Master of Social Work Program (MSW)

University Hall Building

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.

Students in the UAB Master of Social Work program, receive advanced clinical 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 practice, particulary in mental health and medical settings including specific focus on interventions demonstrated to be effective for specific populations. Combining extensive internships in behaviorial health settings with coordinated classroom learning, students are uniquely trained in clinical 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. Please check the event calendar for cancellations.

Dr. Fisher 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:
3150 University Hall
Street address:
1402 10th Avenue S.
Birmingham, AL 35294-1241

Chat with the MSW Program Director is a first-come-first serve walk-in session and no appointment is required.

  • This is a traditional face-to-face program. There are currently no online-only classes being offered. Classes are offered during the day and evenings. Employed students should make arrangements with the place of employment.
  • To review the current course offerings visit the UAB Students Class Schedule. Use the drop-down box to select the “Term” then use the drop-down box to select SW-Social Work next to “Department”

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 was launched in Fall 2017 and accredited by the Council on Social Work Education in Spring 2019.

Professional Licensure and Certifications

The UAB Master of Social Work program prepares students to practice in a field with professional licensure through the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Social Work Regulation. Specific licensure requirements vary from state to state, and among territories. Please visit the Professional Licensure and Certification General Disclosures webpage for more information on state and territories requirements.