MSW Program Information
Thank you for your interest in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at the University of Southern Mississippi. We are the State of Mississippi’s oldest, largest and arguably finest social work program. Our mission is to develop and transmit social work knowledge and skills consistent with the values of the profession, informed by the culture and history of Mississippi, and guided by best evidenced based research.
As the states premiere social work program, we are inspired by a vision of social justice and advocacy for the health and well-being of all people in Mississippi, the Gulf South and our world.
A new cohort of students is admitted to the MSW program during the fall semester of each academic year. Admission to the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi is competitive, and every year the school has more applicants than available spaces. Applicants must ensure that all application materials are complete. The admissions review committee will ONLY review completed applications. Applicants can see when their application materials are complete and submitted to the School of Social Work by visiting the Graduate School Admissions page.
The priority deadline for submitting an application is March 15th of the year in which the applicant desires to begin the program. Applications submitted prior to the application deadline will receive priority consideration. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed only if space remains in the MSW program.
Academic Course Offerings for Non- Social Work Majors
A small number of course offerings within the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi are open to non-majors. These courses have no pre-requisites and may be excellent choices for electives by non-majors or those persons interested in exploring some aspects of professional social work. These courses include:
- SWK 605 Social Policy and Context
- SWK 692 Grant Writing
- SWK 621 Introduction to Disaster Studies
- SWK 695 Human Rights and Social Development in Jamaica (4 credit hours).
- SWK 692 Special Problems/Topics: select courses may be available for non-majors.
Interdisciplinary Minor in Gerontology
The School of Social Work participates in the interdisciplinary minor in Gerontology and the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology Specific requirements and courses available for the minor and the certificate can be found under the “Interdisciplinary Minor and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology” headings of the Southern Miss Graduate Bulletin.
UPDATED: June, 2012