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!

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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 review the following admissions and requirements information for the minor: A 2.75 GPA is required for admission into the minor. Pre-requisite courses may be required for some of the courses listed (see chart below). Students must earn a “C” or higher in the five (5) courses to obtain the minor. Students are required to take the following course for the minor:

  • SOW 3203 Introduction to Social Work (No pre-requisite courses needed)

The remaining four (4) courses or 12 semester hours are to be selected from the social work courses listed below:

Social Work Courses Pre-Requisites for Social Work Course
SOW 3113 The Social Environment and Human Behavior I Biology with Human Content
SOW 3100 The Social Environment and Human Behavior II Biology with Human Content; SOW 3113
SOW 3232 Social Welfare Policy and Services I American Government; Economics
SOW 3233 Social Welfare Policy and Services II American Government; Economics; SOW 3232; SOW 3203
SOW 3801 Self-Awareness and Self-Modification for Practice None
SOW 4272 Comparative Social Welfare Policy None
SOW 4341 Behavioral Approaches to Social Work Practice None
SOW 4654 Child Welfare: Policy and Practice SOW 3113 and SOW 3232
SOW 4658 Interventions in Child Maltreatments SOW 3113

Note: Before seeking a minor in social welfare, students are urged to meet with their academic advisor.

Undergraduate Programs: Certificate in Child Welfare Service

Undergraduate Programs:

Certificate in Child Welfare Services

The Certificate in Child Welfare Practice provides BSSW students with the specialized skills, knowledge, and practice competencies in order to carry out services for the care and protection of children. Students will be prepared to meet the critical service needs of Florida’s children and families.

  • Students will receive the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively assess and intervene with vulnerable children and families.
  • Students will receive direct practice experience with an agency in the child welfare field.
  • Students will receive a Certificate in Child Welfare Practice (BSSW only, application required).

How to Apply:

This certificate program is open to students admitted into the BSSW program only. Prospective certificate students must:

  • Be admitted into the BSSW program
  • Complete a Certificate Registration with the University
  • Earn a total of 24 credits towards the certificate, completing the following courses with a “C” or higher:
    • SOW 4658 Interventions in Child Maltreatments
    • SOW 4654 Child Welfare: Policy and Practice
    • SOW 4511L Field Practicum I (in a Child Welfare Setting)
    • SOW 4512L Field Practicum II (in a Child Welfare Setting)
    • SOW 4522 Field Seminar I
    • SOW 4523 Field Seminar II

The certificate application must be approved by the School of Social Work prior to submission to the FIU Office of the Registrar. For additional information, please contact Ms. Sheila Jenkins Boone, Academic Advisor in the School of Social Work, at 305-348-4415 or sheila.jenkinsboone@fiu.edu

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.

Course Requirements:

SOW 6236 Social Welfare Policy and Services II 3
SOW 6534 Field Practicum III (in an Elderly/Aging Setting) 6
Select 2 from the following:
SOW 5641 Understanding the Process of Aging 3
SOW 6646 Social Work Practice with the Elderly 3
SOW 5605 Medical Social Work 3
SOW 5805C Counseling the Elderly 3
SOW 6359 Social Work Treatment with Families of the Elderly 3

 

Admissions Requirements:

  • For admissions information, please click here.

For additional information about the program, please visit the School of Social Work website: https://stempel.fiu.edu/academics/school-social-work/, or contact Ms. Kelly Sydnor, Coordinator in the School of Social Work, at 305-348-5841 or Kelly.sydnor1@fiu.edu

Graduate Programs: Graduate Certificate in Management in Social Work

Graduate Programs:

Graduate Certificate in Management in Social Work

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.

Course Requirements (15 credits):

SOW 5344 Theory & Practice with Communities & Organizations
PAD 6156 Applied Organizational Theory & Behavior
SOW 5455 Writing and Managing Grants for Social Service Programs
Select two from the following:
PAD 6205 Public Financial Management
PAD 5435 Administration & the Role of Women
HSA 6425 Mental Health Administration & Planning
URS 5645 Strategic Planning in Public & Non-Profit Organizations
PAD 6434 Leadership and Decision Making
SOW 6387 Social Services Management Skills

Admissions Requirements:

  • For admissions information, please click here

For additional information about the program, please visit the School of Social Work website: https://stempel.fiu.edu/academics/school-social-work/ , or contact Ms. Kelly Sydnor, Coordinator in the School of Social Work, at 305-348-5841 or Kelly.sydnor1@fiu.edu

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.

Course Requirements (18 credits):

SOW 5240 Advanced Interventions in Child Maltreatment 3
SOW 5241 Advanced Child Welfare Policy and Practice 3
SOW 6533 Field Practicum II (in a Child Welfare agency) 3
SOW 6534 Field Practicum III (in a Child Welfare agency) 6
SOW 6425 Clinical Assessment and Intervention Planning 3

Admissions Requirements:

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For additional information about the program, please visit the School of Social Work website: https://stempel.fiu.edu/academics/school-social-work/ , or contact Ms. Kelly Sydnor, Coordinator in the School of Social Work, at 305-348-5841 or Kelly.sydnor1@fiu.edu

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.

Course Requirements (30 Credits Total):

SOW 5105 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I or BSSW equivalent 3
SOW 6125 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II – Psychopathology 3
SOW 5324 Theory and Practice with Groups or BSSW equivalent 3
SOW 5342 Social Work Practice with Individuals & Families or BSSW equivalent 3
SOW 5629 Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations or BSSW equivalent 3
SOW 6351 Clinical Intervention in Couple and Family Social Work Practice 3
SOW 6435 Evaluating Empirically Based Social Work Practice 3
SOW 5710 Current Issues in Addiction Practices 3
SOW 6114C Assessment & Treatment of Addiction & Related Problems 3
SOW 6711 Prevention of Addiction & Related Problems 3

Admissions Requirements:

  • For admissions information, please click here

For additional information about the program, please visit the School of Social Work website: https://stempel.fiu.edu/academics/school-social-work/ , or contact Ms. Kelly Sydnor, Coordinator in the School of Social Work, at 305-348-5841 or Kelly.sydnor1@fiu.edu

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 coursework for clinical licensure in the state of Florida.

Course Requirements:

SOW 6125 Human Behavior and Social Environment II – Psychopathology 3
SOW 6351 Clinical Intervention in Couple and Family Social Work Practice 3
SOW 6425 Clinical Assessment and Intervention Planning 3
SOW 6533 Field Practicum II 3
SOW 6534 Field Practicum III 6

Admissions Requirements:

  • For admissions information, please click here

For additional information about the program, please visit the School of Social Work website: https://stempel.fiu.edu/academics/school-social-work/ , or contact Ms. Kelly Sydnor, Coordinator in the School of Social Work, at 305-348-5841 or Kelly.sydnor1@fiu.edu

Graduate Programs: Ph.D. in Social Welfare

Application Procedures

Students are admitted into the Ph.D. Program only in the Fall semester. Applications for admission should be received at the School of Social Work by February 1. Applications submitted after that date are considered as space permits. Application folders are considered complete when all documents listed below have been received:

  1. FIU Graduate Online Application (NOTE: do not use the reference form provided on graduate admissions application) (good link)
  2. Application for Financial Aid (for students seeking Financial Aid
  3. Application to the Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare
  4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  5. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  6. Personal statement (4-6 pages)
  7. Three letters of recommendation (two academic and one professional)
  8. Two examples of scholarly written work
  9. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (foreign students only)

The GRE Scores (requested from Educational Testing Service and sent directly by ETS), official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (requested from issuing schools and sent directly by them), and TOEFL Scores, should be sent to:

Office of Graduate Admissions P.O. Box 659004 Miami, Florida 33265-9004

The Application to the Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare, the Personal Statement, and the letters of recommendation (sent directly by the person writing the letter) must be sent to:

Doctoral Admissions School of Social Work Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

Florida International University University Park Campus, AHC5-143 11200 SW 8th Street Miami, Florida 33199

The application for financial aid should be sent to:

Financial Aid Office Florida International University University Park Campus, PC 125 Miami, FL. 33199

Additional information related to the admission’s process can be obtained from:

Ms. Kelly Sydnor, PhD Program in Social Welfare,  School of Social Work, AHC5-143                     Florida International University  Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC) 11200 S.W. 8th Street  Miami, FL 33199  305-348-5841

For the status of your application, please contact Kelly Sydnor at (305) 348-5841 or at ksydnor@fiu.edu For more information on Stempel College’s Ph.D. in Social Welfare, please visit: https://stempel.fiu.edu/degree/ph-d-social-welfare/ For questions about the Ph.D. in Social Welfare, please contact Dr. Richard Beaulaurier at beau@fiu.edu or 305-348-5876, or Kelly Sydnor, Admissions Coordinator, at ksydnor@fiu.edu or 305-348-5841.

Funding your education

At Stempel College, we understand that academic success can be affected by financial aid and funding opportunities. Our students have access to myriad funding options by degree level (bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral) and by academic discipline (Public Health, Dietetics & Nutrition, Social Work). It’s important to understand the basics of applying for financial aid and the additional resources available to you as a Stempel College student. For more, please visit Funding Your Education in our website’s “Student Life” section.

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