Social Work

Portland State University

Master Online
36 months
601 USD/credit
280 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Portland State University School of Social Work in Portland, Oregon is pleased to offer the first online program in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Portland State University School of Social Work in Portland, Oregon is pleased to offer the first online MSW program in the Pacific Northwest. Nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report, we are uniquely suited to deliver a quality academic program. Faculty based in our campus program will be collaboratively developing and delivering the curriculum with an advanced focus on Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations. The program is uniquely designed for those who have traditionally lacked access to the MSW degree. We will offer a dynamic learning opportunity, using online curriculum, innovative teaching techniques and student directed learning in a structure that supports a family, work, school life balance.

Programme Structure

Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations prepares students for careers in community practice, human services administration, policy practice, and advocacy. This is geared toward students who are currently working in the field and want to focus on developing leadership skills (for any kind of setting - clinical or community based) or who have an interest in community practice. Community practice includes individual short-term counseling, case management, and advocacy, as well as work with groups of individuals. These skills are applicable to many settings, though it will not be the best match for students wanting to focus on developing clinical (mental health) therapy skills.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


78 Credits alternative credits


  • Fully structured
  • No Attendance, Regular optional meetings
  • Continuous support with feedback on request
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
3 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
80 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit your application and $50 USD application fee online.
  • Submit all high school transcripts/grades/records along with your graduation certificate/diploma/exam results or certificate(s).
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency that meets the university’s minimum requirements if you wish to enter university level coursework upon admission.
  • Fill out the Financial Certification and Immigration Information Form and mail or submit it online to PSU.
  • Submit Financial Documentation for I-20

Tuition Fee

  • International

    601 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 601 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    280 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 280 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.


Scholarships are a form of aid (free money) to help you invest in your future. Portland State offers many scholarship choices for undergraduate, post baccalaureate and graduate students.

No matter what your level of education is, it's a good idea to apply for scholarships at the same time you apply for admission to PSU.

PSU has one scholarship awarding cycle each year. The online scholarship applications become available in mid-October, and they are due the following: February 1st for undergraduates and March 31st for graduates. Scholarships awarded in this process will be available to students the following academic year.

Additional Scholarship Information:

Consider applying for the following additional scholarships available at Portland State University

(Deadlines vary so pay attention to each scholarship’s deadline date):

•Diversity & Multicultural Student Services Scholarships

•Irving Levin/Stephanie Fowler Scholarship

• PSU Foundation Scholarships

Many additional scholarships (academic departmental scholarships) can be found and applied for individually by searching the Scholarship Database.

Scholarships are offered by outside organizations too. Consider applying for these scholarships too.

•Oregon Student Access Commission

•FINAID Nationwide Scholarship Search

•Sallie Mae's Wired Scholar Website

•FastWeb Scholarship Database

•Scholarship America

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

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