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Howard University
Office of the Provost
August 4, 2021
Dear Howard University Community,
I am pleased to announce that the School of Social Work will offer its nationally recognized Master of Social Work (MSW) degree online in partnership with 2U, Inc. (Nasdaq: TWOU), a global leader in education technology. One of the nation’s top 25 social work schools, the Howard University School of Social Work is a leading force in the struggle for social justice, educating generations of Black leaders who are architects of liberation in diverse communities and professional contexts. By bringing its rigorous, distinctive social work curriculum online, Howard aims to equip more aspiring social workers from all backgrounds to serve Black and marginalized populations in a range of contexts and transform oppressive systems into ones that sustain and uplift their communities.
Howard University’s part-time online MSW program will launch in January 2022, with a full-time online degree to follow in September 2022. Applications for enrollment open today, August 4, at
The online expansion is part of Howard Forward, the institution’s new strategic plan and a powerful call to action to extend Howard University’s reach, impact and 154-year legacy of academic excellence as one of the nation’s most prestigious HBCUs and top research universities.
Across our institution, we’re embracing digital learning as an important lever to expand Howard University’s footprint, better serve nontraditional learners and extend our impact. With the support of 2U, a leader in high-quality online education, Howard’s social work faculty is uniquely equipped to bring this important and distinctive academic experience to life for online students across the nation.
The Howard School of Social Work’s online MSW curriculum is grounded in the Black perspective: a framework that articulates how oppression, segregation, self-determination and culture inform the service of individuals and communities. The program challenges students to engage with social justice, criminal justice reform, health care disparities and other topics with attentiveness to their sociocultural and historical context. As students progress through the curriculum, they will participate in up to 1,000 hours of field education in settings within their own communities.
Howard University is partnering with 2U to build, scale and sustain the online program through an integrated digital transformation infrastructure called 2UOS that brings together a comprehensive set of technology-, data- and people-enabled services to deliver world-class online education and create excellent learning outcomes for students. 2U will work hand in hand with Howard University’s faculty to bring the School of Social Work’s distinctive program to online students, incorporating best practices for online course delivery and supporting students in finding rewarding field placement opportunities through its industry-leading clinical placement network.
Since 2008, 2U has partnered with leading nonprofit colleges and universities to launch and scale over 185 online degree programs across 26 disciplines and has helped students secure over 68,000 field placements across all 50 U.S. states.
For more information and to apply to the Howard School of Social Work’s online master’s in social work, visit online Congratulations to Dean Sandra Crewe and the outstanding faculty of the School of Social Work for this significant endeavor!
Excellence in Truth and Service,
Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Howard University
Office of the Provost
2400 6th Street NW
Washington, DC 20059

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