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About Fordham University

About Fordham University

Fordham University: The Jesuit University of New York has provided education in New York and beyond since its founding in 1841. Its Catholic roots inform its mission, curriculum, and culture.

Within Fordham's Graduate School of Social Service is a Master of Social Work program that is fully online. Along with being ranked on U.S. News & World Report as #25 for social work graduate schools, the program has a curriculum focused on meeting the needs of a 21st century audience. The curriculum offers four focus areas to choose from, including Policy Practice and Advocacy, Evaluation, Individuals and Family, and Organizations and Community. Additionally, because the program is fully online, students can participate from any location. Even in-person internships can be completed in a city of the student's choosing. The Jesuit tradition teaches improving one's self in order to positively impact the world. Aligning with the school's mission and vision, this program's holistic approach seeks to not only impart knowledge but also build character.

Student Testimonials

''I wanted a college or university that had a great reputation and that's definitely Fordham University.''

- Ebony M. Wilkinson, graduate of Graduate School of Social Service

''The Fordham degree definitely opened up so many doors for me as far as career options.''

- Mack Graham, graduate of Graduate School of Social Service

Why Fordham University

  • Academic Excellence: MSW students can be assured of the quality of their education. Fordham has produced 185 Fulbright Scholars and has a high rate of acceptance for further education in the health field. Their libraries hold a total collection of over two million resources, including in both physical and digital forms. It is also one of only 99 universities in the United States that is classified as a research university.
  • Flexibility: Fordham's Master of Social Work program is designed to meet the individual needs of each student. Depending on a student's previous education and experience, they may qualify for an advanced program that will skip some of the preliminary courses. Additionally, regardless of which track a student is in, they are able to customize their program to suit the subject areas and focuses they are most interested in.
  • Character Building: Fordham is committed to developing the whole person, including mind, body, and spirit. MSW students will have the opportunity to learn technical knowledge, but will also be taught the importance of good character and contributing positively to society.
  • Employability: Social workers are in high demand, with a growth outlook of 11% through 2028 predicted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The MSW is designed to prepare you for working and leading in this high-demand industry.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to Fordham's Master of Social Work program are required to have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited program. Those with a Bachelor's in Social Work may be eligible to qualify for the advanced track. The application includes the submission of an essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation. Applicants to Fordham University should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Fordham University offers the following degree programs:

  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Master of Science in Management
  • Master of Science in Strategic Marketing Communications
  • Master of Science in Teaching
  • Master of Studies in Law in Corporate Compliance
  • Masters in Social Work