The Online Master of Social Work Program from Fordham University

Featuring a Future-Focused Curriculum Designed to Set Students Up for Success

Accredited by the CSWE

Full-time and
part-time options

Top-25 Ranked School of
Social Work1

Curriculum Overview

Our online program helps aspiring social work leaders develop the skills and knowledge needed to help clients in diverse communities across the country.

Featuring future-focused, skills-based classes, OnlineMSW@Fordham gives you the freedom to customize your own curriculum while fully preparing you to deliver responsive, 21st-century practice.

You’ll work directly with an academic adviser to choose courses based on your interests, with the option to focus on one or more practice areas:

and Families

and Community


Policy Practice
and Advocacy

Field Education Near Your Community

Field education is a critical part of the social work curriculum for both on-campus and online MSW students. Designed to give you the richest field experience possible, our online MSW program enables you to begin your field education shortly after you start classes.

As an online student, you will

  • work with a placement specialist who will identify partner sites near your area where you can apply theory to practice to help clients in need;
  • complete one or two placements, depending on your plan of study;
  • receive guidance and training from a professional social worker, who will act as your supervisor and mentor during your placements.

Program Options

The online MSW program offers multiple plans of study to ensure your experience best fits your academic background and personal schedule.

Traditional Online MSW

If you earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, you will complete 66 credits of generalist and advanced direct practice coursework. Complete in as few as 16 months full time or 24–32 months part time.

Advanced Standing Online MSW

If you earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or completed the first year of a CSWE-accredited MSW program, you may be eligible for advanced standing, which includes 33 credits of advanced direct-practice coursework. Earn your MSW in as few as eight months full time or 16 months part time.

Lead the Way

Pursue social work licensure with the online MSW from Fordham University’s top-ranked Graduate School of Social Service, one of the largest schools of social work in the nation.

1 Best Schools for Social Work, U.S. News & World Report. (accessed 2019). Return to footnote reference