What will I learn?

The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The MSW program offers courses on the Urbana campus and off campus through its MSW Outreach program.

The master's degree provides specialized study for advanced social work practice. Students take foundation and advanced courses in social work practice methods with individuals, families and organization, in policy and services, in research, and in human behavior and the social environment. A two-semester field placement/internship (minimum 900 hours) in a social service agency is required. A total of 64-72 hours of graduate coursework is required for the M.S.W. degree. The determination of the number of hours needed within the range is determined on a case-by-case basis after considering each student’s prior coursework and experience. The curriculum may be completed in 16 to 24 months of full-time study.

MSW students choose from one of these two concentrations:

In the Advanced Clinical Practice concentration, students prepare for clinical practice with individuals, families and groups, and in one of the focus areas. These students' Methods coursework has a clinical focus.

Students in the Leadership & Social Change (LSC) concentration prepare for advanced macro practice which focuses on work with communities and organizations rather than work with individuals and families. In the LSC concentration students are prepared to work in either leadership/administration or advocacy/policy. Methods coursework for this concentration has a Macro focus.

Which department am I in?

School of Social Work

Study options

Full Time (Normal duration: 64 - 72 hours; Advanced standing options: 44 hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,408.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August, December 2022


School of Social Work

1010 W. Nevada Street,



61801, United States

Online/Distance (Normal duration: 64 - 72 hours; Advanced standing options: 44 hours)

Tuition fees
USD $598 per credit hour; USD $26,312 Estimated cost
Start date

Expected January, May, August 2022

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission.

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL iBT - 79-102

TOEFL CBT - 213-253

TOEFL PBT - 550-610

IELTS (academic exam) - 6.5 to 7

Online programs -

Application deadline for fall and summer cohorts: January 15
Application deadline for spring cohort: December 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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