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Degrees & Programs


Advanced Standing Program

Our ASAP MSW program begins each summer semester and is available on campus and online. It is designed for students who have earned their Bachelor of Social Work (BSSW) within the last five years and achieved a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and a “B” or better in all required social work courses. The ASAP plan can be completed in three semesters going full-time, or you can choose to go part-time. Check out “The ASAP MSW Program Admissions Requirements” below for more details.


We are proud to have so many high achieving students in the College of Social Work, and we award as many scholarships as possible. Our scholarships are varied and awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, and professional area of interest in social work. Scholarships are awarded to enrolled students at the end of spring semester for the following academic year; the average award amount is typically $2,500 to $3,000.


Apply for the College of Social Work Scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year by clicking here. You will be required to submit the following documents:

    • A brief professional goals essay
    • A one-page résumé
    • The name and contact information of two academic or professional references

The scholarship application is open November 1, 2018, and closes February 1, 2019.

If you are interested in being considered for a need-based scholarship, you must also complete the FAFSA by February 1, 2019. Recipients will be notified by April 1, 2019.


Our online program is available in all 50 states and is asynchronous, which means you can take online courses on your own schedule. While our program is asynchronous, many of our courses are live sessions that provide opportunities to engage in real time with faculty and other students. If you are unable to participate in a live session, don’t worry, they are recorded and can be viewed when it fits your schedule. Course materials, lectures and learning activities are released weekly and can be completed at any time during a one-week window.
For more information on state authorization requirements and disclosures related to online programs, please visit


Our on-campus program allows you to enjoy the benefits of The Ohio State University, located near downtown Columbus, the nation’s 14th-largest city. A warm and welcoming academic community, a picturesque campus and a vibrant city are all within your reach. Columbus is the 13th fastest-growing city in the United States, one of the many reasons that Forbes named it one of America’s “Cities of the Future.” Click here to Experience Columbus!

ASAP MSW Program Admissions Requirements
  • Bachelor of Social Work within the last five years from an accredited college or university.
  • “B” or better in all social work required courses (a “B minus” does not meet eligibility requirements)
  • Grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (based on a 4.0 system) for all previous undergraduate academic coursework. (All previous undergraduate academic coursework includes all institutions attended, not just the institution from which your degree was received.)
  • Successful completion of field evaluation/learning agreement from their undergraduate program
  • At least 15 quarter hours or 10 semester hours of coursework in the social sciences (examples of approved subjects are typically: Anthropology, Communications, Criminology, Economics, Geography, Globalization Studies, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Speech and Hearing Science, and World Politics). If you believe you have taken a social science course, but it is not directly from one of the departments listed, a course syllabus will be needed for review.
  • To be considered for fellowships, GRE scores are required regardless of your GPA. Click here to learn more about fellowship requirements:
Curriculum and Program Highlights

Our ASAP MSW program is 43 credit hours and begins in the summer semester (June). You can complete the program full time in three semesters, or part time in two years. The ASAP MSW program is available at the Columbus campus or online.

 TOTAL  43 Hours
 Foundation Courses  4 Hours
 Areas of Emphasis  6 Hours
 Advanced Practice Methods Courses  12 Hours
 Practice Evaluation Courses  6 Hours
 Field Education & Seminar  8 Hours
Elective Courses  7 Hours

Learn More About Our ASAP Curriculum Options


Areas of Emphasis

You will develop the competencies needed to successfully practice in a variety of fields. In our integrated courses, you will develop competencies in policies, theories, issues, services, best practices and desired outcomes. Areas of emphasis include:

  • Aging and Health (available to on-campus students only)
  • Mental Health and Substance Misuse
  • Child and Youth Services
  • Community and Social Justice (available to on-campus students only)


Dual Degree Program Options

Students with cross-disciplinary interests may want to consider one of our dual degree programs. While working on their MSW, students can pursue a second master’s degree in one of three programs established with other academic units at Ohio State:

  • Master of Arts (MA) from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs
    Master of Public Health (MPH) from the College of Public Health
    Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) from the Knowlton School of Architecture

Learn More About Dual Degree Options


Combined MSW/PhD Program Option

The combined MSW/PhD is an accelerated program that requires a single application and admission process. This program is for people who are interested in making a difference through research and teaching.

Learn More About MSW/PhD Program Options


School Social Work

The School Social Work (SSW) Licensure program is a specialized curriculum that trains you to be the link between the school, home and community. All licensure requirements are completed during the program and graduates are eligible for a SSW license from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE).

Learn More About School Social Work


University Partnership Program

University Partnership Title IV-E Child Welfare Training (UPP) offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students who are passionate about working with children and families. UPP offers specialized child welfare classes and the ability to complete your field placement in a public children services agency. A $5,000 financial incentive is available upon completion and successful employment in an Ohio public children services agency.

Learn More About the University Partnership Program

Learn more about our curriculum and program highlights

Learn More about Your Field Education Experience

Field Education is one of the most vital components of your social work education – it turns your advanced study into real-life experience. All full-time and part-time ASAP MSW students are required to complete 672 hours of an advanced field placement. Based on your goals and desired learning experiences, our Field Education team will match you with one of the over 800 agencies we partner with in Ohio and across the United States. During your field experience, you will develop specific skills and knowledge in an area of practice related to your chosen specialization.

All Traditional MSW students complete a total of 896 field hours

Breakdown of field hours for a Traditional MSW student (full time)

Full-time Advanced Standing Autumn and Spring 24 hours per week, 672 total

Breakdown of field hours for a part-time student varies by student


Learn more about field placement

Interested in Starting Sooner?

Graduate non-degree is an option for students who wish to familiarize themselves with our MSW program prior to being admitted. You can apply to be a graduate non-degree student during any semester. As a graduate non-degree student, you can take up to 7 credit hours of graduate level electives that can be transferred into the program. For additional information on how to apply as a graduate non-degree student visit

Admissions Timeline and Application Checklist

The application for the academic year opens October 1 and all application materials must be submitted by April 1 to be considered for admission. This includes all letters of recommendations, transcripts and GRE scores (if applicable). We have rolling admission, which means your application will be reviewed once all supporting materials have been submitted. You will receive an admissions decision within 2-4 weeks.

CLICK HERE to view and download our helpful MSW application checklist


Questions? Email and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours, Monday-Friday.

Application Fee Waivers

If you’re an Ohio State alumni applying for our online program or have a 3.0 or higher GPA and are applying to our on campus or online program, your application fee may be waived.


Big Ten Academic Alliance

Students who have a 3.0 or higher are eligible for the Big Ten Academic Alliance Free Application


Alumni Online Program Applicants

The Ohio State University Alumni Association is piloting a new benefit: application fee waivers for OSU alumni who are applying to online programs at Ohio State.

For fee waiver eligibility and requirements, visit


Congratulations, you’re ready to apply!
Please note: if you are applying to our online option, first select the "Online" application and then select the appropriate sub-plan (ASF for ASAP full-time; ASP for ASAP part-time).
CLICK HERE to apply!

Transfer students must complete the same MSW application process. If admitted, you may transfer up to 18 quarter hours or 12 semester credits from another college/university toward your MSW degree. The coursework must be taken within the past six years to count for transfer credit.
Have questions? Email and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours, Monday-Friday.

Financing Your Education

The Ohio State University College of Social Work offers a very competitive tuition rate. Ohio residents and online students, even those outside of Ohio, pay in-state tuition, which is $6,500 per semester for a full-time student (8-18 credit hours). On campus, out-of-state students pay out-of-state tuition rates.

Master of Social Work students have the option of being full-time or part-time students. A student taking between 8-18 credit hours a semester is considered full time. Anything under eight credit hours a semester is considered part time. Keep in mind, eight credit hours costs the same as 18 credit hours, even if you are a part-time student who is taking 8 or 9 hours.




Financial aid is intended to help you finance your education when family and personal resources are not adequate to meet your total educational costs.

Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants and loans.  Visit Student Financial Aid for more information.