Master of Social Work | Online

Change Lives in a Changing World

Baylor’s Master of Social Work (MSW) is unique among MSW online degree programs in that we prepare students to serve both individuals and communities with compassion and care, from one-on-one clinical practice to large, complex social justice issues. Our online students are supported by a community of peers and faculty that fosters meaningful group discussions with their cohort. With a Baylor MSW in hand, students are fully prepared with the right understanding, empathy, and clinical skills to go into the world and make a difference.

For the online MSW program, the deadline to apply for our FALL 2024 advanced standing, 6-term and 8-term tracks is July 22, 2024. 

For SPRING 2025, the accelerated track deadline is Sept. 23, 2024. The deadline for our advanced standing, 6-term and 8-term tracks is Nov. 29, 2024. Email for any questions you might have.  

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What Makes Baylor Social Work Different?

The Garland School of Social Work recognizes diverse expressions of faith and seeks to honor the role of spirituality as part of what holistically shapes a person, their family and community. Perhaps you are interested in social work because of the way your faith has motivated you or others? As part of Baylor’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program, students learn about the influence of these beliefs and values in the profession. We call this our 10th competency, adding to the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) required nine.

Our approach to practicum education also sets us apart. Our dedicated practicum team partners with online MSW students to secure internship placements on their behalf. You will work closely with our placement managers who will conduct outreach to identify and qualify your internship assignment. These internship experiences are high-quality, in-person, hands-on and localized for online MSW students. 

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Your Community Needs Transformative Social Workers.

If you are seeking to help people and to advocate for those who are vulnerable or experiencing oppression, you will find there is no limit to the opportunity to affect positive change as a social work professional.  

As a Baylor online MSW graduate, you will be uniquely positioned to work in a wide array of settings with individuals, groups, communities and organizations, in a variety of roles such as school social worker, individual and family therapist, community organizer, medical social worker, mental health counselor, foster care specialist, nonprofit leaders and program developers.  

School Systems

Ensuring children succeed and thrive  


Helping the sick and their families cope with illness 

Nonprofit Organizations

Bringing positive change to large populations  

Correctional Facilities

Preparing inmates to reenter society  

Mental Health Organizations

Providing case management and behavioral health support 

Community Organizations

Organizing communities and populations around local and policy issues 

Homeless Shelters

Providing support and tools for people to change their lives  

Religiously Affiliated Organizations

Helping people find fulfillment and meaning 

Your MSW Journey Starts Online with Baylor 

Our MSW online program provides the same collaboration, engagement, and practicum placement opportunities available to students in our residential program. You can be sure the education you receive meets the highest standards in the field. And Baylor’s online Master of Social Work MSW is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). 


Choose your timeline for completion.

Practicum Experience

Gain valuable hands-on experience in your community.


Receive personalized guidance and mentorship to help you succeed.

Supportive Community

Join a welcoming, supportive community and alumni network.

Baylor Online MSW Program Options 

Each program option will prepare you to graduate as a culturally responsive and competent social work professional who is ready to pursue licensure and promote meaningful change in the lives of vulnerable populations worldwide. 

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The fall cohort begins September 3, 2024, and the deadline to apply is  July 22, for the full- and part-time track options. NO GRE required.

Employment of social workers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2019 to 2029 — much faster than the average for other occupations.

— Bureau of Labor Statistics