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Social Work, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #801 (QS) Manhattan, NY, United States
Fordham University's top-ranked Master of Social Work (MSW) program enables you to transform your passion for helping others into professional success.
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Ranked in the top 10% in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, our accredited MSW provides the experiential education you need to foster positive change within individuals,families, organizations, and communities.

At Fordham, you have a choice of three campus locations: Lincoln Center, Westchester, and Long Island as well as a hybrid and top-ranked online MSW program—all with a distinguished faculty and quality MSW curriculum.

The program includes:
  • Concentrations in clinical, leadership, macro practice, and research that provide focused expertise and prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers.
  • Flexible scheduling and student-centered plans of study—including part-time, weekend, extended and asynchronous, hybrid, and online options—to fit your needs.
  • A wide variety of supervised field placements that give you the opportunity to translate theory into practice.
  • Accelerated degree paths for transfer students and BSW graduates, and specialized study plans for current social workers.
  • Joint MSW degree programs in the fields of law, public health, divinity, and psychotherapy.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Fordham University is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic Jesuit - religion. Fordham University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Human Rights and Social Justice
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment II 
  • Social Work Practice in Research I
  • Social Work Practice in Research II
  • Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities I
  • Generalist Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities II
  • Social Policy I: Policy and the Profession

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    66 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Eighteen undergraduate credits in liberal arts content.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    935 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 935 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    935 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 935 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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