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College of Social Work

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Master of Social Work

A Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina will provide you with the skills to work with individuals, families, groups and communities. Whether you are interested in direct client service, advocacy or policy, our program will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to be a leader in the social work profession.

Earning your MSW at the College of Social Work prepares you to be an advanced generalist social worker and opens your career to an array of rewarding professional opportunities. As an MSW student at Carolina, you can also enhance your specialized knowledge with a dual degree or certificate

Our MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and consistently ranks among the top graduate programs in the Southern United States. Program options include:

  • Full-time in Columbia
  • Part-time in Columbia, Greenville and Charleston
  • Part-time in South Korea
  • Advanced standing, an accelerated option for students in Columbia 


Mission and Program Goals

The College of Social Work MSW Program prepares graduates to become advanced practitioners who serve diverse communities in South Carolina and beyond through specialized practice competencies in one or more of the following areas: Children, Youth and Families; Health and Mental Health; Military and Veteran Communities; Aging; and/or Community, Social and Economic Development. The MSW Program will provide students essential knowledge, skills, and values to practice effectively, ethically, and collaboratively to promote social well-being and social justice for vulnerable populations.


The program produces Master’s-level social workers who provide competent and ethical practice with, and on behalf of, diverse and vulnerable populations.


The program produces Master’s-level social workers who demonstrate a strong professional identity and ability to advance human rights and social and economic justice.


The program produces Master’s-level social workers whose professional judgment demonstrates an understanding that person-in-environment perspective requires a critical analysis of practice contexts and research findings.


Graduate Bulletin 

The academic bulletin is the university's official document of record concerning graduate-level academic programs and regulations. This is where you can find specific curriculum and required courses for the MSW.