Support for Online Students


The Office of Advising supports your educational development and success in the MSSW program. As an Online Campus student, the Office of Advising will assign you an advisor who will act as your first point of contact between your local field placement and the School of Social Work as well as your primary resource for educational support throughout the year. You can expect the following from your advisor:

• Primary resource for advising: academic, field and challenges that may potentially impact your academic and/or field performance

• Mentorship from an experienced practitioner

• One-on-one meetings to discuss field and academic successes and challenges

• Mandatory visits by your Advisor to the internship site

• Advising Seminars for professional social work practice development

• Email/Phone contact as needed

Additionally, you can make an appointment to meet with the Director or Associate Directors of Advising at CSSW either via telephone or web conference by contacting

Office of Career & Leadership Development

The Office of Career & Leadership Development guides you both as a student and later as an alumnus/a of the School as you search for career opportunities and make decisions about your professional path. Online Campus students can set up 30-minute career appointments via web conference or telephone and it is up to you to decide what will be covered during that time. Popular topics include résumé and cover letter critiques, interview preparation, mock interviews, networking strategies, salary negotiations, and techniques for mapping out a career plan. To set up an appointment visit: For more information about the Office of Career & Leadership Development visit: //

Writing Center

Online Campus students may utilize the CSSW Writing Center’s services with any piece of writing–academic or professional–at any draft stage, with any writing concern. Writing consultants are available for online appointments via WCONLINE, a scheduler and web conferencing platform that allows for video chat, text chat and synchronous document review. For Writing Center sign-up policies and instructions visit: //

Columbia University Libraries

While a student at CSSW, you will have access to one of the world’s premiere collections in social work and social services, as well as to the collections and services of the other 21 libraries that make up Columbia’s library system, one of the top five research libraries in North America. Online Campus students can access all online databases and library resources using your UNI login. For additional support, the Social Work Librarian is available for telephone or web conference appointments to discuss some of the resources 11 available in your local area. Comprehensive information about the Social Work Library’s collections and services can be found here: