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College of Social Work

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At a Glance

Earning a social work degree from the University of South Carolina will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. Our graduates work in a variety of settings, including major medical centers, corporations and even a professional sports franchise.  

Why Social Work?

Social workers are advocates, educators, therapists, coordinators, community organizers, researchers and administrators. The College of Social Work provides students with the knowledge, skills and values to practice as advanced generalist social workers. Career opportunities are available in fields such as immigration services, military and veterans, economic development, and research.

Program Options:

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Master of Social Work

Our flexible MSW program prepares you to be a leader in the profession as an advanced generalist social worker. 

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Bachelor of Social Work

Our BSW program combines specialized coursework with field education. You will be prepared for generalist social work practice or the opportunity to apply for graduate-level studies.

Ph.D. student


Through coursework, faculty mentoring, dissertation research and research assistantships, you will acquire a comprehensive base of knowledge and skills. 

Certificate Program Students

Certificate Programs

Graduate certificate programs provide opportunities for in-depth study in a focused field of practice. The certificate programs are designed to meet the needs for trained social workers in high-demand fields of practice.

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Dual Degrees

Four dual degree programs are offered with other UofSC graduate schools, including the School of Law, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Arnold School of Public Health. 

My social work education and field experience at the College of Social Work helped me in my career because it has allowed me to provide more services to clients at a higher level than in the past. I’m able to help provide the best care possible to patients.

Courtenay Scott, MSW ‘17,
Clinical Counselor, Medical Univ. of South Carolina
North Charleston, S.C.

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