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Master of Social Work Online

Online CSWE-Accredited Master of Social Work Degree for Florida Students

Turn your passion for helping others in your Florida community into your career. Prepare to make a difference in people’s lives by earning your CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work degree in a flexible online format. No GRE is required to apply.

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Regular Standing MSW

Format 100% Online

Total Credits 60

Program Length As few as 4 semesters

Certificate Options Yes

Advanced Standing MSW – Accelerated Format

Format 100% Online

Total Credits 30

Program Length As few as 2 Semesters

Certificate Options Yes

Support Social Change in Florida

Demand for social workers is rising in Florida. In fact, Florida is a Top 5 state for the employment of healthcare social workers.1 With UK’s online Master of Social Work degree, you can qualify for these careers to offer support to Florida’s diverse communities.

The College of Social Work offers Regular and Advanced Standing social work degrees in two modalities, including online. UK’s high-quality education remains the same no matter how you access the curriculum, and you can tailor the MSW degree for your goals by choosing from multiple certificate options.

Our CSWE-accredited MSW program enables you to serve individuals directly, coordinate organizational practice, and contribute to social policy improvements throughout Florida. After earning your social work degree online, you’re qualified to provide impactful, research-informed assistance to vulnerable populations in Florida.

There is no GRE requirement to apply, so you’re already one step closer to starting our accredited MSW program. And with our Advanced Standing option, eligible full-time students can finish the online program in 12 months.

Support Florida’s Vulnerable Populations Throughout Your Career.

Our online Master of Social Work degree program can prepare you to meet the urgent need for social workers across Florida. From 2018 to 2028, the employment of social workers specializing in healthcare will grow by 19% in Florida, which is faster than the national rate.2 Additionally, earning your MSW can help you meet Florida’s need for 21% more mental health and substance abuse social workers.3

Florida Social Work Jobs by the Numbers.

Here are four social work roles available in Florida, ranked by employment projections for 2028.

  • Mental Health Counselors: 16,490 jobs4
  • Healthcare Social Workers: 13,520 jobs2
  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers: 10,970 jobs5
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers: 4,790 jobs3

15% Ten-year projection for mental health and substance abuse social workers in the U.S.3

21% Ten-year projection for mental health and substance abuse social workers in Florida.3

No. 5 Florida’s national ranking for the employment of healthcare social workers.1

Careers Details

Get Ready to Attain Licensure in Florida.

With our online Master of Social Work degree, you’ll have the confidence and expertise to foster change in Florida. What’s more, our accredited MSW degree program was created with a focused Licensing Preparation Initiative (LPI). It infuses specific instruction and exam structure throughout coursework to better prepare you to sit for the social work licensure exam — our licensure pass rates surpass the national average.

Professional licensure or certification may be required to practice, advance, or specialize in social work. However, educational requirements for licensure vary by state. You can view more information on social work licensure here.

Get more information about our online MSW program’s SARA compliance.

Curriculum: Preparing Social Workers in Florida to Make an Impact.

Florida residents with a bachelor’s degree in social work can apply to our 30-credit Advanced Standing MSW program, an option that lets you earn your social work degree in as few as 2 semesters. We also offer a 60-credit Regular Standing MSW program for students with bachelor’s degrees in other fields. The Regular and Advanced Standing programs have no GRE requirement, simplifying the application process.

While seeking your social work degree online, you may complete one of our multiple certificates in areas like Clinical Social Work, Child Welfare, Military Behavioral Health, School Social Work and Substance Use Disorder, or select elective courses to complete an Individualized Plan of Study. Each option helps fulfill your passion for ensuring ethical, effective social work practice in Florida communities. You’ll learn to navigate poverty, inequality, and other complex issues while delving into theories relevant to various social work careers, such as setting effective policy, providing direct service, and engaging in group practice. Our online MSW also offers hands-on experience through a series of practicums guided by a faculty field professor and an agency field instructor.

Our Regular and Advanced Standing MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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Choose an Area of Focus for Careers in Florida.

Our accredited social work degree program allows you to choose a certificate or individualized plan of study. Each option includes online courses that enhance your learning experience and enable you to thrive professionally in Florida.

Clinical Social Work Certificate

Gain an advanced level of clinical knowledge and skills including application of social work practice in a variety of clinical settings. Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.

Individualized Plan of Study

Create your plan of study based on your specific career goals through a selection of social work elective courses designed for your professional success. Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.

Substance Use Disorder Certificate

Learn treatment and prevention approaches related to substance use disorders and develop essential intervention skills through a curriculum founded on evidence-based practice. Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.

Admission Requirements

Florida residents can apply to the CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work degree program at UK today—no GRE or work experience required. Admission requirements include*:

An application to the 30-credit-hour Advanced Standing program requires:

  • A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program, earned within the past seven years
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0, social work GPA of 3.5, or a graduate GPA of 3.0 (if applicable)

An application to the 60-credit-hour Regular Standing program requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • A GPA of 3.0 or above in all of your academic endeavors

Other requirements include:

  • Application Form
  • Personal Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • If you graduated within the past five years, at least one academic reference is required
    • References you provide should fit the following categories: professor, social work professor, professional social worker/field instructor, and work or volunteer supervisor
    • Please exclude personal, pastoral, and relative references
  • 4-page autobiographical personal statement
  • 250-word writing sample on an ethical dilemma
  • All transcripts from any higher education institution attended
  • No GRE requirement

*Students may apply for the certificate after being accepted to the online MSW program.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Regardless of where you live, the cost per credit hour is $700.50 — there is no “out-of-state” pricing. This means the total tuition for the 60-credit Regular Standing MSW program is $42,030, or $21,015 for the 30-credit Advanced Standing MSW program.

Students can save up to 40% on tuition by taking advantage of the block tuition rate.

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We’re here to help Florida students fulfill their commitment to academic excellence and connect them with a variety of forms of financial aid—from federal loans to scholarships and military benefits.

Note that additional fees may apply, and total tuition will depend on various factors, such as the number of credits taken and time to complete the online social work degree program. Tuition rates are subject to annual changes.

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Military Student Support

The flexible nature of our online Master of Social Work degree program is ideal for U.S. military service members and veterans throughout Florida. With faculty who have military backgrounds, courses specific to the issues relevant to you, and military-specific benefits like our Veterans Resource Center, our mission is to support your academic success.

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Experienced Faculty Prepare You to Practice in Florida Communities.

UK faculty understand the theory behind social work and the realities of professional practice in the field. Because many of our faculty members are licensed professionals, you’ll benefit from their deep passion and experience while seeking your social work degree online.

With our CSWE-accredited MSW program, you can engage directly with professors committed to the ideals of justice and equity in social work. You will also work with a field advisor to cultivate hands-on experience for careers in Florida.

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Why Is UK Online Right for Students in Florida?

Bring Big Blue Nation to the Sunshine State

By enrolling in the online MSW program at UK, you’ll benefit from a tradition of excellence, getting the support to build your career with confidence—with no GRE requirement to get started. With experienced faculty and a thoughtfully designed curriculum, we make sure you graduate exceptionally prepared for real-world practice in Florida. Plus, our licensure exam pass rate surpasses the national average.

How to Apply

Follow these steps to apply to our CSWE-accredited Master of Social Work degree program:

  • Create an online account
  • Submit your undergraduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other supporting materials
  • Pay the $65 application fee

You can expect to receive a decision 2 to 3 weeks after you apply.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have more questions about our CSWE-accredited MSW program? Visit our Resource Center to find answers fast.

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Yes, the online MSW program is fully CSWE accredited. This affirms our commitment to the core competencies, outcomes, and practices required by the CSWE, the nation’s premier social work accrediting body.

Up to 25% of coursework can be transferred toward either program courses or electives, with up to 15 credit hours for Regular Standing and 9 for Advanced Standing.

Yes, the online MSW program does offer virtual open houses. These events are held regularly—register to participate in an upcoming virtual open house here.

Regular Standing requires three practicum courses and Advanced Standing requires two practicum courses. Each practicum requires 300 hours over 16 weeks.

The online MSW program does not offer concentrations. However, students may choose to complete a certificate or Individualized Plan of Study along with their master’s degree to gain in-depth skills in a specific area of study. Learn more about available certificates and developing an Individualized Plan of Study here.

Sources

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2021, March 31.) Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020: 21-1022 Healthcare Social Workers. Retrieved March 10, 2022, from https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes211022.htm#st.
  2. O*NET OnLine. (2022, March 1.) Florida Employment Trends for: 21-1022.00 – Healthcare Social Workers. Retrieved March 14, 2022, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/21-1022.00?st=FL.
  3. O*NET OnLine. (2022, March 1.) Florida Employment Trends for: 21-1023.00 – Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers. Retrieved March 14, 2022, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/21-1023.00?st=FL.
  4. O*NET OnLine. (2022, March 1.) Florida Employment Trends for: 21-1014.00 – Mental Health Counselors. Retrieved March 14, 2022, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/21-1014.00?st=FL&g=Go.
  5. O*NET OnLine. (2022, March 1.) Florida Employment Trends for: 21-1021.00 – Child, Family, and School Social Workers. Retrieved March 14, 2022, from https://www.onetonline.org/link/localtrends/21-1021.00?st=FL&g=Go.