The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s online Master of Social Work program has been ranked among the best in the nation. ranked UA Little Rock as 25th on its list of the Best Online Master’s in Social Work Programs for 2019. The research identifies 45 top programs in the nation based on curriculum quality, program flexibility, affordability, and graduate outcomes.

The UA Little Rock Master of Social Work online degree program prepares social workers for advanced practice and leadership roles. The 60-hour program particularly focuses on clinical social work practice, where students will learn contemporary, evidence-informed practice approaches that can be used across a wide range of settings and with diverse individuals, families, and groups. This nationally accredited program can be completed in three years, which includes the completion of both course work and field internships.

In addition to insights gained from industry professionals, leveraged an exclusive data set comprised of interviews and surveys from current students and alumni. The methodology incorporates the most recent data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and statistical data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Most importantly, only programs from accredited nonprofit institutions were eligible.

“According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for social workers is expected to increase by 16 percent over the next several years,” said Barbara Montgomery, program recognition manager. “This job growth is much faster than the average for all occupations, which means significant opportunities for new graduates.”

Students who pursue a master’s degree in social work can gain employment as a mental health counselor, school social worker, foster care therapist, human service assistant and more.

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