Social Work (MSW)

Degree Program Overview

Our MSW program, one of the oldest in Georgia, is ranked 22 among MSW programs nationwide by U.S. News & World Report. We offer two graduate level concentration areas: Clinical Practice and Community Empowerment and Program Development. 

The UGA School of Social Work has been preparing students for challenging and rewarding careers in social work for more than five decades. We opened our doors in 1964 with eight professors, 24 students, and one graduate degree program. Today our School has over 30 faculty members and a student body numbering over 600. It is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education to award the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree.

The MSW degree meets all educational requirements leading to licensing as a social worker in Georgia. 

Curriculum and Courses

Students in the Advanced Standing Program are admitted only in the summer semester and progress through the program with their cohort for two consecutive years or six semesters. Our regular extended time students are admitted only in the fall semester and progress through the program with their cohort for 3 or 4 consecutive years. Our four year program offers two program options for your specialization year. Pleast see our link to our curriculum or program of study on the Social Work website

All classes are offered Monday-Thursdays from 5:30pm to 8:15pm and some courses may be offered on Saturday between 9:00am and 4:00pm. In their second year, students are required to spend 2 semesters in a field education course which includes classroom and field placement (Fall 8 hours/week and Spring 16 hours/week in field internships). Third-year students must complete a 20 hour/week, two-semester field placement. Please note, this will be different for those who are 4-year block placement. 

Year One

Fall Spring Summer
SOWK 7112 [3 credits] 
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOWK 7117 [3 credits] 
Foundation Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
Elective [3 credits]
SOWK 7114 [3 credits] 
Foundation Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
SOWK 7121 [3 credits] 
Social Welfare Policies, Programs, and Issues
Elective [3 credits]
SOWK 7118 [3 credits] 
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity (PrOSEAD)
SOWK 7126 [3 credits] Social Work Research Methods  
Total Semester Credits: 9 Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6


Year Two

Fall Spring Summer
SOWK 7116 [3 credits] 
Social Work with Groups
SOWK 7125 [3 credits] 
Foundation Social Work Field Education
Elective [3 credits]
SOWK 7115 [3 credits] 
Introduction to Social Work Profession and Field Education
SOWK 7212 [3 credits] 
Assessment and Psychopathology
Elective [3 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6


Year Three

Fall Spring
SOWK 7214 [3 credits] 
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
SOWK 7225 [5 credits] 
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [5 credits] 
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7226 [3 credits] 
Evaluation of Professional Practice
  Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 8 Total Semester Credits: 10



Click here for tuition rates per program.


Apply to the UGA Graduate School. Visit the Graduate School Website to view the requirements, deadlines, and fees. You can submit your Graduate School application online. 

Applications are complete when the following items are submitted to the Graduate School.

  • Online Application
  • Test Scores
  • Transcripts
  • Narrative Statement
  • Resumé - Including details of your work experience in human service and other settings
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • MSW supplemental form

To apply, click here.

Associated Faculty

Click here for a list of faculty members.

Program Webpage


Please direct all questions about admissions to the MSW Program to Dr. Michael Robinson (, (706) 542-5425).


MSW Program Student Handbook (PDF)

FAQ Page

Program Curriculum Page