Master of Social Work (MSW)


The Master of Social Work degree is a 60-hour program available through full-time (5 semesters) or part-time (8 semesters) models; or a 34-hour program (part- or full-time) for those who meet Advanced Standing requirements.

A detailed list of MSW courses by semester is available for each enrollment model:


Advanced Standing Requirements

Note: Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee you admission to the Advanced Standing Program.

  1. Must have an earned Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited university within the last five years. 
  2. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on last 60 hours of course work
  3. Must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in your social work program; with no “C”s.
  4. Must pass a qualifying exam, given by the School of Social Work at The University of Southern Mississippi.
  5. Must be accepted by the MSW admissions review committee for admission to the MSW Advanced Standing Program.


Cohort Enrollment & Locations

Classes begin August 2019

  • Regular Full Time: Hattiesburg campus
  • Regular Part Time: Hattiesburg campus on Wednesdays. Details
  • Advanced Standing Part Time: Hattiesburg campus on Wednesdays. Details

Classes begin June 2019

  • Advanced Standing Full Time: Hattiesburg campus


MSW Program Manual

Structures, goals and expectations; roles and responsibilities; and policies and procedures for the program. 73 pages (Download/Print PDF)



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 review  ONLY completed applications. Applicants can see when their application materials are complete and submitted to the School of Social Work by visiting the Southern Miss application portal. 


Application Deadlines

The priority deadline for submitting an application is March 15 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.  



For more information, please call Dr. Jerome Kolbo at 601.266.5913.


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