School of Social Work

The social work profession is geared towards preventing and ameliorating social problems to enhance the quality of human life. Social work practice requires a high level of dedication, skill and knowledge. In our programs, students learn to intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, evaluate the effects of those interventions, as well as advocate for human rights and social and economic justice. With this training, our graduates are able to make important impacts in our communities and contribute substantially to the field of social work.

Accredited since 1974 by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Stempel College’s School of Social Work offers programs of professional study to prepare graduates to work in governmental, non-profit, and for-profit settings, in community, regional, state and national systems. Our programs put an emphasis on achieving a comprehensive, developmental and community-oriented understanding of the needs facing urban societies in rapidly changing social, political, economic and cultural conditions. We maintain partnerships with over a hundred community agencies, throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties.

Our students are repeatedly recognized for upholding the core valuesof social work, including their outstanding commitment to community engagement. In 2017, the Phi Alpha Honor Society chapter at the School of Social Work received its 11th consecutive National Service Award.

We are proud to announce that FIU’s School of Social Work has the highest licensure pass rate in South Florida!

Course Catalogs

Field Education Tool Box for Students

Welcome to the School of Social Work’s Office of Field Education! This portion of your educational journey is an exciting time that enables you to implement your classroom learning in the field. From your interview for fieldwork through your placement, you will receive an individualized and supportive experience from the team at this office. We thoroughly screen our community agencies and train the supervisors there to ensure the best possible educational experiences for our students. As a result, we have numerous placements throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties. We want you to have the best prospects for learning, so if you are aware of an agency that is missing from our repertoire, please fill out this form and we will explore.

Resources:

For a comprehensive overview of our Field Education programs, please see the BSSW or MSW Field Education Manuals.

Questions? Get in touch!

Program Coordinator Office of Field Education/School of Social Work 305-348-3881 sowpracticum@fiu.edu

Field Education Tool Box for Field Instructors

Questions? Get in touch!

Program Coordinator Office of Field Education/School of Social Work 305-348-3881 sowpracticum@fiu.edu

Undergraduate Programs: Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)

Undergraduate Programs:

Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW)

Along with FIU, the social work program opened its doors in 1972, offering the Bachelor Science in Social Work (BSSW) degree and receiving its initial accreditation in 1974 from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The School of Social Work continues to offer the BSSW degree to select individuals who meet the prerequisite criteria. The program prepares students for generalist practice social work with individuals, groups, communities and organizations. Students learn to use critical, ethical thinking while engaging, assessing and intervening with clients. BSSW students approach these diverse populations within the context of their social environment, advocating for human rights and social and economic justice.

Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Social Work program received full, unconditional reaccreditation from the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body, in June 2016.

For the BSSW student learning outcomes, please review: BSSW assessment.

Program Philosophy and Information

Mission: As a vital, contributing member of the South Florida community, the undergraduate social work program is committed to preparing its students for generalist practice in diverse, urban communities, locally and globally, with an emphasis on understanding and serving individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Grounded in the professional social work values and ethics, the program educates students with skills and knowledge based on scientific inquiry and collaborative engagement to promote human and community well-being.

 

Goals

  1. Provide curricula for generalist practice that build on liberal arts foundation and the person and environment construct.
  2. Educate students of generalist practice to identify with the social work profession grounded in its history, values and science and to recognize, support and build on the strengths and resiliency of all human beings.
  3. Prepare students to engage, assess, intervene with, and evaluate diverse and multicultural individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in order to promote human and social well-being.
  4. Educate students to promote policies, services and resource allocation in order to advocate for human rights and social and economic justice.
  5. Prepare students to develop and use critical thinking and apply ethical principles in their practice.
  6. Provide students with the ability to engage in research-informed practice, collaborative engagement and be proactive in responding to the impact of context on professional practice.

Competencies

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

CSWE has operationalized these competencies for generalist practice by identifying 41 practice behaviors. For a list of those practice behaviors, please see the BSSW Program Handbook.

 

Current Undergraduate Social Work Students

Resources

BSSW students must meet with their academic advisor, Sheila Jenkins-Boone, regularly (sjenkins@fiu.edu, 305-348-4415). Please schedule your academic advising appointment on Panthersoft through your dashboard.

 

BSSW Field Practicum Resources

For questions regarding the BSSW Field Practicum, please contact our Office of Field Education Program Coordinator, Jessica Arguello, at 305-348-3881 or sowpracticum@fiu.edu.

 

Prospective Undergraduate BSSW Students

Resources

Admissions

For questions regarding admissions to the BSSW program, please contact Gladys Ramos, Admissions Program Assistant, at 305-348-5887 or glramos@fiu.edu.

Undergraduate Programs: Minor in Social Welfare

Undergraduate Programs:

Minor in Social Welfare Overview

The Minor in Social Welfare is for baccalaureate degree-seeking students who are interested in careers in the human services field or who wish to study how common human needs are addressed within social welfare programs. Attainment of the Minor does not enable students to practice as social workers.

Prospective students are encouraged to download and review the following information:

Undergraduate Programs: Certificate in Child Welfare Service

Undergraduate Programs:

Certificate in Child Welfare Services

This certificate is for undergraduate social work majors who are interested in receiving specialized training in the arena of child protective services. This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students only.

Prospective certificate students are encouraged to download and review the following information:

Graduate Programs: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Graduate Programs: Master of Social Work (MSW)

The School of Social Work offers a clinical social work program that leads to the degree of Master of Social Work (MSW). The program is designed to give the student a professional education for advanced clinical social work practice. The curriculum applies a biopsychosocial model within the context of a social systems framework to understand client systems, address problems and develop interventions.

The Master of Social Work program is a 60-semester hour program composed of a 30-semester hour foundation followed by 30-semester hours of clinical concentration courses in the second year. The program provides a curriculum which meets the current educational requirements for clinical licensure in Florida.

Accreditation

The Master of Social Work received full, unconditional reaccreditation from the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body, in June 2016.

For the MSW student learning outcomes, please review: MSW assessment.

Program Philosophy and Information

Mission: Rooted in the values and ethics of the social work profession, the mission of the graduate social work program at Florida International University is to prepare students for advanced clinical social work practice with an emphasis on individuals and families. As an integral partner of the South Florida community, the program is dedicated to educating its students to promote human and social well-being and to contribute to refining and advancing social work practice through research-based practice and collaborative engagement in diverse urban settings.

Goals 

The goals of the MSW Program are to educate graduates to:

  1. Provide curriculum for advanced clinical practice that builds on the foundation offered in the first year (or BSW program).
  2. Educate students to identify as professional social workers including the incorporation of its values and ethics and contribute to refining and advancing social work practice through research-based practice and collaborative engagement.
  3. Educate students to synthesize and apply a broad range of interdisciplinary evidence-based knowledge and skills.
  4. Educate advanced clinical practice students to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals within group, family, and ecological contexts in order to promote human and social well-being.
  5. Prepare students to use critical thinking to engage in self-reflection and discriminate and differentially apply advanced clinical social work skills and knowledge in their practice.
  6. Prepare students to apply knowledge and skills of human behavior and the social environment to work with diverse and multi-cultural populations in urban settings with an emphasis on South Florida.

 Competencies

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

For the foundation level of the MSW program, CSWE has operationalized these competencies for generalist practice by identifying 41 practice behaviors. For a list of those practice behaviors, please see the MSW Program Handbook.

For the advanced clinical level of the MSW program, the faculty of the School of Social Work have chosen 30 practice behaviors. For a list of those practice behaviors, please see the MSW Program Handbook.

Current MSW Students

Resources

MSW students are urged to meet with their advisor, Kelly Sydnor. To schedule an appointment, please e-mail her at ksydnor@fiu.edu or call 305-348-5841.

 

MSW Field Practicum Resources

For questions regarding the MSW Field Practicum, please contact our Office of Field Education Program Coordinator, Jessica Arguello, at 305-348-3881 or sowpracticum@fiu.edu.

 

Prospective MSW Students

Resources

Admissions

 

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester: June 1st

Spring Semester: October 1st

 

For questions regarding admissions to the MSW program, please contact Gladys Ramos, Admissions Program Assistant, at 305-348-5887 or glramos@fiu.edu

 

Licensure (LCSW) Preparation

In our efforts to assist graduates in obtaining a license in clinical social work (LCSW), the School of Social Work provides all MSW students with a Licensure Preparation course in their final semester of the program. This course is incorporated into the final field seminar (SOW 6534, Field Practicum III) with no additional charge. Students are taught test-taking techniques, content areas to study, the licensure process, and a timeline for studying. Additionally, students take practice tests and can privately consult with the instructor.

Graduate Programs: Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing Status

Graduate Programs: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Advanced Standing Status

The School of Social Work offers an accelerated clinical social work curriculum that leads to the degree of Master of Social Work (MSW) for those students who already have a BSW from an accredited social work program and meet the other admissions criteria. The program is designed to give the student a professional education for advanced clinical social work practice. The curriculum applies a biopsychosocial model within the context of a social systems framework to understand client systems, address problems and develop interventions.

The Master of Social Work program for students with Advanced Standing Status is composed of 33 semester hours of advanced clinical concentration courses. The program provides a curriculum which meets the current educational requirements for clinical licensure in Florida.

Accreditation

The Master of Social Work received full, unconditional reaccreditation from the Council on Social Work Education, the national accrediting body, in June 2016. For the MSW student learning outcomes, please review: MSW assessment.

Program Philosophy and Information

Mission: Rooted in the values and ethics of the social work profession, the mission of the graduate social work program at Florida International University is to prepare students for advanced clinical social work practice with an emphasis on individuals and families. As an integral partner of the South Florida community, the program is dedicated to educating its students to promote human and social well-being and to contribute to refining and advancing social work practice through research-based practice and collaborative engagement in diverse urban settings.

Goals

The goals of the MSW Program are to educate graduates to:

  1. Provide curriculum for advanced clinical practice that builds on the foundation offered in the first year (or BSW program).
  2. Educate students to identify as professional social workers including the incorporation of its values and ethics and contribute to refining and advancing social work practice through research-based practice and collaborative engagement.
  3. Educate students to synthesize and apply a broad range of interdisciplinary evidence-based knowledge and skills.
  4. Educate advanced clinical practice students to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals within group, family, and ecological contexts in order to promote human and social well-being.
  5. Prepare students to use critical thinking to engage in self-reflection and discriminate and differentially apply advanced clinical social work skills and knowledge in their practice.
  6. Prepare students to apply knowledge and skills of human behavior and the social environment to work with diverse and multi-cultural populations in urban settings with an emphasis on South Florida. 

Competencies

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

For the advanced clinical level of the MSW program, the faculty of the School of Social Work have chosen 30 practice behaviors. For a list of those practice behaviors, please see the MSW Program Handbook.

Current MSW Students with Advanced Standing Status

Resources

MSW students are urged to meet with their advisor, Kelly Sydnor. To schedule an appointment, please e-mail her at ksydnor@fiu.edu or call 305-348-5841.

MSW Advanced Clinical Field Practicum Resources

For questions regarding the MSW Field Practicum, please contact our Office of Field Education Program Coordinator, Jessica Arguello, at 305-348-3881 or sowpracticum@fiu.edu.

Prospective MSW Students with Advanced Standing Status

Resources

Admissions

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester: June 1st

Spring Semester: October 1st

Summer Semester: March 1st

For questions regarding admissions to the MSW program, please contact Gladys Ramos, Admissions Program Assistant, at 305-348-5887 or glramos@fiu.edu.

 

Licensure (LCSW) Preparation

In our efforts to assist graduates in obtaining a license in clinical social work (LCSW), the School of Social Work provides all MSW students with a Licensure Preparation course in their final semester of the program. This course is incorporated into the final field seminar (SOW 6534, Field Practicum III) with no additional charge. Students are taught test-taking techniques, content areas to study, the licensure process, and a timeline for studying. Additionally, students take practice tests and can privately consult with the instructor.

Graduate Programs: Master of Social Work (MSW)/Master of Public Health (MPH)

Graduate Programs:

Master of Social Work (MSW)/Master of Public Health (MPH)

The MSW/MPH is an interdisciplinary, three-year program incorporating knowledge and skills from social work and public health, with a concentration in clinical social work and health policy & management or health promotion & disease prevention. The MSW/MPH program brings together two closely aligned disciplines, allowing students to gain knowledge and skills critical to succeeding in the strategic area of health/behavioral health. This integration of the two disciplines make graduates attractive candidates in the consistently growing health and social services industries.

Graduates from the MSW/MPH program will be able to work and lead in in local and state health departments, federal health agencies, managed care organizations, hospitals, community-based organizations and advocacy agencies. They will be able to provide direct clinical services, serve as program coordinators, administrators, consultants and planners.

Current MSW/MPH Students

Resources

Prospective MSW/MPH Students

For the MPH part of the program, you may select from two concentrations:

Resources

Prospective students can speak to faculty in both the School of Social Work and the Department of Health Policy & Management (HPM) and/or Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (HPDP).

If you have general questions about the dual degree program, please contact the Office of Student and Alumnae Affairs at 305-348-7777.

Admissions

Students must apply separately to the MSW and MPH programs:

Applicants must apply to and be accepted into each degree program separately to qualify for the combined degree program.

At the time of admission, students must notify both programs that they are interested in pursuing the combined degree with advanced standing in social work.

For additional information about the MPH application procedures, deadlines, documents, please contact the Public Health Coordinator, Zoraya Arguello, at arguello@fiu.edu or 305-348-4394.

For additional information about MSW application procedures, deadlines, documents and pre-requisites, please contact the Admissions Program Assistant, Gladys Ramos, at glramos@fiu.edu or 305-348-5887.

Field Practicum for MSW/MPH

Students in the MSW/MPH program will participate in three semesters of field practicum (SOW 5532, SOW 6533, and SOW 6534). The practicum in public health is combined into the social work advanced clinical placement, SOW 6533. While the placement process goes through the School of Social Work’s Office of Field Education, the practicum coordinator for public health is involved in the interviewing and matching of students to ensure that the placement not only meets the needs of a clinical social work internship, but also allows the students to meet the competencies for an HPM or HPDP practicum.

Licensure (LCSW) Preparation

In our efforts to assist our graduates in obtaining a license in clinical social work (LCSW), the School of Social Work provides all MSW students with a licensure preparation course in their final semester of the program. This course is incorporated into the final field seminar (SOW 6534, Field Practicum III) with no additional charge. Students are taught test-taking techniques, content areas to study, the licensure process and a timeline for studying. In this course, students also participate in practice tests and can privately consult with the instructor.

Graduate Programs: Master of Social Work (MSW) /Master of Public Health (MPH) with Advanced Standing Status

Graduate Programs:

Master of Social Work (MSW) /Master of Public Health (MPH) with Advanced Standing Status

The MSW/MPH with Advanced Standing Status is an accelerated interdisciplinary, two-year program for students who already have a BSW from an accredited social work program and have met the other admissions criteria. The combined degree program incorporates knowledge and skills from both social work and public health, with a concentration in clinical social work and health policy & management or health promotion & disease prevention. The MSW/MPH program brings together two closely aligned disciplines, allowing students to gain knowledge and skills critical to succeed in the strategic area of health/behavioral health. This integration of the two disciplines make graduates attractive candidates in the consistently growing health and social services industries.

Graduates from the MSW/MPH program will be able to work and lead in in local and state health departments, federal health agencies, managed care organizations, hospitals, community-based organizations and advocacy agencies. They will be able to provide direct clinical services, serve as program coordinators, administrators, consultants and planners.

Prospective MSW/MPH Students with Advanced Standing Status

For the MPH part of the program, you may select from two concentrations:

Resources

Prospective students can speak to faculty in both the School of Social Work and Departments of Health Policy & Management (HPM) and/or Health Promotion & Disease Prevention (HPDP).

If you have general questions about the dual degree program, please contact the Office of Student and Alumnae Affairs at 305-348-7777.

Admissions Information for MSW/MPH

Students must apply separately to the MSW and MPH programs:

Applicants must apply to and be accepted into each degree program separately to qualify for the combined degree program.

At the time of admission, students must notify both programs that they are interested in pursuing the combined degree with advanced standing in social work.

For additional information about the MPH application procedures, deadlines, documents, please contact the Public Health Coordinator, Zoraya Arguello, at arguello@fiu.edu or 305-348-4394.

For additional information about MSW application procedures, deadlines, documents and pre-requisites, please contact the Admissions Program Assistant, Gladys Ramos, at glramos@fiu.edu or 305-348-5887.

Field Practicum for MSW/MPH

Students with Advanced Standing Status in the MSW/MPH program will participate in two semesters of field practicum (SOW 6533 and SOW 6534). The practicum in public health is combined into the social work advanced clinical placement, SOW 6533. While the placement process goes through the School of Social Work’s Office of Field Education, the practicum coordinator for public health is involved in the interviewing and matching of students to ensure that the placement not only meets the needs of a clinical social work internship, but also allows the students to meet the competencies for an HPM or HPDP practicum.

Licensure (LCSW) Preparation

In our efforts to assist our graduates in obtaining a license in clinical social work (LCSW), the School of Social Work provides all MSW students with a licensure preparation course in their final semester of the program. This course is incorporated into the final field seminar (SOW 6534, Field Practicum III) with no additional charge. Students are taught test-taking techniques, content areas to study, the licensure process and a timeline for studying. In this course, students also participate in practice tests and can privately consult with the instructor.

Graduate Programs: Master of Social Work (MSW)/Juris Doctorate (JD)

Graduate Programs:

Master of Social Work (MSW)/Juris Doctorate (JD)

The MSW/JD is an interdisciplinary program incorporating knowledge and skills from social work and law. The MSW/JD program brings together two complementary disciplines, allowing students to gain knowledge and skills critical to succeeding in areas such as human service administration, public interest law, social work and/or legal practice in child welfare, gerontology or mental health—to name a few. This integration of the two disciplines make graduates attractive candidates in these vital, growing areas.

The MSW/JD is a 135-credit program versus 150 credits separately (MSW = 60 credits; JD = 90 credits), allowing for savings in time and money.

Current MSW/JD Students

Resources

 

Prospective MSW/JD Students

Resources

 

Admissions Information for MSW/JD

Please note that MSW students with Advanced Standing Status are not eligible for the MSW/JD program.

Students must apply separately to the MSW and JD programs:

Applicants must apply to and be accepted into each degree program separately to qualify for the combined degree program.

  • For additional information about MSW application procedures, deadlines, documents and pre-requisites, please contact the Admissions Program Assistant, Gladys Ramos, at glramos@fiu.edu or 305-348-5887.
  • For additional information about the JD application procedures, deadlines, documents, please contact lawadmit@fiu.edu or 305-348-8006.

Licensure (LCSW) Preparation

In our efforts to assist our graduates in obtaining a license in clinical social work (LCSW), the School of Social Work provides all MSW students with a licensure preparation course in their final semester of the program. This course is incorporated into the final field seminar (SOW 6534, Field Practicum III) with no additional charge. Students are taught test-taking techniques, content areas to study, the licensure process and a timeline for studying. In this course, students also participate in practice tests and can privately consult with the instructor.

Students should be aware that taking the 6 credits of law classes rather than 6 credits of clinical social work electives may be an obstacle to clinical licensure in Florida and other states.

Graduate Programs: Graduate Certificate in Social Work Practice with the Elderly

Graduate Programs:

Graduate Certificate in Social Work Practice with the Elderly

This 15-credit graduate certificate provides specialized advanced clinical training for social work students working with elderly populations. This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students only.

Resources:

Graduate Programs: Graduate Certificate in Management in Social Work

Graduate Programs:

Graduate Certificate in Management in Social Work

Note: This certificate is currently under revision. Please check with the Student Services Coordinator in the School of Social Work (ksydnor@fiu.edu or 305-348-5841) for information.

This graduate certificate provides specialized management training for social work students and professionals planning to enter or work in managerial positions in the social work field. Courses do not meet elective requirements for the MSW clinical program. All certificate students are required to take the three required courses, as well as the two from the approved list. This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students only.

Resources:

Graduate Programs: Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare

Graduate Programs:

Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare

The Graduate Certificate in Child Welfare (GCCW) provides specialized training in child welfare services. Students who are awarded the GCCW will be prepared to work with abused and neglected children, their families and the social service organizations that serve them. A total of 18 graduate credits are required for this certificate. This certificate is open to degree-seeking students only.

Resources:

Graduate Programs: Graduate Certificate in Addictions

Graduate Programs:

Graduate Certificate in Addictions

This graduate certificate provides specialized advanced clinical training for social work students interested in working in the addictions field. It meets all the classroom educational requirements laid out by the State of Florida for certification through the Florida Certification Board. This certificate program is open to degree-seeking students only.

Resources:

Post-MSW Certificate in Clinical Practice

Post-MSW Certificate in Clinical Practice

This certificate program is designed for MSW practitioners who specialized in macro/administrative or generalist practice and wish to increase their knowledge and skills in direct services/clinical practice. In most cases, MSW practitioners completing this certificate will have the requisite MSW course work for clinical licensure in the state of Florida.

Please note: This certificate’s program of study is under revision. Students should anticipate changes in the 6000-level courses.

Resources:

Funding your education

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