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Social Work

University of Southern California

24 months
59260 USD/year
59260 USD/year
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The Social Work MSW program offered at University of Southern California provides advanced preparation for a career serving those in need. We train social workers who will provide life-enhancing services, just as we develop leaders who will influence policy to create a more just and humane world.


The basic generalist curriculum introduces students to the range of social welfare problems and programs, and to the varieties of human behavior with which social work is concerned. At the same time, students learn the methods by which the social worker, the social agency and the organized community work with people and problems. Field instruction, under supervision in a social agency, is scheduled for two or three days a week, enabling students to apply theory to practice. All content areas include content on diversity, social work values and ethics, and economic justice and populations at risk. At the completion of foundation requirements, students are expected to have acquired a sense of professional responsibility and the ability to use knowledge on behalf of the individual, the group and the community.

A Program With You in Mind - The Social Work MSW program offered at University of Southern California:

  • An individualized study plan and one-on-one guidance from a faculty advisor help you map your career goals.
  • A choice of five concentrations and five sub-concentrations and eight dual-degree programs helps you prepare for the kind of job you want.
  • Field internships match your interests, educational needs and practice goals.
  • International study opportunities offer you an up-close look at social work in other regions of the world.
  • Select classes in the summer or on weekends accommodate your busy schedule.
  • Locations in downtown Los Angeles, Irvine, West L.A., San Diego – and now online – are convenient wherever you live and work.
  • Career and professional development services help you prepare for a job search or licensure and brush up on practice skills.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment 
  • Policy and Practice in Social Service Organizations
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals
  • Social Work Practice with Families, Groups and Complex Cases
  • Social Work Research
  • Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The USC School of Social Work requires a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of 18 units of liberal arts coursework.
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 grading scale)
  • Strong academic promise to perform successfully at the graduate level
  • Experience in providing service to people preferred (1-2 years of social work-related or volunteer experience)
  • TOEFL/IELTS (International Applicants Only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    59260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 59260 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    59260 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 59260 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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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