Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Kennesaw State University in Georgia will provide you the skills and knowledge needed to become an innovative social worker who facilitates and enhances the well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is designed to prepare you for entry-level professional practice in social work. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to take the Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) exam. You may also pursue further clinical supervision requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

The KSU social work degree offers a full-time program of study with a focus on clinical social work practice. The program consists of four academic semesters (two years) of 60 credit hours, with 48 of these credit hours spent in the classroom and 12 in supervised field practicum sites located throughout the Atlanta area. It should be noted that the MSW Program does not offer advanced standing.

Clinical Field Practicum

You will be required to complete a clinical field practicum at an agency site approved by the department. First-year students in the full-time program of study spend two full days in a field practicum setting, and second-year students in the full-time program of study spend three full days in a field practicum setting.

Competencies

The Master of Social Work degree enables you to make informed, evidence-based decisions regarding best practices in responding compassionately and ethically to diverse human needs through psychotherapy, family counseling, and case management.

The KSU MSW degree is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), supports quality social work education and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development to enable social workers to play a central role in achieving social and economic justice goals. The Council recognizes CSWE’s Commission on Accreditation for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.

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Program Snapshot

Format: Face-to-Face

Number of Credit Hours: 60 Total Hours

Entry Terms: Fall

Time to Complete: Two-year Program

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall, February 15th
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Admissions Requirements

The following are requirements beyond the Graduate Admissions requirements.

  • A GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale over the last 60 hours of undergraduate study, as indicated on the official college or university transcript received directly from the degree-granting institution. Course work from all two- and four-year institutions should be submitted directly by the institutions.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree that reflects a broad liberal arts base in the social, behavioral, psychological sciences, human biology, the humanities, or statistics. The baccalaureate degree should be from an institution accredited in a manner accepted by Kennesaw State University. 
  • Two letters of recommendation 
    • At least one from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s academic work (Note: if you are unable to locate an academic reference, you may add a professional supervisor-related reference from a current or former employer or field supervisor). 
    • A professional reference from a current or former employer or field supervisor.  
  •  An autobiographical statement, maximum 1500 words, double-spaced, that includes the following: 
    • Your experience in social work, including volunteer experience. 
    • Life experiences that impacted your interest in social work. 
    • Your personal qualities that will be useful in serving others as a social work professional. 
    • Your values that will be useful in serving others as a social worker. 
    • Your career goals and how social work education will help you realize these goals. 
  • International applicants: Refer to KSU policies for additional application requirements. https://graduate.kennesaw.edu/graduate-admissions/international-students.php 

Admissions Criteria for Unique Cases

Students classified as non-degree students are not permitted to enroll in the Master of Social Work program. They may, however, register for individual courses with approved overrides. 

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Social Work Degree Benefits at Kennesaw State

  • Quality – Our graduates consistently outperform the national average on the national licensing exams. 
  • Accredited – The MSW degree at Kennesaw State University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

  • Hands-On - The Wellstar Social Work and Human Services department has extensive clinical partnerships throughout the metro-Atlanta region

What can you do with a Social Work degree?

The social work degree will prepare you for a wide array of career paths to choose from, including clinical and nonclinical, such as:

  • Human Services Case Manager
  • Child Welfare Case Manager
  • Human Services Administrator
  • Adoption Placement Specialist
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Worker
  • Geriatric Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Social Work Professor
  • Healthcare Social Worker

Social Work Salary and Career Information


Department of Social Work and Human Services 

Kennesaw State University
Department of Social Work and Human Services 
520 Parliament Garden Way NW
Prillaman Health Sciences, Suite 3200
Mail Drop #4103
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Phone: 470-578-7560 

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