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Message from the Assistant Dean

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Dear Prospective MSW Student:

I am pleased that you are interested in the master of social work (MSW) program at The University of Alabama. Our program prepares students for advanced social work practice with Children, Adolescents and their Families (CAF) or Adults and their Families (AF). In addition, we offer an emphasis in program and agency administration. We also have a dual degree program for students interested in earning a master’s degree in public health along with their MSW and a dual degree program for students interested in earning a law degree along with their MSW.

Our graduate students take a number of required foundational social work courses; courses in the CAF or AF concentration; and elective courses in such areas mental health, chemical dependency, child welfare, and juvenile justice.  Field education is an integral part of our program: you will practice what you have learned in one of many agencies throughout the state where we have developed a partnership.  A unique feature of our program is that you may apply to complete your concentration-year field education practicum in Washington, D.C.

To apply, you must complete both the  UA Graduate School application and the School of Social Work application. Additional information about the School of Social Work application, our programs, and financial aid is also

available on our website. Additional information about the Graduate School application is available on their website. To inquire about federal student loans, please contact the University’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

The priority deadline for admission, stipends, and scholarships is February 1 except for the Spring Advanced- Standing class, which has a September 1 priority deadline (To be sure that your Graduate School application is processed and forwarded to the School of Social Work by the priority deadline, you should submit it six weels earlier).  We accept applications at any time and exceptionally well qualified applicants may be admitted before the priority deadline. Those who submit their application after the priority deadline but at least six weeks before classes begin may be admitted if space is available.

Each application is evaluated on: (a) overall grade point average; (b) grade point average for the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) in a completed degree program; (c) content of the application essays; (d) written communication skills; (e) paid and volunteer work experience in the human services; and (f) the level of support shown in three letters of recommendation. In addition, to enhance the educational environment of the School and to be consistent with accreditation standards, the Admissions Committee will seek to admit a diverse cohort of students.

Applicants who have been charged with or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony should be aware that we require all students to have a criminal background check before entering their field education placement; and that some state licensure laws (including Alabama’s) inquire about felony charges or convictions. We strongly recommend applicants in this situation to consult with one of our staff (see next paragraph) before applying.

If you have questions regarding the MSW program or the application process, please send an email query to studentservices@sw.ua.edu or contact Ms. Casey Barnes (205-348-8413) or Ms. Mary Sella (205- 348-8557). Answers to the most  frequently asked questions by applicants are available on our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely,

Kathleen A. Bolland, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Educational Programs and Student Services

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