Florida State University

Master of Social Work

Traditional Online MSW Program

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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  • fsu-mswBachelor’s Degree in Social Work Not Required
  • fsu-average-completion-time-two-yearsAverage Completion time: Three Years
  • fsu-gre-not-requiredGRE Not Required

Traditional Online MSW Program

FSU Online MSW Program Application Deadlines

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

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.

*Please only apply to the advanced standing portal if you have a BSW. Traditional students (those without a BSW degree) should use this portal to submit their application. Using the wrong portal will result in a delay in processing your application.

Traditional MSW Program Fast Facts

  • Available to residents in all 50 states (some exceptions in FL)
  • Clinically focused to qualify students for social work licensure
  • Program includes two social work field placements
  • 61 credit hours
  • Pace: Part-time (2 courses per semester online)
  • Courses are 16 weeks; summer may have 12- or 13-week courses, depending on the year
  • Average completion time: Three years
  • Two mandatory weekends on campus for skill-building sessions (usually second and third semesters)

Admission Requirements At-A-Glance

  • You have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GRE not required
  • You have a 3.0 GPA or better on everything past the first 60 hours of undergraduate courses (upper-division GPA), or you must have earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submit a statement of purpose and resume
  • If you have completed a baccalaureate degree in social work, please visit the Advanced Standing Program page



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:

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

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

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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