Details and Tuition

  • Online Full-time MSW program: 4 semesters/16 months
  • Online Part-time MSW program: 8 semesters/2 years and 8 months
  • 3 intakes per year
  • $660 per credit hour ($39,600 total tuition for in-state and out-of-state students)
  • Field placement services provided at no extra cost
  • 60 credit hours
  • 900 field hours
Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8
  • Essay
  • Interview
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Note: Students in the Master of Social Work program who have completed social work foundation courses in another accredited social work program may transfer up to 18 credit hours of coursework plus practicum hours. Academic credit is not awarded for previous work or life experiences in lieu of any coursework in the social work program.

Program Themes

Centered on Social & Economic Justice
Engage with course material informed by sociology, history and political science in order to drive positive, compassion-driven change in diverse communities.

Anti-Oppressive Clinical Practice Approach
Identify various forms of oppression in micro, mezzo and macro systems, and cultivate the skills needed to provide equitable, well-informed service to people of all backgrounds.

Innovative Leadership and Administration Practice
Learn from diverse faculty and students as well as inclusive, up-to-date curriculum that will equip you to become a social worker poised to create meaningful change.

Mission and Vision

Mission Statement
Congruent with the profession’s purpose and the Spalding University School of Social Work mission, the MSW program utilizes a learning community model to prepare competent advanced generalist practitioners. Our graduates are equipped to use an integrative approach and global perspective in multi-faceted roles and contexts to promote sustainable social justice, peace, well-being and human rights.

Vision Statement
We inspire and prepare social work practitioners to meet the needs of the times by promoting peace, justice, ethical practice and service to the most vulnerable members of society.

Accreditations & Recognition

Spalding’s online MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). 

We have also been:

  • Certified as the world’s first compassionate university by the Charter For Compassion
  • Recognized by the U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Social Work Programs in 2022