Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program prepares graduates to work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations within medical and behavioral health settings, with a special focus on military populations.

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Program Description

The Master of Social Work program at UWF develops advanced practitioners who can demonstrate clinical and critical thinking skills necessary to assist clients in a broad range of dilemmas and settings. Guided by a diverse faculty, the department is committed to promoting human rights, social and economic justice, and respect for diversity to improve the lives of the individuals and communities we serve. The M.S.W. program at the University of West Florida is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.


Advanced Standing
The Advanced Standing program is limited to exceptional students who hold the BSW degree from a CSWE accredited social work program. The program is designed to be completed in three semesters, including summer term. The student completes 600 hours of field education during the program. Field education is completed during the week, concurrently with the classroom instruction.

Regular, Full-Time
The Full-time program is designed to be completed in five straight semesters including the summer term. The program includes 900 hours of field education. The foundation placement is for one semester (300 hours) in a foundation agency. The advanced placement is for two semesters (600 hours) in a clinical setting, in the same agency.

Regular, Part-Time
The Part-time program is designed to be completed in seven semesters including summer terms. The program includes 900 hours of field education which is completed during the week during daytime hours. The first foundation placement is for one semester (300 hours) in a foundation agency. The advanced placement is for two semesters (600 hours) in the same clinical setting.

Social Work Field Education
Field Education is an integral component of Department Work Education, anchored in the mission, goals, and educational objectives of the program. It occurs in settings that reinforce students’ identification with the purposes, values, and ethics of the profession; fosters the integration of empirical and practice-based knowledge; and promotes the developments and enhancement of clinical social work knowledge and skills.

Department Contact

Charito Lyster
Department of Social Work
Building 86, Room 112E
(850) 474-3259

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*
• Submission of graduate application and processing fee 
• Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
Submission of one of the following graduate admission tests: GRE (Verbal and Quantitative score) or MAT
• Undergraduate cumulative GPA 
• Academic preparation as demonstrated by quality and relevance of undergraduate degree major 
• Submission of a personal statement using the required Social Work Personal Statement Form
• Submission of three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's ability to succeed in a graduate program (Advanced Standing applicants must include one recommendation form from a supervisor who provided supervision during their 400-hour senior field placement)
• Submission of the MSW Criminal History Form 
• Submission of a copy of final evaluation (only required for Advanced Standing applicants who received their undergraduate social work degree from an institution other than UWF)
• Work experience as documented on the Social Work Supplemental Application Questions.

Advanced Standing applicants must meet the following requirements:
• Applicant for advanced standing must posses an undergraduate degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program.
• Applicant must have a GPA of 3.5 or better.
• Applicant must have earned their B.S.W. degree within 7 years of admission to the program.
• Additional admissions requirements are listed under the departmental requirements section (above).

Application Deadlines

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Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines. For the Part-time application deadline, please contact Chel Rodriguez at


Download the Social Work MSW Checklist (PDF)
MSW Program Sheet

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