- Develop your passion for helping others
- Gain the latest understanding of equity and human rights in social work
- Take advantage of Mason’s established community connections and explore rich field practicum opportunities for hands-on learning with a variety of organizations
- Choose between two specializations: 1) Adults & Healthy Aging or 2) Children, Youth, & Families
- Learn to integrate intersectionality in social work practice with diverse populations
- Learn online and advance your career at a pace that works for you
- Prepare to meet the diverse needs of different populations
Study at the First and Only College of Public Health in Virginia
The College of Public Health at George Mason University is the first and only College of Public Health in Virginia and a national leader in inclusive, interprofessional, public health research, education, and practice. The College’s transdisciplinary research seeks to understand the many factors that influence the public’s health and well-being throughout the lifespan. With more than 500 partners, the College serves the community through research, practice, and clinical care with a focus on the social determinants of health and health equity. Our graduates are uniquely prepared to thrive in an increasingly multi-cultural multidisciplinary, community-focused public health landscape.
Focus on Social Justice and Empowerment
- Emphasis on empowerment and systems transformation
- Preparation to meet the needs of underserved populations and advance the ideals of social justice
- Curriculum is built around a Social Justice Core, delivering interdisciplinary perspectives on topics like human behavior, social policy, research methods, and clinical practice
Learn From Faculty With Real-World Experience
- Learn from current research findings, develop an evidence-based practice, and establish strong relationships with practicing social workers, some with extensive international experience that will lend a global perspective to your education
MSW Advanced Standing
George Mason University’s Online Master of Social Work is now offering an Advanced Standing program for those qualified with a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited institution. This competitive program gives those who qualify the opportunity to complete their Master of Social Work in less time, in 33 credit hours.
MSW Accelerated Track
George Mason University’s online Master of Social Work program is now offering an accelerated track that allows students to take 9 credits per semester, thereby finishing the degree at a faster rate.
The online MSW program accepts applications on a rolling basis and is currently accepting applications. Applicants for the online program should apply here.
Virtual Open House
Mason’s Department of Social Work faculty dedicates time throughout the year to hold interactive sessions online for those who want to learn more about the online programs we offer. If you would like to find out more about what you can expect from an online Master of Social Work, visit our pre-recorded Virtual Open House and watch at your convenience. For information on upcoming sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
- Avoid commute times or “traditional” classroom hours, so you can complete your degree and advance your career even if you travel for work, have kids at home, or keep a busy or non-traditional schedule.
- Coursework is delivered through a variety of prepared video lessons, readings, or engagement-orientated learning tasks that you’ll complete by predefined dates.
- You won’t learn alone – participate in lively conversations with peers and faculty in discussion posts, virtual office hours, group assignments, and peer-initiated study groups.
- Faculty provide mentorship throughout your program to ensure you’re on the right path to meet your career goals.
*The MSW online option was approved by CSWE in June of 2019.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool (https://provost.gmu.edu/licensure) for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.
Stipend Programs Available
- Child Welfare Stipend Program (CWSP): Specialized training program aimed to prepare social work students for a career in public child welfare. Each CWSP recipient will receive a $10,000 stipend per academic year, with a work payback requirement. Specific requirements and more information can be found here.
- Behavioral Health (CAP-BH) Stipend Program: Increase the number and quality of MSW professionals with specialized behavioral health training to address complex issues like untreated trauma and behavioral and violence exposure. Each CAP-BH recipient will receive a $10,000 stipend during the year they are in the MSW specialization field practicum. Specific requirements and more information can be found here.
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