18 months
1187 USD/credit 42732 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 39924 USD/year
468 USD/credit 16848 USD/year
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When you study social work, you learn how to help families and individuals through challenging times, including poverty, addiction, physical and mental illness, discrimination, loss, and much more. With an Clinical - Medical Social Work MSW from The University of Alabama at Birmingham, you could go on to work in schools, hospitals, clinics—all sorts of facilities.


To prepare you to help people take on these challenges, we've developed a program designed to make you as well-rounded as possible in the field of social work. First, you have 61 credit hours of approved coursework you need to finish in order to graduate.

This will include research courses, practicums, and lectures on a wide range of subjects. We'll teach you all about important topics, such as social welfare policy, evidence-based interventions, implanting practices based on mental health diagnoses, and more. Best of all, we're going to give you real-world experience dealing with a diverse roster of clients, including families, individuals, and organizations. As part of this hands-on learning, you'll participate in clinical placements in agencies under the supervision of a master's-level social worker.

The Clinical - Medical Social Work MSW program from The University of Alabama at Birmingham prepares students for clinical practice, particulary in mental health and medical settings including specific focus on interventions demonstrated to be effective for specific populations. Combining extensive internships in behaviorial health settings with coordinated classroom learning, students are uniquely trained in clinical practice.

Fast Facts:

  • Students have access to unique internships and resources through partnerships with The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and School of Public Health.
  • The job outlook for social workers is expected to grow 16 percent between 2016 and 2026, which is much faster than average (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Programme Structure


  • Social Work Practice with Individuals, Groups & Organizations
  • Social Work Policy
  • Diagnosis and Assessment for Health and Behavioral Health
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment for Health and Behavioral Health
  • Evidence-informed Interventions in Health and Behavioral Health I
  • Policy Analysis and Advocacy Practice for Health and Behavioral Health

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months
  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


54 SCH



On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

An admissions packet will consist of:

  • Academic transcripts with GPAs (note: please have transcripts mailed directly to the UAB Graduate School — transcripts will not be accepted in the Department)
  • Two recommendation letters, ideally one academic and one professional
  • A professional resume
  • A personal statement about your path to social work and professional goals (writing prompt found in application)
  • A formal academic writing sample (writing prompt found in application)
  • International students will be required to submit scores from the TOEFL 

Additional admissions requirements established by the UAB Graduate School include: completion of a Bachelor's degree (or higher) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) in junior and senior level course work. The GRE is not required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    42732 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • National

    39924 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • In-State

    16848 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 18 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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Clinical - Medical Social Work
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