An Online MSW Designed For You

The Online LSU MSW program prepares students to tackle social problems.


Why the LSU MSW?

Finish in 9+ Months

No GMAT/GRE Required

250,000+ Alumni Network

Those with a BSW, who qualify for our advanced-standing program, can finish in 9-12 months

GRE/GMAT exam score not required for program admission 

Build valuable professional relationships with 250,000+ successful alumni

Top-Ranked Program

CSWE Accredited

Flexible 7-Week Terms

Ranked #6 among the best online programs in the nation by

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

Classes are seven weeks long and can be completed anywhere

Master of Social Work


60 Credit Hours at $599 Per Credit Hour

*Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change

Top Ranked Program

Ranked #10 on's Best Master's in Social Work Online Programs based on academic and career resources, the quality of education, and faculty

Online + Real World Benefits

Classes are seven weeks long and can be completed anywhere, while place-based internships allow students to get valuable experience in the field

Same Degree as On-Campus

With LSU Online there is no distinction between the on-campus MSW and the online MSW

About This Program

An MSW degree is often required for individuals to perform certain functions in the field, attain the most in-demand roles, and act as trusted community experts capable of changing lives and doing good. 

How The Program is Structured

What You Will Learn in the MSW

Gain Real-World Experience

The first half of the LSU online MSW is known as the "generalist year” and covers key concepts and theories within the field. This year also offers an internship component where students can gain real-world experience. The second half, known as the “specialized year,” includes courses in theory and treatment. 

This degree is ideal for students who seek to tackle sensitive social issues and help people improve their lives. The MSW program covers fundamental issues in social work theory, including topics like child welfare, diversity and oppression, and substance abuse treatment.

Accelerate your career with 100% online coursework through this CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work from LSU. Place-based internship opportunities enable you to gain relevant field experience in your geographic area. 


Online MSW



Ranked No. 6 among the best online programs in the nation by ranked the school as being in the top 15 in the nation overall in 2023

The passion and excellence that LSU stands for have earned the university a coveted "Tier One" spot in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges.” 


Ranked #10 on's Best Master's in Social Work Online Programs based on academic and career resources, the quality of education, and faculty

Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution with a 3.0 on all undergraduate work (or last half-degree)


Admission Requirements

Letter of intent

A GRE/GMAT score is not required for admission to the online LSU Master of Social Work.

3 letters of reccomendation

Current resume

The online degree made it possible to stop and do my graduate degree. The most rewarding aspect is probably the connection to the professors. 

Kimberly Alford

Online MSW Graduate


Don't Just Take it From Us...

Importance of LSU Online MSW

Master of Social Work student Dawn Duplantis talks about why earning her degree is important to her personally and professionally.

The LSU online Master of Social Work (MSW) degree prepares students to tackle social problems and help those in need to improve their lives. By addressing topics like child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and dozens of other issues affecting our society, the program ensures graduates are confident their holistic, multifaceted education will help them make a difference in their local communities and beyond.  


Most rewarding aspects of LSU Online Master of Social Work

Assistant Professor Brandi Conrad talks about the online Master of Social Work program.


You Might Be Wondering

Will my degree say I earned it online? 

No, graduates receive the same diploma as on-campus peers.

Will I pay out-of-state tuition if I am outside of Louisiana? 

There are no out-of-state fees. Fully online programs offer the same flat-rate tuition no matter where you live.

How do online classes work?

LSU Online is a flexible fit for learners offering six starts a year and seven-week terms. All courses are designed to be fully accessible and engage learners, no matter where you are located. 

Get Started on Your MSW


Talk to an Enrollment Coach

Enrollment Coaches are happy to answer any questions you have about LSU Online programs. As part of your dedicated student support team, we're here for you from application to graduation. Let us help you take the first step toward advancing your educational goals. 

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March 18, 2024

May 27, 2024

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