About the School

UCF School of Social Work

Director's Welcome

Our School Sets The Foundation For Future Health And Mental Healthcare Social Work Professionals To Serve Their Community By Learning From Top-class Faculty And In-the-field Experts.

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, our Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs prepare students to become social work practitioners who solve complex problems,  advocate for social and economic rights , and enrich the lives of their clients through a generalist (BSW and MSW) and/or clinical curriculum (MSW).

I welcome you to tour our website and contact our admissions specialists if you have any questions.

We hope you see yourself as part of our School. And, more importantly, that you see how we can provide you with the education and experiences that will lead to your desired career of having a positive impact on others!

Matthew T. Theriot, Ph.D., MSSW
Director, Professor
UCF School of Social Work

BSW Highlights

Over the past year, nearly one-third of our graduates were first-generation students, meaning they were the first in their family to earn a 4-year college degree. We know social work students choose this field because they want to make positive impacts in the lives of others. The field of social work offers so much variety in ways to help others, including family services, mental health counseling, school social work, supporting marginalized communities and overall helping to advance social justice.

BSW students also have the opportunity to earn certificates and minors in the following focus areas to further enhance their social work scope:

MSW Highlights

We know accessibility is one of the major concerns for graduate students. That’s why we offer this program in a fully on-campus mode or a fully online mode. Within each program we offer a fast-tracked path for students who have a BSW degree.

Our graduate program was recently named as one of the top social work programs by U.S. World News Report. The MSW on-campus program offers unique opportunities for students, like the option to earn a Military Social Work Graduate Certificate to better serve active and veteran military personnel and their families. Qualifying students can also be selected as a recipient of the MSW Fellowship.

Field Education

From the Apopka Popup Clinic that serves migrant farmworkers and uninsured/underinsured patients, to our interprofessional education programs, our School values the importance of collaborative, interdisciplinary work between social work students and their peers in other supporting professions.

Many students are interested in becoming a social worker to advocate for social and economic justice for individuals, groups, and communities. That’s why all our qualifying students are guaranteed field placement, or internships, at agencies like hospitals, schools, police departments, nonprofit organizations, and many more to best fit with their career goals.



The Greater Orlando area is so vibrant with diversity! Not only are we a theme park destination, but our communities express what it means to be a good neighbor. Our School is conveniently located in the center of eclectic urban areas that also house a backyard of natural escapes. Students have the opportunity to forge lasting partnerships with local agencies that advocate for the community and the people that thrive in the uniqueness of Orlando. It is truly the place where you can balance work and play, while still Charging On toward a shared goal of harmony in your community – that’s why many social work alumni choose to reside in Orlando even after graduating!

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