
http://WWW.UTA.EDU
X X X
Portland State University
724 SW Harrison
Portland, OR, 97201
http://www.pdx.edu
X X
East Carolina University
East 5th Street
Greenville, NC, 27858
http://www.ecu.edu
X X
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL, 33431
http://www.fau.edu/
X X
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA, 2115
http://www.northeastern.edu
X
Central Michigan University
1200 S Franklin St # 121
Mount Pleasant, MI, 48859
http://www.cmich.edu
X
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL, 60137
http://www.cod.edu
X X
University of Illinois at Chicago
601 S Morgan
Chicago, IL, 60607
http://www.uic.edu/index.html/
X X
South Texas College
3201 W Pecan
McAllen, TX, 78502
http://www.southtexascollege.edu
X
University of Kentucky
175 Funkhouser Dr
Lexington, KY, 40506
http://www.uky.edu
X X X
Mesa Community College
1833 W Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ, 85202
http://www.mc.maricopa.edu
X
University of Akron Main Campus
302 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH, 44325
http://www.uakron.edu
X X X
University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK, 73019
http://www.ou.edu
X X
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN, 37132
http://www.mtsu.edu
X
DePaul University
55 E Jackson
Chicago, IL, 60604
http://www.depaul.edu
X
University of Connecticut
115 N Eagleville RD
Storrs, CT, 6269
http://www.uconn.edu
X X
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC, 28223
http://www.uncc.edu
X X
Stony Brook University
100 Nicolls Rd
Stony Brook, NY, 11794
http://www.stonybrook.edu
X X X
Auburn University Main Campus
Auburn Alabama
Auburn, AL, 36849
http://www.auburn.edu
X
University of Pennsylvania
1 College Hall 34th and Spruce Sts
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://www.upenn.edu
X X
Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI, 49008
http://www.wmich.edu
X X
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI, 49401
http://www.gvsu.edu
X X
Columbia University in the City of New York
116 St and Broadway
New York, NY, 10027
http://www.columbia.edu
X X X
Central Texas College
6200 West Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX, 76540
http://www.ctcd.edu
X X
Northern Arizona University
Knoles Drive Babbitt Administrative Center
Flagstaff, AZ, 86011
http://home.nau.edu/
X
Kansas State University
Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS, 66506
http://www.k-state.edu
X
University of Toledo
2801 W Bancroft
Toledo, OH, 43606
http://www.utoledo.edu/
X X
Weber State University
3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT, 84408
http://www.weber.edu
X
Eastern Michigan University
1000 College Pl
Ypsilanti, MI, 48197
http://www.emich.edu
X X X
Metropolitan State College of Denver
Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave
Denver, CO, 80217
http://www.mscd.edu
X
Ohio University-Main Campus
E Mulberry
Athens, OH, 45701
http://www.ohio.edu
X X
Owens Community College
30335 Oregon Rd
Perrysburg, OH, 43551
http://www.owens.edu
X X
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg
One HACC Dr
Harrisburg, PA, 17110
http://www.hacc.edu
X
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, GA, 30144
http://www.kennesaw.edu
X
CUNY Hunter College
695 Park Ave
New York, NY, 10065
http://www.hunter.cuny.edu
X
Southwestern College
900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA, 91910
http://www.swccd.edu
X

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