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Social Work, M.S.W.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #561 (QS) , SC,
The Social Work programme from the University of South Carolina will provide you with the skills to work with individuals, families, groups and communities. Whether you are interested in direct client service, advocacy or policy, our program will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to be a leader in the social work profession.  


Social workers are advocates, educators, therapists, coordinators, community organizers, researchers and administrators. The College of Social Work provides you with the knowledge, skills and values to practice as an advanced generalist social worker.

The Social Work programme from the University of South Carolina offers a competency-based curriculum. Our graduates are expected to demonstrate professional competencies across levels of practice. These competencies are informed by social work knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive and affective processes and applied in the service of enhancing the well-being of individuals and communities.

Our focus areas include, Children, Youth and Families; Health and Mental Health; and Community, Social, and Economic Development. 

The MSW program is designed to help you earn your degree on a timeline that best fits your needs. 

Options include:

  • Two-Year Full-time Program in Columbia.
  • Three-Year Part-time Program in Columbia, Greenville and Charleston.
  • Part-time Program in South Korea.
  • 11-Month Advanced Standing Program in Columbia for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in social work.  
Program Goals
  • The program produces Master’s-level social workers who provide competent and ethical practice with, and on behalf of, diverse and vulnerable populations.
  • The program produces Master’s-level social workers who demonstrate a strong professional identity and ability to advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • The program produces Master’s-level social workers whose professional judgment demonstrates an understanding that person-in-environment perspective requires a critical analysis of practice contexts and research findings. 


The College of Social Work’s undergraduate and master’s social work programs are reviewed for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education every eight years.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Diversity and Social Justice Issues for Social Work Practice
  • Field Instruction I: Generalist Social Work Practice
  • Social Work Research Methodologies
  • Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Small Groups

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
    • Advanced Standing Application Deadlines: December 1 - Priority deadline, February 1 - Final deadline. Note: Classes begin summer term.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      Part-time Program in South Korea. 11-Month Advanced Standing Program in Columbia for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in social work.

  • Credits
    60 Hours alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Applicants with a GPA below 3.00 must submit official Graduate Record Examination scores within the last five years.
  • Evidence of intellectual maturity, emotional stability, motivation and capacity to work with people.
  • Minimum of two letters of reference from individuals such as professors, employers or supervisor.
  • Current resume that outlines education, work and volunteer activities.
  • Autobiographical statement.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the values of the social work profession.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29196 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14598 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    13650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6825 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Columbia

  • 999 - 1510 USD/month
    Living Costs

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