Master of Social Work
(MSW) Online

Develop your passion for helping others as a professional with an MSW degree from George Mason University. With a focus on social justice, you'll graduate with an understanding of how to advance equity and human rights in any community. The Master of Social Work offers a choice between two specialized practices in either Adults & Healthy Aging or Children, Youth, & Families, both of which are designed for you to become a competent social work leader.

Mason is now offering a traditional track with the option of an accelerated format.

Take advantage of Mason's established community connections and explore rich field practicum opportunities for hands-on learning from a top 10 Best Online MSW Programs of 2022 by Forbes Advisor.

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.

*Our online MSW option was approved by CSWE in June of 2019.

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Why Choose Mason's MSW?

  • A curriculum focused on preparing social work professionals who have social work skills to serve clients, promote social justice, empowerment, and serving the underserved
  • Experienced faculty with current research, years of experience, and a global perspective
  • Rich opportunities for hands-on field practicum experience as part of program practicum requirement
  • $10,000 Child Welfare and Behavioral Health (CAP-BH) Stipend Programs available, pending requirements are met
  • Online format provides accessibility for working professionals anywhere
  • Provides students with tools to help reduce the high stress in their profession
  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Advanced Standing option available for those qualified with a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited institution
  • Earn your MSW and become a highly competent social work professional who can promote change, bringing what you learn back to your community
  • An MSW is required for licensure as a clinical social worker and can often mean career advancement
  • Develop relationships with a diverse faculty and student body of active researchers and passionate social workers

MSW Curriculum – Hands-On Experience

You’ll explore the latest research when it comes to improving the lives of others, with a focus on using social work to advance human rights, equity, and social justice for all kinds of people.

  • Alumni Success LogoHuman Behavior and Social Systems
  • Alumni Success LogoInfluencing Social Policy
  • Alumni Success LogoResearch Methods for Social Workers
  • Alumni Success LogoAdvanced Clinical Practice


Preparing MSW Changemakers

Join a program centered on social justice and put your passion to work for others. Serve the underserved with a deeper understanding of how research and systems thinking can impact the success of an individual or community at large. As you develop your skills, advance your career with lifetime access to George Mason University's career services.


Professional Licensure Disclosure

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.