COLUMBIA, MISSOURI - AUGUST 27, 2018: The University of Missouri

University of Missouri Online Master of Social Work, Missouri

Why University of Missouri?

The online Master of Social Work offered by University of Missouri is an accessible, low-cost program open to residents of Missouri and surrounding states. The University of Missouri,  a large public research university in Columbia, Missouri accepts applicants with an undergraduate degree in any subject.  Applicants to the program should demonstrate completion of an approved college-level statistics course with a grade of C- or higher. Applicants must live in MO, IA, NE, KS, OK, AR, TN, KY, or IL.

Standardized test scores are not required, and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00  is expected.  

Program Snapshot

University Name University of Missouri
Location Columbia
State Missouri
Niche.com Grade A-
Name of Degree Master of Social Work
School or Department Administering Program School of Social Work
Credits 60
Cost per credit $414.60
Tuition for Entire Program $24,876
Test Requirements No
Minimum GPA 3.00
Prerequisite Courses and Skills An undergraduate course in statistics with at least a grade of C-
Campus Visit Required? No Visit Required
Typical Time to Complete 3 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Concentrations Advanced Clinical Practice and Policy; Planning and Administration in Human Services
Synchronous Classes No
Required Courses Professional Social Work Practice; Social Policy and Service Delivery in Social Work; Foundations of Human Behavior; Social Work Skills; Large Group Theory; Social Justice Seminar; Research Methods in Social Work1; Graduate Field Practicum I
Does the Program Include a Capstone? No
Does the Program Include a Practicum or Internship? Yes
Other Features that Make the Program Unique Must Live in MO, IA, NE, KS, OK, AR, TN, KY, IL
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) enhancing human well-being by alleviating social problems, embracing diversity and promoting social and economic justice with systems of all sizes through advanced clinical social work practice and policy planning and administrative social work practice.
Program Description Open to applicants resident in Missouri or adjoining states, this 60-credit program prepares students to enhance human well-being and promote social and economic justice. A capstone is not required but all students must complete a practicum.  Students can concentrate in Advanced Clinical Practice or Policy; Planning and Administration in Human Services. 

What will I Learn?

Graduates of the University of Missouri online Master of Social Work program learn to enhance human well-being by alleviating social problems, embracing diversity and promoting social and economic justice with systems of all sizes through advanced clinical social work practice. They also learn to meet these goals through policy planning and administrative social work practice, including learning the foundations of research and evaluation.

The program has fewer required courses than many similar programs. Students begin by taking Professional Social Work Practice and Social Policy and Service Delivery in Social Work. They gain theoretical background in Foundations of Human Behavior, Large Group Theory, and a Social Justice Seminar. They take required courses to accompany their Field Practicum experience, and gain additional professional competencies in Social Work Skills and Research Methods in Social Work. All other courses are electives. 

Students can choose to specialize in one of the following concentrations: Advanced Clinical Practice and Policy; Planning and Administration in Human Services.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 3 years and pay $414.60 per credit for a total of 60 credits, or $24,876 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. Most students complete the program within 3 years. 

Summary

This program offers an accessible and flexible means for interested applicants to gain a professional education in theory and practice of the social work profession. Open to applicants from Missouri and adjoining states, the program is has a low cost of degree, and unlike many similar low-cost programs, students can specialize in either clinical practice or administration.