Social Work

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Master’s Degree

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”
― Booker T. Washington

Program Overview

With a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from USF Sarasota-Manatee, graduate students gain the real world experience necessary to land their dream job in a variety of high demand specializations. The program provides students comprehensive training and expertise using the most relevant research and innovative teaching methods. A MSW from USFSM is the first step to a rewarding career as a Social Worker. Please note: The MSW program is a hosted USF Tampa program and students should apply via the USF Tampa application website.

The next MSW cohort at USFSM is planned to begin in Fall 2017.

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Is the MSW Program Right for You?

Are you a person who enjoys helping others? Do you feel fulfilled by devoting your time and energy to improving lives? If so, then a career as a social worker may be the right professional path for you.

Social workers advise clients through life’s daily challenges and transitions, helping individuals and families find the necessary resources to solve personal problems and improve relationships. They desire to make a difference in the world in a variety of settings, sometimes on the level of domestic conflict, sometimes serving as state and federal investigators.

Social workers operate in private practices, public institutions, as researchers and social policy advocates. They address social issues including domestic violence, poverty, child abuse, homelessness and often work closely with people in a therapeutic setting where excellent listening and problem solving skills are required.

Future Careers

Masters level social workers are in enormous demand. They are often employed as:

  • Medical Social Workers
  • Social Workers in Mental Health
  • Addictions Facility Social Worker
  • Domestic Violence Social Worker
  • Child Welfare Social Worker
  • Hospice Social Worker

They are employed in government, forensics, academia, homeless centers, research facilities, and state and federal investigations sites. Private practice social workers need additional training and require licensing. Each state has its own regulatory board for licensing social workers. Existing law protects the title “social worker.”

For more information on future careers and internships, please visit Career Services.

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Potential Employers


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