Master of Social Work

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The Master of Social Work program at the University of Cincinnati (UC) prepares you for a career in advanced social work practice. The curriculum is designed to promote the integration of learning in the classroom concurrent with learning in a field practicum in an agency setting.

When you graduate with a Master of Social Work from the UC School of Social Work, you can expect to be prepared for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations and can become licensed as a social worker in the state of Ohio after passing your licensing exam. Some students also choose to pursue a PhD at one of many universities across the country.


Social workers practice in many settings, working with people and communities to find solutions to problems. Fields where social workers provide direct service to individuals, families, and groups include:

  • Children and family services in child protective services, foster care agencies, adoptions, schools, and counseling agencies.
  • Health services in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, and nursing homes.
  • Mental health and substance abuse services in treatment and case management agencies and private practice.
  • Aging service in home care agencies and senior living communities.
  • Legal services in correctional facilities, treatment agencies, and mediation services.

Other social workers work with community members to improve conditions in their area. Still others work in leadership roles in social service organizations.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics social work is an occupations expected to grow faster than average in the coming years. Job prospects in social work are considered excellent.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Being a student at the University of Cincinnati means that you get to enjoy the perks of a top research university with a unique urban campus with a diverse and vibrant student life experience.

The student life experience is enriched by the University of Cincinnati’s over 600 student organizations. There is truly something for everyone here.

In the College of Allied Health Sciences, each major has at least one academic student organization. These organization’s allow students to get more engaged with the profession, attend conferences and get involved in the community.

Master of Social Work students are able to join the following academic student organizations.  

Please see the program Admission Requirements for detailed information on what you need in order to be a successful applicant. 

Visit the program's How to Apply page when you are ready to apply. 

If you have additional program questions, browse our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

The School of Social Work has a number of special programs and scholarships that can support you while you work toward the MSW. In general, these opportunities are available to you in the full-time and Advanced Standing graduate programs.

Please visit UC's Financial Aid Office for questions about tuition, loans and other financial needs. 

The Master of Social Work curriculum has both foundation and advanced courses. Foundation courses are designed to help you develop knowledge and skills for generalist social work with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Advanced coursework allows you to expand your skill sets within a concentration. Field education is also incorporated into the curriculum, giving you real-world experience in one of our 200+ social service agency partners. 

The program has a direct practice concentration. The advanced curriculum in direct practice is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills needed for specialized practice. You may specialize in three fields: children & families, health & aging, or mental health. You will learn to use evidence-based interventions to assist individuals, families, and groups to make changes, solve problems, and become empowered.

The Master of Social Work program has three curriculum options: advanced standing, full-time and part-time.

Review the program outline to access program curriculum(s) and more.


The Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

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School of Social Work

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1515 French Hall PO Box 210108 | Cincinnati, OH 45221-0108

Phone: (513) 556-4615 | Fax: (513) 556-2077