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We embrace diversity in everything we do, and educating a diverse student body is at the core of who we are.

The School of Social Work at The University of Alabama invites applications from all people regardless of race, sex, religious affiliation, age, marital status, disability or national origin. When you join our School, you’ll become part of our rich traditions rooted in inclusiveness and gain invaluable skills and knowledge to advocate for the personal well-being of all people.

Our educational experience is unmatched. Students receive a strong foundation in evidence-based social work practice to become accomplished practitioners, researchers and educators in the global community. We welcome you to explore our website, meet our faculty and apply to our School’s dynamic undergraduate program and top-ranked graduate programs.

For Undergraduate Admission to UA, visit

  • Admissions Help

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    We understand the admissions process can be complex and may leave you with questions about our programs and academic polices. In our Student Services section, we’ve provided additional resources to help guide you through our admission applications. You can also contact our recruiters with any questions.

Application Materials

BSW Program

MSW Program

MSW/MPH Program

MSW/JD Program

Field Education Program

DSW Program

PhD Program

The Graduate School oversees the application process for all masters and doctoral programs. Therefore, all applications begin via the UA Graduate Admission portal and are referred to the School of Social Work if the University’s minimum requirements are judged to have been met. Applicants should be aware that the School of Social Work PhD Program application materials go beyond those minimum requirements to include a Statement of Purpose (900 to 2,250 words in length), a curriculum vitae, and evidence of scholarly writing ability.

Visit our PhD FAQ page for more details on graduate applications and general program information.

Social Work Financial Aid and Scholarships

The School of Social Work is committed to working with every student who qualifies for admission to create a financial aid plan. UA and the School of Social Work offer a variety of financial aid resources to assist students in need and with limited finances. Financial aid through the University and our School consists of scholarships, grants, loans and work study. Current students also may qualify for stipends and emergency loan funds through the School.

We encourage students to start planning early to fund their academic career, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and to take note of deadlines for applying for financial aid to ensure you receive the maximum financial aid awards.

  • UA Financial Aid

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    The UA Student Financial Aid office provides comprehensive resources to help finance your education.

  • Social Work Scholarships

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    The School of Social Work awards scholarships that are available to our new and continuing students.

  • Social Work Stipends

    The School of Social Work provides stipends to assist with academic related expenses that are not covered by other sources of financial aid.

Connect with the School of Social Work

As a leader in social work education at the state’s flagship university, The University of Alabama School of Social Work is committed to providing students with the best educational experience.

We encourage prospective students to visit the School of Social Work on the beautiful campus of The University of Alabama. We offer BSW Information Sessions and MSW Information Sessions for students to learn more about our School, meet our faculty and hear firsthand from current students about their UA experience.

  • Plan a Campus Visit

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    Campus visits are a great opportunity to see what it’s like to be a student at the UA School of Social Work. We invite you to come see why our faculty members are deeply committed to teaching, research and ensuring our students become global leaders in the field of social work.

  • Explore Your Options with a Recruiter

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    Our Office of Student Services has advisors who are available to help you with all your academic and career advising needs. Advisors for your degree program can help you understand admission requirements based on your unique circumstances, review courses and create an educational plan.

MSW Application Instructional Video