Navigating the myriad options available for pursuing a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in Ohio can be challenging for prospective students. With a diverse range of programs offered by universities across the state, each with its unique features and specialties, finding the right fit requires careful consideration. From renowned institutions in bustling urban centers to smaller colleges nestled in picturesque towns, Ohio offers a rich tapestry of opportunities for those aspiring to advance their careers in social work. In this article, we’ll explore the landscape of MSW programs in Ohio, highlighting key aspects that can help individuals make informed decisions about their educational journey.

2024 - Best MSW Programs in Ohio

Delve into's rankings of the top MSW programs in Ohio, meticulously crafted to highlight excellence. Our methodology evaluates completion rates, cost of living, institutional competitiveness, program diversity, and faculty expertise, ensuring a thorough assessment. Explore our ranking process on our methodology page for a comprehensive understanding. Learn more about our methodology.


Miami University

Oxford, OH

Miami University's Master of Social Work (MSW) program offers specialized tracks in clinical practice and macro social work. With options for both on-campus and online study, students engage in hands-on field experiences and research opportunities. Prepare for impactful careers in social work with Miami's comprehensive curriculum and supportive faculty.


Wright State University

Dayton, OH

Wright State University's Master of Arts in Social Work (MSW) program is designed to prepare students for impactful careers in social work. With a focus on clinical and macro practice, students engage in hands-on field experiences and research opportunities. Benefit from small class sizes and personalized mentorship.


University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

University of Cincinnati's Master of Social Work (MSW) program is dedicated to preparing students for impactful careers in social work. With a focus on clinical and macro practice, students engage in experiential learning and research opportunities. Benefit from flexible scheduling options and personalized mentorship. Prepare to make a difference with UC's comprehensive curriculum.

MSW Degree Program Requirements/Eligibility in Ohio

Ohio Traditional MSW Admissions Requirements

Traditional MSW programs typically take two years and 60 credits to graduate. If you don’t have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree already, you’ll need to enroll in this traditional MSW program option (see below for advanced-standing MSW options). To apply, make sure you have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree, typically in psychology or a related area, from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA requirement (typically around 3.0)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement or essay
  • Resume or CV outlining relevant experience
  • Completion of prerequisite courses (such as psychology, sociology, or human services)
  • GRE scores (some programs may waive this requirement)
  • Interview (some programs may require an interview as part of the application process)
  • Background check and/or fingerprinting

Ohio Advanced-Standing MSW Admissions Requirements

Advanced-standing MSW programs are available to all students with a BSW and a 3.5 GPA or higher. These programs allow students to graduate faster (in a year) and allow for a smoother transition into the social work profession. To apply, you’ll need all of the typical admissions requirements as listed above.

Ohio has several advanced-standing MSW programs available; here are just a few examples:

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Ohio MSW Program Tuition and Costs

Ohio is home to many popular MSW programs, some notably affordable and some requiring a little more financial investment. Generally speaking, you can expect to pay anywhere between $305 and $1,733.13 per credit depending on if you’re an Ohio resident and the type of program you enroll in. Here are a few examples of the tuition ranges you can expect in Ohio.

SchoolTuition (per credit hour)Total CreditsTotal Tuition
Ohio State University$777.88 (Resident)
$1,733.13 (Non-resident)
63$49,006.44 (Resident)
$109,187.19 (Non-resident)
Ohio University$305 (Resident)
$562 (Non-resident)
62$18,888 (Resident)
$34,872 (Non-resident)
University of Akron$462.50 (Resident)
$782.50 (Non-resident)
60$462.50 (Resident)
$782.50 (Non-residentt)

Are Online MSW Programs in Ohio as Good as Campus-Based?

It’s easy to see why many students are flocking to online MSW programs, but there are still many reasons why some students might prefer on-campus MSW programs. It’s important to remember that both online and on-campus MSW programs will provide the same comprehensive curriculum delivered by experienced faculty. Take a look at the full reasons why an online program might (or might not) be the right choice for you.

Traditional MSW vs. Online MSW Programs in Ohio

Traditional MSW ProgramsOnline MSW Programs
FormatIn-person classesOnline classes with some in-person requirements
FlexibilityLimited scheduling optionsMore flexibility in scheduling, often part-time options
LocationGeographically limitedAccessible from anywhere with internet connectivity
Learning EnvironmentClassroom-basedVirtual classroom, discussion boards, and online resources
NetworkingLocal networking opportunitiesNetworking with students and professionals from diverse locations
CostTuition, commuting, and relocation expensesGenerally lower tuition and flexibility to continue working
Hands-on ExperienceField placements and internshipsVirtual or field placements and internships arranged in the student's local area

To become licensed, all MSW programs that you apply to will need to be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the primary accrediting body for all social work programs.

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Getting Your Ohio Social Work License

Getting licensed as a social worker in Ohio is the next step once you earn your MSW degree. Each state has different requirements for licensure. Learn more about Getting Your Social Work License in Ohio.

Popular Social Work Careers

Discover the specializations available to you within social work. These social work careers can help you work with diverse populations in a variety of environments.

Female social worker talking with elderly female woman

School Social Worker

School social workers provide counseling, support, and advocacy for students facing social, emotional, or behavioral challenges. They collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to develop student success strategies, provide crisis intervention, and facilitate support groups.

Healthcare Social Worker

Healthcare social workers assess patients' social, emotional, and practical needs. They provide counseling and support, coordinate care with healthcare providers, advocate for patients' rights, and connect patients and their families with community resources to ensure holistic and comprehensive care.

Court Social Worker

Court social workers assess the needs of individuals involved in court cases. They develop intervention plans, provide counseling and support, monitor progress in court-ordered programs, collaborate with legal professionals, and advocate for clients' best interests in legal proceedings.

List of MSW Degree Programs in Ohio

Akron, OH

Master's Programs
302 Buchtel Common
Akron, OH 44325-4702
(330) 972-7111

Athens, OH

Master's Programs
020 Chubb Hall
Athens, OH 45701-2979
(740) 593-1000

Bowling Green, OH

Master's Programs
220 McFall Ctr
Bowling Green, OH 43403
(418) 372-5526

Cincinnati, OH

Master's Programs
2624 Clifton Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0063
(513) 556-6000

Cleveland, OH

10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-2000

2121 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
(216) 687-2000

Columbus, OH

Master's Programs
190 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 292-6446

Dayton, OH

Master's Programs
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
(937) 775-1000

Oxford, OH

Master's Programs
501 East High St
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-1809

Toledo, OH

Master's Programs
2801 W Bancroft
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
(800) 586-5336

Youngstown, OH

Master's Programs
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555-0001
(877) 468-6978

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Liz Norris, LPCC
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