Master of Social Work

The mission of the Whitney M. Young Jr. School of Social Work Master's Program is to prepare advanced social work practitioners as leaders who pursue social justice with a commitment to service with diverse populations, address disparity issues that prevail globally and engage in competent practice.

The MSW Program seeks to advance the aims of the profession through education for excellence in advanced clinical social work practice. The program offers two specializations: Child and Family and Health/Mental Health.  Both specializations utilize ecological and systems theories as a base though they draw upon other theories including developmental and life-stage theories. Three major integrative themes undergird the curriculum: Afrocentric Perspective, Humanistic Values, and Autonomous Social Work Practice Roles. The MSW Program is offered in three plans of study:

  • The Two-Year Plan of Study (59 Semester Credit Hours)
  • The Three Year Plan of Study (59 Semester Credit Hours)
  • The Advanced Standing Plan of Study (38 Semester Credit Hours)

The MSW Program aims are institutionalized through the following five program goals and nine program objectives:

MSW Program Goals

Goal 1: Prepare graduate students for employment as competent advanced direct social work practitioners.

Goal 2: Prepare graduates to apply multiple theoretical frameworks and practice models, including an Afrocentric perspective, humanistic values, and the Autonomous Social Work Practice model, focusing on a strengths-based approach, to resolve complex social problems at the local, regional, national, and international levels.

Goal 3: Prepare students to become culturally competent in advanced direct practice with diverse client systems, as well as to serve as advocates for social justice.

Goal 4: Prepare students to critically evaluate and apply research to practice, as well as disseminate research findings that contribute to professional development and enhanced practice with, and on behalf of, diverse populations.

Goal 5: Prepare graduate social work students for advanced direct practice with foci in Child and Family, Health/Mental Health, and School Social Work.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Advanced Standing Plan of Study must:

Have a BSW degree from a school of social work accredited by CSWE;

Have a GPA of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 scale;

Submit an application to the University Office of Admissions for enrollment in the Advanced Standing Program which starts May 30, 2017;

Submit three letters of recommendations; must be signed, on letterhead, and contact information must be listed;

Submit resume and/or complete the Pertinent Social Work Experience form;

Submit an personal statement (requirements listed below);

Pay a non-refundable application fee of $40;

Applicants for admission to the Two-Year Plan of Study or the Three-Year Plan of Study must:

Be a graduate of an accredited four-year college or university;

Have a baccalaureate degree that reflects a broad liberal arts base to include:

     Twenty-one (21) semester credit hours in the social and behavioral sciences and humanities;

     Three (3) semester credit hours in biological science/general biology;

     Three (3) semester credit hours in mathematics (100 level or above);

     Have a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale based on official college or university transcript;

     Submit an application to the University Office of Admissions for enrollment in the beginning cycle of the Two-Year or Three-Year Plan of Study both of which start in August;

     Submit three (3) letters of recommendations; letters must be signed, include contact information, and be presented on letterhead;

     Submit an personal statement (requirements listed below); and

     Pay a non-refundable application fee of $40.00.

All applicants must have a total of 27 liberal arts semester credit hours:

      College of Mathematics (100 level and above)                                 3

     Biological Science/General Biology                                               3

     Social Sciences or Humanities                                                   21

           Psychology, or

           Sociology, or

           Political Science, and/or

           Economics, or

           Composition, or

           Literature, or

           Philosophy, or

           Languages, and/or

           Art                                                                              ___


The MSW program does not give credit for life experiences or previous work experiences.

Personal Statement Requirements

Social work is a professional discipline. It is a field of study that blends perspective from other disciplines, particularly biological and social sciences, with its own values, knowledge, and skills. Social workers must understand the interactions of individuals and families with their environment. Persons desiring to become social workers must possess the capacity for self-reflection, empathy, sensitivity, respect for diversity, and willingness to work with oppressed and at-risk populations. The personal statement should provide the admissions committee with insight regarding how your interest in social work evolved and your readiness for graduate social work education.

The personal statement must be typed, double-spaced, 12pt. font, and 3-5 pages in length.

*Please note: You will be evaluated on your writng style, grammer, and critical thinking/self-reflection. The personal statement is an opportunity to demonstrate your writing skills.

Personal statement to include a discussion of the following:

  • Tell us why you want to be a social worker. Why does the profession of social work appeal to you?
  • Why do you want to attend Clark Atlanta University's Whitney M. Young. Jr., School of Social Work?
  • Based on WMYJSSW's mission, vision, and goals, why are you a good candidate for this program?
  • Describe your ability and commitment to undertake graduate education at this time, including the ability to spend 16 hours per week in the foundation year and 24 hours per week in the concentration year field placement.
  • Please provide any additional information you would like us to consider.