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Master of Social Work Program

Our Mission: The College of Social Work MSW Program prepares graduates to become advanced practitioners who serve diverse communities in South Carolina and beyond through specialized practice competencies in one or more of the following areas: Children, Youth, and their Families; Health and Mental Health; Military; Aging; and/or Social, Community and Economic Development. The MSW Program will provide students essential knowledge, skills, and values to practice effectively, ethically, and collaboratively to promote social well-being and social justice for vulnerable populations.

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The College of Social Work is well known for its national and international leadership in social work education. Our MSW program is fully accredited, and it consistently ranks among the top graduate programs in the South. Our MSW graduates are readily employed in social work practice and administration throughout the world. Students can choose between part-time, full-time and, for students with a BSW, advance standing full-time. All students will choose a specialization for their final year. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our program.

 MSW Specializations

MSW Program Highlights

  • Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Preparation for the advanced practice of social work
  • Advanced standing full-time program for students with a BSW
  • Full-time or part-time programs for students without a BSW
  • Evening and weekend options
  • More than 500 regional field placement options, as well as many international opportunities
  • Work-study and graduate assistantship opportunities and course waivers 

The College of Social Work is a member of the University’s Division of Health Sciences. Academic deans across the division—social work, public health, nursing, pharmacy, and family medicine—collaborate closely to provide an intellectually rich, friendly environment for education, research, and service across diverse academic disciplines.

Dr. Naomi Farber, MSW Program Coordinator
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CSWE Competency Benchmark Report, MSW Advanced Year 2016

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