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Earn your degree in Social Work through The University of Alabama Online.

The University of Alabama offers you the opportunity to earn your BSW, MSW or DSW primarily online. Begin or advance your social work career and learn from faculty with extensive social work experience. Most coursework can be completed online. Depending on which program you choose, some face-to-face components must be completed that will provide you with the practical experience you need to succeed.

Fill out the form below to learn more about the program of your choice or see how you can apply now. Many of our programs do not require entry exam scores, so you may be able to apply sooner than you think!


Earn your degree from a name you know and rise with the Tide!

Select the program names below to learn more about each degree option.

Bachelor of Social Work

This 120-credit-hour program consists of online coursework, in-person field education and occasional weekend skills labs held at regional locations across Alabama. Research-based curriculum helps develop the knowledge necessary for you to effectively serve clients of all ages in areas such as medical and public health, mental health, substance abuse counseling, or school and family settings. It is identical to the degree earned on campus, so graduates are well-equipped to begin their social work careers.

Master of Social Work

The MSW can be completed through one of two distance learning options. The 42-credit-hour Advanced-Standing program is for students who already hold a CSWE-accredited BSW, and it can be completed in as little as three semesters. The 60-credit-hour program is for all other students, and it can be completed in as little as two years. Both programs offer full- or part-time study options. Coursework is primarily online with skills labs held on select Saturdays at regional locations in the Southeast, as well as in-person field placements convenient to your location.

Doctor of Social Work

The DSW consists of 45 credit hours and can be completed in as little as three years of full-time study, including primarily online coursework and summer residencies on campus in Tuscaloosa. This highly selective, cohort-based program offers two tracks, depending on student career goals. The clinical track equips graduates for specialized practice and the organizational leadership track prepares graduates for public and nonprofit agency management or administrative leadership. Both options can lead to a career path in educating future social workers.

Premium Degree Programs at a Practical Price

UA Online students benefit from the distance learning tuition rate, passing along the savings of technology-enabled education, and it’s the same rate regardless of state residency! You’re also eligible for financial aid and scholarships to help pay for your education. Many of our programs are top ranked by U.S. News & World Report and others, so you get a world-class education with a tuition rate that fits your budget.

Your First Class Can Be Free!

To help you get started, we offer tuition grant programs that cover the cost of your first class.

Build on Bama

The Build on Bama tuition grant is for UA alumni or anyone who has been referred by a graduate of one of our online programs.

Bama Link

The Bama Link tuition grant is for faculty, staff and students of Alabama community colleges or other select out-of-state community colleges.

Back to Bama

The Back to Bama tuition grant is for former UA students who left UA more than a year ago without graduating.

For each grant, you must be in your first semester of one of our online programs and apply for the grant by the deadline, in addition to meeting the grant-specific requirements.

We also offer scholarships through UA specifically reserved for distance students. For more information about all of these opportunities, please visit our scholarships and grants page.

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The Same Degree

A degree earned online from UA is identical to one earned on our main campus! The online format allows you the flexibility to meet life's other demands while you complete your degree. Graduates of our online programs are invited to participate in the same commencement ceremonies as main campus students.

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Join a community of legends and legends-in-the-making when you earn a degree from The University of Alabama. With graduates around the globe, the University has a robust alumni network who will greet you with that familiar "Roll Tide" when they find out you're part of the family.

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Military Friendly

The University of Alabama is a Top 10 Tier 1 Research Institution Military Friendly® School and unlimited Yellow Ribbon school. We are proud to have served thousands of active military, reservists, veterans and their families from every branch, and we look forward to continuing to partner with this esteemed group as they seek to advance their education.

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Round-the-Clock Technology Support

Our students have access to 24/7 tech support. We recognize that many of our students are balancing the demands of career and family alongside their schoolwork. We want you to feel confident in your ability to complete coursework and submit assignments anytime, around your busy schedule.

Personalized Support From Application to Graduation

Throughout your experience with UA Online, you will have access to personalized support — from an admissions counselor who’s an expert on the application process to a student success coach who will encourage you and connect you to resources to help you succeed.

Ready to talk to us? Fill out the information request form at the top of this page, and one of our admissions counselors will reach out to you to schedule a chat!

You Decide the Timeline

With few exceptions, our online degree programs are available in a work-at-your-own-pace format. Within each course, assignment deadlines vary, but you get to decide how many courses you want to take each semester to complete your degree. Undergraduate degree program completion times depend on how many hours you transfer in, but most students finish in three to six years. Most of our master’s programs can be completed in one to three years and doctoral programs in three to six years, according to your desired pace.

Ready to get started? Apply now!

Ready to talk to us? Fill out the information request form at the top of this page, and one of our admissions counselors will reach out to schedule a chat!

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