What does it cost?

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Georgia State is dedicated to providing affordable and accessible programs for all prospective students because we value the investment each student makes in their education. We understand that the path to a student’s future shouldn’t be blocked due to finances and we pride ourselves on offering financial assistance and scholarships that can support students through their education.

How long will it take?

Total degree hours: 60 semester hours for full-time and part-time students; 39 semester hours for advanced standing students.

Where will I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online

What is the course format?

This hybrid program comprises online and on-campus work. At least 50% of the coursework will be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

Fall: February 15

Spring: Does not admit

Summer: Does not admit

Social Work, M.S.W.

Talk to an enrollment coach
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Department Contact
Nasser Salmanzadeh
[email protected]

The part-time, hybrid Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program prepares you for social work leadership roles in the effort to solve, in partnerships with others, the challenges facing our communities. This program focuses on community partnerships through the lens of a generalist practice model.

You will learn:

  • Principles of community engagement and partnership to promote social and economic justice and maximize human potential.
  • Practice models and interventions to work effectively with client populations and collaborative partners in a variety of contexts and social settings.
  • Strategies and techniques to address social and economic disparities and injustice.
  • How to critically analyze social issues facing communities through a social and economic justice framework.

Our program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Part-Time, Hybrid Structure

Part-time study may be the right path for you if you work full time or need to balance a lot of other commitments while you go back to school. You can finish in three years. You will come to campus once a month during the semester and the rest of your coursework will be completed online.

Total degree hours: 60 semester hours for full-time and part-time students; 39 semester hours for advanced standing students.

The curriculum includes content on:

  • Social work values and ethics
  • Diversity
  • Social and economic justice
  • At-risk populations
  • Human behavior and the social environment
  • Social welfare policy and services
  • Social work practice and research
  • Two-semester supervised field placement

Specialization: Community Partnerships

Our M.S.W. focuses on community partnerships. Social work practice occurs in the context of communities where partnerships are developed for promoting social and economic justice and maximizing human potential.

This specialization requires social work practitioners to analyze social issues and develop solutions that are responsive to the broader community dynamics that impact individuals, families and groups with a particular emphasis on those considered to be vulnerable and at risk.

Program Details
  • Submitted Online Application. All online applications and materials must be received by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  • Application fee: A non-refundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  • Statement of Purpose: Refer to the MSW admissions page for the Statement of Purpose Guidelines and supplemental questions to be answered.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
  • Upload Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended.
    • Upload each transcript to the Academic History section of the online application before submitting your application -or- upload to your application status page under the Upload Materials section if your application has already been submitted.
    • Review requirements for submitting transactions.
    • Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.

The Curriculum Structure for the M.S.W. program consists of three components: (1) Liberal Arts Perspective; (2) Social Work Generalist Practice; (3) Social Work Specialization. The M.S.W. program can be completed in two calendar years of full-time study and three calendar years of part-time study. Total degree hours: 60 semester hours for full-time and part-time students; 39 semester hours for advanced standing students.

The liberal arts core will include course work in humanities and social sciences, a course with human biology content, statistics, and research.

The purpose of the professional social work generalist practice curriculum is two-fold. First, the generalist practice model provides core knowledge for competent social work practice through the presentation of new advances in practice knowledge, as well as the accumulated knowledge of social work education and the social work profession. Second, the generalist practice serves as preparation for the focused knowing and learning in the specialization year.

Students in the program have options for both full-time and part-time programs. In addition, an advanced standing option is available for students who have met the 30 credit hours of Social Work Generalist Practice course work as a result of their bachelor’s degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

For up-to-date curriculum requirements, please visit the catalog.

You may also download the attached pdf resources.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school. Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students. We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships. The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

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Corporate Assistance
Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance
Active duty military, veterans and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits. Download our guide to How to Start Your VA Benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)
The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see TAP Tuition Assistance.

To accomplish the mission of the M.S.W. program, the School of Social Work has set forth these goals: (1) students will be able to think critically and communicate effectively in the application of social work knowledge, skills and values to community partnerships practice and students will be able to engage as social work leaders to build and strengthen communities.

Field education at Georgia State is organized and implemented as a partnership between the educational community and the practice community in training future social work practitioners. Within this partnership, there are three key people to the success of the field education experience: the student, field supervisor, and faculty liaison. First is the student, who possesses the willingness and desire to observe, learn, take action, and reflect. The student’s professional development is guided and nurtured by the field supervisor whose role as teacher is pivotal in the student’s evaluation of self as an emerging professional social worker. The faculty liaison’s role is to provide ongoing support and information to the student and the field supervisor. Communication among all parties is critical in meeting the objectives of field education and maintaining a healthy partnership. Ongoing feedback is welcomed from all parties.

View more information about field education.

Download the School of Social Work Student Handbook.



MSW Assessment of Student Learning
Georgia State University
Master's Social Work Program
Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes.

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Social Work is a profession (like nursing) and our B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education with a complete listing of all accredited B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs available here. Social workers are employed in mental health, substance abuse, aging, schools, military, child welfare, health, private practice, a huge range of nonprofits, criminal justice-based programs and many other fields.

Education programs leading to professional licensure or certification (nursing, education, social work, counseling, accounting, allied health professions, etc.) may require additional approval from separate licensing boards, depending on the state. Students who live or plan to live outside Georgia and are considering a professional program should contact the appropriate board in their state of residency prior to beginning a course of study. To help students find the best-known contact information for the appropriate state licensing board and for a list of Georgia State program contacts, visit the Student Consumer Information website.


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