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Online MSW Degree

Address Complex Mental Health and Social Issues With a Focus on Clinical Social Work

Personal Support and Small Class Sizes

Advanced Skills for Diverse Settings

Explore Recovery Theories, Values, and Skills

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  • Duration 8 semesters
  • Cost per Credit $775
  • Credit Hours 60

Program Benefits

  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Field work support and guidance
  • Experienced faculty of practitioners
  • 900 hours of clinical field experience

Student-Centered Support and Client-Centered Curriculum

Utica University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) degree online, with a focus on clinical social work and recovery values, prepares you for social work careers that drive mental health for diverse populations. Graduate ready to apply to take your state’s licensure exams*.

Utica University’s online MSW degree is ideal for those who are passionate about supporting others through the promotion and treatment of mental health. The program’s innovative design bridges the historical divide between clinical practice and recovery-oriented care and integrates these complementary orientations throughout the curriculum. Utica’s approach strengthens students’ ability to engage and support the empowerment of diverse and often marginalized populations using a psychodynamic, recovery-oriented, and social justice lens.

The MSW degree includes a four-hour personal psychotherapy requirement, which is designed to encourage appreciation of the value the role that self-awareness plays in clinical social work and helps you understand what it is like to be in the client’s seat. When it comes to field hours, faculty in the MSW degree online program will work with you to identify and secure field placements that provide you with relevant experience.

Through a success coach and career coach, you’ll have the individualized support you need to develop skills as a clinician who successfully advocates for individuals, families, and groups in hospitals, schools, and other social service settings.

The online MSW is currently only accepting applicants who reside in New York. An Advanced Standing MSW degree for students with a Bachelor of Social Work degree will be available soon. Contact us for more information on this option.

Career Outlook: Impact Your Community With a Rewarding Career

Utica’s online MSW degree enables you to become an excellent clinical social work practitioner in any setting you choose. A fulfilling social work career can be found in a wide variety of fields, from supporting bereaved animal caregivers suffering a loss at the veterinary clinic to supporting police agents hoping to deescalate emergent crises on the street. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a 13–14% increase in social work jobs between 2019 and 2029, compared to an average 4% increase in jobs across all fields.1

With an MSW degree, you’ll also maximize your hiring potential. Social workers typically need a bachelor’s or master’s degree to enter the occupation, according to the BLS.2 They also may need other credentials, such as a state-issued license or certification, depending on the state and the job. Utica’s MSW degree online program gives you the coursework and hands-on experience necessary for licensure in New York*.

Utica’s online MSW degree program prepares you for clinical work in hospitals, government institutions, social service agencies, school settings, and private practice.

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Curriculum: A Progressive Approach to Social Challenges

The 60-credit hour MSW degree online program accommodates any schedule, allowing you to maintain a comfortable work, life, and family balance as you pursue your ideal social work career. Graduates will be prepared to sit for licensure exams* in their state. The online MSW program has no residency requirements and can be completed 100% online in as few as eight semesters.

As the only program in clinical social work in the nation that centers recovery theories, values, and skills, the online MSW degree includes courses in trauma-informed practice, assessment of mental health, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. You’ll learn about the evidence-base and potential of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help all people move from “better” to “well.” Even research and policy courses are designed to improve your skills as a mental health practitioner. In addition, all students must complete four sessions of individual counseling in order to graduate.

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CSWE Accreditation: Pre-Candidacy

Utica University’s MSW Program in clinical social work is currently in pre-candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Pre-Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has submitted an application to be reviewed for candidacy and had its Benchmark I approved in draft form to move forward with candidacy review within one year. A program that has attained pre-candidacy has not yet been reviewed by the commission on accreditation or been verified to be in compliance with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Students who enter programs in pre-candidacy that attain candidacy in the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains initial accreditation. The candidacy process is typically a three-year process and there is no guarantee that a program in pre-candidacy will eventually attain candidacy or initial acreditation.

Candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation applies to all locations and delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.

Program Outcomes

You’ll complete this program ready to address the following outcomes for clinical social workers:

Admission Requirements

The online MSW program is currently only accepting applicants who reside in New York. To apply to the online MSW degree, there is no GRE or GMAT required. You’ll need the following:

All applications are evaluated holistically with consideration given to GPA, work experience, personal statement, and references. Applicants who do not meet this minimum will be evaluated by the admissions committee on a case-by-case basis.

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Tuition Details

Tuition for the online MSW degree program is $775 per credit hour. The 60 credit-hour degree has a total estimated tuition cost of $46,500. You can reduce your total tuition cost by transferring up to six credits toward first-year courses or electives, as well as applying for scholarships or financial aid.

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Faculty in the online MSW degree program are experienced educators and practitioners in professional social work and recovery services and are focused on student success. You’ll receive one-on-one support as you build your academic foundations, practice clinical skills, and explore social work careers.

Be inspired with a welcome letter from Program Director.

Jolanta Jackson

Jalonta Jackson-Glasco, MSW, LSW

Program Director & Director of Field Education,
Master of Social Work Program

Jalonta Jackson-Glasco is the Director of Field Education for the online MSW program. Jalonta has over seven years of expert proficiency in managing CSWE classroom instruction/ management, field education guidelines and accreditation standards. She also has over eight years of practice experience as an adult probation officer and substance abuse counselor.

Jackson-Glasco was previously the Interim Director of Social Work Graduate Studies at Troy University, where she also taught courses in areas such as Ethics, Cultural Diversity, and Direct Practice Methods with Individuals and Families. Her research areas include Criminal Justice Policies, Women & Gender Studies, and Racial Disparities. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration and Public Policy from Auburn University, with her dissertation titled: Menstrual Equity in State Prisons: A Comparative Analysis of State Legislation.

Honors and Distinctions

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Public Administration and Public Policy, AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Auburn, AL (ABD, Expected Defense & Completion, 2021)
  • Master of Social Work | Concentration: Children, Youth, and Families, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, Carbondale, IL (2004)
  • Bachelor of Science, Social Work | Minor: Administration of Justice

Selected Publications

  • Jackson, J. & Williams, N. (2019) “African American Women’s Clubs: Perseverance, Resistance, and Declination.” In Janelle Carter-Robinson, Many Strides to Freedom: African American Women’s Unsung Contributions and Legacies. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Jackson, J. 2017. “The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.” Encyclopedia of Alabama.

Benefits of Being an Online Student

Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You’ll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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Planning Your Budget

Paying for an online education doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to frequently asked questions about the online MSW degree, including admission requirements, curriculum, and tuition. You can also request more information or get in touch with an enrollment counselor at 1-866-295-3106.

To learn about state authorization and licensure, click here.

Yes. The online MSW degree is built to incorporate the busy lives of working professionals and is offered in both a part-time and full-time format. Review the MSW’s curriculum here.

The first step toward applying for the MSW degree online is to begin your online application. Then, you’ll need to gather official transcripts, a résumé, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. You can review all admission requirements here.

Yes, the MSW degree online accepts transfer credits for courses taken at a regionally accredited college that are equivalent to those taught at Utica University and for which you’ve received a grade of “C” or better. You can transfer up to six credit hours toward the MSW degree online. A new Advanced Standing option for students with a BSW will be available soon. Note that we require official transcripts from all colleges you’ve attended, as well as a transcript showing the degree awarded. You can review all admission requirements here.

The MSW online degree program contains 20 courses that total 60 credits. Review the MSW’s curriculum here.

The MSW degree program requires you to complete 900 field hours before graduation, which prepares you to sit for licensure exams* in your home state and gives you crucial field experience that applies to your social work career. Review the MSW’s curriculum here.

*Students are responsible for verifying the licensure requirements in the state in which they plan to practice.

The online MSW is currently only accepting applicants who reside in New York. Graduates will be prepared to sit for licensure exams* in their state. Contact an enrollment counselor at (866) 295-3106 for more information about licensure.

*Students are responsible for verifying the licensure requirements in the state in which they plan to practice.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Social Workers.” Sept. 16, 2020. Retrieved Nov. 11, 2020.
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Careers in Social Work: Outlook, Pay, and More.” March 2018. Retrieved Dec. 3, 2020.
  3. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2012). SAMHSA’s Working definition of recovery. Retrieved from
  4. View this state/program licensing grid on our state authorization page.