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Best 2019 Online Master's in Social Work Programs



Master's of social work students can choose from 133 online MSWs accredited by the CSWE, including advanced standing and clinical track programs. After earning an MSW, you can go on to become a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) by passing your state's board exam or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) after passing the exam and meeting the requirement for supervised clinical hours.

In order to earn licensure and to ensure that your degree meets national standards for social work education, you should make sure that your MSW program is accredited by the CSWE. Keep reading to learn more about social work licensure requirements in your state and to see the best online MSW programs of 2019 based on tuition and alumni salaries provided by PayScale.

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2019 Best Online MSW Programs

These 25 schools offer the best fully online MSW programs in the country. Top-ranked California State University-San Bernardino offers a three-year online MSW for $11,136 per year. Students who already hold a bachelor's in social work will find advanced standing options at Columbia University in the City of New York, Boston University, University of Southern California, and University of Hawaii at Manoa among others. University of Louisville offers a variety of specializations in the field, including alcohol and drug counseling, gerontology, and psychosocial oncology. Aspiring clinicians will find clinical MSWs at many of these schools as well.

Alumni salaries were provided by PayScale. View our methodology for more details or learn more about SR Education