University of North Dakota

Online & Distance Education

Master of Social Work (MSW) for Non-BSW Students



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Social Work (MSW) for Non-BSW

Format: Online

Program Description:

The online Master of Social Work (MSW) for Non-BSW program prepares you to serve as an advanced generalist social worker with values and skills consistent with the highest ideals of the profession. This part-time, online program will give 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 social systems. -Increased insight into the roles social workers play. As a graduate of the program, you will: -Have advanced practice knowledge, values, and skills consistent with the highest ideals of the profession. -Empower vulnerable, oppressed, disadvantaged, and rural populations. -Maximize opportunities for every individual to realize his or her highest potential. -Promote respect, awareness and appreciation for culture and social justice at every level of society. The program is designed for working professionals WITHOUT a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). 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 participate in local field placements (as available) to apply what you learn in your own community, and will spend 5 to 6 days on the UND campus in Grand Forks, ND, for intensive labs TWICE during your program. As the only on-campus components of the program, the intensive lab experiences integrate, extend, and apply 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 rate, this can translate into big savings for you!


Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 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: 60

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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