The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, Orlando
Part-Time Track allows students who do not have a BSW degree to complete the
MSW required curriculum at the main Orlando Campus.
The 62-hour MSW program is composed of 39 credit hours of required core and advanced clinical specialization courses. In addition, students complete 9 credit hours of electives and 14 credit hours of field experience. Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Projects such as research studies, clinical assessments and treatment plans, papers and internships also contribute to the self-development of our students. Students in the 62-hour program must include at least 31 hours of course work at the 6000 level in their program of study.
Educational standards for all social work programs are established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accreditation body for professional social work education. Curriculum direction and content is regulated by the CSWE through its accreditation standards. The MSW program at UCF is fully accredited through CSWE.
|Total Credit Hours Required:|
Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Introoductory three-credit college-level
courses with a grade of "C" or better in the following areas or equivalents are
required for admission into the program from the following areas: Biology with
human content, English or Communication, Introduction of Psychology, Statistics,
Introduction of Sociology, and Cultural Diversity.
Required Courses—39 Credit Hours
Core—21 Credit Hours
The core provides the foundation curriculum for the generalist Social Work practice.>
- SOW 5105 Human Behavior and Social Environment I: Individual (3 credit hours)
- SOW 5106 Human Behavior and Social Environment II: Social Systems (3 credit hours)
- SOW 5132 Diverse Client Populations (3 credit hours)
- SOW 5235 Social Welfare Policies and Services (3 credit hours)
- SOW 5305 Social Work Practice I: Generalist Practice (3 credit hours)
- SOW 5306 Social Work Practice II: Intervention Approaches (3 credit hours)
- SOW 5404 Social Work Research (3 credit hours)
Clinical Specialization—18 Credit Hours
- SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology (3 credit hours)
- SOW 6246 Policy Analysis and Social Change (3 credit hours)
- SOW 6324 Clinical Practice with Groups (3 credit hours)
- SOW 6348 Clinical Practice with Individuals (3 credit hours)
- SOW 6612 Clinical Practice with Families (3 credit hours)
- SOW 6424 Theories for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice in Social Work (3 credit hours)
Electives—9 Credit Hours
One elective is required as a component of the foundation curriculum and two clinical electives are
required as components of the clinical specialization. Students may choose to take clinical electives for all three required MSW electives.
- Practice/Non-clinical Elective (3 credit hours)
- Clinical elective (3 credit hours)
- Clinical elective (3 credit hours)
- SOW 5149 Military and Veteran Culture with Historical Framework (Practice/Non-clinical)
- SOW 6109 Violence Against Women: A Global Perspective (Clinical)
- SOW 6155 Human Sexuality in Social Work Practice (Clinical)
- SOW 6383 Social Work Administration (Practice/Non-clinical)
- SOW 6603 Clinical Social Work Practice in Health Settings (Clinical)
- SOW 6604 Medications in Social Work Practice (Advanced Clinical)
- SOW 6608 Understanding and Managing Combat Related Behavioral and Mental Health Disorders Clinical)
- SOW 6610 Clinical Practice with Military and Veteran Families Clinical)
- SOW 6635 Social Work Practice in Schools (Clinical)
- SOW 6644 Interventions with Older Adults and Their Families (Clinical)
- SOW 6652 Children Services in Social Work (Clinical)
- SOW 6655 Child Abuse: Treatment and Prevention (Clinical)
- SOW 6670 Clinical Social Work Practice with LGBTQ+ (Advanced Clinical)
- SOW 6712 Clinical Social Work Practice with Substance Addictions (Clinical)
- SOW 6713 Prevention and Treatment of Adolescent Substance Use and Misuse (Clinical)
- SOW 6726 Social Work Practice with Children from Birth to Age Five and Their Families (Clinical)
- SOW 6727 Core Concepts of Child and Adolescent Trauma (Clinical)
- SOW 6735 Documentation Skills for Helping Professionals (Clinical)
- SOW 6756 Forensic Social Work (Clinical)
- SOW 6846 Spirituality in Clinical Social Work Practice (Clinical)
- SOW 6914 Integrative Research Project in Clinical Practice (Non-clinical)
Field Experience—14 Credit Hours
- Generalist Field Education and Seminars (6 credit hours)
- Clinical Field Education and Seminars (8 credit hours)
Field instruction is an integral part of
graduate social work education. It provides the student with an opportunity to
test classroom knowledge as well as to develop and refine foundation and
advanced practice skills. Decisions regarding field assignment are determined
by the Field Director. Only agency sites approved by the School of Social Work
may be used for field instruction. Generalist MSW students complete a minimum
of 400 hours in the field; clinical MSW students complete a minimum of 600 clock
hours in the field. Field education includes a field seminar.
must complete at least 50% of their field hours during the agency’s normal
business hours. Evening (after 5 p.m.) and weekend placements are extremely
limited. The School of Social Work is under no obligation to provide such
placements. Consequently, field placements cannot be guaranteed to students who
require evening and weekend placements.
Required Sequence of Curriculum
First Semester (Fall)
- SOW 5105 Human Behavior I: Individual
- SOW 5132 Diverse Client Populations
Second Semester (Spring)
- SOW 5106 Human Behavior II: Systems
- SOW 5235 Social Welfare Policies
Third Semester (Summer)
- SOW 5305 Social Work Practice I
- SOW Practice / Non-clinical Elective
Fourth Semester (Fall)
- SOW 5306 Social Work Practice II
- SOW 5404 Social Work Research
- SOW 5565 PT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar I
Fifth Semester (Spring)
- SOW 5566 PT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar II
- SOW 6246 Policy Analysis Social Change
- SOW Clinical Elective
Sixth Semester (Summer)
- SOW 5567 PT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar III
- SOW 6424 Theories for Evidence-based Clinical Social Work Practice
- SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology
Seventh Semester (Fall)
- SOW 6348 Practice with Individuals
- SOW 6612 Practice with Families
- SOW 6561 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar I
Eighth Semester (Spring)
- SOW 6324 Practice with Groups
- SOW Clinical Elective
- SOW 6563 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar III
Ninth Semester (Summer)
- SOW 6562 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar II
Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience
shall not be given, in whole or in part, in lieu of Social Work courses
required to fulfill degree requirements.
Students who have
completed course work in an accredited MSW program may transfer up to 30 credit
hours toward the 62 credit hours of the degree. Students must have received a
grade of “B-” or higher in these courses. Courses will be evaluated on a
course-by-course basis by the MSW Coordinator. Field courses will
be evaluated by the Coordinator for Field Education. Students seeking to
transfer to the School of Social Work from another CSWE accredited social work
program are required to meet the criteria for admission and follow the
application procedures. Additionally, one of the academic references must be
from the MSW Program Coordinator or academic adviser in the program from which
the applicant is transferring and must address the academic standing in that
program. If not currently enrolled, the reference must be from the former MSW
Program Coordinator or academic adviser. Syllabi are required for any social
work classes being considered for transfer.
Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum
through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Projects such as research
studies, clinical assessments and treatment plans, papers and internships
also contribute to the self-development of our students.
The field experiences and
practice electives provide substantial opportunities for students to learn
independently and practically about social work practice.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
Applicants will be granted admission to the MSW program based on a majority approval from
the Admissions Review Sub-committee.
In addition, to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this
program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope)
from each college/university attended.
- One completed college-level course with a C or better in each of the following six areas:
Biology with human content, English or Communication, Cultural Diversity (this
can be accomplished through a variety of courses that addresses cultural
differences), Statistics, Introduction to Psychology, and Introduction to
- Three current letters of recommendation
(within the past year). Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from
each of the following (letters from co-workers, colleagues,
mentors, friends, family members, etc.
will not be considered):
- Academic: A professor from a
previously attended college/university who taught you in a course.
Recommendations from full-time faculty are strongly
encouraged. For applicants who have been out of college for five
or more years, the applicant may substitute an employment based
recommendation. Letters from advisors will not be considered
unless indicated that they also taught you as a student.
Either volunteer or paid employment immediate
recommendation: A second academic or employment based recommendation should be
submitted for the third recommendation.
- A professional statement.
Applicants must answer the following questions within 3-6 pages. Please use
headings for each question.
- Without disclosing
personal information, what are the reasons and experiences that led you to
choose social work as a profession?
- What are your social work career
- What are your personal strengths
that you can bring to this profession? How have these strengths
been demonstrated in the past?
- Where do you see yourself
10 years from now in the field of social work?
- What major social issue do you think that
professional social workers should be concerned with?What is the
role of social work in relation to this issue?
- As a social worker, you will be expected to practice ethically according to the
National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp. This includes working with
diverse populations and clients whose values and beliefs may differ from your
own. How you will incorporate and uphold the NASW Code of Ethics
into your work with diverse populations?
- The MSW program requires
students to complete a generalist (400 hours) internship and a clinical (600
hours) internship concurrent with their coursework. Evening (after 5 p.m.) and
weekend placements are extremely limited. The School of Social Work is under
no obligation to provide such placements. Given the above considerations,
please tell us how you plan to balance your internship hours with your
coursework and personal obligations. Tell us about any
challenges you may have and how you plan to overcome them.
- Writing sample. Applicants must submit a research paper or literature review written for any class in their undergraduate studies, preferably one that is related to social work. The paper should be 5-10 pages in length, contain citations, and a reference list in APA format, and will be used to evaluate the applicant's ability to write professionally. Interviews, book reviews, movie reviews, case notes, client assessments, and case studies will not be considered. If the applicant does not have an academic paper, then he/she must write a 5-10 page paper in APA format that addresses any social issue related to social work.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
note:The MSW program only accepts one application
from each prospective student per academic year. Applicants must choose to
apply to one track and one semester only
The Master of Social Work program can accommodate
only a limited number of students; therefore there is a possibility of being
denied admission even when all criteria are met.
accepted into and retained in the program, students are expected to demonstrate
initiative, dependability, social concern, self awareness, appreciation for
diversity in others, problem solving ability, ease in relating with others,
skill in writing and speaking, and professional ethics.
The School of Social Work
reserves the right to refuse student entrance or dismiss a student after
admission to the MSW program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student
demonstrates behaviors incongruent to working in the field of social work
and/or violates the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of
MSW graduates from CSWE accredited programs outside of UCF
who need to complete a field placement for Florida licensure (LCSW) must
apply to the MSW program as a full-time or part-time second year clinical
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.