Master of Social Work


Thank you for your interest in our Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Florida Atlantic University. The mission of the MSW program is to educate competent and compassionate social workers for advanced clinical social work practice with children, adolescents, adults, elders, couples, families and groups. MSW graduates possess critical thinking skills and engage in evidence-based clinical practice, with a deep respect for human diversity and strengths and with a desire to continue lifelong learning and professional development.

Top 80 MSW Program Badge

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 and is ranked as a Top 80 MSW program by U.S. News & World Report.

Our MSW program can be completed in two, three, or four years for students whose bachelor’s degree is in a discipline other than social work. We also offer a two, three, four, or five semester 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, with some courses available online. 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.

Vanessa Graham-McFarlane

“Getting my MSW from the Sandler School of Social Work at FAU is one of the best decisions I have made. Undoubtedly, I will continue to recommend the MSW program to friends and colleagues. The faculty’s efforts and dedication make the program outstanding.”
– Maria Quezada

Our MSW program begins in May and in August of each year. The application deadline is May 1st. 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 me at We look forward to receiving your application and wish you all the best in your future social work career.

Dr. Joy McClellan, LCSW
MSW Program Coordinator

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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 You can also contact one of the program assistants in our office at (561) 297-3234 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 308 – Program Assistant: (561) 297-6494 or (561) 297-3234
  • Davie  – Liberal Arts Building, 4th floor, Room 466

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For any questions regarding the Master of Social Work degree program, please contact Joy McClellan (Program Coordinator) at

For questions about advising, please contact the College Advising Center at 561-297-2316.