Master of Social Work
The mission of the Master of Social Work program is to educate advanced professional social workers for practice with at-risk populations. The Master of Social Work program is dedicated to (a) educating social workers with knowledge, values, and skills for evidence-based practice, (b) advancing the knowledge base of the social work profession and (c) providing regional leadership in the development and implementation of policies, programs, and services for at-risk populations.
Spring Start, Full*- and Part-Time, Extended Study, and Distance Learning** Admission Requirements:
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required.
An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better (A = 4.0) is preferred.
Experience in social work (paid or volunteer) is strongly preferred.
*Note that full-time MSW students are ON GROUND, DAYTIME classes. All students, regardless of program track must be available for weekday, daytime field placement internships. For more information, please see the Student Field Education webpage.
**Distance Learning/UM Global students need to find their own field placement internships AFTER talking with the field directors. Please plan ahead with your application submission, as this process takes up to 8 weeks to complete. See the Student Field Education webpage for more information.
Advanced Standing (3 semesters of study; 37 credit hours) Admission Requirements:
BA in social work or BSW from an accredited BA/BSW program
Admission as Advanced Standing student must occur within 5 years of BA in SW or BSW graduation
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall
Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.3 in social work courses
View the MSW Student Handbook for more information.
The MSW program at the University of Memphis offers one specialization: Advanced Practice Across Systems. The goal of the specialization is to advance the generalist content in a manner that prepares students to utilize evidence-based, ethically informed social work practices with a variety of populations while at the same time tailoring the program through electives and certificates to fit the students' specific needs.
The knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired by students in the specialization are designed to produce advanced social work practitioners who have the skills for ethically informed social work practice including advanced assessment, relationship building/enhancement, application of goal-oriented and evidence-based interventions, evaluation of practice, and lifelong professional development.
MSW Program Tracks
Advanced Standing Full Time (1 year)
Advanced Standing Extended Study (2 years)
Extended Study (3 Years) Fall and Spring Only
Tuition and Fees
For the most current information regarding tuition, visit the University & Student Business Services.
For the most current information regarding funding your program, visit our Financial Aid and Scholarships page.
Please visit the student field education website for quick reference to frequently asked questions and the Graduate Field Handbook.
MSW Information Sessions
The School of Social Work presents Information Sessions each fall and spring semester. Individuals interested in pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work are encouraged to attend a session to learn about the career field, academic tracks, and internship placements.
- Monday January 23rd
- Monday February 27th
- Monday March 20th
- Monday April 24th
The social work office is located in 106 Browning Hall. The general contact information for administrators of the program is as follows:
|School Chair||Susan Neely-Barnes||(901) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Program Coordinator||Elena Delavegaemail@example.com|
|Field Director||Cherry Malone||(901) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Admissions Coordinator||Katie Norwood||(901) email@example.com|
|Administrative Associate||Valerie Wince||(901) firstname.lastname@example.org|