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Orlando Full-Time This is a Track

College : Health and Public AffairsDegree : MSW
Department : Social WorkOption : Nonthesis


The Master of Social Work (MSW), Orlando Full-Time Track allows student who do not have a BSW degree to complete the MSW required curriculum in two years of full-time study at the main Orlando campus. The first year of study includes 24 credit hours in class work and 6 credit hours in field education. The second year of study includes 24 credit hours in class work and 8 credit hours in the field. 


Total Credit Hours Required:
62 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

The 62-hour MSW program is composed of 39 credit hours of required core and advanced clinical specialization courses. In addition, students complete 9 credit hours of electives and 14 credit hours of field experience. Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Projects such as research studies, clinical assessments and treatment plans, papers and internships also contribute to the self-development of our students. The research study and final report will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in a student’s particular specialization within the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices in that specialization area. Students in the 62-hour program must include at least 31 hours of course work at the 6000 level in their program of study.


Introductory three-credit college-level courses in the following areas or equivalents are required for admission into the program from the following areas: Biology with human content, English or Communication, Psychology, Statistics, Sociology, and Diversity.

Required Courses—39 Credit Hours

Core—21 Credit Hours

The core provides the foundation curriculum for the generalist Social Work practice.

  • SOW 5105 Human Behavior and Social Environment I: Individual (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5106 Human Behavior and Social Environment II: Social Systems (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5132 Diverse Client Populations (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5235 Social Welfare Policies and Services (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5305 Social Work Practice I: Generalist Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5306 Social Work Practice II: Intervention Approaches (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 5404 Social Work Research (3 credit hours)

Clinical Specialization—18 Credit Hours

  • SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6246 Policy Analysis and Social Change (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6324 Clinical Practice with Groups (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6348 Clinical Practice with Individuals (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6612 Clinical Practice with Families (3 credit hours)
  • SOW 6914 Integrative Research Project in Clinical Practice (3 credit hours)

Electives—9 Credit Hours

A practice elective is required as a component of the foundation curriculum and two clinical electives are required as components of the clinical specialization.  They are selected in consultation with adviser and MSW graduate program director.

  • Practice elective (3 credit hours) 
  • Clinical elective (3 credit hours)
  • Clinical elective (3 credit hours)

An approved general elective can be selected in consultation with adviser and MSW graduate program director from list below:

  • SOW 5355 Studies in Social Work Practice (Depends on topic)
  • SOW 5387 Nonprofit Resource Development (Non Clinical)
  • SOW 5432 Evaluating Social Work (Clinical)
  • SOW 5624 Social Work Practice in Mexican Culture (Depends on topic)
  • SOW 5625 Social Work with Women (Clinical) 
  • SOW 5642 Aging in Social Situations (Clinical)
  • SOW 5652 Children Services in Social Work (Clinical)
  • SOW 5662 Strategies in Employee Assistance Programs (Non Clinical)
  • SOW 5957 Study Abroad: Social Work Practice in the Caribbean (Depends on Topic) 
  • SOW 5957 Study Abroad: Contemporary Issues in Russia  (Depends on Topic)
  • SOW 5957 Study Abroad: Contemporary Issues in South Africa (Depends on Topic)
  • SOW 6109 Violence Against Women: A Global Perspective (Clinical)
  • SOW 6155 Human Sexuality in Social Work Practice (Clinical)
  • SOW 6373 Clinical Supervision (Clinical)
  • SOW 6383 Social Work Administration (Non Clinical)
  • SOW 6384 Administrative Supervision in Social Work (Non Clinical)
  • SOW 6386 Seminar on Social Welfare Planning and Implementation (Non Clinical)
  • SOW 6399 Advanced Administration in Social Welfare (Non Clinical)
  • SOW 6603 Social Work in Health Settings (Clinical)
  • SOW 6604 Medications in Social Work Practice (Clinical)
  • SOW 6635 Social Work Practice in Schools (Clinical)
  • SOW 6644 Interventions with the Elderly and Their Families (Clinical)
  • SOW 6655 Child Abuse: Treatment and Prevention (Clinical)
  • SOW 6656 Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents (Clinical)
  • SOW 6670 Gay and Lesbian Experience in American Society (Clinical)
  • SOW 6689 Sex Therapy (Clinical)
  • SOW 6712 Interventions with Substance Abusers (Clinical)
  • SOW 6713 Prevention and Treatment of Adolescent Substance Abuse (Clinical)
  • SOW 6726 Social Work Practice with Children from Birth to Age Five and Their Families (Clinical)
  • SOW 6735 Documentation Skills for Helping Professionals (Clinical)
  • SOW 6756 Forensic Social Work (Clinical)
  • SOW 6846 Spirituality in Clinical Social Work Practice (Clinical)
  • SOW 7492 Theory Building in Social Work (Clinical)
  • PAD 5859 Grant and Contract Management (3 credit hours)
  • MHS 6400 Theories of Counseling and Personality (3 credit hours)

Field Experience—14 Credit Hours

  • Generalist Field Education and Seminars (6 credit hours)
  • Clinical Field Education and Seminars (8 credit hours)

Field instruction is an integral part of graduate social work education. It provides the student with an opportunity to test classroom knowledge as well as to develop and refine foundation and advanced practice skills. Decisions regarding field assignment are determined by the Field Director. Only agency sites approved by the School of Social Work may be used for field instruction. Generalist MSW students complete a minimum of 500 hours in the field; clinical MSW students complete a minimum of 550 clock hours in the field. Field education includes a field seminar.

Suggested Sequence of Curriculum

First Semester (Fall)
  • SOW 5305 Social Work Practice I
  • SOW 5105 Human Behavior I: Individual
  • SOW 5404 Social Work Research
  • SOW 5235 Social Welfare Policies
  • SOW 5538 FT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar I 
Second Semester (Spring)
  • SOW 5306 Social Work Practice II
  • SOW 5106 Human Behavior II: Systems
  • SOW 5132 Diverse Client Populations
  • SOW  Practice Elective
  • SOW 5539 FT MSW Generalist Field/Seminar II
Third Semester (Fall)
  • SOW 6348 Practice with Individual
  • SOW 6612 Practice with Families
  • SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology
  • SOW 6324 Practice with Groups
  • SOW 6531 FT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar I 
Fourth Semester (Spring)
  • SOW 6246 Policy Analysis Social Change
  • SOW 6914 Integrative Research Project
  • SOW 6XXX Clinical Elective
  • SOW 6XXX Clinical Elective
  • SOW 6536 FT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar II

Transfer Credit

Students who have completed course work in an accredited MSW program may transfer up to 30 credit hours toward the 62 credit hours of the degree. Students must have received a grade of “B-” or higher in these courses. Courses must be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the graduate program director.

Equipment Fee

Students in the MSW program pay a $35 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled.

Independent Learning

Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Projects such as research studies, clinical assessments and treatment plans, papers and internships also contribute to the self-development of our students.

The field experiences and practice electives provide substantial opportunities for students to learn independently and practically about social work practice. 

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • One completed college-level course in each of the following six areas: biology with human content, English or communication, diversity (this can be accomplished through a variety of courses that addresses cultural differences), statistics, psychology, and sociology.
  • Résumé.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from each of the following:
    • Academic: An advisor or professor from your college. For applicants who have been out of college for five or more years, it is suggested the applicant substitute an individual  who has known and worked with the applicant in a professional capacity.
    • Employment: Either volunteer or paid employment is acceptable. It is recommended that the immediate supervisor complete the reference.
    • Personal:The applicant may select any individual other than family members.
  • A personal statement. Applicants must write a personal/autobiographical statement that should be 2 - 5 pages and covers the following questions:
    • What are the reasons and experiences that led you to choose social work as a profession?  Did you consider other professions, if so why did you prefer social work?
    • What are your social work career interests?  Which client population is of special interest to you?
    • What are your personal strengths that you can bring to this profession?  How have these strengths been demonstrated in the past? What personal attributes might change in order to strengthen your ability to be helpful to others?
    • What do you feel is your personal mission in social work and where do you see yourself 10 years from now in the field of social work?
    • What major issues do you think that professional social workers should be concerned with?  What is the role of social work in relation to this issue? 
  • Writing sample. Applicants must submit a paper written for any class in their undergraduate studies that dealt with social based issues. The paper should be 5-10 pages in length, contain citations, and will be used to evaluate the applicant's ability to write professionally. If the applicant does not have a paper which addresses social issues, he/she is welcome to submit any academic paper of his/her choice.  If the applicant does not have an academic paper, then he/she must write a 5-10 page paper in APA format that addresses any social issue related to social work.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Students are admitted and can begin course work in fall semesters only. To be accepted into and retained in the program, students are expected to demonstrate initiative, dependability, social concern, self awareness, appreciation for diversity in others, problem solving ability, ease in relating with others, skill in writing and speaking, and professional ethics.

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline listed below.

Orlando Full-Time Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15
International Applicants Jan 15Jan 15
International Transfer Applicants Jan 15Mar 1


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Student Finances, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see Fellowships, which includes descriptions of UCF fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.