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Master of Social Work Program

This page contains resources for current students in the MSW program. Tricia Foster, the MSW program manager, is standing by to answer any questions you may have about the program. You may contact her at: tfoster@southern.edu or call 423-236-2629.

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2023-2024 Class Dates -

Upcoming Events and Class Dates 2023-2024


School of Social Work Open House

MSW Perspective Student Open House

Daniells Hall - 4:00-6:00 p.m. Eastern Time



MSW Classes



MSW Classes



MSW Classes



MSW Classes



MSW Classes (Final Classes of Semester)



Social Work Pinning

06:00 PM-


May Graduation



MSW Intensives - Advanced Students


Licensure Resources

The MSW program is fully accredited by Council on Social Work Education, and graduates are qualified to apply for LMSW master social worker (LMSW) and clinical social worker (LCSW) licensing. You are responsible for fulfilling the licensure requirements for the state to which you are applying.


Typical plan of study

Foundation placement. Students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline (or from a non-accredited BSW program) take the foundation curriculum before advanced placement courses. Full-time students typically can complete the entire program in six semesters.

Advanced placement. With a bachelor's degree in social work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited institution or applicants who have successfully completed the Foundation year of eduction at a CSWE-accredited Masters of Social Work program. Full-time students typically complete the advanced year in three semesters.

Questions and Answers

You may have questions that we did not address. If so, please contact the MSW Program Director Stephanie Guster. She can be reached at sguster@southern.edu or 423.236.2020.. 

MSW Accreditation

MSW Accreditation Outcomes 2022-2023

The Commission on Accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education has granted full accreditation to Southern Adventist University’s Master of Social Work program. Southern Adventist University maintains compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Council on Social Work Education policies through the appropriate and timely reporting on areas of substantive change.

Additionally, Southern maintains compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Master of Social Work program utilizes multiple measures to assess student competency in advanced generalist social work practice.

See the Latest MSW Outcomes