Master of Social Work Program (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, commenced in the fall of 2017, 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 prepares 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 are uniquely trained in clinical and community practice.

Questions About the MSW Program?

Chat with the MSW Program Director every Monday from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. during fall and spring semester only. Also, please check the event calendar for cancellations.

Colleen Fisher, Ph.D., Associate Professor will be available to chat with current and perspective Social Work students to answer questions about the academic program and to provide career advice.

Chat with the MSW Program Director 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 MSW Program Director 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.

Application and Admissions Process

The steps below provide a general guideline of the MSW Program application and admissions process:

  • The application review process begins in November.
  • All admissions decisions will be communicated via email by the UAB Graduate School approximately to 60 days after submission.
  • Applications submitted by April 1 will receive prioritized field placement.
  • The final application deadline is August 1, 2019.

Note: ALL transcripts should be submitted directly to the Graduate School during the application process. For questions about the application, transcripts, or to resolve technical difficulties pertaining to the application process, please contact the Graduate School at (205) 934-8227.

To begin the application process click on the “Graduate School Application” button below.

Graduate School Application