The University of Arkansas has announced that it will launch an online program for a Master of Social Work degree beginning this fall.
The new program will allow those who have earned bachelor’s degrees in social work to continue their education in their selected major by studying full-time to earn the degree in one year.
Social work clinical associate professor and the online program coordinator and assistant dean for academic integrity at Fulbright College, Alishia Ferguson, has maintained that the new degree will provide new opportunities for social work professionals.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, social workers who have master’s degrees make approximately 25 percent more than those who have bachelor degrees. Fulbright hopes to generate an increasing number of higher-educated social workers by adding Arkansas’ first online advanced standing program.
As it stands, only three universities in the state offer master’s degrees in social work. Providing an online avenue to achieve a master’s in social work will allow those who cannot uproot their families to attend one of the three campuses to pursue their degree.