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Florida Social Work Programs and Degrees Guide

This guide provides up-to-date information on the many social work schools in Florida. Florida’s colleges and universities offer social work programs with concentrations in diverse professional areas, including clinical social work, community and family services, and family systems. In addition to traditional campus-based programs, online social work programs are also available.

Quick Facts

  • 15 schools offering social work programs in Florida are in our database (see below)
  • Of the social work schools in Florida, none offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 14 offer bachelor’s degrees, and 10 offer a master’s or advanced degree1
  • 5 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 20182
  • 10 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs in 20183
  • 2 schools ranked in Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs in 20184
  • Across 14 schools, 26 bachelor’s and master’s social work degree programs in Florida are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)5

Top-Ranked Schools with Social Work Programs in Florida

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • Florida International University (#56 in-state, #55 out-of-state)
  • Florida State University (#14 in-state, #4 out-of-state)
  • University of Central Florida (#36 in-state, #41 out-of-state)
  • University of North Florida (#71 in-state, #62 out-of-state)
  • University of South Florida (#39 in-state, #23 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs 2018

  • Florida State University (#38 tie)
  • Florida International University (#88 tie)
  • University of Central Florida (#88 tie)
  • University of South Florida (#88 tie)
  • Barry University (#105 tie)
  • Florida A & M University (#128 tie)
  • Florida Atlantic University (#128 tie)
  • Saint Leo University (#174 tie)
  • Florida Gulf Coast University (#201 tie)
  • University of West Florida (#220 tie)

Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018

  • Florida State University
  • University of South Florida

Schools with Social Work Programs Accredited by the CSWE

  • Barry University
  • Florida A & M University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Memorial University
  • Florida State University
  • Saint Leo University
  • Southeastern University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Florida
  • University of South Florida
  • University of West Florida
  • Warner University

Schools in Florida with Social Work Degrees

BSW and Other Undergraduate Programs

Florida Memorial University

The Bachelor of Social Work program at Florida Memorial University’s Department of Social Sciences provides students with a generalist foundation based on the person and environment approach to social work. During the program, students acquire an understanding of effective strategies for preventing and responding to individual, family, and community problems. All students complete a two-semester Field Practicum in the senior year that provides the opportunity to apply theory and practice in a real-world setting. Graduates of the program are prepared to pursue advanced study or begin entry-level careers in social services. Additional enrichment opportunities are available through the Department of Social Sciences Sociology Club and Alpha Kappa Delta Chapter of the International Sociology Honor Society. Over 90% of Florida Memorial students receive some form of financial aid, including federal programs, grants, and work-study arrangements as well as institutional scholarships.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M)

Florida A&M University first offered its Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program in 1979. The upper-division curriculum encourages students to become involved in an inclusive, process-oriented approach to solving social problems with individuals, groups, and communities while embracing diversity and justice. Courses in the major include Human Behavior & Social Environment, Theories of Human Behavior, Policy Analysis, and Measurement in Social Work Research. During their senior year, students complete a full-time, semester-long field experience and an Integrative Seminar. When possible, students will be placed in an agency that matches their service interests. Students also have the option of joining the Student Social Work Association (SSWA) and Phi Alpha International Social Work Honor Society. The Florida A&M Department of Social Work’s BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Florida A&M also offers a Master of Social Work (MSW) program that holds CSWE accreditation.

MSW and Other Graduate Programs

Florida State University

Florida State University offers a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program with focuses in either Clinical or Social Leadership. The MSW Clinical concentration can be completed online. Candidates in the FSU College of Social Work can also pursue joint MSW/JD, MSW/MBA, MSW/MS in Criminology, and MSW/MPA degree programs. Those with undergraduate degrees in social work may qualify for Advanced Standing, which allows accepted students to complete the MSW program in as little as one year with full-time study. Part-time and evening curriculums are offered at select campuses. Graduate students may be interested in service work with the college’s C-CORE Mentoring Program, which provides mentorship for at-risk youth, as well as the FSU Multidisciplinary Center, which provides diagnostic and school-based mental health services to children. Florida State University additionally offers a doctoral program that leads to a PhD in social work.

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo University awards the Master of Social Work with a concentration in advanced clinical practice to students who complete its 62 credit hour program, which can be completed entirely online through synchronous evening classes. The program particularly focuses on evidence-based research and practice and the empowerment of individuals and groups facing oppression and discrimination. With advanced standing, which is based on a bachelor’s degree in social work, the program can be completed in one year. A two-year full-time curriculum and three-year part-time curriculum are also available. All program options follow a sequential curriculum which includes courses in Social Welfare Policy, Social Work Research Methods, and field practica. The Master of Social Work program at Saint Leo University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Admitted students must live in Florida, Georgia, or Virginia.

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida Gulf Coast University offers a Master of Social Work that equips students for careers in advanced clinical social work. The focus of this MSW is on clinical skills and interventions, with a particular emphasis on disadvantaged populations. The degree may be pursued on a two-year, full-time study track or a four-year, part-time study track. The part-time curriculum includes two summer semesters. An Advanced Standing Program is offered for those with a qualifying BSW. All students are expected to complete three credit hours of field education during each semester of the program. The Department of Social Work’s research programs are rapidly expanding and have grown to include international study. The MSW at Florida Gulf Coast University is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

University of South Florida

The University of South Florida’s School of Social Work maintains a competitive Master of Social Work degree program. Students may enroll in the MSW program on a full- or part-time basis, and may be admitted on either a traditional or advanced standing track. The coursework for this MSW is regionally focused, concentrating on developing skills to address the social work needs of Floridians. The MSW at the University of South Florida includes a strong concentration in field education, as 900 hours of field placement are required for graduation. A dual MSW/Master of Public Health (MSW/MPH) degree track is also available through the university. Graduates from either program are well-positioned to enter professional practice and/or continue their academic careers with a PhD program.

Accreditation Information for Florida Social Work Schools

SchoolGraduation Rate1Transfer-Out Rate1Associate’s SW ProgramBachelor’s SW ProgramGraduate SW ProgramCSWE Accred.5US News Best Social Work Grad Schools Ranking3Net Price*1
Barry University36%47%NoYesYesYes#105 tie$24610
Florida A & M University40%4%NoYesYesYes#128 tie$12075
Florida Atlantic University46%12%NoYesYesYes#128 tie$13360
Florida Gulf Coast University49%15%NoYesYesYes#201 tie$12948
Florida International University54%6%NoYesYesYes#88 tie$11552
Florida Memorial University39%2%NoYesNoYesNot Ranked$15635
Florida State University79%7%NoYesYesYes#38 tie$16737
Saint Leo University45%43%NoYesYesYes#174 tie$19466
Southeastern University42%N/ANoYesNoYesNot Ranked$19679
St Petersburg College33%13%YesYesNoNoNot Ranked$7499
University of Central Florida70%8%NoYesYesYes#88 tie$14745
University of North Florida23%12%NoYesNoYesNot Ranked$15249
University of South Florida67%6%NoYesYesYes#88 tie$11355
University of West Florida51%9%NoYesYesYes#220 tie$10759
Warner University38%N/ANoYesYesYesNot Ranked$15545

*The net price is calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics by subtracting the average amount of aid (including grants and scholarships) from the total published cost of attendance for in-state/in-district students, which includes tuition, books, room and board, and other expenses. To gain a better understanding of how to interpret the statistics discussed in this table, see our list of important definitions.

Directory of Florida Social Work School Programs

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Barry University*
11300 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33161-6695
(800) 756-6000
http://www.barry.edu

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M)*
1500 S Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32307
(850) 599-3000
http://www.famu.edu

Florida Atlantic University*
777 Glades Rd
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
(561) 297-3000
http://www.fau.edu

Florida Gulf Coast University*
10501 FGCU Blvd S
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
(239) 590-1000
http://www.fgcu.edu

Florida International University*
11200 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-2000
http://www.fiu.edu

Florida Memorial University*
15800 NW 42nd Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6199
(305) 626-3600
http://www.fmuniv.edu

Florida State University*
222 S Copeland St
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1037
(850) 644-2525
http://www.fsu.edu

Saint Leo University*
33701 State Rd 52
Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665
(352) 588-8200
https://www.saintleo.edu

Student Review: “The Master’s program at Saint Leo University marketed itself to be friendly toward those people who had work and/or home obligations and couldn’t attend classes in person. It’s an online program with webcam classes and mandatory internships. I felt like the courses were not structured very well and did not build from one semester to the next. I also found that the program itself was very rigid with scheduling and deadlines, and was almost impossible for someone with a full time job. I received little to no help in locating a placement for my internship, even though I was assured through the application process that I would be able to complete my internship on the weekend. I did not find many helpful staff members in my time at Saint Leo. I learned some good social work skills, but I felt as though a social work program should have been better at communication and understanding.” – Student at Saint Leo University
stars-2

Seminole State College
100 Weldon Blvd
Sanford, FL 32773
(407) 708-4722
https://www.seminolestate.edu

Student Review: “Social Work at SSC is a very difficult curriculum, however, it was a fulfilling and pleasant experience. I liked that the teachers thought outside the box and they had different ways of thinking compared to ones that I had encountered. The classes were very in depth and it taught me how to deal with hard situations in a timely manner. The program had a couple of social workers come throughout the year to speak to us and shows us what they do. I took about half of the classes online and it was very easy since it left more time to study. This program showed us what it is truly like out on the field and taught us that you can never get too careful especially in the Social Work field. The program also helped me find the job that I have now working for the Government doing social work for them. Overall, I was satisfied with the program and I feel like it taught me a lot.” – Student at Seminole State College
stars-4

Southeastern University*
1000 Longfellow Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33801-6034
(863) 667-5000

St. Petersburg College
6021 142nd Ave N
Clearwater, FL 33760-2822
(727) 341-4772
http://www.spcollege.edu

University of Central Florida*
4000 Central FL Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
(407) 823-2000
http://www.ucf.edu

University of North Florida*
1 UNF Dr
Jacksonville, FL 32224
(904) 620-1000
http://www.unf.edu

University of South Florida*
4202 East Fowler Ave
Tampa, FL 33620-9951
(813) 974-2011
http://www.usf.edu

Student Review: “The social work program is an amazing opportunity at the University of South Florida; it has a warm community atmosphere and the most helpful professors and academic advisors I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with. I went here for my undergraduate degree in social work and knew this was where I wanted to go back right away for the masters program. The professors are very helpful, I even worked on an undergraduate honors college research project with one of the professors. There are various opportunities and internships in the community that this college has connections with that have made me feel ready to enter the workforce upon graduation. The classes available have really opened my mind up to the biopsychosocial perspective as well as the NASW code of ethics and other important aspects of the social services field; and how to use them in the practical sense. I would highly recommend this program to anyone considering entering the career of social work.” – Student at University of South Florida
stars-5

University of West Florida*
11000 University Pkwy
Pensacola, FL 32514-5750
(850) 474-2000
http://www.uwf.edu

Warner University*
13895 Hwy 27
Lake Wales, FL 33859-8797
(863) 638-1426

Schools with an asterisk (*) have programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-private-colleges/index.php?table=all
3. US News & World Report Social Work Best Grad Schools Rankings: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/social-work-rankings
4. Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018: https://www.socialworkguide.org/degrees/masters/online/
5. Council on Social Work Education: https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Directory-of-Accredited-Programs.aspx