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.

clinical and medical social work elderly populations

Program Description

The Master of Social Work (MSW) at UWF is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The MSW program at UWF is clinically-focused and meets the educational course requirements for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) in the State of Florida. Advanced standing (30sh) and traditional (60sh) program options are available. The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis with course offerings available during evening hours. The advanced standing program can be completed in as few as three semesters. The traditional program can be completed in as a few as five semesters.

Program Options

Advanced Standing

The Advanced Standing (30 semester hours) is limited to students who have earned a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited social work program within the past seven years. The advanced standing program can be completed in three to five semesters, depending upon start date. The student completes 600 hours of field education during the program. Field education is completed during the week, concurrently with the classroom instruction during the final two semesters of study.

Department Contact

Chel Rodriguez
BSW/MSW Field Coordinator/Director of Field Education
Department of Social Work
Building 85, Room 157
(850) 474-2941

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Traditional (60 semester hours)

The Traditional (60-hour program) is open to all degree majors seeking the MSW and can be completed in as few as five semesters. The student completes 900 hours of field education. A generalist practice placement (300 hours) is completed in the foundation year of study. Students complete 600 hours of field education in an advanced clinical setting during their final two semesters of study.

Both programs can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis with start dates in Fall, Spring, or Summer. Please note courses are only offered in the semesters designated in the course rotation. Students are permitted to complete classes at their own pace but all coursework must be completed within a five-year period. Students admitted to the MSW program must meet with an academic advisor prior to enrollment to develop a degree plan. 

The advanced standing (30 semester hours) and traditional (60 semester hours) program degree plans are accessible via the links below.


The MSW curriculum follows a specific course rotation. Core courses are offered in designated semesters only. Students have the flexibility to manage their schedule and course load in line with the rotations below. Students enrolled in the traditional program (60 hours) must complete the foundation curriculum prior to progressing to the clinical curriculum. Advanced standing (30 hours) students complete the clinical curriculum only.

Foundation Curriculum

SOW 5757 History, Philosophy, and Theory of Social Work SOW 5106 Human Behavior in Communities and Organizations SOW 5629 MSW Human Diversity and Social Justice
SOW 5305 Generalist Practice I SOW 5324 Generalist Practice II (Prereq. SOW 5305)  
SOW 5105 Human Behavior in the Social Environment SOW 5218 Analysis of Social Service Policy  
SOW 5404 MSW Research Foundations SOW 5532 Foundation Year Field Instruction  

Clinical Curriculum

SOW 6619 Clinical Practice with Families SOW 6846 Clinical Practice with Groups SOW 6125 Psychopathology for Social Work
SOW 6432 Evaluation of Social Work Practice SOW 6548 Capstone in Advanced Clinical Practice SOW 6618 Clinical Practice with Individuals
SOW 6535 Advanced Clinical Field & Seminar I (Prereq. SOW 6125) SOW 6536 Advanced Clinical Field & Seminar II (Prereq. SOW6535,Coreq. SOW6548)  

Upon admission to the MSW program, all students must meet with academic advisor to develop a degree plan.


Students enrolled in the advanced standing program must complete two elective course offerings. Students enrolled in the traditional program are required to complete three elective course offerings. Electives are offered every semester and can be taken at any point in the course rotation.

The MSW curriculum at UWF meets educational course requirements for licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Florida.

Admissions Requirements

University Requirements*

  • Submission of graduate application and processing fee
  • Submission of official transcripts
  • Submission of one of the following test scores:
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal and Quantitative score
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements:

  • Undergraduate cumulative of GPA of 3.0
  • 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 from a supervisor who provided supervision during their undergraduate field experience)
  • Submission of the MSW Criminal History Form
  • Professional Resume

Additional requirements for advanced standing applicants:

  • Must have earned their BSW from a CSWE accredited program within the past 7 years
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Minimum social work program GPA of 3.5
  • Submission of a copy of final field evaluation (only required for Advanced Standing applicants who received their undergraduate social work degree from an institution other than UWF)

Applicants not meeting the above criteria may qualify for provisional admission.
Students are admitted to the advanced standing and traditional programs every semester.

Application Deadlines

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Applications submitted by the deadlines above are reviewed on a priority basis.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis but contingent upon space available.


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The University of West Florida has been ranked among the Most Affordable Master's in Social Work Program in the state Florida for 2019-20 by

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