Online Social Work Degrees
An online bachelor’s in social work (BSW) program trains students for a range of entry-level employment opportunities in the field, while master’s and doctoral programs prepare graduates for clinical social work. Both online BSW degrees and online master’s in social work (MSW) programs allow students to obtain practical experience through a practicum or internship while they’re in school. Master’s degree holders with at least two years of clinical experience can pursue their state-issued license to practice social work in a clinical setting.
Ideal candidates for an online social work degree are interested in pursuing advocacy on behalf of underrepresented and disadvantaged people. They should be sympathetic and sensitive to the needs of others, with an interest in justice and a desire to make a better world.
Most states require non-clinical social workers to obtain certification, and all states require clinical social workers to have a license to practice in their state; specific rules and regulations vary between states. The Association of Social Work Boards oversees four categories of social work exams for licensure: bachelor’s, master’s, advanced generalist, and clinical. Each test was developed by licensed professionals according to a universal set of qualifiers spanning a variety of practical applications and settings in social work. Prospective licensees should consult the ASWB for state credentialing information.