Online Social Work Programs in North Dakota

University of North Dakota

Located in Grand Forks, North Dakota, UND prepares competent, responsive, and ethical social workers to serve diverse populations and promote social justice. The department offers an online bachelor of science in social work and a master of social work, both accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Department of Social Work attracts a large percentage of the university's learners, enrolling 25% of UND's total student population in undergraduate programs and 15% in graduate programs. The department's Children and Family Services Training Center is the primary training agency for child welfare services in the state.


UND's Online Bachelor of Science in Social Work

  • Credits and Courses: The program requires 120 credits for completion. Distance learners complete synchronous courses two nights per week.
  • Completion Time: 2-4 years for full-time students. The program takes longer for part-time learners. Transfer students with a bachelor's degree in a related field can complete this program in only one year.
  • Field Education: 450-hour field placement, which learners can complete part time over two semesters.
  • Other Requirements: Distance learners must complete a four-day campus visit during the summer. Learners must pay room and board for the visit.
  • Transfer Policies: 24 transferable credits and a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Online Student Support: UND provides distance learners with tech support and 24-hour online tutoring.
  • Cost: $404/credit regardless of residency.
  • Admission Requirements: Candidates must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA, including transfer courses, and 45 semester hours of coursework at the time of application. Learners must also adhere to the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics and the UND Code of Student Life.

UND's Online Master of Social Work

  • Concentrations: The online program offers an option for students with advanced standing and one for those without advanced standing. Students who hold a bachelor's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program can enroll in the concentration option. Distance learners with a bachelor's degree in a related field qualify for the foundation option.
  • Credits and Courses: The distance concentration requires 36 credits for completion, while the distance foundation requires 60 credits.
  • Completion Time: Students enrolled in the distance concentration can graduate in one or two years, while learners in the distance foundation option can complete the program in three years.
  • Field Education: The program requires 10-12 credits of field internship placement in a human service organization.
  • Other Requirements: Learners must complete a research capstone project, independent study, or thesis.
  • Transfer Policies: To graduate, students must complete at least 30 semester credits from UND coursework. UND's academics departments determine which credits can transfer in towards degree completion.
  • Online Student Support: Degree candidates receive tech support and 24-hour online tutoring.
  • Cost: $601/credit regardless of residency.
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or a bachelor of social work degree from a CSWE-accredited program, an undergraduate 3.0 GPA, a grade of C or higher in a statistics course, and satisfy English language proficiency requirements. Applicants without a bachelor's degree in social work should have at least 30 credit hours in liberal arts courses. Candidates must also submit a personal statement and resume.

The University of North Dakota is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The University of North Dakota's online social work programs are CSWE-accredited.

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