The University of South Florida offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in the School of Social Work within the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. While both BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, admissions to the School of Social Work has certain requirements. Read more about the BSW and MSW programs to learn about admissions criteria, the application process and more. The admission of new doctoral students is temporarily suspended until further notice. Should you have any questions, please contact Dr. Nan Park, Chair of the PhD Program.
The primary objective of the BSW program is the preparation of the graduate for beginning level practice as a social work generalist. In preparing the BSW graduate for beginning professional practice, the curriculum base provides the student with an opportunity to develop a knowledge and skill base as a "generalist" practitioner. The student will develop an understanding of various intervention methods and skills in their application to a variety of client systems.
The MSW graduate program in social work is a course of study designed to respond to an identified need in the region for skilled clinical social work practitioners. It is built upon a core of information basic to social work practice, followed by advanced scholarly study in preparation for clinical work with individuals, families, and small groups. An intense field practicum gives students the opportunity to apply theory gained in the classroom to the problems of agency clients.