Online Master of Social Work

Answer Your Calling to Promote Human and Community Well-Being

Seek Your Advanced Degree With a Renowned University

Develop as an impactful social worker with Winthrop University’s online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program. With guidance from our expert faculty, you’ll learn how to apply empowerment practice as you strive to promote the well-being of vulnerable populations, affirm your clients’ strengths and contribute to social justice.

After graduating from Winthrop’s M.S.W. program, you’ll possess qualifications for engaging in specialized practice that demands advanced social work knowledge and strong values. Our curriculum serves as a guiding framework for selecting, applying and evaluating evidence-based theories, readying you to support people and groups seeking to improve their situations and quality of life.

Winthrop provides two tracks to an M.S.W. degree. Students with an undergraduate degree in a field unrelated to social work will join the Traditional program, and we offer an Advanced Standing program to students who previously earned an undergraduate social work degree with CSWE accreditation.

Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university committed to excellence, ranking among the top institutions of our kind in the nation. With our highly qualified faculty and high-quality curricula, we attract a diverse student population dedicated to achievement and social responsibility.

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Prepare for Social Work Licensure

After finishing Winthrop’s online M.S.W. program, you’ll be eligible to apply for state social work licensure at the master’s level. Note that state licensure requirements, including specific coursework and supervision expectations, vary from state to state.

Prepare to Support Vulnerable Populations as a Specialized Social Worker

Winthrop designed the online M.S.W. program to provide you with the critical thinking skills and social work theory expertise needed to make a difference as a social worker. You’ll also complete a capstone project to exhibit your ability to engage in empowerment practice during your career.

The M.S.W. program includes classes that delve into numerous social work topics, including:

Social Welfare Policy

Explore social work issues by analyzing existing social policies and learn about the challenges of advocacy in the social welfare arena.

Empowerment Practice Concepts

Examine concepts that form a framework for empowerment practice across systems while learning to support diverse populations.

Advanced Social Work Research

Gain a specialized understanding of social work research by engaging in field placement experiences that let you apply what you learned during your online courses.

Advanced Practice: Micro Systems

Learn to apply social work skills to support social justice and affirm the human rights of diverse groups of people.

Discover What Makes Winthrop’s Programs More Impactful

Seek your online master’s degree with Winthrop and experience the same rigorous curricula as you would in an on-campus program. Take classes in the format that fits your schedule and get the support to succeed by engaging with our dedicated faculty and your classmates. Many of our programs bolster the coursework with hands-on learning through internships, practica, interactive assignments and capstone projects.

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Elevate Your Support for Vulnerable People and Communities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the hiring of social work practitioners could grow 12% from 2020 to 2030, faster than most occupations.1 By acquiring your M.S.W. degree from Winthrop, you’ll develop qualifications for advanced roles to make a significant difference for clients throughout your community.

8 Career Fields for M.S.W. Graduates

  1. Behavioral Health
  2. Child Welfare
  3. Clinical Social Work
  4. International Development
  5. Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  6. Policy Planning
  7. Psychiatric Social Work
  8. School Social Work

The Values, Education and Experience That Matter to Your Future

Founded in 1886, Winthrop University provides a distinct, value-oriented education that enables students to thrive in the 21st century. Here, you’ll discover how our commitment to service, excellence, diversity, community and leadership provide a foundation for your professional and personal development, putting you on track for long-term success.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Social Workers. Retrieved June 1, 2022, from