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Orlando Part-Time Advanced Standing This is a Track

College : Health and Public Affairs Degree :MSW
Department : Social Work Option : Nonthesis
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The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, Orlando Part-Time Advanced Standing Track allows students with baccalaureate degrees in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited school/program who demonstrate academic potential and professional maturity to complete the MSW degree at the main campus in four semesters of graduate study.
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The 32-hour MSW program is composed of 18 credit hours of required core and advanced clinical specialization courses. In addition, students complete 6 credit hours of electives and 8 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.
Total Credit Hours Required:
32 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Previous baccalaureate course work that received at least a "B-" will be reviewed to ensure content equivalency. In advanced standing admission, a maximum of 30 foundation-level credits may be waived based on the content equivalency to meet foundation year MSW requirements, which consist of courses in human behavior and the social environment, policy, research, social work practice, and social work field placement.

Educational standards for all social work programs are established by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accreditation body for professional social work education. Curriculum direction and content is regulated by the CSWE through its accreditation standards. The MSW program at UCF is fully accredited through CSWE.


Introductory three-credit college-level courses with a grade of "C" or better in the following areas or equivalents are required for admission into the program: Biology with human content, English or Communication, Introduction of Psychology, Statistics, Introduction of Sociology and Cultural Diversity.

Required Courses—18 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 6424 Theories for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice in Social Work (3 credit hours)

Electives—6 Credit Hours

Two clinical electives are required as components of the clinical specialization. They are selected in consultation with adviser and MSW graduate program director.

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

Approved clinical electives:

  • SOW 5149 Military and Veteran Culture with Historical Framework (Practice/Non-clinical)
  • SOW 6109 Violence Against Women: A Global Perspective (Clinical)
  • SOW 6155 Human Sexuality in Social Work Practice (Clinical)
  • SOW 6383 Social Work Administration (Practice/Non-clinical)
  • SOW 6603 Social Work in Health Settings (Clinical)
  • SOW 6604 Medications in Social Work Practice (Advanced Clinical)
  • SOW 6608 Understanding and Managing Combat Related Behavioral and Mental Health Disorders (Clinical)
  • SOW 6610 Clinical Practice with Military and Veteran Families (Clinical)
  • SOW 6635 Social Work Practice in Schools (Clinical)
  • SOW 6644 Interventions with Older Adults and Their Families (Clinical)
  • SOW 6652 Children Services in Social Work (Clinical)
  • SOW 6655 Child Abuse: Treatment and Prevention (Clinical)
  • SOW 6670 Clinical Social Work Practice with LGBTQ+ (Advanced Clinical)
  • SOW 6712 Clinical Social Work Practice with Substance Addictions (Clinical)
  • SOW 6713 Prevention and Treatment of Adolescent Substance Use and Misuse (Clinical)
  • SOW 6726 Social Work Practice with Children from Birth to Age Five and Their Families (Clinical)
  • SOW 6727 Core Concepts of Child and Adolescent Trauma (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 6914 Integrative Research Project in Clinical Practice (Non-clinical)

Field Experience—8 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. Clinical MSW students complete a minimum of 600 clock hours in the field. Field education includes a field seminar.    

Students must complete at least 50% of their field hours during the agency’s normal business hours. Evening (after 5 p.m.) and weekend placements are extremely limited. The School of Social Work is under no obligation to provide such placements. Consequently, field placements cannot be guaranteed to students who require evening and weekend placements. 

Required Sequence of Curriculum

First Semester (Summer)
  • SOW 6123 Psychosocial Pathology
  • SOW 6424 Theories for Evidence-Based Clinical Social Work Practice
Second Semester (Fall)
  • SOW 6348 Practice with Individuals
  • SOW 6612 Practice with Families
  • SOW 6561 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar I
Third Semester (Spring)
  • SOW 6246 Policy Analysis and Social Change
  • SOW 6324 Practice with Groups
  • SOW 6562 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar II
Fourth Semester (Summer)
  • SOW Clinical elective
  • SOW Clinical elective
  • SOW 6563 PT MSW Clinical Field/Seminar III

Transfer Credit

Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience shall not be given, in whole or in part, in lieu of Social Work courses required to fulfill degree requirements.

Students who have completed course work in an accredited MSW program may transfer up to 9 credit hours toward the 32 credit hours of the degree. Students must have received a grade of “B-” or higher in these courses. Courses will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the MSW Coordinator.  Field courses will be evaluated by the Coordinator for Field Education. Students seeking to transfer to the School of Social Work from another CSWE accredited social work program are required to meet the criteria for admission and follow the application procedures. Additionally, one of the academic references must be from the MSW Program Coordinator or academic adviser in the program from which the applicant is transferring and must address the academic standing in that program. If not currently enrolled, the reference must be from the former MSW Program Coordinator or academic adviser. Syllabi are required for any social work classes being considered for transfer.

Equipment Fee

Full-time students in the MSW program pay a $35 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $17.50 each semester.

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.

Applicants will be granted admission to the MSW program based on a majority approval from the Admissions Review Sub-committee.

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 with a C or better in each of the following six areas: Biology with human content, English or Communication, Cultural Diversity (this can be accomplished through a variety of courses that addresses cultural differences), Statistics, Introduction to Psychology, and Introduction to Sociology.
  • Up to date Résumé.
  • Three current letters of recommendation (within the past year). Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from each of the following:
    • Academic: A professor from a previously attended college/university. Recommendations from full-time faculty will hold more weight in the admissions process. For applicants who have been out of college for five or more years, the applicant may substitute an employment based recommendation.
    • Employment: Either volunteer or paid employment immediate supervisor.
    • Third recommendation: A second academic or employment based recommendation should be submitted for the third recommendation.
  • A professional statement. Applicants must answer the following questions within 3-6 pages. Please use headings for each question.
  1. What are the reasons and experiences that led you to choose social work as a profession?
  2. What are your social work career interests?
  3. What are your personal strengths that you can bring to this profession? How have these strengths been demonstrated in the past?
  4. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now in the field of social work?
  5. What major social issue do you think that professional social workers should be concerned with? What is the role of social work in relation to this issue?
  6. As a social worker, you will be expected to practice ethically according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics This includes working with diverse populations and clients whose values and beliefs may differ from your own. How you will incorporate and uphold the NASW Code of Ethics into your work with diverse populations?
  7. The MSW program requires students to complete a generalist (400 hours) internship and a clinical (600 hours) internship concurrent with their coursework. Evening (after 5 p.m.) and weekend placements are extremely limited. The School of Social Work is under no obligation to provide such placements. Given the above considerations, please tell us how you plan to balance your internship hours with your coursework and personal obligations. Tell us about any challenges you may have and how you plan to overcome them. 
  • Writing sample. Applicants must submit a research paper or literature review written for any class in their undergraduate studies, preferably one that is related to social work. 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 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.

The Master of Social Work program can accommodate only a limited number of students; therefore there is a possibility of being denied admission even when all criteria are met.

Students are admitted and can begin course work in summer 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.

The School of Social Work reserves the right to refuse student entrance or dismiss a student after admission to the MSW program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates behaviors incongruent to working in the field of social work and/or violates the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.

Application Deadlines

Orlando Part-Time Advanced Standing *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants




Mar 1

The application deadline for Summer 2016 admission has been extended to April 15, 2016.

International Applicants




Nov 1
International Transfer Applicants




*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, 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 UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.