Social Work Degree Programs in Georgia

Nicknamed the “Peach State” and “Empire State of the South,” Georgia is located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean. Known for being the last of the original 13 colonies to be established in 1732, Georgia is famous today for its peaches, peanuts, textile productions, pro sports teams, and top-ranked universities. As the largest state east of the Mississippi River in land area, it is no surprise that Georgia is packed full of undergraduate and graduate social work programs. The following are the social work degree programs that have been accredited by the CSWE for excellence in Georgia.


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Albany State University

Department of Social Work

As a historically black school founded in 1903, Albany State University is a comprehensive public institution that has been recognized for having the fourth highest graduation rate in Georgia. Not only has it been named the 11th top producer of undergraduate degrees for African Americans, ASU has been ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as being the 84th best college, 42nd top public school, and 22nd best college for veterans in the South. Within the College of Arts and Humanities, the Department of Social Work is committed to producing highly qualified undergraduate and graduate professionals for employment in diverse social work settings.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Focused on the professional advancement of students as competent generalist and clinical social workers to serve as change agents in our involving society, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program prepares students as entry-level practitioners with a strong knowledge base in social work practices, social welfare, human development, social justice, and quality for diverse populations. Founded on a liberal arts base, the program requires students completing the core course requirements at the junior and senior levels to complete a total of 125 semester credits as well as supervised field practicum for graduation.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Designed for students with the career goals of clinical practice with vulnerable children, families, and adults throughout the lifespan, the Master of Social Work (MSW) program involves the completion of 64 semester credits, including 12 credits of field experience in an approved supervised setting. Covering topics in social justice, human behavior, direct practice methods, practice theory with families, social work research, social welfare policies, family dynamics, assessments, and legal/ethical issues in social work, the program prepares graduates for sate licensure examinations to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Accreditations

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

Contact Information

Hartnett (CMH) Building Room 335
504 College Drive
Albany, GA 31705
(229) 430-4832
connie.nesbitt@asurams.edu
https://mycampus.asurams.edu/web/school-master-of-social-work/section-home

Clark Atlanta University

Whitney M. Young School of Social Work

Formed from the merging together of the graduate Atlanta University and undergraduate Clark College in 1988, Clark Atlanta University is a comprehensive private institution oriented to the liberal arts in the heart of downtown Atlanta. As the largest collection of black private higher education in the nation and one of just two black private universities recognized by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation, CAU is ranked as the 9th best historically black college in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report. Even more importantly, the School of Social Work has been nationally recognized for having the 148th best graduate social work programs in the United States.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program aims to prepare undergraduate students who have a heightened sense of social consciousness for entry-level generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, particularly in the African American culture. Structured to provide students with the chance to develop a broad background in social and behavioral sciences with theoretical knowledge and practice skills, the program requires students to complete 123 credit hours, including field instruction and seminars, within four years full-time or five years part-time.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

With the mission of providing quality graduate education to prepare students to be exceptional direct service advanced clinical social work practitioners, the Master of Social Work (MSW) program emphasizes developing creative and responsible social work professionals who demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of social justice within a global context. The program enables students to focus their studies with two specializations in Child and Family or Health and Mental Health. With three convenient plans of study, students can choose to complete 59 semester credits in two years full-time, three years part-time, or apply for the Advanced Study to complete 38 semester credits within just one year.

Accreditations

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

Contact Information

School of Social Work Thayer Hall
223 James P. Brawley Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
(404) 880-8311
vpillari@cau.edu

Dalton State College

School of Health Professions

Serving the largest metropolitan areas of northwest Georgia, Dalton State College is a public institution that is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains with easy access just 30 miles south of Chattanooga. Home to more than 5,000 students, DSC is one of the 31 fully accredited colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia. Within the School of Health Professions, the Department of Social Work places an emphasis on the value of diversity and the importance of practicing social work in a competent manner within multicultural communities.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Designed to produce highly trained, culturally competent professional social workers who have knowledge of Spanish for work in the rapidly expanding social service sector in northwestern Georgia with particular attention to the Hispanic community, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program requires students to complete a total of 122 credit hours. Along with a solid liberal arts foundation, students are actively engaged in field instruction with a total of 500 hours of practicum in an approved social service agency setting and cross-cultural study programs.

Accreditations

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

Contact Information

650 College Drive
Dalton, GA 30720
(706) 272-4436
rcleeland@daltonstate.edu
http://www.daltonstate.edu/social-work/index.html

Georgia Regents University

Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work

As one of only four public comprehensive research institutions in the state, Georgia Regents University is based in the city of Augusta with satellite campuses in Athens, Albany, Rome, and Savannah. GRU has the mission to provide leadership and excellence in teaching, discovery, clinical care, and service in a student-centered institution. Within the diverse Pamplin College of Arts, the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work strives to produce effective and valuable professionals through revealing how culture shapes human lives.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program seeks to develop competent generalist social work practitioners who can effectively integrate the knowledge, values, and skills of social work in order to enhance the social functioning of whole communities. Grounded in a firm commitment to social justice and diversity, the program requires students to complete a 4-unit field practicum course each senior semester for a minimum total of 400 hours of direct service. For successful completion, students must complete 62 credits of core courses and 64 credits of major courses with at least a 2.5 GPA.

Accreditations

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

Contact Information

Allgood Hall Suite N218
2500 Walton Way
Augusta, GA 30904
(706) 737-1735
phender2@gru.edu
http://www.gru.edu/colleges/pamplin/sociology/about.php

Georgia State University

School of Social Work

Considered a national leader for graduating students from diverse backgrounds in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia State University is an enterprising public institution that is home to more than 32,000 students. Ranked as the 14th top up-and-coming school by the U.S. News and World Report, more than 50 of GSU programs are nationally and internationally ranked for excellence. In fact, within the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the School of Social Work is recognized for having the 52nd best graduate social work program in the United States.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Intended to prepare undergraduate students for generalist social work practice in a range of roles and services that deal with the challenges that confront individuals, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program educates professionals who can think critically and communicate effectively in the application of social work knowledge. After completing the general education requirements, students are admitted in the junior year to complete 60 additional semester hours in upper division major curriculum. Students participate in coursework covering research methods, social welfare, human behavior, cultural diversity, case management, community resources, social work methods, and field education.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

With a sole concentration on community partnerships, the Master of Social Work (MSW) program provides students with the opportunity to learn about social issues facing urban communities through a social and economic justice framework. The program offers certificate programs focused in Gerontology, Non-Profit Management, Geographic Information System (GIS), and Public Health as well. In addition to completing a 60-credit degree plan in two years full-time or three years part-time, students with a BSW from a CSWE-accredited institution within the last five years may be eligible for the Advanced Standing Program for one year of studies.

Accreditations

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

Contact Information

Urban Life Building Room 1242
140 Decatur Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 413-1050
socialwork@gsu.edu

Kennesaw State University

Department of Human Services

Standing proudly on a beautiful 328-acre campus just to the northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive public institution known for being the third largest university in Georgia with more than 24,000 students. KSU is currently ranked as the 69th best college, 30th top public school, and 4th best up-and-coming school in the South by the U.S. News and World Report survey. The Department of Human Services serves more than 400 students at the undergraduate and graduate level to prepare culturally competent human service practitioners and clinicians.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Completed on a full-time basis over the course of four academic semesters, the Master of Social Work (MSW) program consists of 60 credit hours to prepare graduate students to assume agency roles for preventing obstacles from negatively impacting the social functioning of individuals and communities. Requiring a minimum of 12 credit hours in supervised field practicum sites throughout Atlanta, MSW students spend two full days each week in an approved clinical setting with direct human service. Despite not having an Advanced Standing option, the program does offer specializations in Children and Family Services, Mental Health Services, and Substance Abuse Services.

Accreditations

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

Contact Information

Prillaman Hall Suite 3200
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
(770) 499-3634
akirk@kennesaw.edu
http://www.kennesaw.edu/chhs/swhs/msw/

Savannah State University

Department of Social Work

With a long legacy of serving African American students since 1890, Savannah State University is a public institution that offers a uniquely sensitive and supportive community on a picturesque moss-laden 200-acre campus in historic Savannah. Although the vibrant tradition has since expanded to provide education to all students regardless of race, SSU is still recognized for being the oldest public historically black college in Georgia and oldest institution of higher learning in Savannah. Even more importantly, the Department of Social Work has been ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as having the 187th best social work programs in the nation.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program is carefully articulated to provide a generalist academic and experiential foundation for students aspiring to a career in the varied and rapidly expanding profession of social work. The curriculum covers group social work skills, values, and methodologies of intervention at the individual, group, family, institution, and community levels. In addition to completing the 47 hours of core curriculum requirements, students are required to undertake a minimum of 60 hours of social work major courses.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Fully accredited by the CSWE through 2019, the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program aims to prepare graduate students for entry into advanced social work practice. Within the foundational curriculum, students are given the knowledge, values, and skills necessary to be successful in generalist social work practice, along with a set of concentration courses in either Clinical or Social Administration Practice. The 60-credit program can be completed within two years full-time or three years part-time, but all students must engage in two field practicum courses.

Accreditations

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

Contact Information

Social Sciences Building Room 248
3219 College Street
Savannah, GA 31404
(912) 358-3247
deloachr@savannahstate.edu
http://www.savannahstate.edu/class/departments-social-work.shtml

Thomas University

Division of Social Work

Located in the small town of Thomasville in rural southwest Georgia just 35 miles north of Tallahassee, Thomas University is a private institution that serves the postsecondary needs of southern Georgia and northern Florida. Being home to slightly more than 1,100 students and employing 52 full-time and 77 adjunct faculty, TU is well-respected for its intimate school atmosphere with a low student-faculty ratio of just 6:1. The U.S. News and World Report survey currently ranks TU as having the 134th best online bachelor’s programs in the nation. The Division of Social Work is committed to developing skilled social workers through its fully accredited undergraduate program.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

Through a unique flexible blend of online and face-to-face delivery, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program ensures that graduates are equipped with the essential knowledge, skills, and ethics necessary to make a difference in the lives of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities throughout the diverse regions of Georgia. Students must complete at least 60 hours of general education courses before applying to be admitted into the degree program, typically in the junior year. After admission, social work majors take 60 semester hours in the areas of human behavior, social welfare policy, social work methodologies, and field practicum.

Accreditations

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

Contact Information

1501 Millpond Road
Thomasville, GA 31792
(229) 226-1621
bmilford@thomasu.edu
http://www.thomasu.edu/Content/Default/4/261/255/academics/undergraduate-programs/social-work.html

University of Georgia

School of Social Work

Renowned for being the first public state-funded college in America way back in 1785, the University of Georgia stands on a beautiful 759-acre campus at the foothills of the Appalachians in the historic city of Athens. As Georgia’s most popular college receiving over 20,000 applications each year, UGA is ranked as the 60th best college and 20th top public school in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report. Furthermore, the UGA School of Social Work is nationally recognized for offering the 37th best graduate social work program in the U.S.

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)

In preparation for entry-level social work practice, the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program provides undergraduates with the knowledge and skills grounded in scientific research needed for excellence in generalist practice with a commitment to social justice. Through a total required 120 hours combining foundational liberal arts core classes with major professional coursework, students learn about the history of the profession, development of social welfare, impact of diversity on society, and theories of human development. During the senior year, students are required to intern for at least 20 hours each week at an approved social service agency.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Offered with two concentration areas in Clinical Practice or Community Empowerment and Program Development, the Master of Social Work (MSW) program strives to develop future leaders in social work who are able to meet the ever-evolving challenges facing residents of Georgia. Students can choose to complete the program full-time over four semesters at the Athens campus, part-time for eight semesters at the Gwinnett campus, or as Advanced Standing over just three semesters of graduate study. For those interested, there is also the option to earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Master of Public Health (MPH) concurrently with additional coursework.

Accreditations

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

Contact Information

Tucker Hall Room 106
310 East Campus Rd.
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-3364
ugabsw@uga.edu
http://ssw.uga.edu/academics.html

Valdosta State University

Department of Social Work

Nestled in the heart of “Azalea City” within one of the most picturesque cities of the South, Valdosta State University is a public institution located in the center of Georgia’s newest metropolitan area, within close distance to outdoor recreational activities, vibrant nightlife, and the Florida border. According to the U.S. News and World Report, Valdosta is ranked as the 69th best college and 30th top public school in the South for 2014. In addition, the Department of Social Work is nationally recognized for having the 172nd best graduate social work program in the United States.

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Making history as the first social work program in the state to offer a web-hybrid option in 2003 with its cutting-edge technology, the Master of Social Work (MSW) program enables students to complete the required 60 semester in two years full-time traditionally on-campus, three or four years part-time on-campus, and three years with a blend of online and classroom delivery on weekends. The main focus of the MSW program is to prepare advanced social workers with skills to apply the values, theories, and knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world social service settings.

Accreditations

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

Contact Information

Pine Hall Room 102
1500 N. Patterson St.
Valdosta, GA 31698
(229) 249-4864
mswfield@valdosta.edu
http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/social-work/

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