USC Online Social Work MSW Program

The University of Southern California School of Social Work is breaking new ground for a traditional private university with its online Master of Social Work (MSW) which launched in the fall semester of 2010. An important component of any MSW program is the field work, which is a term for the on-site internship work that occupies much of the second year in most MSW programs. Creating a distance learning program that incorporates a viable field work component has been a serious academic challenge with a student enrollment that extends to all areas of the country. Field work must be in a facility or agency compatible with the student's area of concentration and must meet state licensing requirements, which vary in required number of hours and type of activity. USC has managed to put an administrative program in place that will make it possible for online MSW students outside of California to find the field work opportunities they need. West Coast Social Work MSW Programs.

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