A Master's degree in social work can be pursued conveniently online through the University of Utah or directly on-campus at Utah State University or its various campus sites across the state. State licensure for social work can be gained at varying educational levels and for independent clinical work.

Schools in Utah with online MSW programs include:

  • University of Utah : Online Master of Social Work
  • Utah State University : Online MSW: Master of Social Work - Graduate ProgramĀ 

Utah CSWE Accredited MSW Programs

There are four universities that have Master's degrees in social work that have been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Having this designation means that the social work program follows the nine competencies set by the organization that will best prepare students for their career. Of these institutions, the University of Utah has an exclusive online program for convenient education.

Finding a Campus Based Utah MSW Program

Salt Lake City and Provo are the most popular locations to find both an accredited program in social work and career opportunities. Examples of specializations that can be pursued at these institutions include an advanced generalist, criminal justice, and mental health.

Utah State University's Master of Social Work

The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology offers an MSW program with a full-time or part-time format based on location. Students near the Logan campus can enroll full-time and complete the program in just a two-year period, and just one year for those eligible for advanced standing. Part-time students can pursue the program at a variety of campus locations across the state.

Traditional Format

60 credit hours are needed for the full program that offers foundational coursework with social work specialization courses. This curriculum begins in the fall semester of even-numbered years. Over 900 hours of field experience will be gained in this program, which includes seminar sessions that aid in applying theory and skills to internship practice.

Advanced Standing Format

36 credit hours completes the curriculum for students that receive advanced standing, which eliminates foundational coursework and the internship typically taken in the first year. Start time for this program begins during the summer in odd-numbered years. Regardless of format path taken, there is no opportunity for students to transfer from part-time to full-time enrollment (or vice versa) except in rare circumstances.

Admission Requirements

In order to have the criteria necessary for admission into the program, prospective students must hold a Bachelor's degree with various social and behavioral sciences courses and a 3.0 GPA over the last 60 credit hours. Advanced standing requires a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program. Other submissions should include Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores, three letters of recommendation, and personal statement.

University of Utah's Online MSW

There are seven different program options for prospective students to consider at the University of Utah. Included in those are full-time, evening, and advanced standing programs available at the Salt Lake City and St. George campuses. For further flexibility, there is also an online program that can be completed in two years and provides an area of emphasis in mental health.

Evening courses at Salt Lake City or St. George provides the convenience of studying the social work program on a part-time basis while maintaining employment elsewhere. This format requires three years of studies and 60 credit hours to complete. Examples of courses in the program include Human Behavior and Social Environment, Diversity and Social Justice, and Community-Based Strategies for Social Change.

Online Format

For online students, their program begins in the fall semester and internships are selected with guidance from an MSW faculty coordinator. Students will need to stick with the cohort when selecting a program format, meeting they are unable to attend both on-campus and online classes. While the program is geared toward students completing it in two years, there may be opportunities to extend coursework if needed.

Advanced Standing Format

Students that have earned a BSW from an accredited program within the last seven years may be eligible for the advanced standing format if they achieved high academic merit. This reduces the curriculum to 45 credit hours. Areas of emphasis for social workers at the Salt Lake City location include forensic, global, and substance use.

Careers, Licensures, and Salaries in Utah

Social workers in health care is one of the top specialties in terms of employment and salary in the state of Utah. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 1,000 workers are represented in this field. Employees in health care typically deal with patient transition and may work with doctors to determine specific treatment plans or help evaluate potential concerns.

Average Salary of a Utah Social Worker

The annual mean salary for workers in the health care sector of social work in the state of Utah is estimated at $63,280. This figure may jump to over $83,200 for those within the top 10 percent of employment. Averages for this field are lower than states along the West Coast, but are on par or higher when compared to other states along the mountainous region.

Utah Social Work Licensure Requirements

Three different state licensures are distributed by the Utah state board within social work. A Social Service Worker requires a Bachelor’s degree in social work or related field (marriage and family therapy, counseling, etc.). An alternative method to getting this licensure is by completing the first year of foundational coursework within a Master of Social Work program.

Hours of Experience Requirements

Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) requires the completion of a Master’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program and an additional 4,000 hours of clinical social work post-graduation. One-fourth of these hours should be dedicated to mental health. All hours must be supervised by another professional holding the LCSW and has been practicing for over two years.

Online MSW Programs in Utah That Are CSWE Accredited

Utah State University

  • Program: Online MSW: Master of Social Work - Graduate ProgramĀ  CSWE Accredited
  • Specialized Area: Master of Social Work - Graduate ProgramĀ 
  • Availability: Part Time
  • Advanced Standing Option?
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University of Utah

  • Program: Online Master of Social Work CSWE Accredited
  • Specialized Area:
  • Availability: Part Time
  • Advanced Standing Option?
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Campus-Based Utah MSW Programs

Brigham Young University-Provo

  • Program: Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Campus: Provo

University of Utah

  • Program: Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Campus: Salt Lake City

Utah State University

  • Program: Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Campus: Logan