EKU’s 100% online master of social work (MSW) is designed with your success in mind. The program provides students with the advanced skills needed to become adaptable, innovative leaders and advocates. The MSW program offers maximum flexibility in course of study with employer-based field placements and few prerequisites. EKU’s MSW program provides the opportunity to gain direct experience and offers full-time and part-time options so you can take courses at your own pace. MSW graduates are prepared to serve as interprofessional social workers and are positioned to take on key roles across organizations and communities.
Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028.
— U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
*Advance Standing Option: 30 Credit Hours; Regular Option: 60 Credit Hours
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Rooted in practical coursework, our fully-online MSW program blends academic and professional preparation for interprofessional social work practice. Interprofessional social workers draw from social work theory and research to inform and evaluate the delivery of ethical, culturally inclusive practice. You will take courses to practice interprofessional social work, which include guided elective courses in an Interdisciplinary University Certificate (IUC) program. IUC programs provide you unparalleled access to unique courses across disciplines that enable you to customize the MSW curriculum. Flexibility in elective course work allows you to maximize your academic experience, enhance your credentials and gain a competitive edge in the job market.
Complement your Master of Social Work degree with a specialized certificate. Select one of five specialty areas, based on interests and career goals, and earn a certificate in that area as you complete your degree – at no additional cost.
Building on diverse perspectives, the MSW program prepares interprofessional social workers through an interdisciplinary approach to education. Interprofessional social workers build transformative partnerships by employing micro (individual), mezzo (group and family), and macro (organization and community) level practices to advance the social welfare of diverse clients and constituents. These certificate programs will complement your application of social work skills needed for positions in highest demand.
Designed for working professionals, certificates are an excellent way to customize your MSW for your own needs. This maximizes your flexibility to gain a competitive edge as an interprofessional social worker.
The EKU MSW program has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Most recently, the CSWE Board of Accreditation granted the MSW program a second year of candidacy status at the June 2023 meeting. Currently, the MSW program is preparing for Benchmark 3 and Initial Accreditation.
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 made progress toward meeting criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.
Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before 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. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.
For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.
Our regionally accredited online program is made up of high-quality courses and taught by experienced professors dedicated to student success. EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as crisis intervention, addictions, and race and ethnic relations.
The staff make the EKU social work program easy to navigate and they encourage learning and expanding knowledge. Having a program advisor that is familiar and invested in the program was also a great help.
EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.
Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.
*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.
“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”
– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate