“The greatest benefit of graduating from the Online Campus is my knowledge of technology. Being an online student is like getting a dual degree in your major and in media. As a student, I was promoted at my job, because I came up with creative ways to complete staff evaluations and write proposals. That creativity came from my newfound love of technology.” — Patricia M. Desert, Columbia MSW Graduate
Columbia’s Master of Science in Social Work curriculum is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Students grow professionally and personally as they learn to embody the nine core competencies set by the CSWE.
Our curriculum is also grounded in our PROP framework, which examines the influences of power, race, oppression, and privilege on society and within social work practice. This framework is rooted in helping students understand that anti-Black racism and white supremacy are endemic in our systems and institutions. Students are empowered to challenge dominant culture and structures while promoting anti-oppressive practices.
All MSW students take courses in human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, research, social work practice, and field education. However, each student is able to personalize their education by choosing a degree pathway, a method specialization, and a field of practice.
Use the links below to browse example study plans according to degree pathway.