The MSW consists of 61 credit hours, divided into foundation level (13 hours) and concentration level (48) hours. Courses are sequenced so that students will graduate in four semesters.

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.

Foundation courses are compressed into a single semester, allowing students three semesters to gain advanced clinical skills. The concentration sequence is three semesters of coursework with specific focus on courses aimed at developing specific practice competencies, and courses on the specific populations who will be the recipients of behavioral health and health interventions.  

Field Practicum

In the Field Practicum, students are prepared for post-graduate employment through a series of experiences in community agencies. Students are paired with Field Supervisors who are professionals with at least two years of post-graduate experience.

Students have field experiences all four semesters, consisting of 1000 total contact hours. Advanced standing students will only complete 900 over three semesters (Fall/Spring/Fall). Activities in the field are sequenced to lead to independent practice, beginning in the initial setting with practice simulations and service learning in community agencies, continuing on with shadowing and supervised direct practice. The field experience is integrated across the curriculum, including conducting a research project as part of field practicum experience, and assignments paired to practice courses.

The field experience uses closely monitored experiences in community settings to allow students more direct experience. This approach is designed to increase student readiness for the more specialized upper level practice associated the clinical social work.


A full list of courses and course descriptions are available in the UAB Graduate Catalog. You may also download the MSW curriculum-by-semester guide as a pdf.