MSW Overview

Apply NowEarn your Master’s degree from one of the nation’s top-ranked and most distinguished graduate programs in the FSU College of Social Work, where you’ll receive a first-rate education and extensive field placement opportunities. Choose from a traditional classroom experience in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Gainesville or Panama City, Florida, or complete your degree in its entirety from the comfort of your own home through our accredited online MSW program, the first program of its kind in the country.

Application Deadline:

Fall – May 1
Spring – October 1
Summer – March 1 (Gainesville Only)

MSW Program Bulletin 2014-2015


MSW Program Bulletin 2014-2015 [PDF]

Traditional Master’s Program

The College offers a Master of Social Work program, which is normally completed in two years (four semesters) beginning in August of one year and ending 20 months later in April. Sixty-one (61) credit hours of required social work courses and electives are necessary for completion of the program. Students choose either the Clinical Social Work Concentration or the Social Policy and Administration Concentration during the course of their studies. Please note: Students MUST complete the MSW within FOUR years.

Advanced Standing MSW Program

The College also offers an Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program, which allows BSW students to complete the MSW program in one year. Advanced Standing applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and meet certain other specific requirements. Students in the Advanced Standing program complete 39 credit hours of required social work courses and electives, choosing either the Clinical Social Work Concentration or the Social Policy and Administration Practice Concentration. Please note: Students MUST complete the MSW within FOUR years.

Part-Time MSW Program

The Part-Time MSW Program is designed to allow students who cannot pursue full-time study to work toward a MSW degree on a structured, time-extended basis. Students may apply to either the Advanced Standing or Traditional MSW Program as a part-time student. The Tallahassee campus offers evening classes to accommodate the work schedules of part-time students. There are part-time programs located at our off-campus locations in Gainesville, Jacksonville, the FSU Branch Campus in Panama City, and our Online MSW Program.

Online MSW Program

Our online MSW program is the first of its kind in the nation and allows students to participate in asynchronous instruction via the Internet. This means that students can work on their coursework during the part of the day or week that fits their schedule best. Students who complete their degree online are never required to come to Tallahassee during their studies. Many of them do, however, come to graduation so that they can meet the people they have formed relationships with during the course of their studies. Please note that this program is only for students who have earned a BSW from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited Institution OR students interested in transferring from a two-year Traditional CSWE accredited MSW program who have completed their first year of studies to include a generalist field placement AND reside in one of the coverage areas specified in this list.

Joint Degree Programs

The FSU College of Social Work offers four joint degree programs for both traditional and advanced standing students, with full-time and part-time programs of study. To learn more about these programs, please click here to view a comparison chart. If you have additional questions, please contact the MSW program office at msw@csw.fsu.edu.

Joint MSW/MBA Program

The MSW/MBA is a joint collaboration between the College of Social Work and the College of Business. The joint graduate degree is designed for students in both programs who wish to expand their understanding of the connection between these two fields of study and gain expertise working in social services agencies.

Joint MSW/JD Program

This program combines an MSW with a degree in law. Persons graduating with this dual degree go into areas, such as: family law, child advocacy, domestic violence, public policy, and public defense. Students interested in this dual degree must be admitted simultaneously and independently to both FSU’s College of Social Work and College of Law. Click here for more information.

Joint MSW/MPA Program

FSU’s Reuben O’D. Askew School of Public Administration & Policy and the College of Social Work offers a joint degree program leading to the degree of Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Administration. This is one of the few joint degree programs in these fields offered in the U.S. This program prepares students for positions in public, private and nonprofit human service organizations by gaining knowledge in social work and public administration.

Joint MSW/MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice

This program is a collaboration between the College of Social Work and the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice. The joint degree is for graduate students in Social Work and Criminology who wish to expand their understanding of the connection between these two fields of study and gain expertise in work with forensic clients. Students must apply and be accepted to each graduate program independently.

To learn more about the various MSW degree options and the related programs of study, please click here to see a comparison chart.

If you have additional questions, please contact the MSW program office directly.

Director:
Craig Stanley, MSW
University Center C2517
(850) 644-9591

cstanley@fsu.edu

Contact:
MSW Program Office
College of Social Work
University Center, Building C, Room 2500
Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2570

Phone: (850) 644-4751 or (800) 378-9550
SUNCOM: 284-4751
Fax: (850) 644-9750
msw@csw.fsu.edu