Program Overview

Develop a foundation in generalist clinical social work and specialized study with the online Master of Social Work (MSW) from Aurora University. Through 1,050 hours of required field instruction, you’ll have the opportunity to apply theories to real-world situations. Customize your learning experience with four optional specializations: Advanced Clinical Social Work, Faith-Based Social Work, Health Care and MBA Leadership. You may also pursue the dual MSW/MBA degree program.

Begin your journey today with Chicagoland’s only CSWE-accredited online graduate program. This graduate level program in social work is also offered on the Aurora University campus and at the Woodstock Center.


Aurora University’s online MSW provides you with a broad academic background, specialized study and field instruction in clinical social work. Each class is taught by faculty members who have real-world experience.

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Available Concentrations

Advanced Clinical Social Work

Prepare for clinical practice in psychotherapy settings such as mental health agencies, family services agencies, youth programs, community-based clinical programs and private practice.

Faith-Based Social Work

Work effectively as a faith-based agent of change, incorporating faith into healing for those in need.

Health Care

Impact others in the rapidly growing and ever-changing field of health care in the United States.

MBA Leadership

Thrive in business management and administration in the fields of social work and human services.

Dual MSW/MBA Program

The MSW curriculum is the foundation of the dual MSW/MBA program. The MBA Leadership specialization includes three MBA courses totaling nine semester hours. If you complete this specialization, you may apply the hours to your MBA studies as well. Additionally, you may apply three semester hours obtained from the MSW course, SWK6250 Research 1: Methodology to the MBA, fulfilling the requirement for MBA6090 Applied Business Research.

Program Details

  • Next Start Date:March 12, 2018
  • Est. Program Length:Less Than 3 Years
  • Credit Hours:30
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$600

Foundation Curriculum: 30 hours

  • SWK6140 Social Welfare Policy and Institutions – 3 hours
  • SWK6150 HBSE I: Theories of Human Development I – 3 hours
  • SWK6160 HBSE II: Theories of Human Development II – 3 hours
  • SWK6370 Social Work Practice I: Individuals & Families – 3 hours
  • SWK6381 Social Work Practice II: Group Work – 3 hours
  • SWK6382 Social Work Practice II: Community Practice – 3 hours
  • SWK6390 Social Work Practice with Diverse & Vulnerable Populations – 3 hours
  • SWK6250 Research I: SW Research Methods – 3 hours
  • SWK6730 Field Instruction I: Beginning Internship – 3 hours
  • SWK6740 Field Instruction II: Beginning Internship – 3 hours

Concentration Curriculum: 30 hours

  • SWK6500 Social Work Perspectives on Psychopathology – 3 hours
  • SWK6511 Social Work Practice III: Clinical Theory and Methods – 3 hours
  • SWK6521 Social Work Practice IV: Advanced Clinical Knowledge and Application – 3 hours
  • SWK6533 Advanced Social Policy – 3 hours
  • SWK6283 Practice and Program Evaluation – 3 hours
  • SWK6750 Field Instruction III: Advanced Internship – 3 hours
  • SWK6760 Field Instruction IV: Advanced Internship – 3 hours
  • Social Work Electives: Three additional courses (9 hours)


Specialization in Advanced Clinical Social Work

  • Required Core Course: SWK6599 Advanced Therapeutic Relationship and Integrative Psychodynamics – 3 hours
  • Two Required Electives: SWK6590 Advanced Clinical Social Work Personality Disorder and SWK 6592 Advanced Psychodynamic Clinical Social Work – 3 hours
  • One Foundation (450 hours) Advanced Clinical Field Placement: SWK6730 and SWK6740 OR one Advanced (600 hours) Advanced Clinical Field Placement:  SWK6750 and SWK6760 – 6 hours total

Specialization in Faith-Based Social Work

  • Required Core Course:  SWK5598 Spirituality, Meaning Making, and Faith-Based Practice – 3 hours
  • Two Required Electives:  SWK6810 Faith-Based Fieldwork Seminar (3 hours) and SWK6030 Bereavement Counseling (3 hours) – 6 hours total
  • One Foundation (450 hours) Faith-Based Field Placement: SWK6730 and SWK6740 (6 total semester hours) OR one Advanced (600 hours) Faith-Based Field Placement:  SWK6750 and SWK6760 – 6 hours total

Specialization in Health Care

  • SWK6810 Medical Social Work – 3 hours
  • Two elective courses from health care-related social work electives – 6 hours

MBA Leadership

  • This specialization is offered in partnership with the Aurora University Dunham School of Business and Public Policy. By taking MBA6030 and two of the courses listed below, you will earn a specialization (concentration and certificate) in leadership along with the MSW degree.
  • MBA6030 Leadership and Organizational Behavior – 3 hours
  • Two elective courses from leadership-related MBA electives – 6 hours

Course details are based on information available at the time of publication. Specific program requirements are subject to change.

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college and/or university (minimum 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale). Students with a GPA of less than 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Undergraduate curriculum must include three semester hours in statistics, research and physical assessment.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement. Your personal statement should be a typewritten, double-spaced narrative of two to three pages and reflect standards of graduate-level writing. Please address the following in your statement: Why have you chosen to pursue an MSW degree and what are your professional aspirations? Why have you chosen Aurora University to pursue your MSW? If your GPA is below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, were there extenuating circumstances that affected your past academic performance? Please explain.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts (official, sealed in envelope) from all previously attended colleges or universities.

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Online Master of Social Work Career Outcomes

  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Health Care Social Worker
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Social Service Administrator

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