Arizona State University Online Master of Social Work, Arizona

Why Arizona State University?

Arizona State University. Arizona State University,  a large public research university in Tempe, Arizona, recruits applicants for its online Master of Socail Work program. accepts applicants with an undergraduate degree in any subject, but requires that all applicants provide proof of completion of 240 hours of volunteer or work experience in social services during a six-month period within the past five years. 

A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00  is expected.  GRE scores are required if the applicant’s last 60 credits earned have a GPA  of 3.2 or lower.

Program Snapshot

University Name Arizona State University
Location Tempe
State Arizona Grade A
Name of Degree Master of Social Work
School or Department Administering Program School of Social Work
Credits 60
Cost per credit $543.00
Tuition for Entire Program $32,580
Test Requirements GRE Required if last 60 credits GPA is 3.2 or lower
Minimum GPA 3.00
Prerequisite Courses and Skills Proof of completion of 240 hours of volunteer or work experience in social services during a six-month period within the past five years. 
Campus Visit Required? No Visit Required
Typical Time to Complete 3 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations Advanced generalist
Synchronous Classes No
Required Courses
  • Micro Human Behavior/Social Environment
  • Social Policy and Services
  • Professional Experience I
  • Macro Human Behavior/Social Environment
  • Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context
  • Foundation Practice I
  • Macro Social Work
  • Foundation Practice II
  • Research Methods
  • Assessment of Mental Disorders
  • Professional Seminar II
  • Policy Practice
  • Program Evaluation
  • Advanced Social Work Practice
  • Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice
  • Applied Project
  • Foundation Field Internship/Practicum
  • Concentration Field Internship/Practicum
Does the Program Include a Capstone? Yes
Does the Program Include a Practicum or Internship? Yes
Other Features that Make the Program Unique expertise in child welfare, forensic social work; gerontology and integrative health; The John F. Roatch Global Lecture Series on Social Policy and Practice is an annual event that hosts an internationally known scholar to lecture on a topic of global reach and social significance to the Arizona community.
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) 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, assess, intervene and evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities
Program Description This 60 prepares students to be ethical professionals with a values-oriented approach to theory and practice. A capstone Applied Project is required. All students complete a practicum and complete a curriculum balancing professional ethics, clinical skills, research methods, and policy issues.

What will I Learn?

The Master of Social Work program at Arizona State University, like all Council on Social Work Education-accredited programs, focuses on educating students professional integrity and foundations. Students gain an understanding of the significance of respecting human rights in social work theory and practice, as well as how to interact with diversity and equality and difference. Students learn to examine and evaluate their own practice, as well as participate in policymaking, through curriculum that is guided by evidence and research.

Students learn to understand their clients in Micro Human Behavior/Social Environment, Macro Human Behavior/Social Environment, and Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context. The required practicum experience is accompanied by Professional Experience I, Foundation Practice I, Foundation Field Internship/Practicum, and Concentration Field Internship/Practicum.

Graduates of the program are equipped to contribute to research and policy after taking required courses in Social Policy and Services, Policy Practice, Program Evaluation, and Research Methods. Students learn key professional skills in Macro Social Work, Professional Seminar I and II, Advanced Social Work Practice, and Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice. 

A required capstone Applied Project gives students an opportunity to consolidate, apply and reflect on their acquired knowledge.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 3 years and pay $543.00 per credit for a total of 60 credits, or $32,580 in total.

How does the program fit into my life?

All classes are asynchronous , meaning that students complete coursework on their own schedule each week, including watching pre-recorded lectures and participating in online discussion. No campus visit is required. All classes are 7.5 weeks long and students take only one class at a time, allowing for greater focus on each subject.


Offering accelerated 7.5 week-long classes and flexible asynchronous instruction, the online Master of Social Work program at Arizona State University will be attractive to goal-oriented students juggling work, family and educational goals. Faculty have expertise in child welfare, forensic social work; gerontology and integrative health. The cost of the program is lower than many comparable online programs.