Master of Social Work

Greetings Prospective Master of Social Work Student:

Thank you for your interest in our Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Florida Atlantic University.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Social Work is one of the fastest growing careers in the U.S.  Since its inception in 2000, our MSW program has continued to grow.

Our MSW offerings include a two year full-time and four year part-time program for students whose bachelor’s degree is in a discipline other than social work.  We also offer a full-time one year and a part-time two year Advanced Standing program for students who have achieved a solid foundation in social work from an accredited Bachelor of Social Work program within the last five years.

Our MSW courses are offered on the Boca Raton campus.  Students come from a broad range of backgrounds, representing a variety of undergraduate majors and universities.  The student body possesses a wealth of life experiences, an appreciation of diversity, and commitment to social and economic justice.  We are truly inspired by the enthusiasm, skills, and knowledge of our students, as well as the many sacrifices they make to pursue their dream of obtaining an MSW degree.

Our graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as clinical social workers in Florida and elsewhere.  They go into a variety of fields including family services, child welfare, gerontology, public policy, domestic violence, mental health, research and evaluation, addictions, and criminal justice.

Our MSW program begins in August of each year.  The application deadline is May 1.  Admission to the MSW program is on a rolling basis.  The Admission Committee meets monthly beginning in October.  You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible.

If you should have questions about our MSW program, please feel free to contact myself at or Sherry Weinschenk at We look forward to receiving your application and wish you all the best in your future social work career.

Elwood R. Hamlin II, Ph.D.
MSW Program Coordinator


For further information about the program, I encourage you to explore the following web pages:

For those of you with particular interests or concerns, here is some information on selected topics.

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To complete your application, please ensure that you submit the following: FAU Graduate Application  (including the residency form, transcripts and Student Immunization form), the School of Social Work’s MSW Application (including personal statement and resume) and three professional Letters of Reference (from professors, work supervisors, and, or field supervisors). These forms may be downloaded from the following links:

For more information about our faculty and students, please see:

I hope you find the information on this website to be useful. If you have any questions or would like meet personally with myself or another member of the faculty to learn more about our program, please feel free to contact me at or 561-297-2864. If you are interested in attending an orientation session, please let me know and I can tell you when the next sessions will be held. You can also contact one of the program assistants in our office at (561) 297-3234 to request an information package or to put you in touch with an academic advisor in the campus that is most convenient to you.

For directions to a particular campus, please click on your desired location:

  • Boca Raton - Social Science Building Room 303 - Program Assistant: (561) 297-6494 or (561) 297-3234
  • Davie, Liberal Arts Building, 4th floor, Room 466, - Secretary: Mary Henzie (954) 236-1167
Content Last Updated on: September 25, 2014
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