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 Program
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.
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.
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.
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.