USF Sarasota-Manatee to host open house on social work program

USF Sarasota-Manatee will host an open house for its master of social work degree program set to launch next fall.

The open house will cover aspects of social work careers, as well as procedures for applying to the graduate-degree program. Applications are due in February 2017.

Faculty will be on hand to answer prospective students’ questions. The program will prepare students for careers at hospitals, social service agencies, schools and a variety of clinical counseling settings, according to officials,

Overseen by the School of Social Work at USF in Tampa, the program will be hosted by USF Sarasota-Manatee and conducted at its campus as well as online. Classes will begin in fall 2017. Most classes will be held on Monday and Tuesday nights, with some field internship classes on Saturday mornings.

The open house is set for Thursday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. in USFSM’s Selby Auditorium, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota.

Students will work toward their master’s degree over a two-and-a-half year period, or after eight semesters of study. The program involves an internship that will be arranged after the first semester.

The registration deadline for the graduate program is Feb. 15, 2017. Only 25 students will be admitted to the program. Upon acceptance, each will be assigned a USFSM faculty member as a mentor.

The program is not restricted to professionals already employed in social work or undergraduates studying social sciences. Classes will include instruction in understanding human behavior, diversity and social justice, social welfare and policy, one-on-one counseling and group therapy.

To learn more or to apply to the program, contact Graduate Admissions Officer Aaron Reecher at or (941) 359-4333.