Student Experience

What is it like to be in UC's Social Work program? Learn more about the student experience. 

Student Perspective

Hi, I'm Javana Joyce!  

Javana Joyce, student in the Accelerated Full-Time Master of Social Work (MSW) program

Javana Joyce, student in the Accelerated Full-Time Master of Social Work (MSW) program

I am in the first and last year of my program. I am in the Accelerated Full-Time Master of Social Work (MSW) program, which means that my Bachelor’s degree was in social work, so my Master’s will only be one year. I chose UC’s MSW program because of the support I received from the moment I reached out wanting to talk to someone about the program. I reached out to Dr. Dana Harley and she instantly made me feel welcomed and supported. I had a lot of questions and expressed I was looking for a place that would challenge and support me, and she did everything in her power to validate and prove that to me. From that first visit, I was left with a genuine feeling that UC would be what I was looking for.

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Getting Involved  

Make the most out of your college journey by getting involved on campus! There's no better way to enrich your experience and create lasting memories than by actively participating in student organizations, clubs, and events. Involvement on campus offers a myriad of benefits that go beyond the classroom such as personal development, community building, networking opportunities, and educational enrichment. 

Bearcat Social Work Student Organization

Students pet Sammy, the service dog

Students pet Sammy, the service dog

The BSWSO helps connect both social work and non-social work majors of all years; we come together and advocate for individuals within the community, while also socializing and networking with each other. We will have different events throughout the year to help local communities/organizations in need, as well as host event socials, guest speakers, fundraisers, donation drives, and other fun events to get involved on campus. We want to emphasis the importance of social work within society.

The University of Cincinnati is home to over 600 student organizations! Find one that is right for you. Click the button below for a comprehensive list of all that UC has to offer.      

Program Outcomes 

Outcome Rate

We are proud to claim a 100% employment rate. This exceptional achievement is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our students and the support of our dedicated faculty and staff. We are committed to maintaining this exceptional standard, continually striving to provide the best education and career opportunities for our students   

Top Employers

Through our valuable partnerships and close proximity to renowned hospitals and medical centers, graduates of the Master of Social Work program at the University of Cincinnati predominantly secure employment in:    
  1. Children's Hospital Medical Center
  2. Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services   
  3. Lighthouse Youth Services Inc 
  4. The Children's Home of Cincinnati 
  5. Trihealth 

Average Starting Salary

The average annual starting salary for students who have graduated from the Master of Social Work program at the University of Cincinnati is $58,464. 

Student Resources 

Photographed University Cincinnati students, faculty for marketing promos for CAHS Thursday March 30, 2023 at College of Allied Health Sciences. Photo by Joseph Fuqua II

Allied Health Students: Kaleb Gerken, Dani Ameh, and Anastasia Russell (left to right)

Every student's educational journey is unique. Together with the University of Cincinnati's centralized programs and resources, The College of Allied Health Sciences provides a wide range of solution-based services, intended to remove obstacles and clear the pathway to success.

In the News


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