- Submitted Online Application. All online applications and materials must be received by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
- Application fee: A non-refundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
- Statement of Purpose: Refer to the MSW admissions page for the Statement of Purpose Guidelines and supplemental questions to be answered.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
- Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
- Upload Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended.
- Upload each transcript to the Academic History section of the online application before submitting your application -or- upload to your application status page under the Upload Materials section if your application has already been submitted.
- Review all requirements for submitting transactions here.
- Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.
How long will it take?
This program is 60 credit hours and can be completed in two years.
Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online
This program can be completed on-campus or as a hybrid of online and on-campus work.
Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements
- Early Deadline: February 1
- Regular Deadline: April 1
Spring: Does not admit
Summer: Does not admit
Social Work, M.S.W.
The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program strives to prepare students for social work leadership roles in the effort to solve, in partnerships with others, the existing and developing challenges that confront communities in the United States and internationally. Community partnerships, based on a generalist practice model, is the sole focus of the M.S.W. program. Students in the Community Partnerships specialization are educated to advance the needs and capacities of the total community by promoting social and economic justice and maximizing human potential. They are educated to commit themselves to addressing the life circumstances, such as poverty, violence, discrimination and disparities in social and economic justice that fall disproportionately on vulnerable groups and challenge the spirit of the entire community. This unique focus provides students with the opportunity to learn about social issues facing urban communities through a social and economic justice framework. Our graduates have become leaders in various service delivery sectors, including health care, public child welfare services, non profit management and numerous other contexts.
The Curriculum Structure for the M.S.W. program consists of three components: (1) Liberal Arts Perspective; (2) Social Work Generalist Practice; (3) Social Work Specialization. The M.S.W. program can be completed in two calendar years of full-time study and three calendar years of part-time study. Total degree hours: 60 semester hours for full-time and part-time students; 39 semester hours for advanced standing students.
The liberal arts core will include course work in humanities and social sciences, a course with human biology content, statistics, and research.
The purpose of the professional social work generalist practice curriculum is two-fold. First, the generalist practice model provides core knowledge for competent social work practice through the presentation of new advances in practice knowledge, as well as the accumulated knowledge of social work education and the social work profession. Second, the generalist practice serves as preparation for the focused knowing and learning in the specialization year.
Students in the program have options for both full time and part time programs as study. In addition, an advanced standing option is available for students who have met the 30 credit hours of Social Work Generalist Practice course work as a result of their bachelor’s degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
Visit the Masters of Social Work section of the Georgia State Catalog for details on course offerings and programs. You may also download the attached pdfs resources.
- MSW 1st year Competencies
- MSW 2nd year Competencies
- MSW 2nd year Skill Sets
- MSW Advanced Standing Program of Study
- MSW Full-Time Program of Study
- MSW Part-Time Program of Study
Funding Your Graduate Education
Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.
Awards and Assistantships
Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.
The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.
Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.
To accomplish the mission of the M.S.W. program, the School of Social Work has set forth these goals: (1) students will be able to think critically and communicate effectively in the application of social work knowledge, skills and values to community partnerships practice and students will be able to engage as social work leaders to build and strengthen communities.
Field education at Georgia State is organized and implemented as a partnership between the educational community and the practice community in training future social work practitioners. Within this partnership, there are three key people to the success of the field education experience: the student, field supervisor, and faculty liaison. First is the student, who possesses the willingness and desire to observe, learn, take action, and reflect. The student’s professional development is guided and nurtured by the field supervisor whose role as teacher is pivotal in the student’s evaluation of self as an emerging professional social worker. The faculty liaison’s role is to provide ongoing support and information to the student and the field supervisor. Communication among all parties is critical in meeting the objectives of field education and maintaining a healthy partnership. Ongoing feedback is welcomed from all parties.
More information about field education: http://aysps.gsu.edu/social-work/field-education/.
Social Work is a profession (like nursing) and our B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education with a complete listing of all accredited B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs available here. Social workers are employed in mental health, substance abuse, aging, schools, military, child welfare, health, private practice, a huge range of nonprofits, criminal justice-based programs and many other fields.Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.
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