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Planning a Visit to the College of Social Work


We encourage prospective students to visit the College of Social Work. Our campus is located in the heart of Columbia.

For appointments to visit USC, contact the Visitor Center.

Students interested in the Master of Social Work program are also invited to attend

  • Open House held in November each year
  • Virtual Open House held in February of each year
  • Group sessions held during the year

See our calendar for event listings.

To arrange an information meeting with our MSW recruiter, contact:

Lauren Knottek, LMSW
Student Recruiter
University of South Carolina
College of Social Work
1512 Pendleton Street
Hamilton College, Room 204B
Office: 803.777.3702
Work Cell: 803.862.9907
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Prospective doctoral students interested in planning a visit should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of the Doctoral Program.

Prospective undergraduate students interested in visiting should contact the Visitor Center.

 

Scholarships & Fellowships

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Each year the College of Social Work awards several fellowships, scholarships, and PhD research assistantships. These are competitive – awarded to students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need.

Applications for the 2017-2018 Academic Year will be open and available on Thursday, June 15. The deadline will be Friday, July 21 at 5 p.m.

Please be aware that receiving a fellowship may impact your total financial aid package, including loans.

For more information, please email your question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR THE STAFF FELLOWSHIP AWARD (deadline Friday, July 21 at 5 p.m.)

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR ALL OTHER BSW/MSW AWARDS (deadline Friday, July 21 at 5 p.m.)

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Staff Fellowship Award

The staff members of the College of Social Work are pleased to offer the Staff Fellowship Award (SFA) again this year! The SFA was established by staff members of the College of Social Work in 2014 to assist a non-resident Master’s of Social Work (MSW) student who has demonstrated a commitment to serving vulnerable populations and improving the social well-being of communities. The purpose of this fund is to provide support for at least one out-of-state MSW student for up to two years through a $1,000 award. All interested applicants must be a U.S. citizen, admitted as a full-time MSW student for the 2017-2018 academic year and not have a graduate assistantship for the 2017-2018 academic year. The award(s) will be based on academic achievement (minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0), as well as completion of the application and essay. Applications are due Friday, July 14, 2017 by 5 p.m. For more information or questions please contact: Sarah Wells, Development Officer, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 803-777-3902.

Anna Scheyett Pay It Forward Fellowship (INTENDED FOR BSW or MSW STUDENTS)

The Anna Scheyett Pay It Forward Fellowship was established by College of Social Work faculty and staff in honor of Dean Anna Scheyett. This fellowship supports an MSW or BSW student with financial need who has an interest in social work with populations who struggle with financial insecurity.

Criteria:

  • BSW or MSW student
  • Focused on student with financial need who has an interest in working with populations who struggle with financial needs
  • Applicants will need to answer the question: When you are an established professional, what are ways in which you will “pay it forward” and support future social work students?

Amount: 1 award of $1,000 (2017-2018)

Sarah and Sallie Campbell Youth and Family Fund (INTENDED FOR MSW STUDENTS)

The Sarah and Sallie Campbell Youth and Family Fund supports an MSW student whose academic and career focus is the mental health application of social work and service to youth and/or families. Preference will be given to a student(s) in the part-time program in Charleston, student(s) who lives in or is a native of the Pee Dee region or Charleston County and a student(s) who is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Criteria:

  • Advanced Standing, Foundation, or Advanced year MSW student (full-time or part-time)
  • Focused on mental health applications and approaches for youth and/or families

Amount: 2 awards of $500

Dorothea Crouch Kemp Fellowship (INTENDED FOR MSW STUDENTS)

The Dorothea Crouch Kemp Fellowship fund supports a permanent clinical social work fellowship for deserving graduate students in the College’s MSW program. The funds are to be used to support students who would not otherwise be able to attend the MSW program.

Criteria:

  • MSW student
  • Student must have overcome a major challenge(s) in life.
  • Student must demonstrate financial need

Amount: 2 awards of $2,500 (2017-2018)

Mike and Debra DuBose Scholarship Fund (INTENDED FOR MSW STUDENTS)

The Mike and Debra DuBose Scholarship fund was established to support MSW students with a demonstrated financial need, with preference given to students that come from traditionally underrepresented populations.

Criteria:

  • Advanced Standing, Foundation or Advanced year MSW student (full-time or part-time)
  • Student demonstrates financial need.

Amount: 2 awards of $500

Charles L. Gheen, Jr. Fellowship (INTENDED FOR MSW STUDENTS)

The Charles L. Gheen, Jr., Fellowship was established to assist students, based on financial need, with severe family situations that have proved difficult for the applicant to further his/her education.

Criteria:

  • Advanced Standing, Foundation, or Advanced year MSW student (full-time or part-time), or PhD student
  • Must have severe family situation(s) that have proven difficult for the continuing of your education

Amount: 1 award of $500

Margaret Gheen Hartzog Memorial Scholarship Fund (INTENDED FOR MSW STUDENTS)

The Margaret Gheen Hartzog Memorial Scholarship Fund was created to assist disabled students in the MSW or Ph.D. programs.

Criteria:

  • Advanced Standing, Foundation or Advanced year MSW student (full-time or part-time), or PhD student
  • Must have a documented disability and be registered with the Office of Student Disability Services.

Amount: 2 awards of $500

Tanya and Tom Carter Social Work Fellowship (INTENDED FOR MSW STUDENTS)

The Tanya and Tom Carter Social Work Fellowship was established to financially assist an MSW student with a field placement in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Criteria:

  • Advanced Standing, Foundation or Advanced year MSW student (full-time or part-time)
  • Field placement must be in the Upstate during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Amount: 1 award at $500

Frank B. Raymond, III Bicentennial Scholarship Fund (INTENDED FOR MSW STUDENTS)

The Frank B. Raymond, III Bicentennial Scholarship Fund supports full-time Foundation Year MSW students. Students should possess superior undergraduate academic records and demonstrate financial need.

Criteria:

  • Foundation Year MSW student (full-time only)
  • Student must demonstrate superior undergraduate academic performance
  • Student must demonstrate financial need

Amount: 2 awards of $500

Linda M. Summer Social Work Pioneer Fellowship (INTENDED FOR MSW STUDENTS)

The Linda M. Summer Social Work Pioneer Fellowship was established to recognize outstanding academic performance, leadership, and social work practice.

Criteria:

  • Advanced Standing, Advanced Year MSW student (full or part time), or PhD students
  • Demonstration of outstanding academic performance, leadership, and social work practice

Amount: 6 awards of $500

Master of Social Work Admissions

We are pleased that you are interested in the Master of Social Work program. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must meet admission requirements and criteria for both the Graduate School and the College of Social Work. We begin accepting applications in the fall of each year.

Please note: We do not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

MSW Application Deadlines

Applicants with a strong interest in our program are encouraged to meet the priority deadline.

Advanced Standing Application Deadlines:

  • December 1 - Priority deadline 
    • Application must be complete, including all supplemental documents by January 10.
  • February 1 - Final deadline 
    • Application must be complete, including all supplemental documents by March 1.

Applicants must have completed a BSW degree within the last six years from a CSWE-accredited program.

Note: Classes begin summer term.

Full-time Application Deadlines:

  • February 10 - Priority deadline 
    • Application must be complete, including all supplemental documents by February 25.
  • March 1 - Final deadline 
    • Application must be complete, including all supplemental documents by March 31.

Note: Classes begin fall term.

Part-time Application Deadlines (includes extended campuses Greenville & Charleston):

  • February 10 - Priority deadline 
    • Application must be complete, including all supplemental documents by February 25.
  • March 1 - Final deadline 
    • Application must be complete, including all supplemental documents by March 31.

Note: Classes begin fall term.

Application Requirements

  1. Submit Graduate School application here
    • Application fee of $50
    • Autobiographical statement
    • Current resume which outlines education, work, and volunteer activities

Supplemental Documents

  1. All official post-secondary transcripts
    • If you have not graduated,you must submit an official transcript with all grades posted through the fall semester prior to the final application deadline
  2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals such as professors, employers or supervisors who can provide a detailed assessment of the applicant’s specific qualifications for both graduate studies and the field of Social Work
  3. TOEFL or IELTS scores for international applicants whose native language is not English
  4. Applicants whose cumulative undergraduate GPA (from bachelor's degree institution) is below 3.0 must submit official GRE scores. (The GRE is NOT required of applicants who have earned a master’s degree from an accredited institution)

Fees
A schedule of tuition and fees can be found at the bursar’s office.

FAQ
Click on this link and look for MSW Admissions FAQ at the bottom

Contact Information

Lauren Knottek, LMSW
Student Recruiter
University of South Carolina
College of Social Work
1512 Pendleton Street
Hamilton College, Room 204B
Office: 803.777.3702
Work Cell: 803.862.9907
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Analucia Brown
MSW & PhD Admissions Coordinator
College of Social Work
Hamilton College, Room 208
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
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Office: 803.777.3599
Fax: 803.777.2774

Doctoral Program Admissions


GibbesGreen cso 11 0275Admission to the PhD program is selective; only a small number of applicants are admitted for each fall semester. Candidates are sought who possess attributes and career goals that are consistent with the focus of the program.

Requirements for admission include:

  • Master's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited graduate program;
  • Grade point average of 3.5 or above for graduate level work;
  • Evidence of scholarly potential as indicated by two letters of reference;
  • Personal statement of professional experience, career goals, and research interests;
  • Graduate Record Examination (general) scores or Miller Analogy Test scores;
  • Sample of the applicant's writing;
  • Satisfactory score on TOEFL or IELTS for international students for whom English is not their primary language (see http://www.gradschool.sc.edu/Future/international.htm)

Doctoral students who bring varied practice experiences enrich the learning environment and are better prepared to be professional educators. The doctoral admissions committee, however, reserves the right to consider applicants without post-Master’s practice experience. The individual strengths of each candidate will be considered.
Each class is selected to include individuals with high potential to learn from each other as well as from the faculty. Doctoral students are admitted in the spring to begin full-time study in the fall.

Application Deadline
The deadline for applications is January 15. Files may be submitted earlier. Admissions decisions will begin after January 15.

How to Apply
If you find that our PhD program is consistent with your career goals, we invite you to apply. Please submit your PhD application, transcripts, GRE or MAT scores, letters of reference, personal statement, and a sample of your professional writing. Your application must be submitted online.

Contact Us
Terry Wolfer, Doctoral Program Coordinator
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Analucia Brown, MSW & PhD Admissions Coordinator
College of Social Work
Hamilton College, Room 208
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
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Phone (803) 777-3599
Fax (803) 777-2774

PhD Funding

The PhD Program strives to assure that all PhD students receive some form of research assistantships and tuition assistance. The program offers a range of financial supports for doctoral students. During the first two years, while students study fulltime, the program offers the best qualified students full tuition, competitive stipends, and research assistantships. For the third year and beyond, these students typically receive teaching and research assistantships with partial or full tuition. 

PhD students may earn income through the following activities: 

  • Research assistantship:  PhD students may work with one or more faculty members on faculty research projects. As research assistants, they engage in a variety of qualitative and/or quantitative research activities, including study design, literature review, data collection, data analysis, and synthesis of results. Research assistants are encouraged to co-author conference presentations and manuscripts for publication. They learn practical and procedural skills about such matters as community engagement, dataset management, Institutional Review Board compliance, and grant proposal development. 
  • Classroom teaching:  PhD students may work as teaching assistants to faculty members. In this role, they learn course and class preparation, class instruction, and student assessment. After successfully completing their teaching practica, PhD students are eligible to independently teach required courses in the BSW or MSW programs. With social work teaching experience and faculty supervision, PhD students may also develop and teach new elective courses. 
  • Field teaching:  PhD students with social work practice experience may work as field liaisons or, in some cases, field instructors. They gain supervisory experience and learn to assess student mastery of practice skills. 

In addition, PhD students may qualify for other forms of support:

  • Travel funds:  PhD students may apply to the PhD Program for partial funding to attend professional conferences. They may also apply to the Graduate School for travel funding. 
  • Dissertation expenses:  PhD students may apply to the PhD Program for limited assistance with dissertation-related expenses. 
  • Faculty support:  Faculty mentors may use their research funds to support PhD student travel and research activities.
  • Dissertation support:  To support dissertation research, the Office of the Vice President for Research offers a grant program for PhD students, Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity (SPARC)

     

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