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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:

    Does the FSU Online MSW require the GRE?

    The GRE is no longer required for all applicants- however, in some cases, students may still need to take the exam. Those demonstrating exceptional performance (e.g., high GPAs, related work experience, success during other graduate programs) do not have to take the GRE.

    The College of Social Work is now offering a GRE waiver contingent on meeting at least one of the criteria below. If you meet one of the following, you will not be required to take the GRE for MSW admissions. If you are applying for a joint pathway program (i.e., MSW/MBA, MSW/MPA, MSW/MS Criminology), please consult the other program for GRE requirements. Approval of the GRE Waiver Request does not guarantee admission to the program.

    • Five years or more of social work experience in a traditional social work agency providing direct service delivery or macro services and a 3.0 undergraduate upper division GPA (advanced standing or traditional students) from a regionally accredited institution.

    • A completed Master's, J.D., M.D. or Ph.D. degree with a 3.0 (or better) cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited institution.

    • A 3.5 or higher undergraduate cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited institution.

    • Any earned or anticipated baccalaureate degree from Florida State University, with a 3.25 upper division GPA at time of application.

    If you do not meet one of the above criteria, you are still eligible for admissions consideration. An official GRE score will be required along with your supplemental application materials.
    If you want to learn more about eligibility and if the GRE will be waived from your application, contact an Advisor today.

    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. The GRE is not required for those who meet waiver criteria.  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. 

    Can FSU guarantee a field placement where I work?

    FSU can’t guarantee that students can have placement in their place of employment, but we will work with you to help you establish convenient field placements and suitable alternatives.

    Do you have field placement opportunities in my area?

    Many of our current existing field placement options can be found here.  However, Florida State University is continuously looking to develop new placement opportunities and is willing to work with you to establish field placements that will be convenient for you as you complete your degree.

    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.

    The specific areas covered are available to view here.

    What’s the difference between an Advanced Standing program and a Traditional program?

    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. More information can be found on our Master of Social Work page.

    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. Some of the agencies FSU contracts with offer stipends as well as the potential for future employment.

    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.

    Do you offer technical support to FSU MSW online students?

    If you are experiencing issues with Blackboard, please go to https://support.campus.fsu.edu/kb/article/666-about-fsu-blackboard-user-support. You can also email help@campus.fsu.edu after hours or if you are having a technical issue that is not related to the LMS.

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

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    Voted #1 MSW in the State of FL

    Ranked the No. 1 online Master of Social Work program in the state of Florida (2017), and No. 38 in the nation for "Best Graduate Schools" by U.S. News & World Report (2019)

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    CSWE Accredited

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

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    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 on your schedule and guide you through the entire admissions process so you can feel confident in moving forward with an Online MSW program.

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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