Social workers rely on skills in emotional intelligence, communication, organization and problem-solving, all combined with a desire to help individuals, groups, and communities. In the master's degree program in social work (MSW) at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), you'll gain the knowledge and develop the skills to enter this rewarding and meaningful social service career.
You can enter the master's in social work program with a bachelor's degree in any subject as long as it's from an accredited institution.
Online Course Instruction
The master’s program courses are ideal for working adults and career changers with fully online course instruction.
Provides advanced, practice-based training in the social work profession to prepare you for direct practice with individuals, families, and groups, and macro practice at the community and organization levels.
The program is designed for the human service and social work profession where you apply principles of cultural competency, cultural humility, and inclusive awareness to help reduce inequities and disparities among systems.
Field Education Opportunities
Field placement or internship is an integral part of your program. Practicum opportunities in organizations that CSPP has established relationships with help you gain real-world relevant to your studies and future employment.Learn More
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The MSW degree curriculum is designed to train you for professional practice as a licensed social worker, using practice-based training. The broad curriculum incorporates both direct practice with individuals, families, and groups, and macro practice at the community and organizational levels. Social Justice, Human Behavior and the Social Environment are among the courses you will learn in this continuing education program.
The online MSW program:
- Contributes to knowledge that advances professional social work practice using innovative deliveries and technologies
- Teaches MSW students to apply principles of cultural competency, cultural humility, and inclusive awareness to help reduce inequities and disparities
- Trains MSW students to engage community members and partners to identify community needs, develop interventions and strategies for change, and promote community health and wellness
As with many other CSPP programs, the masters in social work is structured to be clinically focused with exam prep built into the courses. The online MSW program is geared toward students who want to do clinical work as they prepare for licensure and a career in advanced social work practice. It integrates online classroom learning with real-world experiences in practicum settings to prepare graduates for the tasks and responsibilities of professional social work practice.
Program Learning Outcomes and Goals
- Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior
- Engage diversity and difference in practice
- Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice
- Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice
- Engage in policy practice
- Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
- Assess, intervene with, and evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
- Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
- Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Students who successfully complete the degree requirements for the MSW program are eligible to apply for licensure through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). ASWB is a nonprofit organization composed of the social work regulatory boards and colleges of all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and all 10 Canadian provinces. They are the only nonprofit organization dedicated to social work regulation. Licensure requirements vary from state to state. Students should contact the licensing board in the state they wish to apply for licensure.
Alliant International University is currently in Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation.
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.
For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact the CSWE Accreditation Team. To check the accreditation status of our program, you may visit the Council of Social Work Education’s Council on Accreditation directory of programs
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Frequently Asked Questions
What scholarship and financial aid options are available?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.
Does this program lead to licensure?
Students successfully completing the degree requirements for this MSW program will be eligible to apply for licensure through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Please note that licensure requirements vary from state to state, so students should contact the licensing board in the state they wish to apply for licensure.
When does the Master of Social Work degree program start?
The program is offered in 15-week semesters with a 10-week summer session, and is open for enrollment during each of those enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our academic calendar here.
How long does it take to complete the Master of Social Work degree program?
The MSW degree program is a 60-credit program and takes a minimum of two years to complete, across six semesters.
At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and to promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve lives. We offer an education that is accredited, focused on practical knowledge and skills, connected with diverse faculty and alumni, and aimed at the student experience.
Founded in 1969, CSPP was one of the nation’s first independent schools of professional psychology. Today, CSPP continues its commitment to preparing the next generation of mental health professionals through graduate-level degree programs in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, clinical counseling, organizational psychology, psychopharmacology, and more.