Online Master of Social Work (MSW)
UCF School of Social Work
Social work is among the fastest growing occupations in America, with a projected 16 percent employment growth from 2016 to 2026. Today’s rapidly changing world requires well trained clinical social workers that will address the national and global health and mental health challenges that impact individuals, families, groups, and communities. Our online Master of Social Work program, grounded in ‘best practices’ for online learning is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and recognizes that we are all interconnected and what affects one segment of our society or world may affect others. The Covid-19 pandemic, natural disasters, changes in the economy social injustices, community & global violence, and other widespread events, are some of the unique circumstances people face today. To effectively address these, our students actively participate in a graduate educational experience that equips students with social work theory, practice and clinical skills designed to empower our students to address national and global health and mental health challenges and opportunities. Our coursework is complemented by field education internships that provide ‘hands on’ learning experiences with clients and patients and provide students with opportunities to engage with other social work professionals. And our academic advisors and faculty members are committed to helping you succeed academically.
The UCF MSW Online program is a nine-semester program designed specifically for students who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work or who completed their BSW more than five years ago. The faculty in this program demonstrate passion for teaching, research and service and have rich, diverse backgrounds and experiences that include work with very young children, school age children, adolescents’ adults, and older adults. Our faculty conduct research in diverse areas such as gerontology, mental health, trauma, health, disabilities, sexual trauma, domestic violence, military veterans and families, virtual reality, addictions, infant mental health, child abuse, foster care, community work, and many other exciting areas of clinical social work practice. Committed to providing mentoring opportunities in and out of the classroom, our faculty are eager to help you succeed academically.
Come join other students who are ready to make a difference in the world! When you complete this MSW online degree program, you will be prepared to succeed in the rewarding field of social work. Get started today to begin impacting lives tomorrow.
*Note — due to social work state licensure requirements, UCF is not able to offer the social work online program to students from Nebraska.
Students are not permitted to switch between the online MSW tracks and the on-campus, face-to-face tracks due to the strict cohort model the Online MSW follows.
All current students are members of a non-credit Webcourse called the Online MSW Advising Portal. Please visit your dashboard to access this course.
To request a licensure verification letter, please complete the survey online.
Online Student Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
The Online MSW is a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree track offered through the University of Central Florida. There are two online options available at this time: Online Part-Time track and Online Part-Time Advanced Standing track.
The online MSW is completed fully online with the exception of in-person field experiences. Your participation is expected and required much like in face-to-face courses. That said, not all students are suited for online learning. The online MSW may not be the right fit for you if:
- You do not have unlimited access to high-speed internet
- You cannot type or type very slowly
- You do not have access or basic knowledge of computer and internet skills including software applications, uploading and downloading documents
- You have difficulty with time-management and/or are unable to commit to 18 hours per week of coursework and an additional 10-15 hours for field placement
The MSW program at UCF is fully accredited through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
There are two differences between the Online MSW and the Orlando MSW tracks: method of delivery and length of classes. The curriculum content is the same for both options and is regulated by the CSWE through its accreditation standards. While the Online MSW courses are completed entirely online, the Orlando MSW options offer primarily face-to-face courses along with some online courses. Courses in the Online MSW are set an accelerated pace of 7-weeks each. Each semester you will have two 7-week terms in which you will focus on one course at a time. This does not including field seminar classes which last the duration of a semester (14-16 weeks). The Orlando MSW courses last an entire semester (14-16 weeks).
The Online MSW was created for students who do not have a BSW degree or who earned their BSW more than six years prior to initial enrollment. The Advanced Standing Online MSW option is for students who have earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program within the last six years with a GPA of 3.3 in their last 60 credit hours. This track admits only once a year in the fall semester.
The Online MSW is a 62 credit hour track. The Advanced Standing Online MSW is a 32 credit hour track
The Online MSW will take 3 years to complete. The Advanced Standing Online MSW will take 16 months to complete.
Graduate social work education is both difficult and time consuming. Many of our students maintain employment, but we strongly emphasize that you schedule your time wisely for both your online courses, and for your field placement. In addition, during your field placement, you will be required to complete at least 50% of your hours during business hours (M-F, 8-5pm), so please keep that in mind.
You are absolutely welcome to visit campus if you wish, but it is not a requirement. Everything is completed online except for your field placement. We attempt to place students within a 45-mile radius of their location, unless you are located in a restricted state.
To view the technology requirements for [email protected], please visit: https://cdl.ucf.edu/support/student/technology-requirements/
Keep in mind that the online method of delivery is not the right fit for all students. To determine if you can find success in an online program, we encourage you to visit Knights Online for additional information: https://cdl.ucf.edu/support/student/knights-online/
No. Your diploma will state that you earned an MSW at the University of Central Florida.
At this time our program meets the educational eligibility criteria for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida.
We are unable to confirm the licensure and certification requirements of other states not listed above. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its eligibility criteria. You may review state requirements through the Association of Social Work Boards.
You are welcome to contact Shellene Mazany, MSW, LCSW, the Online MSW Director, with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.
UCF Online students have access and privileges to a wide range of student services. However, some campus resources and services are supported by student fees that are waived for UCF Online students. You can learn about the services that are available as an online student by visiting: https://www.ucf.edu/online/resources/guidelines/