Why Choose OHIO’s Online Master of Social Work?
The U.S. Census classifies more than 95% of the nation’s land area as rural. Yet these rural areas only contain 20% of the country’s population. It’s a gap that presents multiple challenges and rare opportunities for your social work practice.
That’s because many rural communities lack the resources to provide comprehensive care. Barriers include everything from the lack of medical insurance to a shortage of care providers to health systems that are unresponsive to those in poverty. In other words, some of America’s most vulnerable citizens lack access to critical social services. But you can change that.
Choose Ohio University for your online MSW and gain the skills to assist traditionally underserved communities. These specialized skills are focused on rural areas, but also appropriate across contexts and communities to empower those most vulnerable.
Study social work online with Ohio University and learn from faculty actively making an impact in the field. Meet Dr. Terry Cluse-Tolar, the program director of our online Master of Social Work program.
Dr. Cluse-Tolar brings more than two decades of experience in both the practice and teaching of social work. She enjoys challenging students and inspiring the future of the profession. You can learn from Dr. Cluse-Tolar and other passionate faculty members at Ohio University.
The Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This esteemed designation means the program meets national standards in curriculum. CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation is recognized as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories. Ohio University is also regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional accreditors in the United States.
Ohio University is praised for professor accessibility by The Princeton Review, and we’re recognized by Peterson’s Competitive Colleges for academic quality and value.
What Can You Do with a Master’s in Social Work?
Social workers are needed everywhere — from schools and hospitals to prisons and nonprofits. New programs and job opportunities continue to expand as awareness for mental health grows, especially in rural communities.
The health care industry also remains in a constant state of transformation. Social issues like poverty and the opioid epidemic impact individuals across demographic groups. It’s why the job outlook for social work is expected to grow by 16% from 2016 to 2026.*
Your expertise is needed now more than ever. Complete the Advanced Track of OHIO’s online MSW, and gain the graduate-level skills to maximize your impact in a wide range of roles.
*Based on data collected by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Adult Mental Health
- Substance abuse counselor
- Marriage and family therapist
- Geriatric social worker
- LGBTQ and gender identity therapist
- Crisis counselor
Child, Family, and School
- Child protective services case worker
- Foster care social worker
- Eating disorder therapist
- Group therapist
- Director of corporate social responsibility
- Nonprofit executive director
- Community outreach specialist
- Human resources specialist
- Grant writer
Master of Social Work Curriculum
OHIO’s online Foundation MSW program is intended for those looking to refocus or pivot their careers, this 62-credit track is open to all eligible students with a recent bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and can be completed in as few as 10 semesters.
Our program uses a strengths-based problem-solving model that incorporates an awareness of the impact of social work values and ethics. This unique focus and instructional design will help you learn to:
- Facilitate outreach to those facing accessibility needs and other adverse circumstances
- Support individuals, families, and communities in overcoming adversity
- Diagnose, assess, and offer treatment for mental illnesses and addictions
- Understand how populations are affected by social needs and policy
- Prepare to obtain state licensure as a social worker
Upon graduation, you will have the skills to offer support and guidance to help individuals cope with and overcome life’s biggest challenges, particularly for individuals from rural and marginalized communities.
Ready to Go Further? You May Qualify for the Advanced Standing MSW.
Current BSW holders can apply for OHIO’s online MSW Advanced Standing curriculum. This ten course, 36-credit hour program can be completed in as little as 2 years (6 semesters) and offers an accelerated pathway where students explore strategies to help rural and marginalized communities gain better access to social services. Eligibility requirements include:
- A recent BSW from a CSWE accredited institution
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- B or above in all required social work courses
If you meet these minimum qualifications, we invite you to learn more about the Advanced Standing MSW program.