Master of Social Work

The University of Georgia School of Social Work is now accepting applications for its newly launched 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. 

Mission Statement

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, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the sole accrediting body of schools of social work in the United States.

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows, Mac, or Linux). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones, and printer may be required.
  • High-speed internet access.


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $629 per credit hour 60 credit hours $37,740 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 8 semesters $4,776 USD
Total Program Cost     $42,516 USD

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.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

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.

Application Checklist

  1. Application – Submit the Graduate School Admissions online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International (waived for US veterans).
  2. Select Campus – Online
  3. Select Degree Level - Masters
  4. Select Intended Program - MSW, Social Work (School of Social Work)[MSW_SOWK_ONL] 
  5. Select Area of Emphasis - Micro Practice 
  6. Select Intended Term - Fall
  7. Résumé or curriculum vita – Upload to the Graduate School application.
  8. Narrative Statement - Through the personal narrative, you will have an opportunity to describe your interest and motivation for becoming a professional social worker as well as your understanding of the concepts and guiding principles associated with the profession. Click Narrative Essay for instructions.
  9. Complete the MSW Supplemental Form and upload it in the Graduate Application for Admission.
  10. Transcripts – Upload unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate School application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.
  11. Letters of Recommendation – Submit three letters of recommendation online to graduate school. Letters should be from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s scholarly ability and potential for success in a graduate program. Preferably at least two of them are from faculty who have instructed the applicant in a previous program of study. The application will prompt your recommenders to submit their letters electronically

International Applicants - must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall:  February 15 

Any applications received and completed after February 15, will be reviewed on a space-available basis.



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.

Students complete (60) credit hours of graduate study with (44) credits hours coming from online course work and (16) credit hours coming from field education.

The Generalist year includes 312 combined hours of professionally supervised field practice experience in conjunction with a field-integrating seminar [72 in the fall (SOWKE 7115E) and 240 in the spring (SOWKE 7125E)]. In the specialization year, there is a total of 600 hours (SOWK 7225E) of supervised field practice.

MSW Program of Study

Year One

Fall Spring Summer
  • SOWK 7112E [3 credits] Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • SOWK 7114E [3 credits] Foundation Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
  • SOWK 7118E [3 credits] Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy and Diversity (PrOSEAD)

Total Semester Credits: 9

  • SOWK 7117E [3 credits] Foundation Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
  • SOWK 7121E [3 credits] Social Welfare Policies, Programs, and Issues
  • SOWK 7126E [3 credits] Social Work Research Methods

Total Semester Credits: 9


  • Elective [3 credits]
  • Elective [3 credits]

Total Semester Credits: 6

Year Two

Fall Spring Summer
  • SOWK 7116E [3 credits] Social Work with Groups
  • SOWK 7115E [3 credits] Introduction to Social Work Profession and Field Education

Total Semester Credits: 6

  • SOWK 7125E [5 credits] Foundation Social Work Field Education
  • SOWK 7212E [3 credits] Assessment and Psychopathology

Total Semester Credits: 6

  • Elective [3 credits]
  • Elective [3 credits]

Total Semester Credits: 6

Year Three

Fall Spring Summer
  • SOWK 7214E [3 credits] Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals

  • SOWK 7225E [5 credits] Advanced Social Work Field Education

Total Semester Credits: 8

  • SOWK 7225E [5 credits] Advanced Social Work Field Education

  • SOWK 7226E [3 credits] Evaluation of Professional Practice

  • SOWK 7500E Social Work Practice Capstone [2 credits]

Total Semester Credits: 10


Contact Information

Email us using the request for information form or call (706) 418-2604



"I have never seen a program that seemed to be customized to suit the needs and development of the students like the program here. I do not doubt that I will be a well-rounded social worker because of the MSW program here. Selecting this program, at UGA, was the best decision I could've made." - Marquetta Thomas, Current Student