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 along with trauma-informed practice, this program helps you develop an advanced understanding of the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for becoming a leader in social work.
The fully online MSW allows you to study in a format that fits your life and current work commitments. You will learn from a faculty of expert practitioners who incorporate valuable field experience into the curriculum.
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 V.A. or as an addiction or substance abuse counselor while on active duty in the U.S. military.
Students with an academic background in fields other than social work can gain the experience they need in the foundation program. Those with a bachelor’s degree in social work can accelerate their studies by completing our advanced standing program. Optional clinical and addictions areas of focus are also available, allowing students to customize their studies for their career goals.
Through the foundation 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.
Advanced Standing Program
The advanced standing curriculum prepares you for graduate-level social work licensure, allowing you to provide direct client services under the supervision of an appropriately licensed social worker.
It equips you with advanced social work skills and knowledge to work at the individual, family, group, community and global levels of practice. The curriculum covers psychopathology and practice with families and groups, as well as leadership skills and ethical practice across all levels of social work practice.
Clinical Area of Focus
The clinical area of focus prepares you for a graduate-level license to practice clinical social work under the supervision of a licensed clinical social worker. You will study psychopharmacology, change theory and theories of social work practice. This area of focus is ideal for students who want to work in mental health settings.
Addictions Area of Focus
The addictions area of focus prepares you for a graduate-level license to practice clinical social work and clinical drug and alcohol counseling under the supervision of a licensed social worker. The curriculum is designed by practitioners who are experts in addiction treatment. Courses include topics like psychopharmacology, change theory and addictions.
Campbellsville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The online Master of Social Work program is also accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Our online MSW degree consists of 60 credit hours and can be completed in less than two years. Students in the 30 credit-hour advanced standing track can earn their degree in just one year.
The Council on Social Work Education requires MSW students to have a total of 900 hours of field practice at degree completion. Master’s students who hold a BSW and are accepted at the graduate level will be able to count the practicum hours from their BSW program requirements towards the 900 hours.
This program includes 450 hours at the foundations level and 450 hours at the advanced standing level. Students are responsible for finding and securing their field placements.
The foundation 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 take 6 graduate terms to complete the foundations curriculum and 8 graduate terms to complete the full 60-hour program. There are three entry points to the foundation year of the MSW program: August, January and May.
- SWK 510: Foundation Practicum I (225 clock hours)
- SWK 511: Foundation Practicum II (225 clock hours)
- SWK 520: Human Development
- SWK 530: Research Methods
- SWK 545: Practice Foundation I – Individuals
- SWK 546: Practice Foundation II – Families
- SWK 547: Practice Foundation III – Communities
- 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 who have either completed the foundation year of the curriculum or completed a BSW from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate social work program.
- SWK 610 Advanced Practicum I (225 clock hours)
- SWK 611 Advanced Practicum II (225 clock hours)
- SWK 615 World Problems & Advocacy
- SWK 626 Advanced Practice with Children & Families
- SWK 655 Program Evaluation
- SWK 660 Psychopathology
- SWK 665 Leadership and Supervision in Social Work
Electives (Choose three or an area of focus)
- SWK 630 Global Experiential Learning
- SWK 680 Special Topics
- SWK 682 Human Trafficking Interventions
- SWK 685 Community Development and Grant Writing
- SWK 686 School Social Work
- SWK 687 Medical Social Work
The clinical curriculum of the online MSW program is for students who earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited institution or those who have completed their foundation year. Fieldwork at the clinical level must be supervised by a licensed clinical social worker in a clinical setting of your choice.
- SWK 650 Change Theory
- SWK 661 Clinical Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology
- SWK 692 Theories for Social Work Practice
The addictions curriculum of the online MSW program is for students who earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited institution or those who have completed their foundation year. Fieldwork at the clinical level must be supervised by a licensed clinical social worker in an agency setting that provides substance abuse services.
- SWK 650 Change Theory
- SWK 661 Clinical Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology
- SWK 681 Addictions
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 (sent via Adobe Sign)
- Conferred degree transcripts from all accredited institutions
- Three recommendations using the standardized social work program recommendation form (sent via Adobe Sign)
Applicants pursuing only the advanced standing track must have:
- Applicants seeking advanced standing must have a completed Baccalaureate Social Work Degree from a CSWE accredited program and have an overall GPA of 3.0.*
- Received No Ds, Fs or Us (students must retake these prior to transitioning to the advanced year).
Application Deadline Dates:
- Fall Term: Complete your application by May 31
- Spring Term: Complete your application by November 1
- Summer Term: Complete your application by March 1
*Applicants below a 3.0 may still apply and be considered for Advanced, but must include a personal statement along with application.
Costs & Financial Aid
The online MSW costs $559 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.
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:
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