Degrees & Programs


Current Students


The MSW curriculum ensures that graduates have the competencies and skills needed to successfully practice in a variety of settings and is designed to be student-friendly and flexible. Students can tailor their educational experience through an extensive list of course options for working with various populations and problems, and in many types of social work settings. This dynamic curriculum offers diverse options that offer students greater choice in their courses of study reflecting the contemporary contexts in which social workers practice.

Our curriculum allows students to pursue the following Areas of Emphasis:

  • Aging and Health
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Child and Youth Services
  • Community and Social Justice


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

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Master of Social Work students have the option of being full-time or part-time students. Full-time study for graduate students is 8 credit hours a semester and many of our part-time students take a full-time load.  Anything over 8 credit hours is still considered full-time and is charged at the same rate as 8 hours.
To access the current tuition table for a Master of Social Work student, please visit the Registrar’s Tuition and Fees Page.

For a breakdown of Online Tuition and Fees, please visit the Ohio State Online site.

Scholarships and Financial Aid


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.  Please visit the web site of OSU’s Student Financial Aid Office for more information or contact the office at:


1st Floor SAS Building
281 W Lane Ave,
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: 614-292-0300
Toll-free: 800-678-6440 

To see OSU’s Student Tuition and Fee Tables, please visit the
Office of the University Registrar’s web site.

OSU School Code for FAFSA is 003090. 


There are a number of fellowships offered through the Graduate School.  If you are interested in being nominated for fellowships, please visit the Graduate School webpage to determine your eligibility and deadlines to apply.

Please note: in order to be considered for a University Fellowship nomination, applications must be submitted by December 1, 2017. The GRE will need to be taken by November 15th.

Graduate School Fellowships


We are proud to have many high achieving students in the College of Social Work, and we intend to award as many scholarships as possible. Our scholarships are competitive, varied, and awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, and/or one’s 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.


To apply for a Social Work scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year, you must complete the online scholarship application by March 1, 2018. You will be required to submit the following documents:

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

If you are interested in being considered for a need-based scholarship, you must also complete the FAFSA by February 1, 2018.

Applications will be open at the beginning of the 2018.

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.

Licensing Requirements


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 $60.00 application fee (keep job descriptions brief): 
  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. 

    1. 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.
    1. 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. Have your school mail 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

For more information on social work licensing in the state of Ohio, please visit:

State of Ohio Social Work Licensing Board:

Licensing Resources

Association of Social Work Boards (
Creates the social work licensing exams, provides information about each of the state requirements for licensing, and offers preparation materials for the licensing exam.

Social Work Examination Services (
Offers licensing exam preparation- books and courses.

For more information regarding licensing requirements visit (
This website features state-specific guides to issues facing social workers.

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