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Masters in Social Work Online from FSU

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Get all the need-to-know details in our 16-page Online MSW program guide.

  • Admission Requirements
  • Tuition & Financial Aid
  • Master of Social Work Tracks
  • Curriculum

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  • Online MSW Program - Clinically Focused Licensure OptionClinically-focused Licensure Option
  • Online MSW Program - Part TimePart-time for
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  • 100% Online MSW ProgramNo GRE Required

Join a Network of Distinguished Professionals

Social workers directly impact individuals and their communities. FSU graduates have pursued careers in the following:

  • Private practice
  • Child welfare
  • Public health
  • Palliative/hospice care
  • Educational/academic research
  • Veteran/military-focused social work
  • Primary, secondary, and higher educational institutions.

Florida State University’s online Master of Social Work creates career-ready graduates.  

Whether you are eligible for the Traditional program or Advanced Standing program, both feature fieldwork placing you in real-world situations in the field you want to go into. A Master of Social Work gives you a wide array of career options and specializations to choose from.

(Please see the video on the right to get an idea of why students choose FSU online.)

Social Work Licensure

The MSW program at FSU prepares students for licensure in the state of Florida. For other states, please contact the Office of Professional Development and check licensure requirements in your desired state to practice.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

FSU’s Advanced Standing and Traditional programs are clinically-focused. This means students work in the field and graduate with the option to pursue their licensure in social work. Licensed clinical social workers often work with individual patients, groups or are members of organizations who provide social work services and support. To be certified as a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Florida, individuals have to complete:

  • A Masters of Social Work degree
  • 24 semester hours or 32 quarter hours in theory of human behavior and practice methods as courses in clinically oriented services
    • This includes a minimum of one course in psychopathology taken in a school of social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • A supervised field placement that was part of the applicant’s advanced concentration in direct practice during which the applicant provided clinical service directly to clients
  • Two years of post-master’s supervised experience under the supervision of a licensed clinical social worker who is a qualified supervisor
    • The supervision experience must have consisted of at least 1,500 hours providing psychotherapy face to face with clients for the profession for which licensure is sought and shall be accrued in no less than 100 weeks. At least 100 hours of supervision per 1,500 hours of psychotherapy face to face with clients provided by the intern; at least one hour of supervision every two weeks; at least one hour of supervision per 15 hours of psychotherapy, with a minimum of one hour of supervision every two weeks. If the applicant obtained group supervision, each hour of group supervision must alternate with an hour of individual supervision. Individual supervision is defined as one supervisor supervising no more than two interns, and group supervision is defined as one supervisor supervising more than two but a maximum of six interns in the group.
  • The national clinical-level examination developed by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
  • The following classes:
    • An eight-hour laws and rules course
    • A two-hour prevention of medical errors course
    • A three-hour HIV/AIDS course
    • A two-hour domestic violence course from an approved provider

Licensure by Endorsement for Clinical Social Workers

Moving to Florida from another state?

If you hold a license and have been actively practicing in another state for three of the last five years, you can apply for licensure.

  • Meet the requirements set by Florida and pass the national examination for licensure in Florida or pass with Board approval.
  • Complete an eight-hour laws and rules course.
  • Complete a two-hour prevention of medical errors course from an approved provider.

The Florida Board has a Facts and Questions page available.

For further reading, visit The Ultimate Guide to Careers in Social Work.

U.S. News Ranked Program

Florida State University is ranked #19 among the Top Public Universities nationwide and among the Best Value public universities.

Top 30 Best Value

Ranked a Top 30 Social Work Programs by U.S. News and World Report and a Top 30 Best Value Colleges by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

CSWE Accredited

We rigorously adhere to the accreditation standards established by the Council on Social Work Education.

Connect with an MSW Admissions Advisor

Whether you just have a simple question or need advice to determine if this Master of Social Work program is right for you, our friendly MSW advisors are here to guide you. They can chat with you about your schedule and guide you through the entire admissions process so that you feel confident moving forward.

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My Advisor has impacted me tremendously ... she supported me the entire way through my MSW application process. She made it easier to complete all the necessary requirements and apply for the social work program I was meant to take. 
- S. Thompson