Make the World a Better Place Through Social Work

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 as you learn from faculty with extensive social work experience. Most coursework can be completed online with some practical components that must be completed in regionally convenient locations in the Southeast or short summer residencies on the UA main campus in Tuscaloosa, depending on which program you choose.


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

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

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 selected Saturdays at regional locations in the Southeast and in-person field placements convenient to your location.

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 strands, 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.

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The Same Degree

A degree earned through The University of Alabama Online is identical to one earned on UA's main campus! The format allows you the flexibility to meet life's other demands while you complete your degree. UA Online graduates are invited to participate in UA's regular commencement ceremonies.

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UA Online students benefit from the distance learning tuition rate (regardless of residency)! They are also eligible for financial aid and scholarships to help pay for their education.

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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 in companies and cities across the globe, the University has a robust alumni network who will greet you with that familiar "Roll Tide" when they find out you're in the family.

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Military Friendly

The University of Alabama is a military-friendly and 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 of men and women as they seek to advance their education.

You don't have to take our word for it!

Hear from some of our graduates about what earning a degree online from
The University of Alabama means to them.

Don't Say You Can't Do It

At The University of Alabama we want to help you tell a legendary story, and that begins with a premier education and strong support. You can succeed at earning your degree from wherever you are. Want to know more? Let our graduates tell you their UA Online stories.

How Does It Feel?

Graduating from The University of Alabama brings out many emotions from our UA Online students. At a recent commencement reception, they expressed their feelings about this great accomplishment.