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 Worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida. Advanced standing (30sh) and traditional (60sh) program options are available. The MSW program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis with course offerings available online and during evening hours. The advanced standing program can be completed in as few as three semesters, and the traditional program can be completed in as a few as five semesters, with available start dates in fall, spring and summer.

Program Options

Advanced Standing

The Advanced Standing program (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. Students enrolled in the advanced standing program complete 30 hours of advanced clinical curriculum. The student completes a total of 600 hours of field education in an advanced clinical placement.

Department Contact

Dr. Joseph Herzog
Professor and Chair
Department of Social Work
Building 85, Room 133

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Traditional (60 semester hours)

The Traditional program (60-hour program) is open to all degree majors seeking the MSW. The student completes 30 hours of foundation curriculum followed by 30 hours of advanced clinical curriculum. Students enrolled in the traditional program complete a total of 900 hours of field education. A generalist practice placement (300 hours) is completed in the foundation curriculum. Students complete an additional 600 hours of field education as a requirement of the advanced clinical curriculum.

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

Fully Online MSW Program

The Department of Social Work also offers a fully online MSW program. Visit UWF Online to learn more about the online MSW program.


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. All course work must be completed within a five-year period. Students admitted to the program must meet with an academic advisor prior to enrollment to develop a degree plan.

Foundation Curriculum


  • SOW 5757 History, Philosophy, and Theory of Social Work
  • SOW 5305 Generalist Practice I
  • SOW 5105 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • SOW 5404 MSW Research Foundations


  • SOW 5106 Human Behavior in Communities and Organizations
  • SOW 5324 Generalist Practice II (Prereq. SOW 5305)
  • SOW 5218 Analysis of Social Service Policy
  • SOW 5532 Foundation Year Field Instruction


  • SOW 5629 MSW Human Diversity and Social Justice

Clinical Curriculum


  • SOW 6619 Clinical Practice with Families
  • SOW 6432 Evaluation of Social Work Practice
  • SOW 6535 Advanced Clinical Field & Seminar I (Prereq. SOW 6125)


  • SOW 6846 Clinical Practice with Groups
  • SOW 6548 Capstone in Advanced Clinical Practice
  • SOW 6536 Advanced Clinical Field & Seminar II (Prereq. SOW 6536; Coreq. SOW 6548


  • SOW 6125 Psychopathology for Social Work
  • SOW 6618 Clinical Practice with Individuals


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.

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 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 recommendations utilizing the MSW Recommendation Form (PDF) 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
  • Submission of the Master of Social Work Field Practicum Form (searchable in myUWF). More information on the UWF Field Practicum (PDF).
  • 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 3.0
  • 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

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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