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Social workers want to improve the lives of others and make a real difference in their own communities and throughout the globe. A Master's in Social Work from UWF will expand your career as a world changer.

Why Social Work at UWF?

Students will work with experienced and caring faculty boasting a range of expertise in both clinical practice and theoretical research. Most are licensed clinical social workers and have extensive practice experience.

Program flexibility allows students to tailor the program to meet their educational needs. The program enjoys strong relationships with placement agencies throughout the region, including areas that focus on child welfare, corrections, developmental disabilities, domestic violence/crisis intervention, family services, gerontology, health care, housing services, mental health, military, public assistance/public welfare, rehabilitation, schools and substance abuse.


What You Will Learn

The University of West Florida’s MSW curriculum provides a strong theoretical foundation complemented by field work that prepares graduates for a variety of social work settings. The field instruction component of the curriculum offers students the opportunity to put their classroom learning into practice while under close professional supervision.

The program offers both fast-track and traditional options, allowing those who hold a bachelor of social work to matriculate through the Advanced Standing track, while students who do not hold a BSW may choose the Traditional track to complete necessary foundational coursework.

This program meets educational course requirements for licensure as a clinical social worker in the state of Florida and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. 

Interested in our online program?

Visit UWF Online to learn more about the online MSW program.

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Careers & Outcomes

The options for careers in Social Work continue to expand. Some representative careers are listed below:

Job Titles

  • Child Protective Services
  • Adoption Agencies and Foster Care Programs
  • Schools and Day Care Centers
  • Mental Health Centers
  • Alcohol/Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Programs
  • Courts and Detention Programs
  • Teen Counseling and Justice Centers

Program Details

Course Rotation

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.

Departmental Requirements


Applicants for the Advanced Standing program must also meet these additional requirements:

  • Must have earned their BSW from a CSWE accredited program within the past 7 years.
  • Minimum social work program GPA of 3.0.
  • One of the three MSW Recommendation Forms must be from a supervisor who provided supervision for an undergraduate field experience.
  • 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).

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.

The UWF Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Program Performance Assessment Data

Featured Courses

A sample of featured courses you will take in the Social Work program.

Additional Information

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistants will be assigned to work with a faculty member to assist with course preparation, grading and research. Assignments will be made based on availability of funding. Attempts will be made to match students to a faculty member’s area of specialty.

Students will receive a Graduate Assistant Matriculation Fee Waiver at 50% of the tuition fee only. The waiver is based on the current graduate tuition rate per graduate credit hour for the semester during which the student is a graduate assistant working a minimum of 10 hours per week.

To qualify as a Graduate Assistant, students must be fully admitted to one of the Department of Social Work graduate programs and registered for at least 6 semester hours of graduate course work fall and spring (3 semester hours summer).

Field Instruction

Field instruction is an integral part of the academic preparation of MSW students. The MSW program's mission, goals, and objectives provide the framework for the design and implementation of the field instruction curriculum. The field instruction component of the curriculum provides students with the opportunity to put their classroom learning into practice while under close professional supervision.

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