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Master of Social Work

Program Details

The MSW at the University of Southern California features community-based fieldwork and live, online classes. Students can choose to focus their studies with program options such as military social work, global social work, older adults, and others.

There is an Advanced Standing option for this degree program.


  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited college or university, with a minimum of 18 units of interdisciplinary liberal arts coursework, spanning both social and biological sciences
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale)
  • Strong academic promise to perform successfully at the graduate level
  • Experience in providing service to people preferred
  • Potential for professional competence; strong interest and motivation; and commitment to social work values such as the appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity, belief in the dignity and freedom of every individual, promotion of social justice and equal access to resources, and institutional responsiveness to human needs and social change
  • Personal attributes such as sensitivity and responsiveness in relationships, capacity for self-awareness, concern for the needs of others as well as strong abilities in abstract reasoning, conceptual thinking and interpersonal communication

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission    

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)