1. Social Work as a Profession
Social work is a profession in which practitioners work to enhance the functioning of individuals, families, groups, and communities as well as work for positive change in societal conditions. Social workers are employed in all levels of government as well as community and private organizations and individual therapeutic agencies. Social Workers are the largest providers of mental health services in the country.
2. The Social Work Master’s Program at VSU
The Department of Social Work at Valdosta State University has a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) program that focuses on multi-level, advanced generalist practice. Students learn about both clinical and community practice and are able to develop the requisite skills to practice in many settings such as schools, hospitals, mental health, residential treatment, child welfare, forensic, geriatric, hospice, and many others.
The program is 60 credit hours completed in two years (full-time) or 3-4 years (part-time). Students with a BSW degree from an accredited school can apply for Advanced Standing Status and complete the MSW program in one academic year. We offer an optional concentration in School Social Work.
3. Accreditation and State Licensure
The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national social work accrediting body. Accreditation by CSWE ensures students that they will be a part of a high quality instructional environment, and also enables students to fulfill the educational requirements that prepare them for eligibility to take state licensure exams (Licensed Master Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Social Worker).
4. Traditional and Web-Hybrid Cohorts
The MSW program offers both a traditional on-campus cohort and an innovative web-hybrid program. The on-campus cohort attends classes after 5:00 pm during the week. The web-hybrid cohort meets face-to-face for 5 weekends per semester and completes the remainder of coursework online.
5. Field Practicum
MSW students complete 2 separate year-long practicum placements while enrolled in the program. The Department of Social Work Field Office has contractual agreements with 125-150 human service agencies in Georgia. Eighty to ninety students are placed in these agencies and supervised by the Field Office each academic year. The most common placements are in Mental Health, School Social Work, Hospice, Inpatient Psychiatry, VA Hospitals, and Department of Children and Family Services.
6. MSW Student Body
Your colleagues will come from a variety of educational and career backgrounds. Some enroll directly after finishing an undergraduate degree and others have extensive experience in a human service field. The following is data on current enrollees: Average Age Range: 25-34; Percentage Female: 90%; Percentage Minority: 63%
7. Social Work Faculty & Staff
The Department of Social Work includes approximately 15 individuals including 5 tenure track faculty, a Department Head, and a Director of Field Education. Faculty members and staff all place a high value on student growth and success.
8. Community Service
An exampe of the Department of Social Work's community involvement is My Friend’s House, an Alzheimer’s Day Care Program funded by the state. My Friend’s House serves approximately 12 Alzheimer’s patients each day while their caretakers work.
9. Program Growth
The program began in 1995 and was accredited in 1998. The department began as a traditional, on-campus program which later expanded to include a web-hybrid option as well. The department is continually evolving in response to student feedback and to meet the needs of the community.
Prospective students interested in more information can contact the department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the office at 229-249-4864. The following are also avaliable to you:
- A call from a faculty member to answer any questions you may have
- Information Sessions
- Department tours (by appointment only)