Master of Social Work / Advanced Standing
Walden University

Program Details

Walden offers an online Master of Social Work degree program for individuals seeking the skills to change lives.  This degree prepares scholar-practitioners who demonstrate culturally responsive ethical, evidence-based practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.  Courses emphasize cultural humility within a strengths-based, generalist program that provides advanced clinical skills for specialized practice and prepares students to be change agents within and beyond their local communities.  You will learn to advocate for social justice for diverse populations while promoting cultural understanding and positive social change.  The curriculum teaches students to apply legal and ethical standards to social work, utilize evidence-based research and critical thinking skills, synthesize and apply theories of human growth and development to develop culturally responsive practices, and apply knowledge and skills in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation. 

Walden’s online master’s in social work features virtual reality experiences that simulate challenging situations students may face as social workers, building valuable skills and instincts in a safe and authentic environment so they are prepared for stressful encounters on the job.  The program blends online learning with hands-on experiences to prepare students to pursue licensure in their state by building practical skills and readiness.  The Advanced Standing online MSW at Walden provides a career path forward for professionals who already have necessary credentials in the field. Students are able to bypass foundation courses and target advanced-level competencies. This degree option allows for concentrations in:

  • Advanced Clinical Practice
  • Military Social Work
  • Social Work in Healthcare
  • Social Work with Children & Families

Learning Pace


% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Walden University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

2.5 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Additional Materials May Be Requested, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Students must complete one pre-practicum lab on campus.
  • Applicants must have a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree.

Restricted States

Idaho, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota