Florida State University

Master of Social Work

Online Advanced Standing MSW

Masters in Social Work Online from FSU

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  • fsu-mswBachelor's in Social Work Required
  • fsu-average-completion-time-two-yearsAverage Completion Time: Two Years
  • fsu-gre-not-requiredGRE Not Required

Advanced Standing Online MSW Program



Fall 2023 - Application deadline May 1, 2023 - application portal is OPEN! 

*Please only apply to the advanced standing portal if you have a BSW.

The application must be completed by the deadline, including the initial appointment with an advisor and submission of all required documents.

It is recommended that the students should apply as early as possible to the proposed term of enrollment.

Advanced Standing MSW Fast Facts
  • Available to residents in all 50 states *
  • Clinically focused to qualify students for social work licensure
  • Program includes one field placement
  • Online and part-time to balance your other commitments.
  • Courses are 16 weeks; summer courses are shorter in duration
  • 39 credits - two courses each semester
  • Average completion time: Two years [Traditional MSW: three years ]

*(some exceptions in FL

Admissions Requirements At-A-Glance




A Student-Focused Online Experience

Our online MSW program is designed for working professionals across the nation, with a part-time flexibe format and dedicated support. See how FSU helps set students up for success and more about the online MSW experience directly from some of our students:

Work in a Wide Array of Social Work Fields & Specializations
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Child welfare/family services
  • Veterans affairs/services to military personnel
  • Private practice
  • Government agencies or NGOs
  • Corporations or high-profile businesses
  • Hospitals, clinics, and outpatient care settings
  • Internationally focused organizations/practices

MSW Degree Online - Liza Samuel

"I did my homework, and Florida State University is one of the highest-ranked master's programs for clinical social work in the country. FSU also had the highest graduation rate.

As a mature student with the responsibilities of work and parenting, I needed asynchronous classes, a flexible schedule, supportive teachers, and a fabulous student success coach to keep me motivated and on track.

Now that I am a part of the program, I can tell you FSU is even better than I had imagined!

I recommend Florida State University to anyone considering a Masters of Social Work degree."

-Liza Samuel, FSU MSW student

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

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.  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.

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