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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
  • GRE Waiver Criteria

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FSU offers an online learning community focused on your needs

Offering the first MSW of its kind in the country, FSU has the reputation and the experience to create a student-centric online experience where you’ll get to know your peers, faculty, and professional staff. You’ll go through a widely recognized program and come out a career-ready professional capable of working in a number of areas.

In addition to being part of an online program, FSU’s virtual learning environment, Canvas, will help you complete your degree from the comfort of your own home or anywhere you have a computer and an internet connection.

FSU also offers various virtual services through the Career Center such as career preparation and advising. FSU's .pdf of virtual services provided to students explains more about the program, or you can fill out the form on this page to obtain an online program brochure.

 

See answers to some important online experience questions below:

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.

We should note, FSU cannot guarantee specific hours or placements and you should not rely on nights/weekends, as these are typically done during regular business hours.

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 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 classwork can be conducted anywhere, and in many cases, when the student is available. 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, and you will not be required to log in at specific times.

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.

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)

A Top 25 Best Value

Ranked in the Top 25 "Best Values in Public 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 a Friendly 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 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

Pursue a License in Social Work with In-Field Placements

As an online MSW student, you’ll participate in social work field placements that will qualify you to pursue a license in clinical social work upon graduation. Both our Advanced Standing and Traditional online Master of Social Work programs are clinically-focused so you’ll get the real-world experience you need to be career-ready. Our social work programs are part-time to accommodate busy working professionals.

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