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Master of Social Work Program


The University of North Florida (UNF) Master of Social Work (MSW) program fosters a commitment to creating social change through a holistic practice of social work that emphasizes the attainment of biopsychosocial-economic and spiritual wellbeing, especially among people who experience systematic marginalization and oppression. Through an educational experience founded on critical thinking, research, service, and social justice and enriched through diverse community partnerships, the program prepares professional advanced generalist social workers for multi-method clinical and administrative practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.


The MSW program aims to prepare advanced generalist practitioners who:

  1. are self-reflective and competent to engage in autonomous and ethical social work practice with multiple systems and diverse populations;
  2. continually strive to increase cultural appropriateness including understanding of and sensitivity to economic and social inequalities;
  3. demonstrate a commitment to serve and advocate for those who are vulnerable, marginalized, and oppressed;
  4. engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research; and
  5. demonstrate the ability to evaluate their own practice and programs based upon critical analysis and assessment.


As dictated by the CSWE’s (2015) Educational Policy & Accreditation Standards (EPAS), all UNF MSW students will demonstrate the following Social Work Competencies:

  1. Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
  2. Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  3. Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  4. Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  5. Engage in Policy Practice
  6. Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  7. Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  8. Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  9. Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

MSW Program of Study 

The UNF MSW Program offers both Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks. The Traditional track is designed for students who do not have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree. The Traditional Program of Study begins in the fall semester and may be completed full-time in two years or part-time in four years. The Advanced Standing track is designed for students who have a BSW degree and are academically prepared for accelerated graduate study. The Advanced Standing Program of Study begins during the summer semester and may be completed in one academic year. MSW courses are offered face-to-face on the UNF campus during the late afternoon and evening hours. More information regarding the program’s academic requirements, policies, and procedures may be found in the MSW Student Handbook 2019-2020.

MSW Field Education

Field education is the “signature pedagogy” of social work education. Traditional MSW students are required to complete 900 hours of field education, including 400 hours at the generalist practice level and 500 hours at the advanced generalist level. Advanced Standing students must complete 500 hours of field education at the advanced generalist level. More information about field policies and procedures may be found in the MSW Field Manual 2019-2020. Questions regarding field education should be directed to Professor Akanke Omorayo-Adenrele, MSW Field Education Director, at (904) 620-5368 or

Admission Requirements 

Students who wish to be admitted to the UNF MSW Program must complete an online application through the Graduate School; pay a $30 application fee; submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework; submit a resume; provide three letters of recommendation; and submit a personal essay. See the Admissions Criteria Checklist for detailed requirements for both the Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks. Visit the Graduate School for application instructions and deadlines.

MSW Program Assessment

The MSW Program utilizes multiple measures to assess the degree to which students master the core competencies of generalist and advanced generalist social work practice as well as the quality of the learning environment in which the program of study is delivered. See our WORD DOC for 2021-2022 MSW Student Learning Outcomes. 

MSW Accreditation Status

The UNF MSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). For more information, visit CSWE’s Directory of Accredited Programs.

For More Information 

For more information about the MSW Program, please email

Available Courses

Course ID Course Title
ANG5472 Globalization and Development
SOW5107 Human Behavior and the Social Environment
SOW5185 Community Social Work Practice: Academic Immersion
SOW5207 Foundations of Social Work
SOW5235 U.S. Social Welfare Policies and Institutions
SOW5307 Communication and Critical Thinking in Social Work Practice: Academic Immersion
SOW5337 Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities
SOW5404 Methods of Social Work Research
SOW5470 Principles of Social Work Research and Theory: Academic Immersion
SOW5625 Difference, Discrimination and Oppression
SOW5931 Generalist Practice I
SOW5932 Generalist Practice II
SOW5940 Field Education I
SOW5941 Field Education II
SOW6125 Psychopathology
SOW6126 Advanced Interpersonal Practice with Children/Adolescents & Families
SOW6445 Practice and Program Evaluation
SOW6605 Social Work in Health Care Settings
SOW6646 Advanced Interpersonal Practice with Adults and Elders
SOW6655 Child Welfare and Social Work Practice
SOW6670 Social Work Practice with the Military, Veterans, and their Families
SOW6745 Hospice and Palliative Care
SOW6907 Directed Independent Study in Social Work
SOW6932 Advanced Seminar in Clinical Practice
SOW6934 Advanced Special Topics in Social Work
SOW6935 Advanced Topics in Human Behavior
SOW6945 Field Education III with Integrated Seminar
SOW6948 Field Education IV & Integrative Seminar
SYA5933 Special Topics in Sociology
SYD6706 Race Relations
SYP6447 Social Change and Development
SYP6667 Sociological Approaches to Culture
SYP6668 Analysis of Subcultural Perspectives