When the University of Georgia School of Social Work decided to offer the first fully online Master of Social Work degree in Georgia in the fall of 2020—it did so hoping to address t
Master of Social Work
The University of Georgia School of Social Work is now accepting applications for its inaugural cohort of students in the Master of Social Work degree online.
The Master of Social Work program prepares you to be a leader in the field of social work and meets all educational requirements leading to licensing as a social worker in Georgia and the nation. This program is designed to provide flexibility to persons in Georgia interested in pursuing a career in social work.
The state of Georgia projects a 19.7% increase in social work jobs through the year 2022, an even greater rate of growth relative to the 11% growth in the social work profession nationally. Employment of healthcare social workers is projected to grow 17% nationally from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth in diverse and aging populations particularly in rural communities and medically underserved areas (MUAs) has led to an increase in the demand for social workers.
The Micro specialization prepares you for advanced practice primarily focused on individuals, families, and groups in diverse settings. This specialization provides you with the skills you need for future professional leadership positions like School Social Worker, Counselor, Substance Abuse Social Worker, Child and Family Social Worker, Marriage and Family Social Worker, Geriatric Social Worker, Hospice Worker, Medical Social Worker, Forensic Social Worker and provides a direct path to becoming an Independent Licensed Social Worker and establishing a private practice.
The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program of the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work prepares graduate students for advanced practice. We strive to develop future leaders in the profession of social work who are able to meet the ever-changing challenges facing people of Georgia, the nation, and the world. Our aim is that our graduates are culturally competent; dedicated to social and economic justice; and committed to upholding and disseminating the core values and ethical standards of both the School and the profession.
The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.
- Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
- High Speed Internet Access.
Master of Social Work Program Cost
Tuition & Fees
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Bursar's Office website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $372 in that semester.
Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.
Additional costs may include:
- Exam proctoring fees
- Technology upgrades
Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.
Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.
University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section).
Total Hours Required to Earn Degree: 60 (credit hours)
The MSW is open to any degree major. The GRE is not required in order to be considered for admission. Applications are evaluated on your overall portfolio. Experiences in diverse environments is a plus.
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.
- Submit the Graduate School application online. Application fee: $75
- Transcripts - Upload unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
- Narrative Statement - Highlight your commitment to the values of the social work profession as reflected in the NASW code of ethics and clearly specify your career objectives.
- Resumé - Including details of your work experience in human service through paid, volunteer, and internship experiences.
- Three letters of recommendation supporting your readiness for graduate work, appropriate interpersonal skills and talent for leadership.
* Optional GRE Test Scores (not required unless applicant deems they are instrumental in demonstrating their academic promise)
- Fall: February 15
Any applications received and completed after February 15, will be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Master of Social Work Program Curriculum
The Micro specialization prepares you with knowledge and skills for advanced practice primarily focused on individuals, families, and groups in diverse settings. The faculty have adopted a focus on addressing power and oppression in society in order to promote social justice by using evidence-based practice and advocacy tools and the celebration of diversity. This philosophy, under the acronym, PrOSEAD, acknowledges that engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities requires an understanding of the historical and contemporary interrelationships in the distribution, exercise, and access to power and resources for different populations. And, that our role is to promote the well-being of these populations using the best and most appropriate tools across all levels of social work practice.
This program is taught in a cohort model. Students work their way through the program as a group. A major portion of graduate social work education involves field education. Students admitted must be prepared to participate in field placement within a 60-mile radius of the Georgia state line. Field experiences that blend coursework with real-world experiences helps maximize your growth and competency development. There are four semesters of professionally supervised field education experience. Most placement sites require background checks and/or drug testing.