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School of Social Work (Online) University of Southern California

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Private
  • Online
  • 86%14%
    student ratio
  • 2,076
    total students
  • $44,305 | $44,305
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • November 6
    fall application deadline
  • Not Reported
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered


The University of Southern California's 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 USC's 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 those students live and work. Taught by renowned faculty members and leaders in the field of social work, the MSW@USC allows students to earn Master of Social Work degrees and attain the skills to make a difference in the world -- all without stepping foot on campus.

Using an interactive, web-based learning platform, MSW@USC's Virtual Academic Center connects users to students from across the country in live classrooms facilitated online. Students can join a virtual learning community of like-minded individuals dedicated to social work ideas and practice by communicating with classmates and teachers via real-time webcam discussions and custom-designed social-networking tools that function like Facebook. The involved technology enables students to see their professors and peers as if participating in an actual classroom, allowing them to complete their coursework and share their field experiences from anywhere.

Real World Experience

Online instruction in the MSW@USC is paired with hands-on field experiences in students' local communities, which offer practical insight and local professional contacts. Students will spend a great deal of time in a nearby social service agency, government entity, school, hospital, or business under the supervision of a seasoned social worker to observe and take part in a hands-on learning experience relevant to students' emerging skills. The USC School of Social Work will find a field placement for students near their residences, specifically striving to provide one that will broaden students' educational and life experiences. Upon completion of a degree, a student will have performed 1,050 hours of practical training in a variety of social service setting, working with diverse populations.

The Virtual Academic Center's MSW@USC mirrors the stringent curriculum and academic rigor of the on-campus program, and is delivered by USC's renowned full-time faculty members. Foundation-year instruction provides a common base of knowledge, skills and values by introducing theories, issues and practice methods that deal with individuals and their environment. The second half of the curriculum focuses on advanced training, leading to the development of in-depth knowledge and skills in a variety of concentrations, including mental health, health, community organization, planning and administration, families and children, and social work and business in a global and military social work.

A Tremendous Opportunity to Give Back to Your Community

The Virtual Academic Center, MSW@USC enables students to earn Master of Social Work degrees from one of the most prestigious social work institutions in the country, regardless of where those students live. USC's School of Social Work, ranked as one of the top in the nation by "U.S. News and World Report," offers a rigorous, research-supported, and mutually responsible learning process that nurtures innovative, principled, and insightful leaders and practitioners. Additionally, MSW@USC students belong to the Trojan Family, sharing personal and academic interests with peers from around the country, and developing relationships that will last a lifetime. This genuinely supportive network, one of the largest and strongest alumni network in the world, is truly lifelong and global.

With the employment of social workers expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social work offers great career potential. An accredited, highly respected online Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California may carry significant value in any organization's hiring and advancement decisions, and any individual who holds such a degree will have been prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the lives of vulnerable populations, eradicate pressing societal problems, and truly make a difference.

Location & Contact

USC School of Social Work (Online)


8201 Corporate Drive
Suite 900
Landover, MD 20785
United States

Mrs. Janine Braun

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid

Phone: 213-740-2017
Fax: 213-821-1235

Mrs. Necole Yaacoub

Admissions and Operations Manager

Phone: 213-740-3595
Fax: 213-821-1235

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Community Organization, Planning And Administration Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Mental Health Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Families and Children Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Social Work and Business in a Global Society Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Health Master of Social Work (MSW)
    • Military Social Work Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 388
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes


  • Applying
    • Application Fee - $85
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Winter deadline November 6, 2013 November 6, 2013 October 10, 2013
    • Spring deadline Not yet finalized Not yet finalized Not yet finalized
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT, ESL exam

Tuition & Fees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • MSW Graduate Students2519
    • Female Percentage86%
    • Male Percentage14%




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