Do you have a degree in art, sociology, or psychology and don’t really know how to translate it to a meaningful career once you graduate? Many students with these degrees are looking toward Master of Social Work degree programs. Those who complete these programs have job opportunities in various fields and, more importantly, these opportunities allow them to have an impact on the lives of others and affect real social change.
Like many graduate programs in other fields, there is a growing trend toward online master’s degrees offered from high-caliber, fully accredited universities. Online MSW programs allow students to study sub-disciplines from government assistance programs to private psychological counseling. The increasingly popular online MSW programs add convenience and flexibility to earning an MSW degree rendering this degree even more attractive.
Most programs include both a coursework and a clinical practice component. The clinical practice is typically performed in a student’s local community. Students have the option to complete coursework on either a full-time or part-time basis. For those wishing to complete their degree as quickly as possible, some schools offer accelerated online MSW programs. However most accelerated MSW programs require a Bachelor of Social Work.
A master’s degree is almost a necessity in social work. Thankfully, those with all types of bachelor’s degrees are strong candidates for this growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts job growth for social workers over the next ten years at a rate higher than the average for all occupations. This projected growth ranges from six percent for family and child social workers to a staggering 19 percent growth for healthcare and substance abuse social workers by 2024.