Master of

Social Work

Advance your career in the rewarding field of social work.

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Two program options based on your previous education
Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
Meets educational requirements for licensure as a clinical social worker in Florida

Social Work, MSW Overview

The University of West Florida’s clinically focused online master’s in social work program provides the knowledge and skills to enter the workplace prepared for advanced social work practice. You will complete a specialized study of medical and behavioral healthcare in this program, which blends clinical internships with hands-on learning.

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in social work can fast-track their studies and complete our online MSW clinical curriculum as Advanced Standing, while those without previous social work experience can gain the experience they need through foundational coursework that prepares them for the rigors of social work practice in our Traditional track.

This program meets educational course requirements for licensure as a clinical social worker in the state of Florida and is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. If you are seeking a rewarding career that allows you to help others every day, UWF’s online social work master’s is the program you’re looking for.

You will study topics such as:

  • Human behavior in the social environment
  • Human behavior in communities and organizations
  • Social service policy
  • Human diversity and social justice
  • Clinical social work practice
  • Social work research


The University of West Florida Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation.

Accredited by the C S W E Board of AccreditationAccreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Board of Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Board of Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

Candidates for This Program Include:

  • Students with an undergraduate degree in social work who are seeking advanced study in the field
  • Students who did not study social work at the undergraduate level but wish to pursue a social work career
  • Those seeking to become a licensed clinical social worker in Florida

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge in medical and behavioral health social work
  • Prepare for clinical practice as a LCSW in Florida
  • Work with a variety of social populations including individuals, families and groups

View an interview with Joseph Herzog, Ph.D., Chair and Professor in the Department of Social Work