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Social Work, Master

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Online
The Portland State University School of Social Work in Portland, Oregon is pleased to offer the first online program in the Pacific Northwest.


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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    78 Credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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.
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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.

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