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Syracuse University Master of Social Work online

Become a leader who fights for social justice and the good of their community, with a Master of Social Work from Syracuse University’s School of Social Work at Falk College.

About the program

  • 36 months: Complete the program in as little as 36 months.
  • 1,000 hours: Gain 1,000 hours of real-world, field placement experience.
  • Accredited program: Join a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

About Syracuse University

The School of Social Work at Syracuse University’s Falk College strives to create a more equitable society through social workers who walk toward challenges. In today’s rapidly changing, diverse world, the college offers online programs to prepare its learners to adapt after receiving a world-class education. The programs are flexible enough for full-time workers, and provide a personalized learning experience.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are subject to change and may increase each academic year. Tuition does not include student fees, technology platform licensing, or support services. Learners are also responsible for travel and accommodation costs related to any in-person immersions or residentials.

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Online MSW learners at Syracuse University get to choose between the following two social work concentrations:

  • Advanced Integrated Practice (AIP): This concentration is for learners who want to practice in areas such as community organizing, public policy, human service administration, and other interdisciplinary organizations.
  • Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP): This concentration is for learners who want to practice in clinical mental health inpatient and outpatient settings — such as diagnosis and psychotherapy — as licensed clinical social workers (LCSW).
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Syracuse University offers two different tracts: traditional, for those with a bachelor’s degree in an area that is not social work; and advanced standing for those who graduated within the last 10 years from an undergraduate social work program that is accredited by the CSWE. Learners who complete the program will earn a CSWE-accredited MSW degree for social work. To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions

  • Résumé or CV

  • Personal essay

  • Letters of recommendation

Field placements


Woven throughout the curriculum are two distinct placement experiences. First, traditional learners will complete 200 hours of foundational fieldwork through virtual field placements.  During placements, learners will participate in live simulations, engage with expert demonstrations, practice skills independently, and build foundational knowledge. Next, traditional learners will complete 800 hours, or three terms, of concentration fieldwork at one placement site.

These field placements are designed to help learners put their newly acquired skills into practice.

Online learners can expect to experience similar placements as on-campus learners. Previously, placements for the on-campus MSW program have been internships with organizations or programs such as departments of health, state and federal representative offices, homeless and housing coalitions, integrated health clinics, healthcare-setting administration, medical social work, VA medical centers, outpatient drug and alcohol treatment, family and child therapy programs, and inpatient psychiatric units.

Learners participating in the advanced standing track will take part in two terms of concentrated fieldwork, completing 500 hours at a placement site where you will be able to put what you learned into practice in real time.

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