Florida State University College of Social Work

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Florida State University

FSU is the oldest continuously operating higher education institution in the Sunshine State. A research-focused university that boasts the highest research activity Carnegie Commission classification, the school educates more than 41,000 learners. The dedication to research stretches across the university’s 301 programs. The academic rigor and prestigious faculty bring students to the university from every county in Florida and more than 130 countries. The primary campus in Tallahassee covers nearly 500 acres.

Florida State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The FSU College of Social Work’s programs are accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).

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Social Work Program Overview

FSU established its College of Social work in 1928, making it the oldest social work department in the state. This upholds the school’s reputation as a leader in social work education with the country’s first accredited online master’s degree in social work. The school helps graduates long after graduation with the Office of Professional Development, which provides continuing education for social work professionals who want to maintain their licenses and certificates. As the College of Social Work expands, the faculty and staff remain committed to creating well-rounded social work professionals who change lives.

Online Social Work Programs

The Florida State University College of Social Work offers a master’s degree in social work online with tracks for students with bachelor’s degrees in social work and for those who do not hold a degree. Students who hold bachelor’s degrees in social work who take full-time courses graduate with 39 credits in two years. Full-time students from other educational backgrounds take three years and earn 61 credits. The school also offers a part-time option online. While distance degree students do not need to meet on campus, they must complete field experiences in their communities. Admissions requirements for an online master’s degree in social work program are the same as the on-campus option.

On-Campus Social Work Programs

The Florida State University College of Social work offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees on campus. The online and in-person master’s degrees require the same credits. On-campus graduate students can pursue their master’s degree in social work alongside MBAs, master’s degrees in public administration, or law degrees. Learners can take courses on the campuses in Tallahassee or Panama City, Florida. The Florida State social work school also offers certificates in child welfare practice, gerontology/aging studies, and Leadership in Executive and Administrative Development.

Florida State University Online Social Work Programs

Online Master’s in Social Work

Program Overview

  • Department: College of Social Work
  • Program Name: Master of Social Work
  • Concentrations: Social leadership, clinical social work


  • Format: Online
  • Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Program Requirements

  • Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree
  • Credit Requirements: 39-61
  • Field Education Requirements: 10 credits

Program Length

  • Program Options: Part-time and full-time options
  • Program Length: 2-3 years
  • Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring and Summer semesters

Admission Requirements

  • Application Deadline: June 1st, October 1st, and March 1st
  • GPA: 3.0 minimum
  • Standardized Tests: GRE
  • Work Experience: No minimum
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