Student Experience

The online Master of Social Work (MSW) program offers a transformative experience rooted in academic excellence and personal growth. As you study online and complete field education near your area, you will develop intellectually, morally, and spiritually, preparing you to become a practitioner who improves the lives of people in your community and around the world.

Feel Fully Supported as a Student and an Individual

We recognize that while earning your degree, you also have a range of personal and professional responsibilities. Our comprehensive student support is rooted in the tradition of care for the whole person, enabling us to support you in many areas of your life that affect your academic success.

We will support you in your journey to earn your MSW and 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 his or her 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.

We offer a fulfilling academic experience rooted in the traditions of care for the whole person, the discovery of wisdom, and the spirit of inquiry and curiosity.

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

We place a high value on the transmission of wisdom and give you 24/7 access to our intuitive and collaborative online campus. With just a computer, web cam, microphone, and internet access, you can tap into our thriving online community.

Participate in weekly, seminar-style classes taught by accomplished faculty who are practicing social workers.

Break into small groups with peers, and receive effective faculty feedback that inspires and challenges you to advance your practice.

Access engaging readings, recorded lectures, and video case studies that bring 21st-century practice to life.

Upload your assignments and view your progress toward your final grade all in the same place.

Keep track of your class sessions, group meetings, and assignment due dates on an interactive calendar.

Form study sessions, and share your ideas on a user-friendly group wall.

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

In addition to learning online, you will also complete field education at agencies near your community. Learn more about this vital part of your MSW program on our field education page.

Develop Lasting Relationships with Current and Aspiring Practitioners Committed to the Profession

One of the defining characteristics of a Fordham MSW student is a spirit of inquiry and curiosity. The online campus gives you 24/7 access to a virtual classroom where you can ask questions or continue conversations with diverse peers and faculty, either individually or in small groups.

Here are a few ways you can connect through the online 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.

WeWork Global Access Membership

All OnlineMSW@Fordham students will have Global Access membership to WeWork community workspaces worldwide. WeWork is a global network of workspaces with hundreds of locations in more than 20 countries. As an OnlineMSW@Fordham student, you will be able to use any WeWork location to study or collaborate with other local students in the online program—furnishing opportunity to expand your network and form community. Each space features key amenities including workstations, Wi-Fi, printers, and refreshments.

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.