Master of Social Work Online MSW

Program Type:
Online Master
College of Health and Public Affairs
Credits Required

Earn your Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate degree online from UCF’s School of Social Work and make a difference in your community. MSW students become practitioners who promote optimal well-being, human rights, and social and economic justice. The MSW focuses on social change from a regional and global perspective with individuals, families, groups and communities in diverse practice settings.

UCF’s online Masters in Social Work offers part-time enrollment to individuals who do not have a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree or earned their BSW more than five years ago. Classes are offered on seven week terms with students enrolled in one class per term.

Application and Admission Requirements

Ready to take the next step? Application deadline for Spring is November 1st. Applicants can apply to the Online MSW by visiting the UCF Online Graduate Application. Please note: UCF Online is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information. The online MSW program is completed entirely online and charges a special tuition rate. As such, online MSW students are not permitted to enroll in any certificate programs through UCF.

Have Questions?

We’re here to help. Contact a UCF Online Success Coach by calling 1-855-903-8576. We can answer your questions and help with the application process. Success Coaches are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

For general information on UCF graduate admissions requirements visit the Graduate Admissions page.

Questions? Call us at 1-855-903-8576
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Online MSW Plan of Study

The online Master of Social Work (MSW) part-time option allows students who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work degree to complete the MSW required curriculum online over the course of three years. The online MSW has a behavioral health focus with classes offered in seven week terms in which students are enrolled in one class per term. Beginning in their second year, students will start a part-time generalist field seminar and complete 400 hours in the field. In their third and final year, students will complete their clinical field seminar and complete 600 hours in the field.

The new online Master of Social Work (MSW) part-time Advanced Standing option allows students with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE accredited school/program who demonstrate academic potential and professional maturity to complete the MSW degree online in four semesters of graduate study. The online MSW has a behavioral health focus with classes offered in seven week terms in which students are enrolled in one class per term. Beginning in their second semester, students will start a part-time clinical field seminar and finish in their final semester with a minimum of 600 clock hours in the field.

Both of these cohort models develop a sense of community amongst students and create stronger peer support.


Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Term 1.1 Term 1.2 Term 2.1 Term 2.2 Term 3.1 Term 3.2
SOW 5105 – Human Behavior I: Individual SOW 5132 – Diverse Client Populations SOW 5106 – Human Behavior II: Systems SOW 5235 – Social Welfare Policies SOW 5305 – Social Work Practice I SOW 6712 Clinical SW with Substance Abuse/Addiction

Behavioral Health Track: Second Year

Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
Term 4.1 Term 4.2 Term 5.1 Term 5.2 Term 6.1 Term 6.2
SOW 5306 – Social Work Practice II SOW 5404 – Social Work Research SOW 6806* Behavioral Health Skills SOW 6246 – Policy Analysis Social Change SOW 6123 – Psychosocial Pathology SOW 6424 – Theories for Evidence-based Clinical Social Work Practice
SOW 5565 – PT Generalist Field/Seminar I SOW 5566 – PT Generalist Field/Seminar II SOW 5567 – PT Generalist Field/Seminar III

Behavioral Health Track: Third Year

Semester 7 Semester 8 Semester 9
Term 7.1 Term 7.2 Term 8.1 Term 8.2 Term 9.1 Term 9.2
SOW 6348 – Practice with Individuals SOW 6612 – Practice with Families SOW 6324 – Practice with Groups SOW 6604* Medications in SW Practice
SOW 6561 – PT Clinical Field/Seminar I SOW 6563 – PT Clinical Field/Seminar III SOW 6562 – PT Clinical Field/Seminar II

*Alternative options may be offered for elective courses. Please contact the Online MSW Advising Coordinator for additional information.

Social Work Field Education

Field education is a central component of any MSW curriculum. It provides the opportunity for students to apply and integrate learning with actual practice. The online MSW offers two field experiences:

  • A generalist placement which consists of an average of 10 hours per week, learning opportunity totaling 400 hours
  • A clinical placement which consists of an average of 13 hours per week, community-based experience totaling 600 hours

The UCF School of Social Work is responsible for placing students in approved agencies. Agencies will be identified within each student’s area in order to fulfill their field education requirement.

During field education students are supervised by a professional field instructor and attend a biweekly, online integrative seminar. The student and field instructor work together to develop yearlong assignments. In addition, a faculty member is assigned to serve as the school’s liaison to the agency.

Get to Know the Faculty


Online MSW Faculty - Mary Ann Burg

Mary Ann Burg Ph.D., LCSW

Research Interests

  • Access to psychosocial care in health care settings
  • Primary care settings
  • Oncology settings
  • Health professions’ training to improve psychosocial care delivery
  • Quality of life for cancer survivors
  • Curriculum outcomes in social work
  • Behavioral health


Reshawna Chapple

Reshawna Chapple Ph.D., M.S.W.

Research Interests

  • Disabilities
  • Black and African American families
  • Mental health and crisis intervention
  • Equity and access in higher education


Online MSW Faculty - Sophia Dziegielewski

Sophia Dziegielewski Ph.D., LCSW

Research Interests

  • Human subject research and protection of the rights of human subjects
  • Child protection
  • Mental health assessment and treatment
  • Health and wellness
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Standardized testing strategies and continuing education and training


Online MSW Faculty - Denise Gammonley

Denise Gammonley Ph.D., M.S.W.

Research Interests

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Elder care workforce development
  • Person-centered care practices
  • Global social work practice


Online MSW Faculty - Kim Gryglewicz

Kim Gryglewicz Ph.D., M.S.W.

Research Interests

  • Suicide prevention
  • Health and mental health
  • Family engagement & caregiving issues
  • Systems of care
  • Program implementation and evaluation

Online MSW Faculty - Shawn Lawrence

Shawn Lawrence Ph.D., LCSW

Research Interests

  • Childhood obesity and physical activity
  • Bullying
  • Truancy


Online MSW Faculty - Ana Leon

Ana Leon Ph.D., LCSW

Research Interests

  • Pediatric health and mental health
  • Infant mental health
  • Chronic illness in children and parental stress
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Latino children and families


Online MSW Faculty - Olga Molina

Olga Molina D.S.W., LCSW

Research Interests

  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Divorce
  • Intimate partner violence
  • African-American and Latino families
  • Group work
  • Mental health


Online MSW Faculty - Julie Steen

Julie Steen Ph.D., M.S.W.

Research Interests

  • Human rights
  • Child welfare organizations
  • Child welfare policy
  • Social work education


Online MSW Faculty - Tracy Wharton

Tracy Wharton Ph.D., LCSW

Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Caregiving
  • Trauma
  • Animal-assisted therapies
  • Military families


Online MSW Faculty - Bonnie Yegidis

Bonnie Yegidis Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • Domestic violence
  • Child welfare organizations
  • Social work education
  • Women’s mental health


Online MSW Support Team
Adriana Kelly – Advising Coordinator, Online MSW Track
Shane Murphy – Program Assistant, Online MSW Track
Christine Ferretti – Online Field Coordinator and Instructor, Online MSW Track
Shellene Mazany – Online MSW Track Coordinator
*Contact information can be found here:


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Tuition & Fees


Tuition Per Credit

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Financial Aid

Many Online MSW students qualify for financial assistance and support. To explore all of the options for funding your graduate education, visit UCF’s Funding Your Graduate Degree website.

To learn more about financial aid eligibility and requirements, check out our Financial Support Guide.

UCF does not accept the State or UCF Employee tuition waiver for this program. Learn more about tuition waivers at UCF or contact a Success Coach for additional program information.

Quick Facts

  • Fully-online degree
  • Cohort model for strong peer support
  • Graduates are eligible to sit for state licensure exam
  • Accredited by the CSWE
  • 7 week terms
  • Admission three times a year
  • Highly accomplished research faculty
  • Career mobility with degree
  • Wide range of professional opportunities

UCF Offers an Online MSW Degree Accredited by the CSWE

The MSW Program at the University of Central Florida School of Social Work is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.

Career Opportunities

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  • case manager
  • child welfare caseworker
  • clinical mental health social worker
  • clinical practitioner
  • counselor
  • grant writer
  • medical social worker
  • researcher
  • school social worker
  • social worker
  • substance abuse counselor
  • therapist