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MSW Program

Creating, Disseminating and Applying Knowledge

Welcome to one of the top social work programs in the country for those interested in studying clinical social work, human services management, and community organization. Our exciting 60-credit master’s degree is divided between 24 foundation credits and 36 advanced credits, where students can choose from a rich curriculum of advanced courses and become the leaders of tomorrow. We will educate you to face the challenges of the future —whether it is helping adults and children struggling with emotional and adjustment issues, working side-by-side with community residents to improve their neighborhoods, or guiding human service agencies to better serve the needs of their clients.

In your Advanced Year, you have the choice between the Clinical concentration and the Management and Community Organization concentration (MACRO). It is also possible to combine the two in a course of study that allows for a primary and secondary concentration. In addition, you will choose a specialization or field of practice that will focus your work in a particular area of study within the concentration.

These fields of practice are:
Aging
Families and Children
Health
Mental Health
Community Action & Social Policy

Subspecializations:
Employee Assistance Program
Child, Adolescent, and Family Health

Sample Plans of Study for the Foundation Program

We also offer a one-year Advanced Standing program (36 credits) for students entering with a BSW from an accredited program. Students will typically take 30 credits during the fall and spring semesters and the other 6 credits in either the summer before or the summer after their enrollment in Advanced Field Placement. The Advanced Standing program may be taken on an extended basis but must be completed in no more than two years.

Course Offerings  |  Important Program Notes

Field Practicum
The field practicum course is a two-year requirement; for Advanced Standing students it is one year.

--  The foundation year field practicum requires 16 hours a week. Each field practicum day must not exceed eight hours. Foundation placements are scheduled Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Actual hours of work conform to the agency’s service hours.
--  The advanced year field placement requires 24 hours a week. Each field practicum day must not exceed eight hours. Advanced placements are scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. There is an extended plan option for the advanced year, which requires 16 hours per week from September through July and approval from the agency and the Field practicum Office. It
delays graduation until the completion of field practicum in July. Actual hours of work conform to the agency’s service hours.  Foundation field practicum begins in the fall semester only. Advanced field practicum begins in the fall and, by special arrangement, in the summer.
--  The foundation and advanced field practicum are performed in two different settings.
--  There is an opportunity for employment-based field practicum.