The Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares students for advanced social work practice. The program educates students for community-based clinical social work practice with individuals, families, and groups. The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The program offers multiple tracks to allow students to progress through the required MSW curriculum on either a full-time or part-time plan of study. The Orlando Full-Time Track and Orlando Part-Time Track are available for students who do not have a BSW degree. The Orlando Full-Time Advanced Standing Track is available for students who have completed a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program within the last six years. More information on the plans of study and requirements for each track is given in the individual track descriptions.
Students who apply for admission into the online part-time track will not be permitted to switch to the on campus, face to face program and students who apply for the on campus, face to face program will not be permitted to switch to the Online part-time track.
The curriculum draws from a generalist perspective and emphasizes critical thinking skills, empirically based accountable practice, and ethical services for clients experiencing a wide range of problems. Students learn preventive and therapeutic interventions aimed at enhancing human functioning and quality of life. Graduates of the program have the ability to work with diverse clients in a variety of agency settings.
The MSW program strives to educate students to become successful practitioners in the field of clinical social work. To that end, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics is re-enforced throughout the academic curriculum. Students who violate the NASW Code of Ethics may be subject to academic sanctions or dismissed from the program.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
The Master of Social Work Program offers several options to students including full-time study, advanced standing admission, as well as mixed mode and online classes to support part-time study. Applicants must choose a track in this program. Track(s) may have different requirements.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.