Campbellsville University's online MSW allows you to advance your career and take on a leadership role in the field of social work while learning how to work with individuals, families, communities and groups.
Master of Social Work Overview
The online Master of Social Work degree from Campbellsville University prepares you for career advancement so that you can move out of entry-level positions in the field. With a curriculum rooted in ethical and Christian ideals, the program helps you develop an advanced understanding of the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for becoming a leader in social work.
With our CSWE-accredited online MSW, you can pursue a career in a wide range of areas, including therapy and counseling, community mental health, child protection, the criminal justice system, public advocacy and home health. You could also enter a career in the VA or while on active duty in the military as an addiction or substance abuse counselor.
Through the foundation track curriculum of the program, you will examine the basic skills required for performing general social work practice with individuals, families, communities and groups. The curriculum additionally addresses societal changes, influences and trends, as well as multicultural issues and religion.
The advanced standing track curriculum option equips you with the skills necessary to identify, assess and address current global social issues. You will also learn the theories, methods and techniques related to intervention with children and families. The curriculum covers other topics, such as psychopathology, change theory, community development and grant writing.
With the clinical track curriculum, you will focus on psychopathology, addictions, clinical diagnosis and psychopharmacology. You will also learn about clinical administration and the relevant ethics.
You can apply to complete just the advanced standing or clinical tracks if you have already completed the foundation track of the curriculum or have earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate social work program within the past seven years. Each track takes only one year to complete and consists of 30 credit hours. If you do not already have a BSW, you will need to complete the full 60 credit hours of the program.
Our online MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In addition, the fully online program gives you the opportunity to study whenever best fits your schedule. The degree’s faculty members also have real-life experience that they incorporate into the curriculum.
Test Drive an Online Course
Our online MSW degree consists of 60 credit hours and can be completed in two years. However, eligible students taking the advanced standing track can earn the degree in only one year by completing only 30 credits. Students who are pursuing the degree need 900 practicum hours combined field practice (Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work). Therefore, degree completion requires the remainder of the 900 hours of approved experience. Students are responsible for finding and securing their own field placements.
The foundation year (first year) of the MSW program is for students that do not have an undergraduate degree in social work from a CSWE accredited undergraduate social work program or do not meet the admission criteria for advanced standing.
A student enrolled full time will complete the foundation curriculum in 8 graduate terms. There are three entry points to the foundation year of the MSW program, August and January, and May.
Take all of the following:
- SWK 516: Foundation Practicum I A (125 clock hours)
- SWK 517: Foundation Practicum IB (100 clock hours)
- SWK 518: Foundation Practicum IIC (125 clock hours)
- SWK 519: Foundation Practicum IID (100 clock hours)
- SWK 520: Human Development
- SWK 530: Research
- SWK 545: Practice Foundation I – Individuals
- SWK 546: Practice Foundation II – Families
- SWK 547: Practice Foundation III -Communinites
- SWK 548: Practice Foundation IV -Groups
- SWK 570: Cultural Competency
- SWK 575: Policy and Practice
The advanced curriculum of the MSW program is for students that either have successfully completed the foundation year of the curriculum or have already completed a BSW from a CSWE accredited undergraduate social work program within the last seven years. Applicants having completed their BSW degree over seven years ago will be required to complete the 60-hour MSW program.
Take all of the following:
- SWK 616: Advanced Practicum IA (125 clock hours)
- SWK 617: Advanced Practicum IB (100 clock hours)
- SWK 618: Advanced Practicum IIC (125 clock hours)
- SWK 619: Advanced Practicum IID (100 clock hours)
- SWK 560: Psychopathology
- SWK 615: World Problems and Advocacy
- SWK 626: Advanced Practice with Children and Families
- SWK 650: Change Theory
- SWK 655: Program Evaluation
- SWK 665: Leadership and Supervision in Social Work
- SWK 685: Community Development and Grant Writing
Choose one elective from the following list:
- SWK 630: Global Policies & Social Programming
- SWK 681: Addictions
- SWK 581: Ethics, Legal and Professional Issues
- SWK 580: Special Topics
- SWK 685: School Social Work
- SWK 661: Clinical Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology
In order to apply to Campbellsville University’s accredited online master’s degree in social work, students must complete or submit for review the following steps:
- Online application
- Completed Carver School MSW graduate program application form and field practicum application
- Must have completed a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 15 hours of liberal arts education
- Official transcripts of all college work from accredited institutes (both undergraduate and graduate) confirming a minimum 3.0 overall GPA
- International students must have a 2.3 computer-generated or a 550 paper-generated TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score
- Three recommendations using the standardized social work program recommendation form as presented in the MSW program application packet
- Signed statement of understanding affirming the support for the NASW Code of Ethics and the standards of this MSW program
- A statement indicating whether the student has a legal history that contains a misdemeanor or felony conviction
Applicants pursuing only the advanced standing track must have:
- Completed a bachelor’s of social work degree at a CSWE-accredited program within the past seven years. If the student does not have the required 3.0 undergraduate GPA, they may apply but must complete a personal statement detailing why they think they will be successful in the program.
- Received No Ds, Fs or Us (students must retake these prior to transitioning to the advanced year).
Costs & Financial Aid
The online MSW costs $599 per credit hour. In order to help students afford their education, Campbellsville University’s staff is available to work with students to discover available financial aid options.
There are several academic, performance and diversity scholarships available for social work students.
For students completing the foundation track program, a maximum of 6 credits can be transferred from a regionally accredited institution. No credits may be transferred into the advanced standing or clinical track programs.
Campbellsville University is a military-friendly school and a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon program. Students who are currently serving at home or abroad or are veterans can further their education in a conducive online environment.
Careers in Social Work
As a graduate from Campbellsville University’s online master’s degree in social work program, you can pursue several careers. Potential career outcomes include:
Why CU Online?
Focused on Your Growth
Our well-rounded education in the arts and sciences is central to our goal of fostering your personal and professional growth.
Founded in 1906 as a Christian university, we welcome diverse perspectives and prepare students to become Christian servant leaders.
Affordable and Convenient
Campbellsville seeks to provide an affordable education for its students. Our online degree programs are in a convenient format so you can study whenever and wherever you want.
Campbellsville University is traditionally fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Benefits of Learning Online
Campbellsville University offers several dynamic online degrees so that students can continue their education and hone their skills. Campbellsville’s online campus has been recognized as one of the best by numerous outlets. The institution’s faculty members have real-world experience in their fields, so students can get a glimpse of working in their prospective career. Students can also conveniently fit online coursework into their busy schedules.
Frequently Asked Questions
Still have questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.
Yes, you can transfer up to 72 credits for a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. You can view more information on transferring credits on the transfer credits page.
Yes. You will have to complete the FAFSA form, and we will then determine your eligibility for any financial aid. Visit our financial aid page to learn more about your options, which include scholarships and grants.
You can apply to our online degree programs through the online application form. Remember to submit official copies of your high school and/or college transcripts, along with any other required documentation that is specific to your degree program. You can visit the admissions process page to learn more about what to expect throughout the process.