The online Master of Social Work (MSW) from the George Williams School of Social Work at Aurora University program prepares you to help individuals, families, and communities. You’ll learn to advance social change that improves the well-being of vulnerable populations. And you’ll develop solutions to issues at the individual, community, and societal levels. All of this will launch you into a career in one of the fastest-growing fields. Through required field instruction, you’ll have the opportunity to apply theories to real-world situations. While some students choose to pursue a generalist track by taking electives from several areas of interest for a holistic approach to mental health and community advocacy, we also offer a variety of tracks that strengthen your knowledge in specific areas of the field. In AU’s MSW program, you have the option to participate in the following curriculum tracks:
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 with real-world experience who are dedicated to helping you find your place within the social work profession.Get Started
Offer elevated care and improve lives with the online Master of Social Work specialization in addiction. This track equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a fulfilling and successful career supporting individuals and families experiencing substance abuse disorders. You'll receive guidance from expert faculty with experience in the social work field, and upon graduation, you'll be qualified to take the Illinois Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC) examination for addiction specialty certification in the state of Illinois. You may also complete additional credits to prepare for the Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders certificate.
Improve the lives of children and their families with the online Master of Social Work track in child welfare. Supported by expert educators with real-world social work experience, you'll be prepared for careers that protect children from abuse and neglect, reunite families, and find permanent placements for those who cannot safely return to their homes. When you complete your degree, you'll be eligible to take the Illinois Child Welfare Licensing Exam and work in the child welfare field in Illinois.
Gain the expertise to excel in the social work field with this track. When you earn your Master of Social Work online and choose to specialize in forensic social work, you will learn to apply principles of social work in legal settings. This track focuses on providing students with an understanding of forensic social work practice and theory, challenging existing biases, and learning specific clinical skills to help various subpopulations. Coursework includes relevant topics in mediation and working with vulnerable populations.
Prepare for careers that help older adults lead productive and meaningful lives with the online Master of Social Work track in gerontology. With personalized attention from educators with diverse social work experience, you'll explore the ever-changing field of gerontology and discover what it takes to make a difference in assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, hospice care settings, and more.
Impact the rapidly growing and ever-changing medical field with the online Master of Social Work track in health care. Graduates are prepared to assist and advocate for clients in a number of medical social work settings, including hospitals and nursing homes. Learn to collaborate with medical professionals, including doctors, nurses, and administrative staff to ensure your clients receive the care and services they need.
Thrive in business management and administration in the fields of social work and human services with the online MSW in leadership administration. This track is offered in partnership with the Aurora University Dunham School of Business and is designed to prepare graduates to lead teams and manage social work processes in nonprofit settings, public health, and more. Coursework allows students to choose from MBA-level electives in management and leadership to align their studies with their specific career goals.
Serve active duty and veteran military members and make a positive impact in their lives with the Military and Veteran Social Work track. This track includes nine credits of specialized coursework that explores topics such as military culture, customs, traditions, and clinical social work practice with military and veteran populations. As a military and veteran social worker, you can pursue careers in contexts like the Department of Veterans Affairs, personnel or case management, and counseling.
Make a difference in students’ lives as you enhance your skills with this track, which is designed to prepare you for social work roles in public and private school settings. Coursework explores topics in social work policy, exceptional children, and reading content, and includes field instruction. This track prepares Master of Social Work graduates to provide social services and assistance that improves the social and psychological functioning of students and maximizes well-being and academic success.
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The online MSW curriculum is the foundation of the dual MSW/MBA program. This dual-degree option instills students with superior social work practice, leadership, and business skills. Students will receive substantial business education that complements their social work education and will prepare them for leadership roles in social service. By combining social work skills with core business knowledge, students will be ready to serve their community.Find out more!
The online MSW degree curriculum is the foundation of the MSW/MPA program. This dual-degree option allows students to specialize their education for leadership careers at the intersection of social work and public administration. It combines a foundation in clinical social work practice with additional public administration and nonprofit management coursework. This program is designed for students to efficiently complete two graduate credentials.Find out more!
Course details are based on information available at the time of publication. Specific program requirements are subject to change.
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Graduate-level course credit is transferable, allowing students to earn their degree faster than ever. Graduate-level credit earned at regionally accredited institutions of higher education graded “B” or better may be transferred to Aurora University and applied toward a master’s or other post-baccalaureate programs prior to enrollment into Aurora University.