The Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Part-Time Track allows students who do not have a BSW degree to complete the MSW required curriculum online over the course of three years.
The MSW program requires 62 credit hours, including 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. Students in the program must include at least 31 credit 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.
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
college-level courses inthe following areas or equivalents with a grade of C or
better are required for admission into the program from the following areas:
Biology with human content, English or Communication, Introduction to
Psychology, Statistics, Introduction to Sociology, and Cultural Diversity.
Required Courses—39 Credit Hours
Core—21 Credit Hours
core provides the foundation curriculum for the generalist Social Work
- 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
- 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)
One elective is required as a component of the
foundation curriculum and two clinical electives are required as components of
the clinical specialization. Students in the online track will take clinical electives for
all three required MSW electives.
- SOW 6603 Clinical Social Work Practice in Health Settings (Clinical)
- SOW 6604 Medications in Social Work Practice (Advanced Clinical)
- SOW 6806 Behavioral Health Skills in Social Work (Clinical)
- SOW 6652 Children Services in Social Work (Clinical)
- SOW 6655 Child Abuse: Treatment and Prevention (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.
Please be aware, evening
(after 5pm) 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. Students must complete at least 50% of their field hours during the
agency’s normal business hours.
Required Sequence of Curriculum
1.1 - SOW 5105 Human Behavior I: Individual
1.2 - SOW 5132 Diverse Client Populations
2.1 - SOW 5106 Human Behavior II: Systems
2.2 - SOW 5235 Social Welfare Policies
3.1 - SOW 5305 Social Work Practice I
3.2 - SOW 6712 Clinical Social Work with Substance Abuse/Addiction
semester - SOW 5565 PT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar I
4.1 - SOW 5306 Social Work Practice II
4.2 - SOW 5404 Social Work Research
semester - SOW 5566 PT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar II
5.1 - SOW 6806 Behavioral Health Skills (Elective)
5.2 - SOW 6246 Policy Analysis Social Change
semester - SOW 5567 PT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar III
6.1 - SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology
6.2 - SOW 6424 Theories for Evidence-based Clinical Social Work Practice
semester - SOW 6561 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar I
7.1 - SOW 6348 Practice with Individuals
7.2 - SOW 6612 Practice with Families
semester - SOW 6563 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar III
8.1 - SOW 6324 Practice with Groups
8.2 - SOW 6604 Medications in Social Work Practice (Elective)
semester - 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.
Due to the cohort nature of the track, transfer credits will not be accepted for the Online MSW track.
Full-time students in the MSW program pay a $35 equipment fee
each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $17.50 per
Cost Per Credit Hour
For the Online Part-Time
Social Work track in the Social Work MSW program, the cost per credit hour is $487.45.*
*Includes all university fees, which may be subject to change.
Independent LearningIndependent 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
In addition, to the general
UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program
A professional statement. Applicants must answer the following
questions within 3-6 pages. Please use headings for each
- 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
- Up to date Résumé.
- 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.
- Employment: Either volunteer or paid
employment immediate supervisor.
- Third recommendation: A second
academic or employment based recommendation should be submitted for the
1. Without disclosing personal information,
what are the reasons and experiences that led you to choose social work as a
2. What are your social work career
3. What are your personal strengths that
you can bring to this profession? How have these strengths been demonstrated
in the past?
4. Where do you see yourself 10 years from
now in the field of social work?
5. 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?
6. As a social worker, you will be expected to practice ethically according
to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics https://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
- 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
- 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
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.
To be 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
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International Transfer Applicants
*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.