Skip to main content

Program at a Glance

Online Master’s
Health Professions and Sciences
Per Credit Hour

Most Innovative University 2020

Advocate for the vulnerable and promote overall well-being.

Diverse populations are impacted by diverse challenges. Mental health, human rights, homelessness, addiction and social welfare are all among the most critical issues faced today. When you earn your CSWE accredited Master of Social Work, you will help protect the rights and interests of some of society’s most vulnerable segments.

Social work is among the fastest growing occupations in America, with a projected 16 percent employment growth from 2016 to 2026. The online Master of Social Work program through UCF Online is a CSWE accredited program and will provide you with the tools you need to affect the lives of those who need it most. You’ll learn how to promote social and economic justice, human rights, and overall well-being through topics such as behavioral-health policy, managing diverse client populations, social work best practices, and more. You’ll graduate ready to create a positive impact in your community and beyond.

UCF Online’s program is designed specifically for students who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work or who completed their BSW more than five years ago. This nine-semester MSW program offers options for clinical specialization and experience through field placement, which will complement your coursework and further refine your practice skills. When you complete this MSW online degree program, you’ll be prepared to succeed in the rewarding field of social work. Get started today to begin impacting lives tomorrow.

Note — due to state licensure requirements for the field of social work, UCF will not be offering the social work online program to students from Nebraska.

Online Master of Social Work graudate with client

Industry Insights


Job Openings*


Growth Rate*

*according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Council on Social Work Education
UCF’s online MSW program is fully accredited through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accreditation body for professional social work education.

Application Deadline


March 1


June 1


November 1

Ready to begin
your journey?



March 1


June 1


November 1

Ready to begin
your journey?

Tracks Available

Part-Time Track

Created for students who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work degree or who earned their BSW more than six years prior to initial enrollment.
This track completes 62-credit hours completed in a 3-year cohort model for stronger peer support.

Part-Time Advanced Standing Track

Designed 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.
The track admits only one time a year in the fall semester.
This track completes 32-credit hours over four semesters in a cohort model.

Courses You’ll Take Include

Study of human diversity, focusing on the needs, resources, problems, and service issues of several identified minority client populations.

Identify and explore behavioral, crisis and psychosocial theories applied to individuals with emotional, social and psychological problems.

Clinical Practice with Families

Family-focused models of intervention applied to families in transition and to problems such as divorce, single parenting, and blended families.

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Apply your professional knowledge with diverse individuals, families, groups and communities
  • Engage in ethical practice grounded in human rights and social and economic justice
  • Promote the optimal well-being of vulnerable, oppressed or marginalized populations
  • Advocate for policies and services that promote social change
Full Course List Available in the Program Brochure.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

The accredited online Master of Social Work tracks are only available on a part-time basis.

The traditional online Master’s in Social Work track will take 3 years to complete. The Advanced Standing track will take 16 months to complete.

The CSWE accredited online MSW is a 62 credit hour track. The Advanced Standing online Social Work masters degree is a 32 credit hour track.

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.

The traditional online MSW track 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 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.

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.

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:

No. Your diploma will state that you earned an Master of Social Work at the University of Central Florida.

The accredited online masters degree in social work 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 Master of Social Work degree 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 Master of Social Work 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 Master of Social Work courses are completed entirely online, the Orlando MSW options offer primarily face-to-face courses along with some online courses. Courses in the online program 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).

View All FAQs

Online Support for Success

You’ve made the decision to continue your education and we’re here to help. From the moment you express interest in a UCF Online program, you’re assigned an enrollment coach to help you navigate everything from completing an application to understanding tuition and the financial aid resources available to you. Once you’re admitted, you’ll be transitioned to a personal success coach who will support you with maintaining school-life balance from the first day of classes through graduation. You’ve committed to furthering your education and we’re committed to guiding you along the way. Connect with a coach now.