Master of Social Work

Mission and Goals

The mission of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program is to prepare students for advanced clinical social work practice that promotes human and social well-being and advances social justice. Graduates are expected to become culturally competent and effective practitioners with professional values, evidence-based knowledge, and skills relevant to their local and global communities.

The Advanced Practice Specialization is Advanced Clinical Practice.

Derived from the program mission, the goals of the Master of Social Work Program are to prepare students:

  1. To develop an identity that will incorporate the values, principles, and ethics of the social work profession.
  2. To develop practice skills with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, applying evidence-based knowledge.
  3. To develop critical thinking skills based on scientific inquiry and research-informed practice.
  4. To work with diverse, vulnerable, oppressed, and disadvantaged populations locally and globally.
  5. To advance global human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  6. To gain expertise in clinically focused practice with an emphasis on children and families and forensic social work.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  2. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  3. Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  4. Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  5. Engage in policy practice.
  6. Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  7. Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  8. Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  9. Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants can be admitted to the MSW Program with Advanced Standing if they have earned a BSW/BASW from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited BSW/BASW program within the previous 7 years and have substantial post-BSW/BASW social work practice experience. With Advanced Standing, students can complete the MSW degree in 35 credits. All other students must complete 59 credits in order to earn the MSW degree.

Most applicants are admitted for the Fall semester. However, because applicants with Advanced Standing admission have established foundational social work competency, they may be admitted for the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. Applicants for Advanced Standing admission should indicate which semester they intend to begin the MSW program.

All MSW applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4-point scale), have earned an undergraduate degree prior to MSW enrollment, and submit all required application materials to the Graduate School. The MSW Admissions Committee reviews and approves all applications. Official admission is granted by the Graduate School.

Standard Admissions

Students who are admitted to the program without a recent BSW/BASW degree complete the following required courses:

Required Courses50
SOWK 5501Foundations of Social Work3
SOWK 5510Human Behavior Theory and Cultural Diversity3
SOWK 5515Research in Social Work3
SOWK 5520Direct Practice with Individuals and Families3
SOWK 5550Direct Practice with Groups3
SOWK 5571Social Justice, Advocacy, and Policy Practice3
SOWK 5576Field Practicum I2
SOWK 5577Field Seminar I1
SOWK 5578Field Practicum II2
SOWK 5579Field Seminar II1
SOWK 5594Practice Interventions with Organizations and Communities3
SOWK 6615Applied Research for Social Work3
SOWK 6620Advanced Practice Interventions and Comparative Theories3
SOWK 6625Evaluation of Mental Disorders and Strengths-Based Assessment3
SOWK 6630Professional Communication in Practice3
SOWK 6671Advanced Policy Practice and Advocacy3
SOWK 6676Field Practicum III3
SOWK 6677Field Seminar III1
SOWK 6678Field Practicum IV3
SOWK 6679Field Seminar IV1
Elective Courses9
5500- or 6600-level Social Work electives or other University graduate courses as approved by the MSW Program Director9
Total Credits59
 

Advanced Standing Admissions

Required Courses26
SOWK 5510Human Behavior Theory and Cultural Diversity3
SOWK 6615Applied Research for Social Work3
SOWK 6620Advanced Practice Interventions and Comparative Theories3
SOWK 6625Evaluation of Mental Disorders and Strengths-Based Assessment3
SOWK 6630Professional Communication in Practice3
SOWK 6671Advanced Policy Practice and Advocacy3
SOWK 6676Field Practicum III3
SOWK 6677Field Seminar III1
SOWK 6678Field Practicum IV3
SOWK 6679Field Seminar IV1
Elective Courses9
5500- or 6600-level Social Work electives or other University graduate courses as approved by the MSW Program Director9
Total Credits35

Electives

All MSW students complete 9 approved elective credits relevant to Advanced Clinical Practice. Elective courses tend to emphasize practice with children and families and forensic social work. These courses ensure that MSW students gain expertise in clinical practice knowledge and skills. Students may take electives in other related disciplines with approval of the MSW Program Director.