The mission of the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program at the University of North Florida (UNF) is to prepare students to serve leadership roles in clinical practice, community practice, administration and policy-making positions with diverse client system in the North Florida region, the state and beyond. Further, the MSW seeks to enhance students's understanding of and sensitivity to economic and social inequalities. Graduates of UNF's Master of Social Work program will demonstrate specialized practice knowledge and skills to successfully serve individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Advanced generalist practice integrates greater theoretical and methodological knowledge, as well as research and evaluation sophistication at micro, mezzo and macro levels. Advanced generalist practitioners competently engage in independent and culturally responsive application of advanced social work knowledge, theories, skills, values and ethics into assessment and intervention. The MSW seeks to prepare students to serve the state's most vulnerable populations in areas such as mental health, substance abuse, hospice and palliative care, crisis intervention, child welfare, disaster relief and criminal justice. These settings demand that students synthesize and apply inter- and multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills in an ethical and competent manner to address needs in complex, multi-system service environments. The MSW prepares graduates for engagement in practice-informed research and research-informed social work practice through its emphasis on community-informed and community-based research.
Special Notes about the Program
The MSW offers two tracks; Traditional Track and Advanced Standing Track.
The Traditional Track does not require students to hold a BSW degree. The traditional track is a two-year full-time program of study.
The Advanced Standing Track will be for students who hold a BSW degree. The first cohort of advanced standing students is anticipated to begin in summer 2018. Application, admission criteria and curriculum requirements for this program are currently being decided.
of the Program
The traditional program offers a full-time and part-time option. The program utilizes a cohort model. The advanced standing program offers a full-time program only.