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If you are thinking about advancing your career in social work, then you may have some questions about FSU and online classes. Please see the video on the right to get an idea of why students choose FSU online.


See below for answers to some frequently asked questions:



    Field Placement

    How does field placement work?

    Field placement gives online students the opportunity to step out into the real world and gain valuable experience that will benefit them in the future. FSU provides field work coordinators for certain regions of Florida and holds many contracts within the state.

    For out of state students, you will work with a field work coordinator as a team, as you are going to be more familiar with agencies in your immediate community. A field work coordinator will reach out a semester in advance to assist with locating a placement.

    It is very difficult to secure a placement during nights and weekends as we want to make sure you have a supervisor onsite to help and mentor you and this is usually done during traditional working hours.

    How will I get a field placement in the field I want?

    The College of Social Work’s Office of Field Education works with students and various agencies to place students in programs/organizations that match their goals. 

    What guarantee is there that FSU can give me a field placement where I work?

    If it is possible, FSU can work with you to obtain a employment based internship. When it is time, you will contact the Director of Field to see if this can work.




    Does the FSU Online MSW require the GRE?

    No, the GRE is not required at FSU, CSW Online at this time.



    What are the requirements for me to apply for the online Master of Social Work program at FSU?

    Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited school, a 3.0 GPA, and a transcript from their undergraduate institution. For more visit the Advanced Standing page if you have a BSW and the Master of Social Work page if you have a bachelor’s degree in another area. 



    How will this program prepare me to get my license? What if I want to practice outside of Florida?

    FSU’s College of Social Work and the College’s Office of Professional Development work with students to make them career ready. While the MSW program meets all the licensure requirements for Florida, if you are a student who wants to practice in a different state after you graduate, contact the state board for licensure requirements and email, fax, or scan the requirements to the Office of Professional Development.

    What are expectations for checking the sites moving forward?

    It is important to stay informed while a student at FSU. That’s why it is recommended that you check all platforms on a regular basis. However, Canvas and FSU email should be checked every day. 

    What geographic areas does the FSU MSW online program cover?

    Florida State University is an NC-SARA approved institution. Therefore, we are able to offer our online program to all residents in the U.S.

    See how state and local authorization for our online MSW program works.

    What is the format of classes for Florida State University’s Master of Social Work?

    FSU gives students a robust learning experience in an online learning environment. The format of online classes varies based on the professor. Some courses are going to require discussion boards, others are writing intensive, while some professors provide recorded lectures. The program is asynchronous, however, there are two classes that require weekend travel to Tallahassee for an intensive skill building experience. There is also an advanced level course that requires meeting via zoom on one Saturday during the semester of this upper level course. 

    What kind of technical support does FSU offer to MSW online students?

    Click here to learn more about FSU's Information Technology Services. Please email help@campus.fsu.edu after hours or if you are having a technical issue that is not related to the LMS.

    If you are having trouble with Canvas, you may find this article helpful.

    What’s the difference between the Advanced Standing and Traditional programs?

    Advanced Standing is available to students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited institution or students who are transferring from a CSWE-accredited two-year master's degree program with one year of generalist studies field placement. The Traditional program is for students who hold a bachelor’s degree, but their degree is not in the social work concentration.

    What’s the difference between the FSU portal, Canvas and FSU email?

    The FSU portal is where you can access registration, financial awards and your personal information.

    Canvas contains information about orientation, registration and your classes. Additionally, Canvas is where professors post all of their content/lessons for students.

    Finally, FSU email, accessed through Outlook, is your school email. Important academic emails come through here from the university and staff. All three allow students to study remotely and stay informed.

    What kind of computer or software do I need to take part in the online program?

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    CSWE Accredited

    As one of the first online MSW accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, we rigorously adhere to CSWE accreditation standards.

    Connect With an Online Recruitment 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 recruitment 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.

    Get in Touch With an Online Recruitment Advisor

    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