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Degrees & Programs


Current Students and Curriculum

Academic Advising

Our academic counselors are available to help you do the following: complete your course planning worksheet which is your road map towards graduation; assist with course selection based on your academic interests and career goals; ensure you understand our program’s graduation requirements; assist with referrals to student resources. Please contact your academic counselor directly to schedule an appointment in person or virtually.

  • Online students with last names A-I please contact Brittany Ward via email at
  • Online students with last names J-Z please contact Elena Moore via email at
  • Traditional students please contact Brenda Davidson via email at

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If you have any additional questions or to schedule an appointment with your academic advisor email us at

Additional Program Options


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

Licensing Information

States legally regulate the practice of social work to protect the public and control the use of the social work title and practice. Each state defines by law what is required for each level of social work license. Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees must be obtained from programs of social work that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Below are the steps to consider when applying for licensure:

  1. Identify the state in which you plan to work as a social worker. Search the database on The Association of Social Work Boards for each state’s licensing levels and licensing board websites.
  2. Review the state’s licensure requirements and application materials.
  3. Identify if an exam is required and which exam you must pass.
  4. If you are required to take an exam, consider taking the exam and applying for licensure during the term you plan to graduate.

Social Work Licensure in the State of Ohio

Below are the steps to take to become an LSW in the state of Ohio: 

  1. Complete the LSW application, online or paper version, and pay the $80.00 application fee (keep job descriptions brief). For Licensing step details, please visit
  2. After applying, submit the Request for Exam Pre-Approval form, via fax at (614) 728-7790 with a copy of your social work transcript.
    • If you have not graduated, please note: the Board has changed the application procedure and now requires you to upload a letter of good standing with your application. Upon submitting an application to graduate, please e-mail us if you need a letter and we will e-mail you a letter of good standing to include when you apply for licensure.
  3. You will receive an exam pre-approval letter, via email, approving you to contact the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to pay the $230 examination fee.
    • ASWB will mail information so you can register with an ACT testing center for the exam.
  4. After you pass the exam, fax or mail your passing exam score to the board.
  5. Pass the board’s online Laws & Rules Exam.
  6. Order official transcripts, showing your degree conferred, directly to the board. Your license cannot be issued until we have received a copy directly from your school.
  7. Complete the BCI and FBI criminal records check


State of Ohio Social Work Licensing Board

Association of Social Work Boards

Social Work Examination Services

Licensing requirements Information

Graduation Information


MSW students who are planning to graduate must submit an application to graduate at the start of your final term. The University utilizes the Graduate School’s online forms system:  All students who will be applying to graduate will need to access the application to graduate by using this system. Detailed information regarding Gradforms can be found here. You should read through the information before going to Gradforms and submitting any form.

A few things to keep in mind when completing your application:

1) Unless you are completing a thesis, check the box that says, “Course Based option”

2) There is no advisor or committee member name needed, UNLESS you are completing a Thesis

3) DO NOT check the “End of Semester” box

Once you submit the application, it will come to the MSW Program Office and we will complete a graduation audit to make sure you have everything needed to approve the application.  Remember, you MUST be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours of course work for the semester in which you plan to graduate. 

MSW students wear a black robe, black cap, black tassel and a citron hood to commencement and Evening of Recognition. These items can be bought at campus bookstores.


For further information about commencement, including dates, rehearsal, and instructions for commencement day, check the official website for the event at Ohio State here.

Students Unable to Attend Commencement

If a student is unable to attend commencement, a commencement excused form must be filled out. The completed form must be submitted to The Graduate School.  An electronic copy of the form can be found here.


The College of Social Work’s Evening of Recognition is an event to celebrate the college’s graduating class! The College honors all graduating students from the undergraduate to graduate level in Spring. Students who are graduating that Spring, Summer, or Autumn term are more than welcome to invite family and guests to this special event! Remember that this is a night of celebration before Ohio State’s commencement; therefore, diplomas will not be given out at this event.

Information about the Evening of Recognition and the rehearsal process will be e-mailed to graduating students as we get closer to Spring Commencement!

For a quick look at how the hooding is going to be done, please click on this link.