MSW Overview

 
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Earn your Master of Social Work degree from one of the nation’s top-ranked and most distinguished programs in the nation. Learning from the CSWE accredited FSU College of Social Work, you will receive a first-rate education as well as an opportunity to experience an excellent field placement. Choose from a traditional classroom experience in Tallahassee or Panama City, Florida, or complete your degree from the comfort of your own home through our Online MSW program, the first program of its kind in the country.

Application Deadline:

  • Fall – May 1st (Main Campus, Panama City Campus (Advanced Standing Only), and Online Programs)
  • Fall - July 1st (Panama City - Clinical Traditional only)
  • Spring – October 1st (Online Programs, Main Campus Programs (Advanced Standing Only
  • Summer – February 1st (Online Programs Only)

 

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Traditional Master’s Program

The College offers a Master of Social Work program, which is normally completed in two years (five 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 Leadership Concentration during the course of their studies. Please note: Students MUST complete the MSW within SEVEN 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 Leadership Concentration. Please note: Students MUST complete the MSW within SEVEN years.

The Panama City campus offers a face to face Advanced Standing MSW clinical program.

Students who live in the following counties (Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun and Gulf) are ineligible for our online program Advanced Standing program and are required to apply to our Panama City location.

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. We also offer a part-time Online MSW program.

 Students who live in the following counties (Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla and Jefferson) are ineligible for our online program and are required to apply to the Tallahassee location.

Online MSW Program

Our part-time 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 will be required to come to Tallahassee during their online studies. Many students also come to graduation so that they can meet people they have formed relationships with during the course of their studies. We offer both a traditional online MSW program and an advanced standing MSW program.  Please note that the advanced standing 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. A BSW is not required for the traditional online MSW program. For further details please visit http://onlinemsw.fsu.edu/.

Students who live in the following counties (Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun and Gulf) are ineligible for our Advanced Standing online program and are required to apply to our Panama City location.

Students who live in the following counties (Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla and Jefferson) are ineligible for our online program and are required to apply to the Tallahassee location.

Joint Graduate Pathway Programs

The FSU College of Social Work offers four joint graduate pathway programs for both traditional and advanced standing students, with full-time and part-time programs of study. Joint graduate pathways provide qualified master’s students with an opportunity to earn two master’s degrees or master’s/professional degrees from two academic degree programs. Joint graduate pathways share academic content that allows a student to expand their breadth of knowledge and content expertise to include additional domains not covered in a single degree. 

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. The MSW/MBA follows the Social Leadership Concentration for the courses pertinent to the MSW degree. 

Joint MSW/JD Program

This pathway 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 apply and be accepted to both the FSU College of Law and FSU College of Social Work. The MSW/JD can follow the Clinical Social Work Concentration or Social Leadership Concentration for the courses pertinent to the MSW degree. 

Joint MSW/MPA Program

The FSU Reubin O'D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy and the College of Social Work offers a joint pathway program leading to the degree of Masters of Social Work and Masters of Public Administration. This is one of the few joint pathway 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. The MSW/MPA follows the Social Leadership Concentration for the courses pertinent to the MSW degree. 

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 pathway 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. The MSW/MBA follows the Clinical Social Work Concentration for the courses pertinent to the MSW degree. 

To learn more about the various MSW degree and pathways options and related programs of study, visit the Programs of Study page. If you have additional questions, please contact the MSW program office at msw@csw.fsu.edu.


Director:

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Fran Gomory, MSW

University Center C2517
(850) 645-5768
fgomory@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
Fax: (850) 644-9750
msw@csw.fsu.edu

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