About the Program

The University of South Carolina Master of Social Work program is designed to prepare students for the advanced practice of social work and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The program’s mission of promoting social well-being and social justice within vulnerable populations is achieved through dynamic teaching, research, and dedicated service conducted in collaboration with the diverse people of South Carolina, the United States of America, and the international community.

The 60-credit-hour MSW program allows students to complete a degree through part-time study over the course of three years. The foundation courses, taken in the first two years of the program, cover generalist practice; human behavior and the social environment; the history of the social work profession; social welfare policy; and research methods.

The majority of the first-year requirements are offered through face-to-face instruction. Additional courses are offered online, though special permission is required to enroll.

In the second and third years of the program, students participate in field education internships within local human service agencies. During the third year, students are prepared to practice in the area of Health and Mental Health.

Recruitment Coordinators

Lauren Knottek, LMSW & Steven Cote
University of South Carolina
College of Social Work
[email protected]

For more information about this program, visit the University of South Carolina’s Master of Social Work page or watch the video included below to hear a recent graduate talk about her experience while enrolled in this program and how it has helped her to grow her career.

Wanting more resources regarding social work and licensure? Check out this helpful link to Social Work Guide.


Admissions Requirements

Effective August 2020, the minimal requirements for admission include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
    • Applicants to the Advanced Standing program option must have earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited institution within the last five years.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale).
    • Applicants to the Advanced Standing program option must have also earned a B or better GPA in the last 60 credit hours of an accredited bachelor’s degree and a B or better in all required undergraduate social work classes. Applicants to the Advanced Standing program option should be aware that meeting the minimal requirements does not guarantee admission to this program option.
  • Official transcripts of all college and university credits earned.
  • Autobiographical statement stating the applicant’s desire to enter the degree program and outlining long-term professional goals, motivation, and capacity to work with people.
  • At least two letters of recommendation should come from individuals who can address characteristics such as maturity, self-discipline, commitment, cooperativeness and professionalism. The MSW program requires letters be written by individuals who can attest to an applicant’s potential for graduate study and social work practice (e.g., professor, supervisor or community leader). Letters from those an applicant has a personal relationship with (e.g., relative, friend or neighbor) will not be adequate.
    • Applicants to the Advanced Standing program option are required to submit three letters of recommendation. Of the three letters of recommendation, one must be from the BSW program director or faculty advisor recommending readiness for Advanced Standing and one be must from the undergraduate field supervisor or current social work supervisor if employed.
  • A current CV or resume that demonstrates evidence of service and/or work experiences congruent with social work values, skills, and knowledge.

Note: An interview may also be required.

International applicants are required to meet additional requirements such as language and English proficiency. Please see the International Applicants webpage for more information.