University of North Dakota

Online & Distance Education

Master of Social Work (MSW) for BSW Students



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Social Work (MSW) for BSW Students

Format: Online

Program Description:

The University of North Dakota's award-winning Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares you to serve as an advanced generalist social worker through online courses and an intensive on-campus lab experience. The program is designed for working professionals WITH a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The part-time, online program gives you: -knowledge of highly developed social work concepts and theories. -outstanding analytical, statistical, and evaluation skills. -enhanced communication skills needed for social work practice, management or program development. -in-depth understanding of the social systems. -increased insight into the roles social workers play. As a graduate of the part-time MSW program, you will have advanced practice knowledge, values and skills consistent with the highest ideals of the profession for: -empowering vulnerable, oppressed, disadvantaged, and rural populations. -maximizing opportunities for every individual to realize his or her highest potential. -promoting respect, awareness and appreciation for cultural and social justice at every level of society. You will participate in "live" Web classes held at set times that are convenient for you, such as in the evenings and/or weekends. You will also interact with your instructors and other students using Web-conferencing technology. Class lectures, discussion, and collaboration are conducted in a very similar fashion to traditional on-campus classes. You will also participate in local field placements (as available) to better serve your own community. During the first year of the program, you will spend 5 to 6 days on the UND campus in Grand Forks, North Dakota for an intensive lab experience. As the only on-campus component of the program, the intensive lab integrates, extends, and applies the knowledge you learned in previous online courses and readings. Pay in-state tuition rates for online courses regardless of where you live. Compared to paying the out-of-state tuition, this can translate into big savings for you!


Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The Council on Social Work Education's Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) promotes academic excellence in baccalaureate and master's social work education. The University of North Dakota as a whole is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your native language, you must complete the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) prior to admission. If you have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from the United States or English-speaking Canada, you are not required to fulfill the English test requirement.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 36

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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