We Offer Two MSW Degree Experiences. You choose.
Our nationally ranked Master of Social Work Program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and structured to meet the needs of today’s working professionals.
Students can choose to pursue our MSW degree by attending classes on our beautiful campus in Tuscaloosa or through our flexible distance learning/primarily online format option. Both formats focus on preparing students for advanced social work practice and leadership roles in a variety of social work settings.
Students have the option to be admitted to the on-campus format or to the distance learning/primarily online format of our MSW program. Once admitted, students may not switch formats.
Graduates of the MSW program will be able to:
- Deliver evidence-based social work practice to diverse client systems.
- Advocate for vulnerable populations at the individual, group, and community levels.
- Engage in culturally competent advanced social work practice with diverse groups.
- Analyze, formulate, and influence organizational and government policies.
- Apply social work values and ethics to practice.
To prepare advanced scholar practitioners to improve the lives of individuals and families, enhance community well-being, and advocate for policies that support systemic change.
Three Program Tracks, Two Concentrations.
We Have Options for You.
We offer three unique degree program tracks — our Advanced Standing Program, Traditional 60-Credit Hour Program and Part-time Program — to meet our students’ diverse educational backgrounds and to help students balance work-life.
Students may pursue a MSW in the following two concentrations under each program track:
- Social Work with Children, Adolescents and Their Families
- Social Work with Adults and Their Families
Spring application deadline: Sept. 1
Summer application deadline: Feb. 1
A full-time Advanced-Standing Program for students who hold a bachelor of social work (BSW) from a university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Summer application deadline: Feb. 1
Fall application deadline: April 1
A full-time 60-Credit Hour program for students who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university and who do not meet the Advanced-Standing criteria.
Earn More Than One Degree
Our top-ranked MSW degree can be combined with either a Master of Public Health (MPH) from The University of Alabama at Birmingham or a Juris Doctorate (JD) from The University of Alabama School of Law. Taking advantage of our coordinated degree programs will allow you to earn two graduate degrees in two fields in less time than it would take to complete them sequentially. To enroll in one of our coordinated-degree programs, students must apply to each school separately and be admitted to both programs.
MSW Distance Learning/Primarily Online
Our MSW primarily online format option is designed for working professionals who are looking to build on their social work knowledge and skills, advance in their career and boost their earning potential in a non-traditional setting. Offered through Bama By Distance, our MSW primarily online program is ranked among the Top 25 Best Online Master’s Program in the nation by BestColleges.com. See our brochure for more information (pdf).
Start Planning Your Future
Interested in joining the thousands of UA MSW alumni who are leading agencies, developing policies, evaluating programs, and providing direct practice that is impacting the lives of individuals and families in Alabama and across the nation? We encourage you to visit us.
The School of Social Work offers MSW Information Sessions every other month to provide opportunities to learn more about our top-ranked program, course offerings and for you to engage with current students, faculty and staff. We also provide valuable insight about the admission, advising and financial aid process.
Sessions are held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include:
- Breakfast with MSW Program Director Dr. M. Sebrena Jackson (optional)
- MSW Program overview and highlights
- Q & A with the School’s registrar and a field office representative (lunch provided)
- Current student panel discussion
- Opportunity to begin the MSW application here on campus
- Little Hall and campus tour (resuming in fall 2017)