Ohio State University College of Social Work

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The Ohio State University began in 1870 as a land-grant university and now operates several satellite campuses within the state. Ohio State divides into more than 15 individual colleges, many of which focus on taking care of people. In addition to schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and optometry, Ohio State teaches students to take care of others through the college of social work.

The Ohio State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The Ohio State College of Social Work’s programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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Social Work Program Overview

The Ohio State social work college has maintained accreditation by CSWE since 1919. The school provides social work education at the bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. levels as well as continuing education for practicing professionals. In all levels of instruction, the college aims to promote diversity, provide hands-on learning, teach immediately useful skills, and base all teaching in the latest evidence. Graduates connect with one another through the college’s alumni magazine, and the Social Change podcast provides interviews with faculty members, updates on the college, and the latest industry news.

Online Social Work Programs

The College of Social Work offers an online master’s degree in social work that provides options for learners with or without bachelor’s degrees in the same area. Furthermore, degree candidates can choose between part- and full-time studies. Applicants who earned a BSW in the last five years with a minimum 3.0 GPA qualify for advanced standing. These learners must earn 43 credits, while others complete 63 credits. Online learners on both tracks can learn anywhere in the United States and never need to attend on-campus classes. The school also offers two online continuing education courses for practicing social work professionals.

On-Campus Social Work Programs

While the Ohio State social work college only offers a master’s degree online, the school provides bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. programs for on-campus learners. Social work professionals can also complete continuing education through Ohio State, which helps keep their licenses current. Online and on-campus applicants for the master’s programs must meet the same requirements, including 3.0 GPAs. However, on-campus master’s degree students have access to some concentrations that the university does not provide online.

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Ohio State University Online Social Work Degree Programs

Online Master’s in Social Work

Program Overview

  • Department: College of Social Work
  • Program Name: Master of Social Work
  • Concentrations: Mental health and substance misuse; child and youth services


  • Format: Online
  • Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements

  • Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree
  • Credit Requirements: 43-63 credits
  • Field Education Requirements: 11 credits

Program Length

  • Program Options: Full-time or part-time
  • Program Length: 2-3 years
  • Program Start Dates: First week of June for advanced standing; third week of August for traditional

Admission Requirements

  • Application Deadline: April 1
  • GPA: 3.0 minimum
  • Standardized Tests: GRE
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