A part-time cohort of the USF Tampa School of Social Work M.S.W. program, hosted by USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Degree Information

Minimum Total Hours 60
CIP Code 44.0701
Department Code SOK
Major Code SOK
Program (Major/College) Delivered by the USF Tampa School of Social Work and hosted by USF Sarasota-Manatee

Contact Information

USF Tampa School of Social Work Website www.usf.edu/cbcs/social-work/programs/msw-program/
USF Sarasota-Manatee Social Work Website usfsm.edu/academics/programs-and-majors/graduate/social-work/

Program Mission

The MSW program is a specialized course of study designed to prepare graduates for clinical practice with individuals, families and groups in agency or organization-based community practice settings. The program is designed to produce graduates who exhibit professional standards, values, and ethics in the practice of social work; who demonstrate a respect for human beings and a commitment to the capacity for growth and change in people; and who demonstrate the application of professional social work principles through professional discipline and self-awareness in the service of all clients. Graduates will be able to engage in a range of practice methodologies appropriate for treatment of individual and family problems and in work with groups.


  • The USF Tampa School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • For information on institutional regional accreditation, visit the usfsm.edu for SACSCOC accreditation information for USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Degree Information

  • The program runs in cohorts.
  • Students currently take 2-4 courses a term for eight (8) consecutive terms.
  • The entire program is 24 courses, including field placements (60 credits).
  • Students that enter the program with a bachelors in Social Work are exempt from the first three semesters.
  • The program is designed for students to pursue part-time—taking courses Monday-Wednesday evenings and some Saturdays.
  • Every effort is made to find field placements that can also accommodate the schedules of working students.  However, 4 of the 10 hour weekly commitment must be available during the time agencies typically operate (M-F, 8-5PM).
  • Each student is assigned one of the USF Sarasota-Manatee Social Work faculty members as a mentor.
  • Students are assisted in details of registration and progress toward graduation by a graduate academic advisor in the School of Social Work of USF Tampa.


  • Students must apply and be accepted into the program.
  • Students must have completed a bachelors degree to be eligible to apply.
  • The application process includes:
    • 2 personal essays
    • GPA above a 3.00
    • three (3) letters of reference
    • some type of background in social services or 30-40 hours of volunteer work in a social service field


Part-time (Total Hours = 60)

1st Semester–Fall 2017

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6105 Foundations in Human Behavior 3
SOW 6305 Foundations of Social Work Micro Practice 3
SOW 6348 Diversity and Social Justice 3

2nd Semester–Spring 2018

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6186 Foundations of Social Work Macro Practice 2
SOW 6235 Foundations of Social Welfare and Policy 3
SOW 6534 Field Instruction I 1

3rd Semester–Summer 2018

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6405 Foundations of Social Work Research & Statistics 3
SOW 6553 Field Instruction IA 2
SOW 6931 Elective: India Study Abroad (optional in lieu of electives in semesters 7 & 8) 6

4th Semester–Fall 2018

Advanced Standing (AS) Students Enter Here

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6124 Psychopathology 3
SOW 6342 Social Work Practices with Individuals 3
SOW 6554 Field Instruction IB (AS do not take) 2
SOW 6931 Elective (AS only) 3


5th Semester–Spring 2019

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6438 Evaluations of Clinical Practice in Diverse Settings 3
SOW 6362 Social Work Practice with Couples and Families 3
SOW 6555 Field Instruction IIA 2

6th Semester–Summer 2019

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6126 Health, Illness and Disability 3
SOW 6368 Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SOW 6556 Field Instruction IIB 2

7th Semester–Fall 2019

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6236 Social Welfare Policy Development & Analysis 3
SOW 6557 Field Instruction IIC 2
 SOW 6931 Elective 3

8th Semester–Spring 2020

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 8907 Capstone Project 1
SOW 6558 Field Instruction IIIA 2
 SOW 6931 Elective 3