Master of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Welcome to the Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Johnson C. Smith University. The program’s mission is to prepare social work graduates who engage in advanced culturally competent practice with individuals and families, small groups, organizations and communities. This mission reflects the professional application of social work values, including respect for an individual’s dignity and self-worth and a commitment to social justice. Students will leave our program as culturally competent and creative social workers ready for advanced practice.

Points of pride


We were one of the first programs to not require the GRE.

Built with adults in mind

Our program was designed with the working adult in mind and approximately 95% of our students working full-time employment schedules.

Weekend work

We offer our courses and internships on evenings and weekends.

Mastery across levels

Our program's concentration is "Advanced Generalist", which means we prepare our students to master their skills across all systems levels (i.e., micro, mezzo, macro).

"Cultural Competence

Our program's focus is "Cultural Competence", which means we prepare students to work with populations across identities and differences.

Field Education

The Council on Social Work Education, our accrediting body, considers field education to be the “signature pedagogy” or most vital component of social work education. As a graduate social work student you are required to complete a field placement in an approved social work agency each semester. A field placement is very similar to what you may think of as an internship. Field Placements provide opportunities to practice and exercise the skills and knowledge obtained in the classroom in a real world setting.

Advanced Standing students complete one field placement over one academic year. Two-year students complete two field placements over two academic years.

Students will complete a fieldwork placement of four hundred clock hours during their first year (200 clock hours each during fall and spring semesters) with a generalist perspective of social work practice through a wide range of field assignments practice behaviors. During the second year, students have two advanced practice field placements, one each semester, 250 hours each semester for a total of 500 clock hours. Students, in their advanced field internship, take courses that build and enhance their knowledge with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.