Master of Social Work (MSW)

Training the finest professionals in the areas of clinical/medical social work requires settings that provide the best opportunities for students to develop the complex skills needed to provide services.

UAB and Birmingham skylineStudents in the UAB Master of Social Work program, set to commence in the fall of 2017, will receive advanced training using an innovative model of evidence-based education in the resource-rich environment provided by UAB, including world-class Schools of Medicine and Public Health.

The MSW program will prepare students for clinical and community practice, including specific focus on interventions demonstrated to be effective for specific populations. Combining extensive internships in health and mental health settings with coordinated classroom learning, students will be uniquely trained in clinical and community practice.

Questions About the MSW Program?
Chat with the Chair on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Dr. David E. Pollio will be available to chat with current and perspective Social Work students to answer questions about the academic program and to provide career advice. Please check the event calendar for cancellations.

Chat with the Chair sessions will be hosted at:
UAB Department of Social Work Conference Room (Suite 302)
Humanities Building
900 13th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1260

Chat with the Chair is a first-come-first serve walk-in session and no appointments required.

The MSW is a terminal professional degree, focusing on developing advanced practice competencies. The majority of non-academic Social Work jobs are at this level, and an MSW degree is required to achieve licensure for independent clinical practice. 

The program will be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The full accreditation process will be completed by Spring 2019.

Program Requirements

The MSW consists of 61 credit hours, and courses are sequenced so that students will graduate in four semesters. See the Program Requirements page for more information about courses and field practicum.

How to Apply

The MSW program follows the UAB Graduate School application deadlines. However, MSW students are only admitted during Fall semester.For more information, see the Admission Requirements page.

The application deadline is August 1st. Classes begin in the Fall.

Graduate School Application

Ready to Learn More?

We welcome inquiries via email ( or telephone (205-975-4938), or would be pleased to answer questions in person at our twice-monthly “chat with the chair” walk-in hours or by appointment.