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Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
Herzing University

Earn an MSW degree with Herzing University

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length24 months when attending full-time
Credits to graduate60 credits
EligibilityCurrent bachelor’s degree holders in a non-social work major
Format100% online classes delivered asynchronously, with hands-on clinical field practicums
CurriculumCurriculum includes virtual, simulated experiences to enhance distance learning
SpecializationsClinical-focused social work curriculum with your choice of 3 specializations
Waived Enrollment Fee Classes start January 9th
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Become an active agent of social change
for individuals, families, and their communities

Many individuals in the US, especially those in underserved communities, lack access to earnest social advocates capable of recognizing inequities, identifying solutions, and facilitating inclusive, healthier outcomes.

You can learn what it takes to achieve those outcomes. Discover the professional skills and knowledge required to join the field of social work and begin making a significant impact in the lives of individuals, families, and their communities.

We are proud to introduce our Master of Social Work (MSW) online program, designed for non-social work bachelor’s degree holders seeking a new, rewarding career path.

Your career in social work is possible with Herzing University

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom: on your schedule, at your pace
  • CSWE aligned curriculum2
  • Core class topics include Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Policy and Services, Clinical Social Work Interventions, Psychosocial Assessment & Clinical Diagnosis, and much more
  • Full-time and part-time enrollment options available
Classes Start January 9th

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Why choose Herzing University?

Key specializations

Focus your education in one of three fast-growing social work specializations: Mental Health, Medical Social Work, and Children, Families, and Aging Services.1

Extensive support

You are never alone. Your online learning experience is personalized and asynchronous, with access to a host of student services.

Practiced faculty

All Herzing MSW program instructors are Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) with deep experience in the field.

Over 90%

Satisfaction rate

Our overall student satisfaction rate, according to the 2021 Herzing Graduate Survey.

Curriculum

MSW program classes & curriculum details

Our curriculum is designed to prepare you to become a culturally informed clinical practitioner through both academic coursework and practical application. The program emphasizes lifelong learning, professional development, service, networking, and adherence to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.

All didactic, lecture-style courses are delivered online, with 900 total field practicum hours.

You will need to choose one of three career-focused social work specializations: Mental Health, Medical Social Work, and Children, Families, and Aging Services.

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Master of Social Work (MSW)2460

i. Average number of months for students to complete program.

Required Core Courses

All courses, 37.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Project Residency Core Courses

All courses, 14.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Specialization

One of the following specializations is required. 9.00 semester credit hours constitute a specialization.

Required Courses in Mental Health Social Work Specialization

All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Courses in Medical Social Work Specialization

All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required.

OR

Required Courses in Children, Families, and Aging Services Specialization

All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Choose a career-focused specialization

When you enroll in the Herzing MSW program, you will choose one of three unique specializations:

Mental Health

Develop an understanding of mental health assessment, diagnosis and intervention. Learn theories of human behavior, trauma, and diversity—and how to apply this knowledge to mental health provision and wellbeing.

Discover policies and laws related to mental health systems and become familiar with the service delivery structure of public and private mental health facilities.

Medical Social Work

Build an understanding of medical diagnoses in the context of a person-in-environment model. Study social work intervention strategies including crisis intervention, biopsychosocial assessment, and trauma-informed clinical approaches.

Immerse yourself in a curriculum focusing on how you can utilize evidence-based social work research in clinical practice of community public health and prevention services.

Children, Families, and Aging Services

Become an advocate for vulnerable children, families, and elderly clients in need of assistance. Build your understanding of social problems and their impact on individuals, families, and their communities across all age groups.

This specialization explores the delivery structure of social services and how you can become a key facilitator of protective services for pediatric and gerontological clients.

Unsure what to choose? Our admissions team can help you determine what specialization is right for you based on your personality and desired career path.

Field Practicums

Prepare for practice through field education

Your education begins by establishing key social work concepts through didactic coursework and culminates in field practicums putting your learning into practice to fully prepare you to succeed as a social worker.

Discover how to apply social work knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive affective processes in many potential types of practice settings, including:

  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Mental health facilities
  • Community agencies
  • Criminal justice organizations
  • Counseling centers

Field education informs your understanding of how social work theory and research inform social work practice.

Apply what you’ve learned in career-focused field practicums to fully prepare for career success.

Practicum highlights

  • General and Specialized field practicums
  • General Field Practicum: 400 hours, 2 semesters
  • Specialized Field Practicum: 500 hours, 2 semesters
  • Where you complete each practicum can vary widely based on your location and specialization you choose. We encourage you to choose your preferred Field Agency, but our Director of Field Education will provide support should you need help securing practicum sites.
Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the Master of Social Work program is $595 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

Requirements

MSW program enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University Master of Social Work program include:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA in baccalaureate degree
  • No GRE required
  • Completed application including:
    • Two completed recommendations
    • Personal statement addressing MSW prompts
  • Interview with program chair, designee, or admission representative

Please contact admissions for details regarding the application.

Meet our Program Chair

Elizabeth Wilson - PhD, MSW, LCSW

"It is an honor and privilege to be part of a building a new MSW program with current, evidence-based curriculum to prepare students for high demand jobs in the areas of mental health, medical social work and children, families and aging services.

Our goal is to help support each student through our program to maximize their potential as a social worker and be a successful change agent."

Dr. Wilson is an established social work professor with over 20 years of teaching experience and 15 years as a social work program director in higher education. Dr. Wilson has extensive practice and teaching experience in crisis response, crime victimization, child abuse and neglect, family violence, mental health, and suicide prevention. She has delivered numerous professional presentations, continuing education sessions, and chaired numerous dissertations focusing on social issues. Dr. Wilson is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Missouri, a member of NASW, and has provided service to many community boards. Dr. Wilson has received several teaching recognitions and was awarded the Jane Bierdeman-Fike Humanitarian Award in 2019.

Elizabeth Wilson PhD, MSW, LCSW Social Work Program Chair

Elizabeth Wilson

Program Chair
Master of Social Work

Clinically confident. Culturally informed. Competent social workers.

MSW Mission Statement

The mission of the Herzing University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is to educate and empower competent, ethical social work practitioners with the culturally informed knowledge, values, and skills necessary for advanced practice within diverse populations and environments. Consistent with the purposes and values of the social work profession, Herzing’s social work program is committed to service, social and economic justice, the dignity and worth of the individual, and the importance of human relationships. We are dedicated to preparing leaders who will critically analyze systems, evaluate and implement evidence-based interventions, advocate for social and economic justice, use a person-in-environment framework, provide inclusive services, and practice strength-based approaches to promote the health and wellbeing of all individuals, families, and communities.

MSW Program Goals

  1. The program will prepare confident, professional social work practitioners who are qualified to practice in advanced specializations, including mental health, medical social work, and children, families, and aging services.
  2. The program will prepare professional social worker practitioners who will advocate for populations experiencing oppression and discrimination by critically examining systems, developing and changing policies, advocating for social justice, and increasing access to services in their specialization areas.
  3. The program will prepare culturally informed practitioners who will conduct multi-dimensional assessments and provide specialized, evidence-based clinical practice interventions at all practice levels.
  4. The program will promote clinical social work excellence through lifelong learning, professional development, service, networking, and adherence to the NASW Code of Ethics.

Classes Start January 9th

Waived Enrollment Fee
Career Possibilities

What you can do with a master’s in social work

While the field of social work has evolved to become more diverse and specialized, core master’s degree courses prepare you for a wide variety of job possibilities.

Choose the MSW specialization best reflecting the social work career path you want to walk.

Job titles can vary widely with overlap across each specialty.3

Your choice of specialty today doesn’t necessarily preclude you from pursuing job possibilities in other areas.

  • Behavioral Health Therapist
  • Mental Health Social Worker
  • Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Psychosocial Coordinator
  • Residential Therapist
  • Substance Use Disorder Clinician
  • Suicide Prevention Specialist
  • Therapist
  • Victim Advocate
  • Home Health & Hospice Social Worker
  • Hospice Social Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Oncology Social Worker
  • Residential Treatment Coordinator
  • Social Work Case Manager
  • Adoption Social Worker
  • Adult Protective Services Worker
  • Child Protective Services Supervisor (CPS Social Worker)
  • Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Family Protection Specialist
  • Family Resource Coordinator
  • Family Service Worker
  • Foster Care Social Worker
  • Gerontology Social Worker
  • Pediatric Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Veteran Affairs (VA) Social Worker
  • Youth Specialist

Job outlook

12%

Projected employment growth, 2020-2030, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)*

Employment of social workers is expected to increase across all specialties, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. News and World Report scores social worker an 8 out of 10 in terms of future growth.

Among available BLS occupational groupings, employment of mental health and substance abuse social workers is expected to rise the fastest (15% growth).

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Social workers provide assistance to individuals, families and communities to address problems in their everyday lives. They can work in a “macro” role directly coordinating with organizations or policymakers, or a “micro” role focusing on individuals and their families. 

The social work job description varies—social workers can have a wide variety of duties: 

  • Find those in need of help 
  • Work with people in all stages of life from birth to end of life 
  • Assess their situation: what they need, who supports them, what their goals are and develop interventions and strategies to help 
  • Collaborate with community resources to offer a network of care and refer clients accordingly 
  • Diagnose and treat mental, behavioral, and emotional health problems 
  • Maintain clear case files and records 
  • Raise awareness and advocate for solutions at the local, state, or even national level 
  • Navigate crisis situations, such as child abuse, family and community violence, or health emergencies 

Educational and licensing requirements can vary by state and employer across both jobs. The disciplines are distinct enough to demand separate master’s degree curriculums.

The primary difference between clinical social workers and mental health counselors is the scope of their duties and the education required to perform them. Generally, counselors focus solely on mental health issues, while clinical social workers carry a wide variety of responsibilities including and beyond mental health care.

Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) includes more involvement in managing your clients’ support network and larger community. While clinical social workers can potentially adopt a direct, active role in diagnosing and treating mental health issues, it’s not the sole purpose of the profession as it is for mental health counselors.

The average salary for a social worker depends on several factors, including where they work, the state in which they practice, how long they have practiced, and chosen specialization.  

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides average salary estimates for three different types of social workers:* 

According to the CSWE’s most recent Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, the 9 Social Work Competencies are listed as such: 

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior 
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice 
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice 
  4. Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice 
  5. Engage in Policy Practice 
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities 

No. Our 2-year MSW program is designed for those without a BSW. 

As long as you’ve earned a non-social work bachelor’s degree earned through an accredited university recognized by the US Department of Education, you can potentially qualify to enroll in our program.

Yes, you can elect an extended 4-year part-time program as an alternative to the 2-year full-time plan. The extended 4-year plan spans 12 semesters as opposed to 6 semesters in the full-time plan.

Yes, you can potentially leverage your education and experience in nursing into a career as a social worker. You may choose to stay in the healthcare field as a medical social worker.

You'll want to consider a Master of Social Work degree program to earn the new skills in knowledge to succeed in the field and position yourself best when applying for jobs.

Learn more about the RN to social work pathway and discover some of the primary differences between each career path.

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Disclosures & Accreditation

1. The Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies three specialties projected to grow at a faster rate from 2020-2030 than all other types of social workers (6%): Mental health and substance abuse social workers (15%), Healthcare social workers (13%), and Child, family, and school social workers (13%).*

2. Herzing University is currently in Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Pre-Candidacy for a master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has submitted an application to be reviewed for Candidacy and had its Benchmark I approved in draft form to move forward with Candidacy review within one year.  A program that has attained Pre-Candidacy has not yet been reviewed by the Commission on Accreditation or been verified to be in compliance with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Students who enter programs in Pre-Candidacy that attain Candidacy in the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation.  The Candidacy Process is typically a three-year process and there is no guarantee that a program in Pre-Candidacy will eventually attain Candidacy or Initial Accreditation.

Candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation applies to all locations and 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.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.

3. Individuals considering the Master of Social Work program should be aware that state certification/ licensure requirements and eligibility to apply for certification/licensure vary from state to state. While certification/licensure is not a requirement for certain types of jobs, in some states, it may be required for any positions titled ‘Social Worker’ and to refer to yourself as a Social Worker in professional settings.

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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Master of Social Work Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$595.00
Base Tuition$35,700.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (9 x $595.00 )(-$5,355.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$30,345.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$2,940.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
66
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
6051
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$38,640.00$33,285.00
Estimated Savings*
$5,355.00

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Who Can Apply

Available to students enrolling in the MSW online program during the 9/6/2022 start

Requirements
  • Must be starting the MSW online program on 9/6/2022
  • Continuous enrollment is required

Questions?

Reach out to a member of the Financial Aid team at the Online campus:

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(866) 508-0748
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