As the demand for skilled professionals in social work continues to rise, Wyoming stands out as a state offering robust Master of Social Work (MSW) programs. Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Wyoming’s MSW programs provide comprehensive education and uniquely cater to the specific needs and challenges of the state’s diverse communities. From addressing rural healthcare disparities to advocating for marginalized populations, these programs equip students with the knowledge, skills, and compassion necessary to make a profound impact in the field of social work. In this article, we delve into the landscape of MSW programs in Wyoming, exploring their distinctive features, educational opportunities, and their vital role in shaping the future of social services within the state.

MSW Degree Program Requirements/Eligibility in Wyoming

Wyoming Traditional MSW Admissions Requirements

Most students who enroll in traditional MSW programs typically have a bachelor’s degree from another field of study. These programs typically require 60 credits and take around two years to complete when going to school full-time. To apply for a traditional MSW program in Wyoming, you will be required to 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

Wyoming Advanced-Standing MSW Admissions Requirements

For those who already have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), you can save time by enrolling in an advanced standing MSW, which typically takes about a year and an average of 38 credits. To enroll in an advanced standing MSW program, you must have all of the above items plus a 3.5 GPA or higher. If you decide to enroll in an advanced-standing MSW program located in Wyoming, your decision will be fairly easy as there’s only one to choose from, at the University of Wyoming.

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Wyoming MSW Program Tuition and Costs

To clarify, the University of Wyoming isn’t just the only advanced-standing program in this incredibly rural state; it’s also the only MSW program, period. This 65-credit program is extremely affordable for Wyoming residents at a total estimated tuition of $12,096. Non-residents, however, will need to brace themselves for a total cost of $36,216. This works out to about $186 per credit for residents and $557 per credit for non-residents.

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

As Wyoming is a vast and isolated state, many locals have turned to online MSW programs if they can’t commute or relocate to the University of Wyoming. Thankfully, online programs provide the same rigorous coursework as their campus-based counterparts. Here is a full range of benefits (and drawbacks) of each program delivery type.

Traditional MSW vs. Online MSW Programs in Wyoming

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

Don’t assume that all listed MSW programs will be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Look carefully to make sure this accreditation is listed on the school’s site. If it’s not, there’s a good chance that you won’t be eligible for licensure if you enroll.

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Getting Your Wyoming Social Work License

Wyoming has its own unique social work licensure requirements. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the specific initial licensure and renewal process in Wyoming, as this will differ from state to state. Find out more in our Guide to Social Work Licensure.

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List of MSW Degree Programs in Wyoming

Laramie, WY

Corner of Ninth and Ivinson
Laramie, WY 82071
(307) 766-1121

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Tara Moretti, LMHC
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