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Master of Social Work Online

Positively Impact Your Montana Community with a CSWE-Accredited MSW

Prepare to make a difference with an online MSW degree from the University of Kentucky. You can turn your passion into a career that fills the demand for qualified social workers. No GRE required to apply.

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Regular Standing MSW

Format 100% Online

Total Credits 60

Program Length As few as 4 semesters

Certificate Options Yes

Advanced Standing MSW – Accelerated Format

Format 100% Online

Total Credits 30

Program Length As few as 2 Semesters

Certificate Options Yes

Create Change in Montana

Our social work online program can prepare you to meet the need for educated and experienced social workers. The demand for healthcare social workers in Montana is expected to grow 11 percent between 2020 and 2030, faster than the national average.1 Gain the education you need to fill these positions.

The College of Social Work offers Regular and Advanced Standing social work degrees in two modalities, including a fully online program. UK’s high-quality education remains the same no matter how you access the curriculum, and you can tailor the MSW degree for your goals by choosing from multiple certificate options.

Our CSWE-accredited MSW program enables you to serve individuals directly, coordinate social work macro practice in organizations, and contribute to social policy improvements throughout Montana. After earning your social work degree online, you’re qualified to provide impactful, research-informed social work practice to vulnerable populations in your community.

There is no GRE requirement to apply, so you’re already one step closer to starting our accredited MSW program. And with our Advanced Standing option, eligible full-time students can finish the online program in 12 months.

Meet the Needs of Montana Residents

In addition to the high demand for healthcare social workers, mental health and substance abuse social workers in Montana are seeing a similar demand growth of 12 percent between 2020 and 2030.2 Our online MSW program offers the option to specialize, giving you the opportunity to meet the needs of residents in your state.

Montana Social Work Jobs

Here are four social work roles available in Montana and their employment projections for 2030.

  • Mental Health Counselors: 2,380 jobs3
  • Healthcare Social Workers: 630 jobs4
  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers: 1,110 jobs5
  • Mental Health and Substance Misuse Social Workers: 380 jobs6

53,800 New Jobs The U.S. will add 53,800 new jobs in the field of social work between 2022 and 2032.7

12% Growth From 2020 to 2030, the demand for mental health and substance abuse social workers will grow 12 percent in Montana.2

$58,600 per year Healthcare social workers make an average of $58,600 per year in Montana.8

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Use Your Accredited MSW Degree to Pursue Montana Licensure

With our online Master of Social Work degree, you’ll have the confidence and expertise to foster change in Montana. What’s more, our accredited MSW degree program was created with a focused Licensing Preparation Initiative (LPI). It infuses specific instruction and exam structure throughout coursework to better prepare you to sit for the social work licensure exam — our licensure pass rates surpass the national average.

Professional licensure or certification may be required to practice, advance, or specialize in social work. However, educational requirements for licensure vary by state. You can view more information on social work licensure here.

Get more information about our online MSW program’s SARA compliance.

Online Curriculum that Prepares You to Make an Impact

Montana residents with a bachelor’s degree in social work can apply to our 30-credit Advanced Standing MSW program, an option that lets you earn your social work degree in as few as two semesters. We also offer a 60-credit Regular Standing MSW program for students with bachelor’s degrees in other fields. The Regular and Advanced Standing programs have no GRE requirement, simplifying the application process. UK’s MSW online programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

While seeking your social work degree online, you may complete one of our multiple certificates or select elective courses to complete an Individualized Plan of Study. Our online MSW also offers hands-on experience through a series of practicums guided by a faculty field instructor and an agency field instructor.

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Select a Focus Area Tailored to Montana Careers

Our accredited social work degree program gives you the option to choose a certificate or individualized plan of study. Each plan includes online courses that enhance your learning experience and enable you to thrive professionally.

Build a comprehensive understanding of topics influencing child welfare practice, including historical perspectives, child protection policy, and abuse intervention. Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.

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Gain an advanced level of clinical knowledge and skills including application of social work practice in a variety of clinical settings. Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.

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Gain a deeper understanding of the unique experiences of military members, veterans, and their families, and explore effective and culturally-sensitive behavioral healthcare services for this population. Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.

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Develop critical skills through study and experience to assess and intervene on behalf of children and adolescents in a school setting. Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.

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Learn treatment and prevention approaches related to substance use disorders and develop essential intervention skills through a curriculum founded on evidence-based practice. Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.

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Create your plan of study based on your specific career goals through a selection of social work elective courses designed for your professional success. Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.

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Learn how to help individuals in their healing journeys and promote post-traumatic growth and healing. Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program. Students who have a conferred MSW from a regionally accredited institution may also apply.

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Admission Requirements

Montana residents can apply to the CSWE-accredited master’s degree program at the University of Kentucky today—no GRE or work experience required. See admission details below.*

An application to the 30-credit-hour Advanced Standing program requires:

  • A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program, earned within the past seven years
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, social work GPA of 3.5, or a graduate GPA of 3.0 (if applicable)

An application to the 60-credit-hour Regular Standing program requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A GPA of 3.0 or above in all of your academic endeavors

Other requirements include:

  • Application Form
  • Personal Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • If you graduated within the past five years, at least one academic reference is required
    • References you provide should fit the following categories: professor, social work professor, professional social worker/field instructor, and work or volunteer supervisor
    • Please exclude personal, pastoral, and relative references
  • 4-page autobiographical personal statement
  • 250-word writing sample on an ethical dilemma
  • All transcripts from any higher education institution attended
  • No GRE requirement

*Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Regardless of where you live, the cost per credit hour is $737 — there is no “out-of-state” pricing. This means the total tuition for the 60-credit Regular Standing MSW program is $44,220, or $22,110 for the 30-credit Advanced Standing MSW program.

Students can save up to 40% on tuition by taking advantage of the block tuition rate.

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We’re here to help students living in Montana fulfill their commitment to academic excellence and connect them with a variety of financial aid options—from federal loans to scholarships and military benefits.

Note that additional fees may apply, and total tuition will depend on various factors, such as the number of credits taken and time to complete the online social work degree program. Tuition rates are subject to annual changes.

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Military Student Support

The flexible nature of our online MSW degree is ideal for U.S. military service members and veterans throughout Montana. With faculty who have military backgrounds, courses specific to the issues relevant to you, and military-specific benefits like our Veterans Resource Center, our mission is to support your academic success.

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Experienced Faculty Prepare You to Make a Difference in Montana

UK faculty understand the theory behind social work and the realities of professional practice in the field. Because many of our faculty members are licensed professionals, you’ll benefit from their deep passion and experience while seeking your social work degree online.

With our CSWE-accredited master’s in social work, you can engage directly with professors committed to the ideals of justice and equity in social work. You will also work with a field advisor to cultivate hands-on experience for careers in Montana.

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Why Is UK Online Right for Montana Learners?

Bring Big Blue Nation to Big Sky Country

By enrolling in the online MSW program at the University of Kentucky, you’ll benefit from a tradition of excellence, getting the support to build your career with confidence. There’s no GRE requirement to get started. With experienced faculty and a thoughtfully designed curriculum, we make sure you graduate exceptionally prepared for real-world practice in Montana. Plus, our licensure exam pass rate surpasses the national average.

How to Apply

Follow these steps to apply to our CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work degree program:

  • Create an online account
  • Submit your undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials
  • Pay the $65 application fee

You can expect to receive a decision 2 to 3 weeks after you apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions about our CSWE-accredited MSW program? Visit our Resource Center to find answers fast.

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Yes, the online MSW program is fully CSWE accredited. This affirms our commitment to the core competencies, outcomes, and practices required by the CSWE, the nation’s premier social work accrediting body.

Up to 25% of coursework can be transferred toward either program courses or electives, with up to 15 credit hours for Regular Standing and 9 for Advanced Standing.

Yes, the online MSW program does offer virtual open houses. These events are held regularly—register to participate in an upcoming virtual open house here.

Regular Standing requires three practicum courses and Advanced Standing requires two practicum courses. Each practicum requires 300 hours over 16 weeks.

The online MSW program does not offer concentrations. However, students may choose to complete a certificate or Individualized Plan of Study along with their master’s degree to gain in-depth skills in a specific area of study. Learn more about available certificates and developing an Individualized Plan of Study here.

Sources

  1. O*NET OnLine. Montana Employment Trends for Healthcare Social Workers. Retrieved November 13, 2023, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/21-1022.00?st=MT.
  2. O*NET OnLine. Montana Employment Trends for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers. Retrieved November 13, 2023, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/21-1023.00?st=MT.
  3. O*NET OnLine. Montana Employment Trends. Mental Health Counselors. Retrieved November 22, 2023, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/21-1014.00?st=MT.
  4. O*NET OnLine. Montana Employment Trends. Healthcare Social Workers. Retrieved November 22, 2023, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/21-1022.00?st=MT.
  5. O*NET OnLine. Montana Employment Trends. Child, Family, and School Social Workers. Retrieved November 22, 2023, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/21-1021.00?st=MT.
  6. O*NET OnLine. Montana Employment Trends. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers. Retrieved November 22, 2023, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/21-1023.00?st=MT.
  7. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Social Workers. Retrieved November 13, 2023, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm.
  8. O*NET OnLine. Montana Wages: Healthcare Social Workers. Retrieved November 13, 2023, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localwages/21-1022.00?st=MT.