A Message from the Dean

Vandiver-5-CroppedWelcome to the webpage of the School of Social Work at The University of Alabama! This is the place to learn more about the programs we offer to educate social workers for challenging careers in the decades ahead.

Our BSW program leads to direct employment and social work licensure in a wide variety of social work careers – in helping children, in work with older adults, in mental health, and in hospital and healthcare settings, among many others. BSW graduates are also well-prepared for MSW study. Each student completes a semester-long practicum in the senior year in a social service agency to get real-world social work experience. Some students pursue the Honors track, and others partner with faculty members on research and service projects.

We offer a traditional on-campus MSW program, and a primarily online MSW program. In the primarily online program, students complete most courses via computer, but come to practice laboratories at regionally convenient locations four Saturdays each semester. Students may complete the 60-credit-hour MSW program (for those without the BSW degree) or the 42-credit-hour MSW program (for qualified BSW graduates) in both the traditional and primarily online formats.

MSW options include:

  • Concentration in Services to Adults and their Families
  • Concentration in Services to Children, Adolescents, and their Families
  • Emphasis in Program and Agency Administration
  • Joint MSW/MPH Program
  • Joint MSW/JD Program
  • Practicum in Washington, DC

Our PhD program prepares students for careers in social work research and education. Students develop expertise working with highly respected social work researchers. They also receive experience and gain valuable, mentored experience as social work educators. Graduates of the PhD program hold faculty positions in social work education programs throughout the nation.

We hope you enjoy exploring our site, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Dr. Vikki Vandiver
Dean and Professor