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Social Work at South Carolina

Social work is a helping profession. The main goal of social work is to improve a society's overall well-being, especially for the most vulnerable populations. Our students learn to work with individuals, couples, families, groups, neighborhoods, communities and organizations to empower them to meet their needs.

What to Expect

As a social work major, you can expect to develop skills in community organizing, diversity, social justice, networking, interviewing, multitasking, case management and grant-writing. You will also be able to gain hands-on experience in the field through service-learning that is integrated into academic coursework. You may also choose to pursue the Child Welfare Certificate and become certified in child welfare and receive a fellowship from the Department of Social Services.

 

Undergraduate Degree

B Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.)

The College of Social Work offers the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) and is just one of three public universities in South Carolina to offer the B.S.W. degree. Our program prepares you for a satisfying career serving individuals, families and communities. The B.S.W. curriculum grounds you in a liberal arts education and provides the values, skills, knowledge and competencies necessary for generalist social work practice. 

 

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

 

Graduate Degrees

The College of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with specializations in children, youth and families; health and mental health; and community, social, and economic development. The college also offers a transdisciplinary, community-engaged, research and education based doctoral degree as well three specialized certificate programs and multiple dual degree options.

M  Master of Social Work (M.S.W) 

Admissions Coordinator and Program Contact: Analucia Brown, 803-777-3599, COSWMSW@mailbox.sc.edu
Student Recruiter:
Lauren Knottek, 803-777-3702, knottek@mailbox.sc.edu 

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

A  Advanced Standing Program (M.S.W.)

Students who earn a B.S.W. from the university are considered advanced standing and earn a M.S.W. in 11 months. Students can take advantage of this option for up to five years after receiving their B.S.W. degree.

D  Ph.D. in Social Work

Graduate Director: Maryah Fram, 803-777-5945, fram@mailbox.sc.edu 

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior and Master of Social Work (M.P.H. / M.S.W.)

This program, offered by the Arnold School of Public Health and the College of Social Work, culminates in a Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior and a Master of Social Work.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Master in Public Health Services Policy and Management and Master of Social Work (M.P.H. / M.S.W.)

This program, offered by the Arnold School of Public Health and the College of Social Work, culminates in a Master of Public Health in Health Services Policy and Management and a Master of Social Work.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work (M.P.A. / M.S.W.)

This program, offered by the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Social Work, culminates in a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Social Work.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

DD  Dual Degree: Master of Social Work and Law (M.S.W. / J.D.)

This program, offered by the College of Social Work and the School of Law, culminates in a Master of Social Work and a Juris Doctor.

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

C  Graduate Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies

Program Coordinator: Rhonda DiNovo, 803-777-9374, dinovo@mailbox.sc.edu 

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

C  Graduate Certificate for Social and Behavioral Health with Military Members, Veterans and Military Families

Program Coordinator: Nicole Cavanagh, 803-777-0433, nickcava@mailbox.sc.edu 

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School.

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.