Earn an Online Master of Social Work



Are you ready to advance your career and make a difference as a social worker?

USF’s Online Master of Social Work (MSW) programs provide students the specialized skills necessary to make a difference in the world around them. Graduates are prepared to become therapists, work in veteran’s affairs services, or pursue one of the many other careers in this fast-growing field. With our MSW programs, you’ll be equipped to advocate for the population and communities you’re most passionate about serving.

      •    GRE is not required for admissions. However, applicants with a GPA less than 3.0 may submit GRE scores to strengthen their application.
      •    Fully online, with live-online sessions two evenings per week
              •    Field hours are in person and require availability during normal business hours
      •    Two tracks available depending on your educational background

Which Track is Right for You?

USF's online MSW program has two tracks designed for both recently graduated students and working professionals. Both program tracks include top-tier faculty, real-world field placement experience and the ability to study remotely.

Traditional Master of Social Work

This program is designed for students looking to establish a career in the social work field. No prior social work education or experience is necessary to qualify. You can complete the traditional MSW in as few as eight semesters. The semester course load requirement makes this program a good fit for working professionals.

Advanced Standing Master of Social Work

USF's online Advanced Standing Master of Social Work is designed for individuals who have graduated from a CSWE accredited BSW program. This program allows students to complete 35 credit hours in as few as 3 semesters full time or 5 semesters part time.

Why USF’s MSW?

Since its accreditation 40 years ago, the USF School of Social Work has been perfecting its program to prepare MSW graduates to excel.


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 9 percent expected growth for social work jobs nationally between 2021 and 2031.



Quality Education

University of South Florida is ranked #42 among the Top Public Universities nationwide and among the Best Value public universities, making it one of the best places to obtain your degree.




The mission of the University of South Florida, School of Social Work is to prepare graduates to achieve excellence as professionals and leaders in social work practice, research, and education. Our focus is to develop generalist social workers at the bachelor's level, clinical social workers at the master's level, and social work scholars at the doctoral level and to encourage students to embrace social work knowledge, ethics, skills, and values. Beginning in our own diverse region, and extending nationally and globally, we are committed to graduating students who reflect the School's commitment to promoting social and economic justice, human rights, human dignity, scientific inquiry, and sustainable human and community well-being for all.

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Watch Online MSW Graduates Celebrate

Discover what stood out to students earning USF's Online MSW, from the community of support to the course flexibility and convenience.

Social Work Ceremony Video


Gain On-Site Experience

USF's School of Social Work has more than 350 community partnerships with over 1,000 field instructors. Our dedicated placement coordinator will match you with a field placement that will provide the opportunity to work hands-on with seasoned professionals.


Expand Your Career Options

USF's MSW graduates are highly qualified for positions in a variety of settings, including the treatment of individuals, families, and groups. Most report increases in salary and job opportunities, and some graduates even open an independent practice.


Online Learning Convenience

This program is designed for busy, working adults who are looking to study remotely. Plus, you enjoy the same accomplished research faculty as on-campus students. No matter where in the U.S. you call home, our convenient online programs mean you can study from wherever, whenever.


CSWE Accreditation

As an institution accredited by the highly esteemed Council of Social Work Education, you can rest assured that you will receive a quality education that sets you up for both success in your career and lifelong advocacy.


Choosing the Program That’s Right for You

Through both the Online Traditional MSW and Online Advanced Standing MSW, students can combine the flexibility of online coursework with the opportunity to participate in live online learning experiences with faculty. Ready to decide if an online degree program is right for you? Learn about how both programs compare to the classroom-based options.