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Basic Information

Address: 13301 Bruce B Down MHC 1400 Tampa, FL 33612
Phone Number: 8139744575
Chair: BSW Program Chair: VIckie Lynn, Ph.D., MPH, MSW MSW Program Chiar (face-to-tace program): Maayan Lawental, Ph.D., MSW DeaMnS: W Program Chiar (online) David Kilmnick, Ph.D., MSW
Dean: Julianne Serovich

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Additional Information

Classroom Size: 30
Student/Teacher Ratio: 30:1
Housing Availability:

Resident halls and off-campus options

Type of Housing: Single, double occupancy and off campus options

The University of South Florida (USF) has a diverse student body, with 42% of students identifying as African American, American Indian, Asian, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or multiracial. The student body is also made up of 46.7% White, 20.1% Hispanic or Latino, 8.55% Black or African American, 7.3% Asian, 3.69% Two or More Races, 0.139% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.113% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Financial Aid:

The University of South Florida provides financial aid to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, facilitating the coverage of higher education costs for many. This financial aid includes scholarships, grants, college work-study programs, and loans. For more information, please visit

Disability Services:

The Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) at the University of South Florida collaborates with students on an individual basis to determine reasonable and appropriate accommodations. This effort aims to remove environmental barriers that affect a student's equal access to the university's services, programs, and activities.

Computer Capabilities:

University has free Wi-Fi throughout each of its campuses for students, faculty, and staff.

Admission Requirements:

Varies by program. The MSW program application requirements includes college transcript, writing samples, and letters of recommendation. Learn more at

Parking Space/Availability:

Yes, on campus

International Students:

Yes, both undergraduate and graduate students

Degrees Offered:


Mission Statement:

The mission of the University of South Florida, School of Social Work is to prepare graduates to achieve excellence as professionals and leaders in social work practice, research, and education. Our focus is to develop generalist social workers at the bachelor's level, clinical social workers at the master's level and social work scholars at the doctoral level and to encourage students to embrace social work knowledge, ethics, skills, and values. Beginning in our own diverse region, and extending nationally and globally, we are committed to graduating students who reflect the School's commitment to promoting social and economic justice, human rights, human dignity, scientific inquiry, and sustainable human and community well-being for all.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

With the liberal arts as its foundation, BSW graduates are prepared for continuing their formal education in social work or another graduate discipline. Students are further prepared to engage in entry-level social work practice. MSW graduates are prepared to engage in advanced clinical social work practice. As such, it is our goal that by completion of the program, students will be prepared to: To become professional BSW/generalist or MSW/clinical social work practitioners who integrate the knowledge, skills, and values of the profession so they are able to conduct evidence informed practice effectively and ethically with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities ranging from local to global levels. To engage in addressing the needs of vulnerable, oppressed, and underserved populations and to promote university-community partnerships that strengthen communities and further human rights and social and economic justice. To further the development of social policies and social service delivery systems that are effective in meeting the needs of individuals and communities at local-global levels and that are in concert with values of the social work profession. To apply the knowledge of human behavior and critical thinking skills, that are essential to the practice of effective social work and the vitality of the profession. To prepare social work practitioners for the pursuit of professional life-long learning, which may include advanced education preparation, necessary to sustain professional competency in a rapidly changing world.

Program History:

-------------------------------------------- The USF School of Social Work enrolled its first class in 1976. The School has a strong tradition of providing an engaging social work education program to prepare students to serve as practitioners, administrators and scholars around the globe. The BSW and MSW programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The School has a strong commitment to promoting social, economic and environmental justice through all of its educational programs. In collaboration with the College of Public Health, the School of Social Work also offers a concurrent degree program (MSW/MPH) at the graduate level. Our Faculty are actively engaged in teaching, research, service, and social work practice and bring their passion and knowledge of social work to the classroom. Faculty who are teaching on-line have acquired additional skills to provide innovative, engaging on-line courses. Our Faculty are highly accomplished scholars. Several of our Faculty have been selected to serve as Principal Investigators on grants that impact individuals, families and communities from the local to the international level. Our Faculty members collaborate with our students and community partners to provide innovative research opportunities to inform Evidenced-Based Practices to enhance the well-being of those we serve. Our School is also proud of the strong Staff who help support the mission of our School with everything from advising to day-to-day operational support of our students and faculty. We have nearly 4,000 alums of the School, many of whom are serving as leaders at social service agencies throughout the country. Through our strong connections with Alumni and diverse social work practice settings, the School maintains an excellent Field education for students. We invite you to browse our webpages and learn more about the students, alumni, faculty, staff, community partners and programs of our School that seek to Engage, Empower and Educate those we serve.

Program Information:

Thank you for your interest in the University of South Florida, School of Social Work. We invite you to learn more about our fully accredited undergraduate and graduate social work programs.

• Our faculty members are leading social work scholars and high quality social work practitioners.
• Faculty are engaged in research at the local, state, national and international levels that informs evidence-based practices for the individuals, families and communities we serve. Many of our students work with faculty on research and have co-authored peer-reviewed publications, contributing to the knowledge base of social work practice.
• Our master level graduate students who take the Clinical Association of Social Work Boards for social work licensure consistently have a higher first time pass rate than the national average.
• We have almost 300 students in our BSW, full-time and part-time MSW, and PhD programs. Our students excel both in the classroom and within the community.
• Our field education provides a high caliber learning experience for our students.
• We have field instruction partnerships with over 350 agencies, and are continuing to develop new partnerships to provide our students the maximum opportunity to practice social work competencies needed for today's challenging issues.
• More than 4,000 proud USF alumni have graduated from our programs. Our alumni are engaged in a wide range of social work practices at the local, national, and international levels, including being at the highest level of leadership in agencies actively promoting social justice.

We invite you to browse our webpages and learn more about the students, faculty members, and programs of our school. We encourage you to contact us for any additional information.