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Master of Social Work
( Valdosta State University )

Institutional and Program Accreditation

Program accreditation: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Valdosta State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

General Information

Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC): SOCMAR   [ more information ]
Program / Degree Level: Graduate, Master's
Subject Area: Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Program Website: http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/social-work/
Enrollment Capacity: 120

Full Description

The Valdosta State University (VSU) Master of Social Work Program is the result of the collaborative efforts of area social workers, social work faculty members, and numerous other professionals and citizens who represent both the university and the region. The grass roots' nature of the Master of Social Work Program has been apparent since the doors of the School first opened in 1995, and the deep level of community support and involvement has been ongoing. The Master of Social Work Program is not only a vital part of the campus, community, and region, but it also has had a significant impact on the social fabric of the community. Likewise, dramatic changes in the community context have had equally significant effects on the Master of Social Work Program. It is our belief that both the program and the community have enriched one another. Presented below is the mission statement, goals and program objectives of the Master of Social Work Program at Valdosta State University. Also included are the strategic goals of VSU as well as those of the University System of Georgia. All three sets of goals are interlinked, and the goals of the Master of Social Work Program reflect the mission and goals of both the university and the state university system.

Delivery Format

The program is delivered primarily through Internet  

Campus Attendance Requirements

Extensive campus visits.  Three or more campus visits required per term.

Prerequisites

The majority of the coursework is conducted online using a web-based course framework. In order to succeed in this program you should have good computer skills, and good to excellent computing hardware and Internet access.  

Application Information

Term Application Deadline
Fall Mar  15 
Spring NA    
Summer Feb  15 

Financial Aid: For information about cost and financial aid deadlines, please see the Cost & Financial Aid information for the program.

Special Requirements

To graduate with the Master of Social Work degree, the student must: Complete the 43 hours of required classroom instruction with a 3.0 average; Complete each of the four semesters of practica. Complete all requirements of the University in relation to fees, equipment, releases, etc. More information on graduation requirements can be found in the MSW Student Handbook available at: http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/social-work/students/  

Technical Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals; Headphones, printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access

Master of Social Work
( Valdosta State University )

Program Cost Information **

Online Tuition Rate$ 824.00 USD (Average per course cost, Not including fees)

** Actual tuition costs may vary, based on the program, student level and student major. Please be sure to contact the college or university for your specific tuition and fee amounts.

Other cost considerations:
    Costs are subject to change without notice.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Application Deadlines
Fall Jun 15 
Spring Nov 01 
Summer Apr 01 
Financial Aid Available: Assistantships, Grants, Loans, Scholarships,  
Website: http://www.valdosta.edu/financialaid/
Email: finaid@valdosta.edu
Telephone: 229-333-5935

Financial Aid Notes

A financial aid application and financial statement may be submitted at any time after the applicant has applied for admission. Financial aid applications are accepted as long as resources permit, and priority is given to those submitted by May 1. Applicants may be eligible for aid from an extensive list of grants, federal programs, loans, work, or scholarships. For information on Financial Aid Policies and the Application Process, see http://www.valdosta.edu/financialaid/

Special Financial Aid Opportunities

For information on Costs and Financial Assistance specific to the MSW program, please see: http://www.valdosta.edu/administration/finance-admin/financial-services/students/services/tuition-and-fee-schedules.php

Master of Social Work
( Valdosta State University )

Credit Hours

Total Hours Required to Earn Degree/Certificate: 60 (semester hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program: 6

Credit Transfer Policy

Prospective students should inquire about the current transfer policy. This policy is also explained at the student orientation session in the summer of each academic year. To transfer courses, students must present the syllabus of the course they wish to substitute along with the course description from the relevant university catalog. Both the Department Head and an instructor who teaches the course(s) must review the course syllabus to determine if: 1) the course is recent enough (within five years) to ensure that the student has a current knowledge base; 2) the course is comparable to our own or can serve as an elective; 3) the student earned a B or better; 4) the course was offered by an accredited institution. If the course is acceptable, the student is notified and the Department sends a course substitution form to the Registrar's office for verification. No proficiency exams are used. No transfer courses allow for a reduction in required credit hours. Most requests for transfer of courses come from students who began or earned another master's degree and completed courses that are similar to those offered in the social work curriculum. The Council on Social Work Education likewise has specific requirements regarding course substitutions that are followed by the Department of Social Work.

Special Credit Transfer Information

VSU allows the substitution of no more than two three-hour courses into a program of study for a student in the Graduate School. No proficiency exams are used. Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience will not be given.

Master of Social Work
( Valdosta State University )

Admissions

For general admissions requirements please refer to: http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/social-work/admissions/

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Admissions Contact

Website: http://www.valdosta.edu/gradschool/
Email: gradschool@valdosta.edu
Telephone: 229-333-5694

Application Requirements

The completion of the graduate school application package which includes a statement of career goals, a resume, three professional recommendations, transcripts and immunization forms is also needed. Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience will not be given.See the MSW admissions guide at: http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/social-work/admissions/application-guide.php

Application Deadlines

Fall Mar  15 
Spring NA    
Summer Feb  15 

Pre-Enrollment Advising

Name:  Felicia Hilson
Email:  socialwork@valdosta.edu
Telephone:  229-219-1392

Master of Social Work
( Valdosta State University )

Projected Course Offerings

For projected course offerings, please refer to: http://www.valdosta.edu/colleges/education/social-work/students/course-descriptions.php

Additional Schedule Information

The Department of Social Work offers students an innovative three-year, web-based program with required monthly visits to campus. Monthly visits are held one weekend per month, Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. The remainder of the coursework is completed online. This program is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to pursue a part-time graduate program, yet live and work at a considerable distance from campus. Two separate field practicums are required.

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