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Social Work - Master's

Availability: Gulf Park and Hattiesburg Options*

Why Should I Earn an MSW Degree?

The MSW’s advanced curriculum and expanded field work (900 hours) facilitate rigorous, diverse, and experiential learning that leads to confidence and competence for professional practice.

The MSW provides employment opportunities in clinical settings, where practitioners must be Licensed Master Social Workers.

Full- and part-time programs are available, with an advanced standing option in both if students meet requirements and are accepted; advanced standing reduces program hours (60 to 34).

The Council on Social Work Education accredits our MSW program. Students seeking Advanced Standing must hold a BSW awarded in the past five years from a CSWE-accredited program.
Licensure requirements vary by state. In Mississippi, the Board of Examiners for Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists oversees regulation for social workers.

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95%Graduate licensure exam passage rate
94.7%MSW Spring 2018 retention rate
27.5KTotal spring MSW internship hours

What Will I Learn?

Course topics include:

  • Human rights and social justice
  • Problem solving for individuals, families, and groups
  • Social welfare policy
  • Addictions
  • Programs and community development
  • Consultation and supervision
  • Trauma
  • Forensics
  • Aging
  • Health
  • Grant writing
  • Human sexuality
  • School social work

Full-time students finish in 5 semesters, or 3 if advanced standing; part-time students finish in 8 semesters, or 5 if advanced standing.

Relational, Engaging Learning Environment

Our experienced, diverse faculty practice what they preach with a “relational” curriculum, creating a classroom experience that is a model for developing professional social workers.

Faculty and students work together closely in an inclusive, immersive, and personal setting. This approach mirrors real-world relational practice that engages clients and their support networks to identify and solve problems.

All faculty teach on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses, strengthening their bonds with all students.


Degree Plan Availability
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  • Public Policy Social Work
  • Mental Health Social Work
  • Health/Medical Social Work
  • School Social Work
  • Substance Abuse Social Work
  • Jane Parker, PhD, LCSW, MPH, ’79. 
     Director of Doctorate in Social Work Program & Clinical Associate Professor, Tulane University
  • Dawn Ellis-Murray, MSW, MPA, ’97.
    Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers– Alabama Chapter
  • Kathy Burk, MSW, CPM, ’93.
    Director, Office of Community Health Services, Mississippi Department of Health
  • Janice Sandefur, ACSW, LCSW, ’88.
     Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers – Mississippi Chapter
  • Linda Southward, PhD, ’79.
    Research Fellow & Research Professor, SSRC, Mississippi State University; Research Scientist, Mississippi Health Policy Research Center
  • Lynn Hagan, PhD, LCSW, ’96.
    Clinical Social Worker, private practice