The University of Alabama School of Social Work faculty and staff extend you a warm welcome! Our alumni are serving clients in Alabama, across the U.S., and across the world. The school has been preparing MSWs since 1965 and is ranked in the top 20% of accredited MSW programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. We seek to increase our students' knowledge of social problems and their solutions, to improve social conditions of the state and beyond, and to promote social justice and human dignity for all people.
The School of Social Work offers students the opportunity to begin their MSW coursework through two options designed to facilitate distance learning: the Advanced-Standing DL Program (a 42 credit hour program that can be completed in three semesters, only for those who hold a CSWE-accredited BSW) and the 60- credit-hour program (a two-year program when completed full time), available primarily online with face-to-face skills labs held at regionally convenient locations across the state of Alabama (UA also offers a traditional face-to-face MSW program on the Tuscaloosa campus (click here for information about the Tuscaloosa campus program). In Summer 2012, the primarily online 60-credit-hour program will be available to students across the state and in neighboring states. Start dates are listed below. Please click the Curriculum tab for details on each program.
The School of Social Work offers two concentrations within the MSW distance education program.
Start Dates and Locations*
Advanced-Standing DL Program (Requires a BSW)
One cohort of DL advanced-standing students begins every year in late May or early June and another cohort begins every year in January. All classes are primarily online, with face-to-face skills labs held on selected Saturdays at regionally convenient locations across the state of Alabama. Locations for the face-to-face skills labs will be determined based on enrollment.
Beginning in summer 2012, first-year and second-year classes in the DL program will be primarily online, with face-to-face skills labs held on selected Saturdays at regionally convenient locations across the state of Alabama. Locations for the face-to-face skills labs will be determined based on enrollment.
To learn more about the two MSW programs, view the School of Social Work's MSW Program Brochure.
We invite you to explore this site to find out more about the MSW DL programs. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
*Programs subject to change.
To listen to a previously recorded information session, click here.