Master of Social Work

Social Workers interact with diverse client populations and seek to improve the quality of life for their clients. Career opportunities are abundant, particularly for those with a Master of Social Work Degree.

Dates for Entry 

  • Advanced Standing, Summer 2014, (Main Campus) application deadline March 1, 2014
  • Full-time, Fall 2014, (Main Campus) application deadline June 1, 2014

* The Eglin based program is open to all applicants, as base access can be granted for students


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has granted initial accreditation to the UWF MSW program. The CSWE Commission on Accreditation granted initial accreditation from academic year 2008-2009 through October 2015.

Application Procedures

To apply to the Master of Social Work program, you will need to complete two applications, the University application and the Department of Social Work application.

Download and print out the MSW Admissions Checklist (PDF)

UWF Admission Requirements

  • University Application
  • GRE or MAT Exam taken within the last 5 years (Testing Information)
    • MSW program will accept either the GRE or the MAT for admission. The MSW Program requires that test scores are available before an admission decision can be made. Test scores must be received through the mail directly from the testing agency, which takes approximately three weeks from the time the test is taken until the university receives the scores. Appointments for the GRE and the MAT are available at the UWF Testing Center.
  • Two original transcripts for all undergraduate work
  • Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office if you require further information.

Department Admission Requirements

  • MSW Program Application (PDF)
  • MSW Criminal History Form (PDF)
  • Submit your MSW Personal Statement (PDF)
    • Social work is a profession concerned with individual growth and social change. Social workers communicate information in many ways, including writing. Your personal statement is the only writing sample required as part of your application. It will be used to assess your ability to write at the graduate level by addressing the topics in a cohesive, integrated essay, as well as your readiness for graduate education. Your personal statement should fully inform the committee about your view of yourself as a quality candidate for professional education. Care should be taken in its preparation.
  • Obtain and submit three MSW Letters of Recommendation (PDF)
    Note: Please be sure to use this form for all Letters of Recommendation.

Academic Criteria for Admission:

The following are the minimum admission requirements:

  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 for regular track, 3.5 for advanced standing track, based on a 4.0 scale
  • Either the MAT or the GRE examination results

Advanced Standing Requirements:

Students applying for the MSW Advanced Standing Track must have:

  • A GPA of 3.5 or better
  • A BSW Degree within 7 years of admission to the MSW program
  • A recommendation from their Field Experience Supervisor
    • Students applying for Advanced Standing must include one recommendation from a supervisor who provided supervision during their 400–hour senior field placement. The evaluation will be considered in the admissions process. If you did not receive your undergraduate social work degree from The University of West Florida, you must submit a copy of your final field evaluation.

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.

The field practicum requires a commitment by the student to ensure the integration of the skills necessary to practice in the social work profession. This may require students to make adjustments in their current employment and personal schedules.

Students may complete the MSW degree (63 credit hours) on a full-time or part-time basis. The School also offers an Advanced Standing Program for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in Social Work (BSW) received within the past five years from a program accredited by the CSWE. Students accepted into the Advanced Standing Program can receive up to 31 credit hours toward the MSW degree.

Students in the Advanced Standing track complete 600 hours of field internship over two semesters. Students in the Full-Time track and Part-Time track complete 900 hours of field internship over three semesters.

Financial Aid

If you need information regarding financial aid, please contact the UWF Financial Aid Office.

Download the MSW Academic Learning Plan: Social-Work-ALP (PDF)

Download the MSW Curriculum Map: Social-Work-CMGR (PDF)