The online Master of Social Work (MSW) program seeks to admit intelligent and principled students who are pursuing social work not just as a career but also as part of a larger commitment to the values and ethics of the field. We review applications holistically to ensure that we are admitting qualified students with a range of academic backgrounds and professional skills.

To apply, you must have the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 2.6 or above. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
  • 18 undergraduate liberal arts credits

Application Deadlines

We offer multiple start dates per year and review applications on a rolling basis. View the application deadlines for our upcoming start dates below. Consult your Admissions Counselor for information regarding Full-time cohort availability surrounding COVID-19.

January 2022 Cohort deadlines and start date
January 2022 Cohort Date
Priority Application Deadline September 20, 2021
Final Application Deadline November 1, 2021
Live Sessions Begin January 3, 2022
May 2022 Cohort deadlines and start date
May 2022 Cohort Date
Priority Application Deadline January 24, 2022
Final Application Deadline March 7, 2022
Live Sessions Begin May 16, 2022

Plans of Study


This plan of study offers a comprehensive master’s-level social work education that comprises both generalist and specialist knowledge. As a traditional MSW student, you could earn your degree in as few as 16 months full time, 24 months part-time, or 32 months part-time. Visit our application items page for a full list of requirements.

Advanced Standing

This plan of study enables qualified students with a social work background to bypass generalist coursework and earn their degree in as few as eight months full time or 16 months part time. You may be eligible for advanced standing if within the past five years you have either

earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)


completed one year of coursework through another CSWE-accredited MSW program.

Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA from their BSW or one year of coursework through another MSW program.

To be considered for admission, both BSW graduates and transfer applicants must provide additional forms, as outlined on the application items page.

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) also offers a hybrid MSW program for students residing in the Long Island area, combining online courses with traditional face-to-face classes at Molloy College’s campus. GSS also offers its MSW program at three different campus locations: Lincoln Center, Westchester and Long Island. Visit the main GSS website for more information.

Interested in an
On-Campus Program?

Fordham University offers hybrid and on-campus MSW programs, which feature the same curriculum as our online program.

Visit our on-campus program website for more information.