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The University of Southern California School of Social Work is the first among elite research universities to offer its highly regarded Master of Social Work degree online. Available nationally through our Virtual Academic Center, the MSW@USC engages students in various web-based learning activities and hands-on, supervised traditional field instruction in local communities where they live and work. Taught by renowned faculty and leaders in the field of social work, the MSW@USC curriculum mirrors the academic rigor of the on-site program.
The USC School of Social Work offers a 35-credit advanced standing MSW program with both full-time (three semesters) and part-time (five semesters) options. Admission to the advanced standing program allows students to complete their MSW degree in less time than the traditional MSW program by waiving the first-year foundation course requirements. Students applying for this option must demonstrate their readiness to perform at the level of a second-year MSW student.
Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is consistently and consecutively ranked as a top 50 national university and the number one private university in Florida. With more than 15,000 students from around the world, the University of Miami is a vibrant and diverse academic community situated on several campuses located in and around the city of Miami.
Led by President Donna E. Shalala, the university includes 11 schools and colleges that offer more than 180 majors and academic programs. UM alumni, totaling 184,000, live in all 50 states and 154 countries. Students earn the same prestigious University of Miami degree by choosing to earn their degree through UOnline. These graduates also join a vast network of UM faculty, students, and alumni around the world.
The University of Miami is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Miami.
As the nation’s oldest school of social work, Simmons School of Social Work (SSW) has been training clinical social workers to improve the well-being of individuals and communities for more than 100 years. Co-founded in Boston with Harvard University in 1904, SSW is dedicated to promoting social action and rooted in the belief that all individuals have the capacity and deserve the resources to grow, change, and improve their lives.
Today, SSW is expanding its reach to students and aspiring clinical social workers across the country through SocialWork@Simmons.
SocialWork@Simmons is SSW’s nationally-recognized Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree program delivered online. Combining live online classes, self-paced coursework, and field experiences in or near students’ own communities, SocialWork@Simmons prepares clinical social workers for direct clinical practice in a wide range of school, agency, clinic, and other settings.
Featuring the same rigorous M.S.W. curriculum as Simmons’ on-campus program, this innovative online M.S.W. program offers:
• Live, weekly online classes taught by renowned SSW faculty and limited to 15 students to ensure an effective classroom experience.
• Coursework with a clinical practice focus on social welfare policies, human behavior, assessment and diagnosis, multicultural perspectives, and racial and social justice.
• Hands-on experience through internships arranged in or near students’ own communities by our field placement team.
Featuring the same curriculum as SSW’s on-campus M.S.W. program, SocialWork@Simmons focuses on clinical social work — preparing students to make a direct impact on clients’ lives in schools, clinics, social services agencies, and other settings. Coursework explores: assessment and diagnosis, human behavior, clinical social work practice, and social justice issues such as racism, poverty, and oppression.
Students may choose to focus in one of four areas:
• Child and Family
• Trauma and Interpersonal Violence
• Mental Health and Addictions
• Health and Aging
As clinicians, researchers, and educators, the SSW faculty brings real-world social work experience and a commitment to social justice to the classroom. Their expert research into subjects ranging from child welfare and gerontology to health care disparities and family bereavement provide students with insights into some of today’s most critical social issues.
To be admitted to SocialWork@Simmons, candidates must: hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 grade point average from an accredited college or university; demonstrate related work or volunteer experience; and submit the following:
• Online application
• Application fee
• Statement of Professional and Educational Intent
• Official transcripts
• Three completed recommendation forms
• Interview (by invitation)
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