Online Master of Social Work ranked No. 9 in nation

The Colorado State University School of Social Work online Master of Social Work program was recently named as a top 10 program by BestColleges.com. “We are honored to be ranked as one the top ten online masters programs in the U.S.,” said Audrey Shillington, director and professor, CSU School of Social Work. “We are dedicated to breaking boundaries to bring the best of online and face-to-face in an innovative format.” [caption id="attachment_17107" align="alignright" width="150"]Audrey M Shillington Interactive coursework within the distance Master of Social Work program earned it a top 10 spot in the nation.[/caption] The online Master of Social Work is offered through OnlinePlus at CSU and the program began in 1998 and is a part-time degree program designed for working professionals. Students from across the country participate in the program, which is primarily online with some face-to-face classroom work in Colorado Springs and Denver to assure that students have contact with faculty. There are between 50 and 100 students in the program at any given time. “Students in CSU’s online MSW learn the same high quality, research-based curriculum as the on-campus program but have the flexibility to go through the majority of the degree in their own communities,” said Karima Bounini, director of program development and administration for CSU OnlinePlus. “OnlinePlus is proud support the University's land-grant mission of expanding access to education and have its program recognized.” Bestcolleges.com evaluated programs by acceptance, retention, graduation and enrollment rates. CSU’s distance Master of Social Work was identified as the No. 9 in the country and is the only Colorado program to be ranked. The CSU program focuses on practice and policy work in the context of the larger community, where students are taught and mentored by faculty who are experts in their fields. Students utilize their training by working in community organizations and have the opportunity to learn in real-world settings. The projections of the job market for social work during the next decade put it at one of the highest growing professions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with employment of healthcare social workers projected to grow 27 percent by 2022. Social workers are employed in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, schools, child welfare and human service agencies, hospitals and private practices. For more information about the Master of Social Work offered through OnlinePlus visit http://www.online.colostate.edu/degrees/social-work/. The School of Social Work is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences at CSU, http://www.ssw.chhs.colostate.edu/.  

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