Social Work Degree Programs in Florida (A-F)

Once believed to contain the magical Fountain of Youth, Florida is the 22nd most extensive and 4th most populous state that draws more than 80 million visitors each year. Situated in the southeastern region as a peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida is distinctively home to 663 miles of pristine sandy beaches for the longest coastline of any state within the continental United States. Boasting the most popular amusement park destination in the nation at Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida is also home to SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Aquatica, Busch Gardens, and Adventure Island for those young at heart. Students are also attracted to the “Sunshine State” to attend some of the best universities in the country and learn along with some fun in the sun. For those interested in pursuing a rewarding career as a social worker, the following are the first half (A-F) of Social Work degree programs that have been fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) within Florida.


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Barry University

Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work

Located within a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean coastline and the Everglades within a suburb of downtown Miami, Barry University is a private Catholic institution with a history of academic excellence in the Dominican tradition. Grounded in a liberal arts education with the highest academic standards since opening its doors in 1940, Barry is home to more than 2,750 full-time undergraduate students and 3,750 graduate students. Forbes magazine has ranked Barry University as the 181st best college in the South and the 251st best research university in the nation. The Ellen Whiteside McDonnell School of Social Work is also nationally recognized by the U.S. News and World Report as having the 104th best graduate social work programs.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Designed to prepare students for generalist social work practice in diverse settings, the BSW program involved a trauma-informed curriculum focused on social work at the individual, family, community, group, and organizational levels. Within the program, students are required to complete 45 credits for a liberal arts background and 39 credits of social work courses. Students also embark on a senior year-long field placement experience in a social services agency in South Florida. In addition, Barry University has partnered with Miami Dade College to offer a unique 2+2 BSW program that enables students to earn an associate’s degree before transitioning seamlessly to the Social Work program to complete the bachelor’s degree.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Offered at the Miami Shores, Fort Myers, Palm Beach Treasure Coast, and Bahamas campuses, the Master of Social Work (MSW) program is planned in accordance with the standards of the CSWE in a trauma-informed resiliency framework. Since students are enrolled in the fall, spring, and summer 14-week semesters, the tri-semester program is considered accelerated for clinical social work practice. Students can choose to complete the 60-credit of required social work courses full-time or part-time, or enter the Advanced Standing program that enables students with a BSW to complete just 32 credits in three semesters. For any option that a student may choose, the curriculum is strongly based on policy practice, administrative leadership, applied social research, human development, clinical assessment, and intervention.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC)

Contact Information

11300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161
(305) 899-3900
ssw-admissions@barry.edu
http://www.barry.edu/social-work/

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Department of Social Work

Located in the hills of the capital city in Tallahassee, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is the only historically black institution that is a public member of the State University System of Florida. Although the school’s mission when it opened in 1887 was to educate African Americans, the university is now home to more than 10,500 students of every race and ethnic origin. Forbes magazine currently ranks Florida A&M as the 171st best college in the South and the 240th best research university in the nation. The FAMU Department of Social Work in the College of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities is also distinguished as having the 148th best graduate social work program in the entire United States.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is aimed to provide a beginning generalist curriculum that reflects the history, values, ethics, knowledge, and skills needed in entry-level general social work practice. The program is designed to educate students who will engage in the problem-solving process with individuals or groups, promote social justice for oppressed populations, and demonstrate sensitivity to human diversity. Since it is considered an upper-division professional program that begins in the junior year, students are required to complete 60 hours of general studies before completing the 61 hours of social work courses. All students must also complete a full-time semester-long field experience and integrative seminar within the spring semester of their senior year to graduate with the BSW degree.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Students within the Master of Social Work (MSW) program are prepared to serve communities in both urban and rural areas to work towards alleviating problems of poverty, oppression, social injustice, and discrimination, especially among people of color. The program is strongly based on social work practice, human behavior, social environment, social welfare policies, social work research, and field practicum experiences. All MSW students must successfully complete 67 semester credits either full-time or part-time, including 35 credits in foundational courses and 32 credits of advanced coursework in community development. The applied focus of the program is also reflected in the requirement to complete a minimum of 900 clock hours in field practice.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC)

Contact Information

1339 Wahnish Way
300 Banneker Building B
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(850) 599-3456
robin.perry@famu.edu
http://www.famu.edu/index.cfm?a=socialwork

Florida Atlantic University

School of Social Work

Strategically situated with a strong network of seven campuses along 150 miles of Florida’s southeastern coastline, Florida Atlantic University is a comprehensive public institution built on a rich tradition as a teaching university. After becoming the first public university in southeast Florida and the first in America for upper-division students in 1961, FAU has grown to enroll more than 25,000 students. Not only is it listed among the top colleges for military veterans by Military Times magazine, FAU is ranked as the 133rd best college in the South and 201st top research university in the nation by Forbes. With the motto of “Empowering People: One Student, One Client, One Community at a Time,” FAU School of Social Work is also nationally recognized for having the 130th best graduate social work program in the United States.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Intended to provide students with a rigorous curriculum that will adequately prepare them for beginning generalist social work practice or graduate studies in the field, the BSW program is offered at four FAU campuses in Boca Raton, Davie, MacArthur, and Jupiter. The content of the curriculum relates to client systems, the diverse populations of southeast Florida, dynamics of change, values and ethics of social work practice, and continued professional growth. Students in the program are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits with a GPA of at least 2.5 for completion of the BSW degree. Students are also assigned to a community-based social service agency during the last senior semester to work 30 hours per week under the supervision of a field instructor.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Offered exclusively at the Boca Raton campus, the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program is designed to prepare students for advanced entry into the profession with a seamless integration of theoretical knowledge, practice skills, and professional ethics for quality services. Students who have a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field may complete the program in two years full-time or four years part-time, whereas students with a BSW degree from an accredited institution may apply for Advanced Standing to complete in one year full-time or two years part-time. The rigorous MSW curriculum provides students with the opportunity to exceed all educational qualifications to gain licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC)

Contact Information

777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 297-3234
tmarsha5@fau.edu
http://www.fau.edu/ssw/

Florida Gulf Coast University

College of Health Professions and Social Work

Standing proudly on a vast 760-acre campus of restored wetlands in the suburban setting of Fort Myers along Lake Como, Florida Gulf Coast University is a high-tech public institution that attracts more than 13,500 students annually. Known for delivering career-relevant training in small class sizes with talented expert professors, FGCU is ranked as the 79th best college and 37th top public school in the South by the U.S. News and World Report. Even more importantly, the Florida Gulf Coast College of Health Professions and Social Work is nationally recognized by the survey for being home to the 187th best graduate social work program in the country.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

As an upper-division undergraduate professional program beginning in the junior year, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree program prepares students for strengths-based generalist practice to assist individuals, families, and groups with identifying their strengths. With about 30 percent of the coursework currently available online via distance learning, students are required to complete a minimum of 42 hours of major social work courses and 120 total hours. BSW students also must successfully participate in at least 500 hours of fieldwork during their senior year in an approved placement setting.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is designed to prepare graduates with the generalist social work skills needed to practice advanced clinical social work for intervention with systems of various sizes. With combined academic and experiential learning experiences, students may pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time basis to complete the 60 credits and 1,000 clock hours of fieldwork. Students with a BSW who are accepted into the Advanced Standing program may transfer up to 30 credits for just one year of graduate studies. Graduates may go on to practice as a LCSW in family service agencies, schools, clinics, hospitals, correctional facilities, and other mental health settings.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC)

Contact Information

Merwin Hall Room 131
10501 FGCU Blvd, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
(239) 590-1000
mhart@fgcu.edu
http://www.fgcu.edu/CHPSW/SocialWork/3790.asp

Florida International University

Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

With the 344-acre Modesto A. Maidique Campus in Miami and the 200-acre Biscayne Bay Campus in northeastern Miami-Dade County, Florida International University is a public research institution offering a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs. Home to more than 37,468 students and the largest population of Hispanic students in the state, FIU is currently ranked as the 136th best college in the South and the 205th top research university in the nation. Not only is the FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work recognized as the 67th best graduate school for public health, it is also home to the 89th best graduate social work programs in the nation according to the 2014 edition of the U.S. News and World Report survey.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program prepares students for generalist practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities with an emphasis on the interrelationship of systems with the environment. Designed to enable students to work with diverse clients in a variety of settings in southern Florida, the curriculum focuses on critical thinking skills, problem-solving approaches, economic/social justice, and ethical services. Students also have the option of pursuing a certificate in child welfare within the program. For completion of the BSW degree, students must engage in a minimum of 120 semester credits either full-time or part-time.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Designed to educate students for empirically-based advanced clinical social work practice in organizations and communities, the MSW program teaches professionals the preventive and clinical interventions necessary to enhance human quality of life. Built on a generalist foundation in the first year, the second year advanced curriculum enables students to choose from the certificate options in Addictions or Social Work Practice with the Elderly. For completion of the Master of Social Work degree, students must complete an officially approved 60 semester hours and required fieldwork with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. All graduate students are eligible to gain student membership within the National Association of Social Work (NASW).

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC)

Contact Information

11200 SW 8th Street
University Park AHC-II 390W2
Miami, Fl 33199
(305) 348-4903
ksydnor@fiu.edu
http://rscphsw.fiu.edu/social_work/academic_programs.html#eee

Florida Memorial University

Department of Social Sciences

As the only historically black university located in southern Florida with a 57-acre campus within downtown Miami nearby the pristine beaches of the Atlantic coastline, Florida Memorial University is a comprehensive private institution with a legacy of determination tracking back to 1879. Despite boasting a small, family-like campus atmosphere with intimate class sizes, FMU has a reputation for providing the resources and opportunities commonly characteristic of much larger institutions. With graduates enjoying the sixth highest starting salaries in the state, Florida Memorial University’s School of Arts and Sciences is home to the Department of Social Sciences. The Department aims to advance the intellectual, analytical, and communication skills of students in preparation for the challenges of a diverse global society.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is to prepare qualified generalist social workers who are adept at evidence-informed practice knowledge, skills, and values to facilitate the improvement of human functioning. In order to achieve the BSW degree, students are required to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with an overall GPA of 2.5 or better, 400 hours of fieldwork, and a senior project. Graduates from the program are well-prepared for pursuing graduate education as well as seeking employment in social service agencies, mental health clinics, substance abuse facilities, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, domestic violence programs, and other human service settings.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC)

Contact Information

15800 N.W. 42nd Avenue
Miami Gardens, FL 33054
(305) 626-3600
mgreen@fmuniv.edu

Florida State University

College of Social Work

Distinguished with the highest designation from the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as an intensive doctoral/research university, Florida State University is a public institution located on a sprawling 448-acre campus in the heart of the state’s capital in Tallahassee. Committed to student diversity, FSU is a national leader in the number of degrees awarded to African students and ranked in the top 10 for Hispanic students. Dedicated to promoting academic excellence to its more than 40,000 students, the U.S. News and World Report survey currently ranks Florida State as the 91st best college and 40th top public school in the nation. As one of the nation’s leading institutions for social work education, the FSU College of Social Work is acclaimed for having the 44th best graduate social work program in the United States.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Available at the main campus in Tallahassee and satellite campus in Panama City, the nationally accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is designed to provide quality preparation for entry-level social work practitioners who will work will diverse client systems. Although the program is offered either part-time or full-time, it is important to note that most required courses are only delivered during daytime hours. Students are required to complete a minimum of 50 credit hours in major social work courses, include 12 hours of field instruction for 512 clock hours of clinical practice under the supervision of a licensed social worker. Enrolled students in the program have the option of also pursuing a minor in Social Welfare, which includes 13 extra credit hours.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program intends to offer students a first-rate education and extensive field placement opportunities in preparation for advanced clinical social practice in a variety of mental health or human service settings. Students can choose to pursue the degree in a traditional classroom experience in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Panama City, or Gainesville, or complete the degree from the comfort of home in the first accredited online MSW program in the nation. In order to graduate with the degree and qualify for taking the ASWB Clinical level examination for licensure, students are required to complete a minimum of 61 credit hours full-time or part-time in four to six semesters. Those interested also have the option of entering a joint degree to earn a Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Health (MPH), or Master of Science (MS) in Criminology concurrently with the MSW.

Accreditations

  • Council on Social Work Education Office of Social Work Accreditation (CSWE)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCC)

Contact Information

296 Champions Way
University Center Building C
Tallahassee, FL 32306
(850) 644-4751
info@csw.fsu.edu
http://csw.fsu.edu/prospective-students/

 

For the rest of our list of accredited social work degree programs in Florida, see: Social Work Degree Programs in Florida (G-Z).

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