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Social Work Matters

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Quick Facts

  • 125 - Number of BSW graduates in 2015-16
  • 127 - Number of MSW graduates in 2015-16
  • 2016 - Year Lecturer Mary Dillon was named Social Work Educator of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Central Unit Chapter
  • Spring 2016 - Launch of MSW online option

Mailing Address

School of Social Work
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida
HPA I, Suite 204
12805 Pegasus Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32816-3358

Phone: 407.823.2114
Fax: 407.823.5697

Undergraduate Program

DSC09565-Web2UCF's undergraduate program in social work leads to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and prepares students for generalist social work practice. Through classroom instruction and field-based classes, students gain the knowledge and skills to assess the needs and resources of people and their social environment; provide services to individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities; link people with needed resources; and improve the resources available in the community.



To prepare professional BSW/generalist  social work practitioners to:

Goal 1: Apply professional knowledge, skills, and values with diverse individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Goal 2: Engage in ethical practice grounded in human rights and social and economic justice. 

Goal 3: Promote the optimal well-being of vulnerable, oppressed, and marginalized populations by building on their     strengths and resilience through collaborative community partnerships.

Goal 4: Integrate research informed practice in generalist settings.

Goal 5: Advocate for policies and services that promote social change and the quality of professional social work practice. 

The UCF School of Social Work mission of the BSW program is to prepare social work students to become generalist practitioners who promote optimal well-being, human rights, and social and economic justice. The School focuses on social change from a regional and global perspective with individuals, families, groups and communities in diverse practice settings through research informed practice.

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Degree Overview

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The BSW program is an entry-level, professional program accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). The bachelor's degree in social work at UCF prepares students for direct, general practice in a variety of social agencies. Undergraduate students typically begin their professional social work studies in their junior year of college after completing an array of courses in the liberal arts. The curriculum in social work consists of studies in human behavior and social environment, social welfare policy and services, research, and social work practice. In addition, enhancement electives are offered in child welfare, addictions, aging studies, health services, addictions, and immigration, and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations.  An internship in a community agency arranged by the school is required.



Step 1: Apply to UCF Today!

UCF Admissions Deadline - Please visit Undergraduate Admissions to identify the UCF application deadline, which occurs soomer than the Social Work major application deadline.

Step 2: Apply to UCF School of Social Work

Social Work Application Deadlines
• Summer admission: April 25
• Fall admission: August 5


Students are required to complete all B.S.W. program prerequisites prior to admission to the major. These include:

  • American National Government
  • Biological Principles
  • General Psychology
  • General Sociology
  • Macroeconomics or Microeconomics

Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the program, students must be willing to work directly with and on behalf of diverse populations. These include people of differing races and ethnicities…the elderly, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations, persons with HIV/AIDS or physical and mental health concerns, and the most vulnerable and marginalized populations.

Social work students also are expected to provide services through a variety of helping strategies, including, but not limited to, assessments; contracting; home visits; office interviews; individual, family, group counseling; referrals; case management; community evaluations; grant writing; advocacy; education; and follow-up. Students, who in the judgment of the faculty are unwilling or unable to meet these expectations, may be denied admission or later may be dismissed from the program.

Admission decisions are made by the BSW committee consisting of faculty who primarily teach in the BSW program. Prospective or newly admitted undergraduate students are encouraged to meet with the BSW program coordinator or the BSW program advisor to review course requirements and expectations of the program.

Prospective or newly admitted undergraduate students need to schedule an appointment with the undergraduate (BSW) program coordinator to review course requirements and expectations of the program.

Students who have a misdemeanor or a felony conviction must schedule an appointment with the B.S.W. program coordinator to discuss the nature of the conviction. However, a conviction does not necessarily prohibit admission to the program.

A student who does not meet the above admission requirements may be registered as a "pending student." Pending students are only permitted to register for certain, limited courses. Students, who are pending, need to contact the BSW coordinator to discuss their situation and to devise a degree plan.

Also see the Basic Degree Requirements in Social Work outlined by the School of Social Work.

Program of Study

The official program of study for the bachelor's degree in social work is available in the UCF Undergraduate Catalog.

The BSW program curriculum follows a structured sequence of courses in order for students to build on what was learned ultimately ending with the student's field education (internship). Due to the structured nature of the curriculum, it is highly recommended students meet with the BSW program coordinator or the BSW program advisor to develop an academic degree plan and then revisit with them once per semester to ensure accuracy of the courses and to graduate on time.

There are multiple sections of courses (with the exception of social work electives) offered every day of the week to assist students who may need to work or commute. Online, mixed mode (half online and half in-class) and fully face-to-face classes are available. The classes in the BSW program are three hours once per week (summer classes are four hours in length).

Academic and professional advising is important to the social work program. Students are also encouraged to seek out faculty in order to discuss research, professional options, and to seek guidance in general. Faculty post their office hours on or near their office doors.

You are expected to use advisement to plan your academic career, to examine your motivation and the appropriateness of your career goals, to select courses prior to registration, to review progress toward graduation and to discuss any concerns you may have. You are required to meet with your advisor at least once each semester.

Points to keep in mind:

  • Courses are offered only during specified semesters (a limited number of courses may be available during summer semester)
  • Courses should be taken sequentially and only when prerequisites have been met.
  • Students are permitted to register for the field (internship) courses only if they have no more than 18 semester hours of course work, including the 12 hours of field education and seminar, to complete for graduation.
  • The internship is offered only in the spring semester.
  • Two electives must be a social work elective.
  • To remain as a candidate for the BSW, a student must:
    • receive a grade of "C" or better in each required course for the social work major
    • comply with the "Code of Ethics" of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
    • demonstrate particular personal and professional qualifications, such as intelligence, initiative, social concern, appreciation for differences in others, self-awareness, problem solving ability, ease in relating with others, a willingness to work directly with and on behalf of diverse populations and the proclivity and skills to provide services through a variety of helping strategies
    • meet with an assigned faculty advisor prior to registration each term to review courses, progress and professional advisement
    • maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 in the major for entry into field education and to graduate

Students who, in the judgment of the faculty, are unwilling or unable to meet these expectations may be dismissed from the program. Students who did not reveal criminal convictions at the time of application may also be dismissed. Retention decisions outlined in the Policy on Student Grievances are found in the BSW Student Handbook.

I am very privileged to be in the B.S.W. program at UCF and learn from instructors such as yourself [referring to Dr. Dziegielewski].
— Brittany Hamilton,  social work major
I am so grateful for all I've received from this university, both as a student and an alumna.
— Judith Thames,  B.A., social welfare/psychology ('73); co-founder, Judith G. Thames Endowed Scholarship
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