Utica College's online Master of Social Work (MSW) is the only program in clinical social work in the nation that draws from recovery theories, values, and skills, preparing students to promote dignity, autonomy, and mental health among diverse populations and build a more humane society in the world at large. In this fully online program, you will learn how to develop innovative solutions to complex mental health and social issues. The curriculum is built to be a rigorous, yet flexible, clinical training, allowing you to maintain a comfortable work, life, and family balance while pursuing your academic and professional goals. Graduates of the program will be prepared to sit for their states’ licensure exams.
The online MSW program has no residency requirements and can be completed 100% online in as few as 24-32 months. Our 60-credit hour program includes courses in trauma-informed practice, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic theories, and cognitive behavioral therapies. Even research and policy courses are designed to improve your skills as a mental health practitioner.
Because the curriculum was developed by faculty who are experienced educators and practitioners in professional social work and recovery services, practice courses integrate recovery theory with traditional clinical social work theories, uniquely preparing clinical social workers to promote mental health in individuals, families, and groups.
Our goal is to train social workers to be excellent clinicians, so you will graduate with a deeper appreciation of the long journey towards growth in yourself and others. Learn more about Utica College's online MSW program today.
The MSW Program in clinical social work is currently in Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation (CSWE-COA).
Pre-Candidacy for a baccalaureate or 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.