FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Master of Social Work


The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The degree prepares students for advanced clinical social work practice. The program educates students for empirically-based practice in clinical organizations and communities. The MSW program is based on a perspective that recognizes the interconnectedness between people and their environment as the source of both social problems and the appropriate interventions to ameliorate, treat, and prevent those problems.

The first year curriculum is based upon a generalist perspective based with life-span developmental foundation that emphasizes problem-solving critical thinking, empirically-based practice, economic and social justice, and the conduct of ethical practice. Students learn preventive and clinical interventions that enhance human functioning and quality of life. The program emphasizes the ability to work with clients in a variety of settings reflective of the diversity of South Florida.

Built on the generalist foundation, the second year advanced curriculum prepares students for clinical social work practice, with certificate options in Addictions, Social Work Practice with the Elderly. In addition, The School of Social Work offers a joint degree (M.S.W./J.D.) with the College of Law.

Students may complete the M.S.W. degree (60 credit hours) on a full-time or part-time basis. The School also offers an M.S.W. with advanced standing status for individuals with a baccalaureate degree in Social Work (B.S.W. or B.S.S.W.) received within the past five years from a program accredited by CSWE. Students accepted as an MSW with advanced standing status can receive up to 30 semester hours credit toward the M.S.W. degree. Effective FALL 2013 a grade of "C" or above in the prerequisites is required for the M.S.W. program. M.S.W. students interested in pursuing the Ph.D. in Social Welfare should contact the coordinator of the Ph.D. program.

Graduate students are eligible for student membership in the National Association of Social Work (NASW). A graduate may become a regular member of the Association. Students are also invited to join the Student Social Work Association (SSWA) and the Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society.

Admission Requirements

General Admissions Procedures and Deadlines

Applicants are responsible for ensuring all required documents are on file at the University and the School of Social Work. Applicant folders are considered complete when the School of Social Work (AHC5 576) receives the following documents:

  1. School of Social Work Application to the Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
  2. Personal Narrative Statement (6 to 8 full pages, please complete all 7 questions)
  3. Three Letters of Reference (only use School of Social Work reference form)


Received by Graduate Admissions:

  1. Online Graduate Admissions Application/$30 application fee at
  2. Official transcript from all institutions (except FIU)


The two-year MSW Program admits for Fall and Spring. Deadlines are as follows:

Fall Semester: June 1
Spring Semester: October 1

The MSW with advanced standing status admits for Fall, Spring and Summer. Applicants to the MSW with advanced standing should have a bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited institution.

Deadlines are as follows:

Fall Semester: June 1
Spring Semester: October 1
Summer Semester: March 1
International Applicants, please refer to University Graduate Admissions for deadlines


Minimum Requirements for the Master of Social Work Program (MSW) are as follows:

  • 3.0 GPA in upper division coursework
  • 3.25 for Advanced Standing

Requires a minimum grade of “C” in the following:

  • Completion of a three (3) credit course in Biology with human content
  • Completion of a three (3) credit course in Statistics
  • Completion of twelve (12) credits in Social Science course (for example: Psychology, Sociology, Economics, American Government)

Testing Record

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is no longer required for admission to the MSW Program. However, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for international applicants, unless they hold a degree from an English-speaking university (see the University catalog). Information on the TOEFL is available at

For test dates and pre-test instruction information, contact For more information, call us at 305-348-5880.

Advanced Standing—Fall 2014

All new students are required to see the social work advisor before registering for classes. For course descriptions, see the University Catalog at

Effective Fall 2010:

All students admitted to the M.S.W. Program with advanced standing status must have a “B” or better from their B.S.S.W. coursework. Admitted advanced standing students with B.S.S.W. grades lower than a “B” will be required to complete the equivalent graduate courses in the first term of the M.S.W. program.


School of Social Work

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work
Florida International University
Modesto Maidique Campus, AHC5 576
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199

Phone: 305-348-5880
Fax: 305-348-5312

Mary Helen Hayden, Ed.D., L.C.S.W., D.C.S.W.

For information contact:
Gladys Ramos
Program Assistant

Kelly Sydnor, M.S.W.
Student Services Coordinator