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Fordham University MSW online

Become a social work leader rooted in social justice and service to others. Pursue an MSW from Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service.

About the program

  • Find the pace and timing that works for you: Choose between full- or part-time pacing and multiple annual start dates.
  • Tailor your degree to your interests: The program has four advanced practice areas: individuals and families, organizations and community, policy practice and advocacy, and evaluation.
  • See if you qualify for the advanced standing option: Qualified learners can earn an advanced MSW degree in eight months full time, or 16 months part time.

About the Graduate School of Social Service

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Fordham University’s top-ranked Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) has been educating practitioners for more than a century and is one of the largest schools of social work in the nation.


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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Program tracks

Develop your sense of caring for the whole person, and learn what it means to bring that to your professional work through one of two tracks — both rigorous, and both rooted in social justice and service to others.

  • Traditional Standing: Complete 62 credits of foundation and advanced practice coursework.
  • Advanced Standing: Build on the foundation you gained during your bachelor’s degree in social work, and complete 31 credits of advanced practice coursework.
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The Graduate School of Social Service seeks to admit principled and intelligent learners who are pursuing social work not just as a career, but also as part of a greater commitment to serve their communities. To complete an application, you will need to submit:

  • Online application

  • Personal statement

  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts

  • Letter of recommendation

Field education

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Field education is an integral part of the online Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Both traditional and advanced standing learners begin working with real clients in the field soon after classes begin. This allows learners to spend the maximum amount of time applying the skills they are gaining in class, while exploring how they best want to serve their communities. 

To facilitate field education opportunities, the online MSW at the Graduate School of Social Work has partnerships with agencies across the country that share in their core values and meet their high standards for practice. Placement specialists are available to help learners find field education opportunities at faculty-approved agencies near their own area.

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