Online Master of Social Work (MSW)

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Same experts, different space.

The University of Akron’s (UA) online Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program uses the same modern curriculum as the traditional master’s program and is instructed by the same expert faculty.

You’ll gain the hands-on skills to become a knowledgeable professional who can create changes in society and improve the lives of all people through the pursuit of social justice.

Some highlights include:

  • Most affordable pathway to an online Master of Social Work degree in Northeast Ohio.
    • 60 credit hours at $463.50 per credit hour
    • 36 credit hours for Advanced Standing Program at $463.50 credit hour
  • No GRE required for program admission.
  • 100% asynchronous online classes can be completed within 22 months. * (Part-time option also available.)
  • Tailor your learning to meet your professional goals — leadership, medical, mental health, substance abuse, child, youth and family.
  • Expert faculty with diverse practice experience serve as advisors and instruct courses using the latest research and methods.
  • Agency-based internships enable you to gain valuable experience.
  • Earn a certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Obtain your LICDC through coursework and internship.

*Students with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, and who qualify for our Advanced Standing program, can finish in 11 months. Learn more.

About the program

Further your career in advanced specialized clinical work in direct practice or administration. The University of Akron School of Social Work and Family Sciences is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


Micro social work

Advanced social work practice with small client systems — individuals, families and groups and collateral persons, professionals, and organizations.

Find employment in:

  • mental health
  • child welfare and children’s services
  • health clinics and hospitals
  • rehabilitation clinics
  • family service settings
  • schools
  • services for the elderly
  • housing agencies

Macro social work

Advanced social work practice with large client systems — organizations, neighborhoods, and communities with a focus on supervision, management and administration, research, advocacy and legislation.

Find employment as:

  • Program developers and directors
  • Health and welfare planners
  • Community organizers
  • Policy analysts
  • Health educators
  • Human service managers



      More than 100 scholarship opportunities available for students completing courses and field placements in addictions, behavioral health and child welfare.


      For full details about application requirements, admissions guidelines and important deadlines, visit our MSW admissions page.

      Advanced Standing (full-time & part-time):

      • Start: June 9, 2025
      • Application deadline:
        • Feb. 15, 2025: For Priority admissions
        • March 31, 2025: For general admissions

      Regular admissions (full-time & part-time)

      • Start: August 25, 2025
      • Application deadline: May 31, 2025


      Becky Thomas headshot

      For more information, contact:

      Dr. Becky Thomas
      MSW Online Director
      Phone: 330-972-5682