Train in counseling, advocacy and policy analysis to help people overcome social and economic challenges and prepare for a career in health care, education, government, business and nonprofits.
As one of the largest at the university, our competitive master's program in a capital city features a robust field education network and close proximity to lawmakers and state leaders to explore your policy and advocacy interests. Multiple specialty centers provide student employment and research opportunities.
Learn directly in practicum opportunities both in Columbia and in rural areas and small towns around South Carolina.
Focus Your Work
Pursue a specialization track for children, youth and families; health and mental health; or community, social and economical development.
Find great success with opportunities for fulfilling employment upon completion of the degree program.
Take advantage of access to state government and governmental agencies through our location in the capital city.
What You’ll Study
Become an advanced generalist practitioner able to serve diverse communities. Students train to respond to a variety of changing needs to alleviate oppression and advance cultural and human rights and social, economic, racial and environmental justice. Learn to engage, assess, intervene and evaluate while developing a strong professional identity.
Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.
Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change
Understanding and sharing the feelings of others, and demonstrating compassion and support
Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies
Working with others to achieve a common goal or objective
Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments
Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression
Using your degree
Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.
Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.
- Mental Health Coordinator
- Crisis Interventionist
- Social Welfare Manager
- School Social Worker
- Social Justice Advocate
Job Titles of Alumni
- Social Worker
- Medical Social Worker
- School Social Worker
- Behavioral Health Care Manager
- Care/Case Manager
Average Alumni Salary
Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $66,331
- Health Care
- Information Technology
Employers of Alumni
- Greenville Health System
- SC Department of Mental Health
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- University of South Carolina
- Medical University of South Carolina
- SC Department of Social Services