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Georgia Social Work Programs and Degrees Guide

Many Georgia social work programs offer Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. This page will help you understand your options among social work schools in Georgia and make an educated decision about how and where you might like to develop your social work career in the state. You can work towards a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or Master of Social Work (MSW) social work degree through traditional face-to-face studies on various campuses. Online programs are also available, such as the hybrid on-campus/online MSW program at Valdosta State University.

Quick Facts

  • 15 schools offering social work programs in Georgia are in our database (see below)
  • Of the social work schools in Georgia, 4 offer associate’s degrees or certificates, 9 offer bachelor’s degrees, and 7 offer a master’s or advanced degree1
  • 2 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 20182
  • 6 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs in 20183
  • 1 school ranked in Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs in 20184
  • Across 11 schools, 16 bachelor’s and master’s social work degree programs in Georgia are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)5

Top-Ranked Schools with Social Work Programs in Georgia

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2018*

  • Georgia State University (#90 in-state, #89 out-of-state)
  • University of Georgia (#12 in-state, #11 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

US News Best Graduate Social Work Programs 2018

  • University of Georgia (#24 tie)
  • Georgia State University (#59 tie)
  • Clark Atlanta University (#88 tie)
  • Kennesaw State University (#174 tie)
  • Valdosta State University (#174 tie)
  • Savannah State University (#201 tie)

Social Work Guide’s Top Online MSW Programs 2018

  • Valdosta State University

Schools with Social Work Programs Accredited by the CSWE

  • Albany State University
  • Augusta University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Dalton State College
  • Fort Valley State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Savannah State University
  • Thomas University
  • University of Georgia
  • Valdosta State University

Schools in Georgia with Social Work Degree Programs

BSW and Other Undergraduate Programs

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia is a public university founded in 1785 and located in Athens. In 2016, it was ranked #21 among public universities in the South by US News & World Report. The CSWE-accredited BSW program at UGA’s School of Social Work prepares students for generalist social work practice in many areas and focuses on research-informed practice and social justice. The program curriculum has a pre-set sequence, helping students progress from introductory social work courses in the first year to generalist practice in the final year. Students must also complete the core liberal arts requirements, including courses in English, psychology, and world culture, and study a foreign language at least until their third year of study. It is possible to combine the social work major with another related major or minor, such as criminal justice, public health, or psychology. During the final year of the program, students complete a minimum of 560 hours of supervised field education at a social service agency. The university also offers a CSWE-accredited MSW program and a PhD in social work.

Albany State University

Albany State University is an urban, public university located in the southwest region of the state. In 2016, US News & World Report ranked it in the top 50 southern public schools. ASU’s School of Social Welfare offers a four-year CSWE-accredited BSW program that prepares students for generalist social work practice in many different areas, such as hospital social work, veterans affairs, child and family services, and mental health services. The program has a strong liberal arts base, and it is possible to complete the BSW requirements in combination with either a dual major or minor in another field. Throughout the BSW curriculum, students learn about social work theory, ethics, and social justice through coursework and a supervised field placement at a social service agency in the Albany area. The school offers specialized elective courses, individualized placements, and a certificate in Child Welfare practice. Albany State University also offers a CSWE-accredited MSW degree.

MSW and Other Graduate Programs

Valdosta State University

Valdosta State University’s Department of Social Work offers a CSWE-accredited MSW with an advanced generalist curriculum that can be completed in two years of full-time study or three years of part-time study. All students begin the MSW program in the fall term. An undergraduate degree in social work is not required to apply for the master’s program, although recent BSW graduates may be eligible to advance directly to the second year of the program through advanced standing. A part-time hybrid program is available that includes face-to-face intensive courses for five weekends, with the remainder of the coursework completed during the term online. Specialized coursework is available in many different practice areas, including rural social work practice, forensics, and mental health. Students in the two-year program complete two field education placements, while students in the advanced standing program complete one placement. Placements are available with social service organizations throughout Georgia in various practice areas.

Kennesaw State University

Located in northwest Georgia, Kennesaw State University offers a two-year, CSWE-accredited MSW program with a clinical practice focus through its Department of Social Work and Human Services. In 2016, the school was ranked #32 among public schools in the southern US by US News & World Report. Two specializations are available, in Children and Family Services or Behavioral Health Services, with an optional sub-specialization in Addiction Treatment Services. All students must take courses in the core curriculum covering topics such as social work theory, human behavior, research, and social policy. The remainder of the coursework focuses on the area of specialization. Students with a four-year liberal arts degree in any subject are eligible to apply, but it is recommended that at least some of the undergraduate coursework relate to social work theory and practice. Kennesaw State University does not currently offer advanced standing admission; all students complete clinical field education placements in both the first and second years of the program.

Accreditation Information for Georgia Social Work Schools

School Graduation Rate1 Transfer-Out Rate1 Associate’s SW Program Bachelor’s SW Program Graduate SW Program CSWE Accred.5 US News Best Social Work Grad Schools Ranking3 Net Price*1
Albany State University 40% 23% No Yes Yes Yes Not Ranked $12,303
Andrew College 17% 54% Yes No No No Not Ranked $18,520
Athens Technical College 27% N/A Yes No No No Not Ranked $7,118
Augusta University N/A N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked N/A
Clark Atlanta University 41% N/A No Yes Yes Yes #88 tie $25,376
Dalton State College 16% 10% No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $6,256
Darton State College 14% 40% Yes No No No Not Ranked $6,973
Fort Valley State University 32% 22% No Yes No No Not Ranked $14,122
Georgia Military College 25% 32% Yes No No No Not Ranked $6,233
Georgia Northwestern Technical College 21% N/A Yes No No No Not Ranked $5,819
Georgia Regents University 30% 15% No Yes No No Not Ranked $7,667
Georgia State University 53% 17% No Yes Yes Yes #59 tie $15,609
Kennesaw State University 43% 21% No Yes Yes Yes #174 tie $16,232
Savannah State University 28% 26% No Yes Yes Yes #201 tie $9,894
Southwest Georgia Technical College 32% N/A Yes No No No Not Ranked $2,864
Thomas University 19% N/A No Yes No Yes Not Ranked $20,535
University of Georgia 85% 6% No Yes Yes Yes #24 tie $13,287
Valdosta State University 39% 31% No No Yes Yes #174 tie $13,701

*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 Georgia 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).

Albany State University*
504 College Dr
Albany, GA 31705
(229) 430-4600

Andrew College
501 College St
Cuthbert, GA 39840-5550
(229) 732-2171
http://www.andrewcollege.edu

Athens Technical College
800 US Hwy 29 N
Athens, GA 30601
(706) 355-5000
http://www.athenstech.edu

Augusta University*
1120 15th St
Augusta, GA 30912
(706)737-1735
http://www.gru.edu

Clark Atlanta University*
223 James P Brawley Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314-4391
(404) 880-8000
http://www.cau.edu

Dalton State College*
650 College Dr
Dalton, GA 30720-3797
(706) 272-4436
https://www.daltonstate.edu

Darton State College
2400 Gillionville Rd
Albany, GA 31707-3098
(229) 317-6000
http://www.darton.edu

Fort Valley State University
1005 State University Dr
Fort Valley, GA 31030-4313
(478) 825-6211
http://www.fvsu.edu

Georgia Military College
201 E Greene St
Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
(478) 387-4900
http://www.gmc.edu/

Georgia Northwestern Technical College
One Maurice Culberson Dr
Rome, GA 30161
(706) 295-6963
http://www.gntc.edu

Georgia Regents University
1120 Fifteenth St
Augusta, GA 30912
(706) 721-0211
http://www.gru.edu

Georgia State University*
33 Gilmer St
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
(404) 413-2000
http://www.gsu.edu

Kennesaw State University*
1000 Chastain Rd
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
(770) 423-6000
http://www.kennesaw.edu

Savannah State University*
3219 College St
Savannah, GA 31404-5310
(912) 358-4778
http://www.savannahstate.edu

Southwest Georgia Technical College
15689 US Hwy 19 N
Thomasville, GA 31792-9960
(912) 358-4778
http://www.savannahstate.edu

Thomas University*
1501 Millpond Rd
Thomasville, GA 31792
(800) 538-9784
http://www.thomasu.edu

University of Georgia*
220 S Jackson St
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 542-3000
http://www.uga.edu

Student Review: “I really enjoyed the University of Georgia’s School of Social Work because the courses have prepared me to positively impact society’s most vulnerable populations. I liked how the professors would incorporate real-world examples of the challenges we will face in trying to implement change in our community, as well as working individually with clients. They were always quick to respond to emails, and really helped us find an ideal placement for our field experience. I think that the field experience was the most valuable part of earning my social work degree because it took the theories outside of the classroom. The only issue I had was that it would be beneficial for the college to communicate to agencies more clearly that undergrad social work students should be engaging in a majority of social work, rather than being used as additional volunteer support.” – Student at University of Georgia
stars-5

Student Review: “The UGA social work program was well executed in my opinion. The work load could be fairly heavy and a lot to process at times but it moved at a pace that was manageable with hard work. Many people seemed to care about their dedication to the program both on a student and professor level. There were of course a few people who did not seem to be invested in the field of social work fully, but there were many who wanted to do good things in the world through their learning and work in the program. Many students found good employment opportunities after. There were places and resources to turn to in the program in case a student was feeling unsure of the direction to go within the world of social work. With work and dedication, the UGA social work program can be a good experience.” – Student at University of Georgia
stars-4

Valdosta State University*
1500 N Patterson St
Valdosta, GA 31698
(229) 333-5800
http://www.valdosta.edu

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: /degrees/masters/online/
5. Council on Social Work Education: https://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Directory-of-Accredited-Programs.aspx