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Master's in Social Work Programs in Georgia

Master of social work degrees from Georgia graduate schools typically offer a traditional program for those whose bachelor's degrees are not in social work or an advanced-standing program for those who possess a bachelor's degree in social work.

Albany State University

Albany State University's master of social work degree prepares students to work with children and families throughout their lifetimes in hospitals, schools, corporations, or other settings. Graduates are prepared to play leadership roles in foster care, parent education, advocacy, military social work, and many other areas.

Clark Atlanta University

Child and family and health/mental health specializations are available through the Clark Atlanta University master of social work degree. Core courses include human behavior, social environment, social policy, and practice with diverse populations, and elective courses include African-American families, alcoholism, drug dependency, and psychosocial issues.

Georgia State University

The Georgia State University master of social work degree focuses on community partnerships and generalist study. Focused courses include leadership, management, community projects, and field education; generalist courses include social work practice, diversity, social justice, and social policy; and elective courses include grant writing, health challenges, and psychopathology.

Kennesaw State University

Some of the settings where a master of social work degree from Kennesaw State University can be used are hospitals, schools, and government. Specializations are in children and family services and behavioral health services with a sub-specialty in substance abuse, and it should be noted that Kennesaw State does not have an advanced-standing program option.

Savannah State University

Savannah State University offers two concentrations as part of its master of social work degree: clinical social work and social administration. Students take courses in human behavior, social environment, social work research, and military social work while focusing on public policy and crisis intervention.

University of Georgia

The University of Georgia offers 4 paths for students pursuing a master of social work degree: Master of Social Work; Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health; Master of Social Work/Juris Doctorate; and Master of Social Work/Master of Divinity. Students choose from community development practice, clinical practice, or integrated practice specializations and take courses such as assessment, psychopathology, and advanced policy analysis.

Valdosta State University

Using a hybrid format of on-campus and online courses, the Valdosta State University master of social work degree prepares future social workers for clinical and advanced generalist practices. Some of the careers available to individuals with a master of social work degree include child and family specialist, clinical social worker, crisis counselor, geriatric social worker, occupational social worker, and substance abuse counselor.

SchoolProgram*Tuition + Fees per Academic Year (2018-2019)
Albany State UniversityMaster of Social Work
Master of Social Work and Juris Doctorate
Master of Social Work/Doctor of Philosophy
$3,402 + $1,700 (Georgia residents)
$13,950 + $1,700 (out-of-state residents)
Clark Atlanta UniversityMaster of Social Work with specialization in Child and Family
Master of Social Work with specialization in Health/Mental Health
$16,128 + $1,506 (Georgia and out-of-state residents)
Georgia State UniversityMaster of Social Work$7,020 + $2,128 (Georgia residents)
$22,518 + $2,128 (out-of-state residents)
Kennesaw State UniversityMaster of Social Work with specialization in Children and Family Services
Master of Social Work with specialization in Behavioral Health Services
Master of Social Work with a sub-specialty in Substance Abuse
$5,220 + $2,006 (Georgia residents)
$18,810 + $2,006 (out-of-state residents)
Savannah State UniversityMaster of Social Work with specialization in Clinical Social Work
Master of Social Work with specialization in Social Administration
$3,528 + $1,778 (Georgia residents)
$13,068 + $1,778 (out-of-state residents)
University of GeorgiaMaster of Social Work with specialization in Community Development Practice
Master of Social Work with specialization in Clinical Practice
Master of Social Work with specialization in Integrated Practice
Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health
Master of Social Work/Juris Doctorate
Master of Social Work/Master of Divinity
$8,704 + $2,278 (Georgia residents)
$24,692 + $2,278 (out-of-state residents)
Valdosta State University Master of Social Work$4,482 + $2,146 (Georgia residents)
$16,146 + $2,146 (out-of-state residents)

*Source: NCES College Navigator

Typical Graduate School Admissions Requirements

Most graduate schools have admissions requirements that are similar, although individual programs can have specific requirements for admission, such as minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average (CGPA) which, in the case of graduate degrees in social work, is often 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The application process is started by completing an admissions application, having all official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools sent to the school to which the individual is applying, and writing a statement of purpose or an essay answering specific questions related to why the applicant is seeking a master's degree. Prospective students may be asked to provide letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic sources and to submit an up-to-date résumé or curriculum vitae. Some schools require that applicants submit test scores from the Graduate Records Examinations (GRE); however, those schools may waive this requirement under certain conditions. In the event that the applicant speaks English as the second language or attended colleges that taught classes in languages other than English, TOEFL or other English-language proficiency test scores may be required for admission.

The graduate schools in Georgia that offer master of social work degrees allow students to select from a variety of degree and specialization paths. Graduates can use their degrees to pursue positions in such areas as substance abuse, crisis counseling, and geriatric social work.