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Online MSW Courses & Descriptions

Total Credits: 60 (Traditional track) or 30 (Advanced Standing track)

Cost per Credit Hour: $800

Time to Completion: Full time: 12–24 months | Part time: Up to 4 years

The online Master of Social Work degree from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota welcomes professionals from diverse backgrounds. Our Advanced Standing track is 30 credits and is offered to those with a bachelor's degree in social work. The Traditional track is a 60-credit program that allows professionals from different educational backgrounds to enter the program and ultimately, the field of social work.

Once you earn your MSW, you'll be prepared to work in clinical settings to help individuals, couples, families, and groups overcome challenges in their lives.

I can complete my program coursework at home, in my work office, while I travel and balance my family life.”

– Anna Bankey, Saint Mary’s MSW online student

Curriculum Overview: Advanced Standing and Traditional Tracks

Traditional Track — 60 Credits

  • Complete 30 credits of Required Generalist Coursework
  • Complete 21 credits of Social Work Specialization Coursework
  • Choose 9 Elective credits of Clinical Coursework

Advanced Standing Track1 — 30 Credits

  • Complete 21 Advanced Standing credits of Coursework
  • Choose 9 Elective credits
  • If your BSW was earned more than 10 years ago, you may be required to take an additional four courses, including Generalist Practice I and II and Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) I and II.
  • If students cannot demonstrate a grade of B or higher in a research methods class, they will also be required to take MSW620 Social Work Research.

Traditional Track:

Required Courses:

Clinical Courses:

Electives: Choose 3


Advanced Standing Track:

Required Courses:

Electives: Choose 2


Learn more about the coursework in the Advanced Standing and Traditional tracks of the online Master of Social Work from Saint Mary's. Call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor or request more information.


1If a BSW was earned more than 10 years ago, students will be admitted as Advanced Standing, and will be required to successfully complete four social work generalist classes before registering for clinical classes. Please contact an enrollment counselor for more information.


Current Degree Requirements

For current degree requirements, visit the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Course. Catalog at