Student Experience

Fordham University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) offers a fulfilling online academic experience that is focused on caring for the whole person, the discovery of wisdom, and a spirit of inquiry. The program is designed specifically for the online student by integrating classes, coursework, and communication in one sophisticated platform. As you study online and complete field education near your community, you will develop intellectually, morally, and spiritually, and you will prepare to become a practitioner who improves the lives of people in your community and around the world.

Learn Social Work Concepts and Professional Ethics in an Engaging Online Campus

Our online MSW program is reflective of Fordham’s mission of seeking wisdom through research and academic excellence. Fordham’s digital campus is developed through the same methods of rigorous research to fully encompass best practices for online learning. Our seamlessly integrated curriculum uses technology to enhance and support your education in an intuitive environment and to advance your practice.

Live classes hosted weekly in a digital classroom and led by Fordham’s expert social work faculty.

Small group break-out sessions for peer discussion and opportunities to receive real-time faculty feedback.

Mobile app that offers you the ability to complete assignments, attend class, and access your dashboard.

Dashboard with one-click access to assignments, upcoming classes, community contacts, and technical support.

Face-to-face study sessions with your classmates, allowing total immersion in the academic community.

Live chat with technical support specialists when you have a question or need assistance.

In addition to online learning, students each complete in-person field experiences in their own communities. This hands-on component of the program complements and enhances the skills learned in the online classroom. Learn more about this vital part of your MSW program on our field education page.

Feel Fully Supported as a Student and an Individual

Your personal and professional responsibilities do not go away while you are working toward your MSW degree. Fordham recognizes this challenge and offers a wide range of comprehensive support that is rooted in our tradition of caring for the whole person. We carefully crafted our online experience to ensure you feel a sense of belonging within the Fordham community, and our technological resources make it easier to achieve your career goals.

An admissions counselor will answer your questions about the curriculum and student experience while guiding you through completing your application.

An adviser will help you choose your courses and stay on track to earn your degree as you progress from generalist to specialist coursework.

A placement specialist will identify local, faculty-approved sites where you can practice key skills in client-oriented professional settings.

A field adviser will provide constructive, ongoing feedback based on their professional experience.

A student support adviser will acclimate you to the various features of the online campus, check in with you along the way, and serve as a resource throughout your academic journey.

Technical support specialists will be available 24/7 to offer assistance, should you need it.

Career services specialists will help you define your professional goals and prepare you to take the next step in your career.

The Fordham student and alumni community will provide continual opportunities for you to network with like-minded practitioners.

The digital campus connects students to the school and greater Fordham community. OnlineMSW@Fordham students create lasting connections with experienced practitioners who share their commitment to serving others.

Lifelong Connections with Current and Aspiring Practitioners Committed to Changing Lives

Students in Fordham’s online MSW program possess a spirit of inquiry and curiosity. The digital campus gives you one-click access to a virtual classroom where you can ask questions or continue conversations with diverse peers and faculty who will offer perspective, insight, and personal experience that will make you a more connected, empathetic practitioner.

Here are a few ways you can connect via the Fordham digital campus:

Schedule one-on-one office hours with faculty to go over an assignment or discuss a topic that interests you.

Create affinity groups with peers based on shared interests or location.

Celebrate your achievements and get to know one another’s professional goals during online happy hours or meditation sessions.

Attend live-streamed events, including engaging discussions with social work experts.

LinkedIn Premium Career Membership

All OnlineMSW@Fordham students receive a complimentary LinkedIn Premium Career subscription. LinkedIn Premium Career gives you the tools to showcase your new skills, boost your professional growth, and feel more confident in your job search. You will gain access to a suite of career-enhancing benefits, including access to personalized feedback, coaching, and advice to help you optimize your LinkedIn profile and prepare for job interviews.

Take the Next Step

Request information below to learn how OnlineMSW@Fordham prepares you with the forward-facing skills you need to become a social work leader in the 21st century.