We collaborate, innovate and transform to push new boundaries in social work education, research and teaching at The University of Alabama School of Social Work. Our constant pursuit of excellence is reflected in the quality and quantity of our degree programs. We’re the only social work school in Alabama offering three levels of social work education – BSW, MSW and PhD degrees – to students.

Our comprehensive degree programs allow students to participate in service-learning and field opportunities to gain hands-on social work practice while honing their skills in the classroom. Our innovative approach to learning continually attracts bright and talented students and top social work professionals seeking an education from a well-respected university with prestige behind its name.

Students in our BSW Program are prepared for entry-level careers in social and to work in a variety of settings serving diverse populations, from veterans and individuals to children and families. Our undergraduate students are trained to work with vulnerable populations to not only make a difference but to learn what motivates people in communities to make positive changes in their lives. Outstanding undergraduate social work majors can apply to our BSW Honors Professional Program, which stands out for being the only social work Honors program of its kind in the state.

Our graduate programs are nationally ranked by bestcolleges.com and U.S. News & World Report. Since 1965, we’ve produced highly skilled graduates in the social work profession through our Master of Social Work Program. At the master’s level, we seek to increase our student’s knowledge of social problems and their solutions, to improve social conditions of the state and beyond, and to promote social justice and human dignity for all people. Students in our MSW Program have the option to pursue the degree through our on-campus or primarily online formats or to combine our top-ranked MSW degree with a juris doctorate from UA’s School of Law or a Master of Public Health from The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Our PhD degree prepares social work scholars for research careers with a focus on theory, research methods, and critical evaluation of social work policies and practices.

We welcome you to explore our degree programs and learn more about the excellent learning opportunities we offer students. You’ll discover that all of our degree programs are designed to ensure that our students excel as leaders in their communities and in their careers while meeting the needs of our state, region and nation.

Watch our undergraduate web tour to see firsthand why we offer the best educational experience for social work students in our state.

Our Degree Programs

BSW

Our bachelor’s degree prepares students for professional practice, graduate study and to improve the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

MSW

Our top-ranked master’s degree prepares students for advanced social work practice with an emphasis on public and non-profit social services and on community advocacy.

PhD

The PhD program is designed to prepare social work professionals for meaningful careers in research, scholarship, and social work education.

Field Education (BSW & MSW)

Our Field Education program offers diverse and unique field placements in-state, out-of-state and internationally.

Coordinated Degree Programs

MSW/MPH Coordinated Degree Program >

Coordinated between UA’s School of Social Work and the School of Public Health at The University of Alabama-Birmingham, the MSW/MPH prepares social workers for interdisciplinary practice in public health programs concerned with the promotion and improvement of the health of diverse populations, including women, children and families.

MSW/JD Coordinated Degree Program >

Coordinated between UA’s School of Social Work and UA’s School of Law, our MSW/JD merges the closely aligned fields of social work and law to prepare students for careers in social justice, advocacy, organizational management and public policy.

Curriculums

Our rigorous BSW and MSW curricula meet the standards of the Council on Social Work Education, the accrediting body for social work professional education. Grounded in evidenced-based social work practice, our academic programs provide an enriching educational experience and innovative curricula to challenge students in the classroom and in field practicum settings.

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BSW

The program’s curriculum builds students’ practice and professional skills and understanding of values, diversity and promotion of social and economic justice to prepare students for graduate study in social work and related fields.

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MSW

The program’s professional foundation curriculum stresses life-course perspective, valuing diversity, critical and reflective thinking, evidence-based practice and interventions, and services to the poor and underserved.

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PhD

Our PhD curriculum focuses on qualitative and quantitative research methods, statistics, practice theory, social welfare policy, and substantive areas of interest to students. Students learn to apply content to their own research interests.

MSW Distance Learning/Primarily Online Program

Our MSW distance learning/primarily online degree is designed for working professionals with busy schedules. With start dates in the spring and summer for our Advanced-Standing Program and summer for our 60-Credit Hour Program, you can start working toward advancing in your career and boosting your earning potential today.

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