The MSW program requirements include core coursework, generalist and specialist field practicum experiences. The requirements may be completed in the two-year full-time offering, the three- or four-year extended-time offering, or the one-year+ Advanced Standing option. There are additional opportunities for dual degrees as well as certificates. The MSW degree meets all educational requirements leading to licensing as a social worker in Georgia.
Additional information and disclosures regarding state licensure for professional practice in social work can be found at the UGA Licensure Disclosure Portal.
Students in the Athens Full-Time or Athens Advanced-Standing programs may choose one area of specialization:
- Micro Practice: primarily focuses on individuals, families, and groups in diverse settings.
- Macro Practice: program and policy development, administration, supervision, political advocacy, and community practice.
- Integrated/Combined Practice: pools the core curriculum of both Micro and Macro Practice
Students in Gwinnett and Online Extended-time programs will receive the Micro practice specialization, with the ability to take electives in Macro practice.
For more information, see the MSW Handbook.
Our ProSEAD values as well as our school’s vision and mission statements shape the curriculum.
The courses that address the major curriculum content areas are organized to promote horizontal and vertical integration through a logical flow within and between the generalist and advanced content. By reviewing course learning objectives and syllabi, it is possible to see the logic of course content sequencing. Students are encouraged to bring their relevant professional and life experiences into the classroom to enrich the learning environment.
Specifically, the courses meet the nine CSWE core competencies and generalist behaviors as well as our specialization behaviors. A detailed description of generalist-level competencies and behaviors can be found in the MSW Handbook..
Students are also expected to be familiar with the academic requirements and information presented on the SSW website, the handbook, the field manual, and to follow School of Social Work and Graduate School’s guidelines and requirements. Failure to do this could delay graduation.
MSW students must complete a total of at least sixty (60) credit hours to graduate. Advanced standing students must complete at least forty (40) credit hours.
MSW students planning to graduate are required to submit two forms to the Graduate School by the deadline date. These dates may be found on the Graduate School web site. Please note that the deadlines are strictly enforced! Submitting your program of study form or failing to apply for graduation after the deadline will incur a $50 late fee. Additional information may be found on the Graduate School website under Current Students.
Forms Necessary for Graduation
1. Program of Study (Non-Doctoral Professional Degrees)
The Program of Study form should be filled out at the beginning of your last semester. This form contains your complete program of study.
2. Application for Graduation
Submit this form online at the beginning of your last semester. MSW students apply for graduation in Athena. Please note: if you are in a certificate program, you must apply to graduate from that program as well.
Curriculum & Sequencing
Full-Time Two-Year Program of Study (Fall Term)
Extended-Time Three-Year Program of Study
Field Placement for Two Semesters (Fall Term)
Extended-Time Four-Year Program of Study
Three Semesters of Specialization Field (Fall Term)
Extended-Time Four-Year Program of Study
Block Placement (Fall Term)
Advanced Standing – Micro Specialization (Gwinnett Campus) (Summer Term)
Advanced Standing – Micro Specialization (Athens Campus) (Summer Term)
Advanced Standing – Macro Specialization (Summer Term)
Advanced Standing – Integrated/Combined Specialization (Summer Term)
Specialization Year: Students must choose a minimum two of four core courses in their specialization year. These core courses are: Advanced Policy Practice and Analysis (Fall); Community Engagement and Assessment (Fall); Community Organizing and Social Action (Spring); Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations (Spring). These four core courses cover three Macro focus areas: (1) Community Organizing and Social Action, (2) Advanced Policy Practice, and (3) Theory and Management of Nonprofit Organizations. Students can also take core courses as their electives.
Integrated/Combined Specialization students must take 2 micro requirements and 2 macro requirements, therefore they only get one elective in the second year in the spring.