MSW Program Notes

  • All incoming students must complete the prerequisite A Brief History of Oppression and Resistance. This self-paced online course takes approximately 15-30 hours, is accessed through Blackboard, and should be completed before the first day of classes.
  • The 60-credit MSW degree must be earned within four years of initial registration. Advanced Standing students must earn the MSW within two years of initial registration, provided the degree is awarded within five years from the baccalaureate graduation.
  • To comply with the University’s academic residency requirement, students must complete at least two consecutive semesters (i.e., fall-spring or spring-fall) and be registered for at least 9 credits during each of those semesters.
  • Students may register for a maximum of 16 credits (each fall or spring semester).
  • Students must register for a minimum of 6 credits (each fall or spring semester).
  • Foundation courses must be completed before students may enter advanced field practicum.
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA in foundation courses before entering advanced field practicum.
  • A specialization in a field of practice, as well as a concentration, is required in the Advanced Curriculum.
  • A methods course must be taken concurrently with field practicum. Foundation methods courses are SOWK 630 and 631 to accompany SOWK 635, and 632 to accompany SOWK 636. Advanced methods courses begin with SWCL or SWOA. The advanced methods courses must be appropriate for the primary concentration (Clinical or Macro).
  • No course may be taken without having received credit for any courses identified as a pre-requisite for that particular course.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation and a “P” (Pass) for all field courses.
  • All students must allocate time to complete field practicum requirements.

The 27-credit Foundation Curriculum provides educational and skills development in the values, concepts, and processes that are the core of social work practice. Coursework in human behavior and the social environment, social work practice, social policy, structural oppression, and research helps students develop a problem-solving framework with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. Students also complete a two-semester field practicum, taken two days a week, in a social service placement where, with the help of a field instructor, they engage in carefully supervised and progressively more responsible social work practice. In the second semester, students may take one advanced courses for which the prerequisites are met.

The goal of the Foundation Curriculum is to provide students with a sound, broad base for future practice in any concentration and specialization. 


SOWK 600 - Social Welfare and Social Policy - 3

SOWK 610 - Structural Oppression and its Implications for Social Work - 3

SOWK 630 - Social Work Practice with Individuals (taken with SOWK 635) - 3

SOWK 631 - Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations (taken with SOWK 635) - 3

SOWK 632 - Social Work Practice with Groups and Families (taken with SOWK 636) - 3

SOWK 635 - Foundation Field Practicum & Seminar I- 3

SOWK 636 - Foundation Field Practicum & Seminar II - 3

SOWK 645 - Human Behavior & the Social Environment - 3

SOWK 670 - Social Work Research - 3


Advanced Curriculum


A student must complete the Foundation Curriculum with a 3.0 grade point average (grade of “B”) to enroll in advanced field practicum. All students are encouraged to communicate with an academic advisor and develop an educational plan in order to meet the academic requirements and complete the program in the prescribed timeframe.


Students must select a clinical, macro, or dual concentration for their advanced year of study. Students must take an advanced policy course and four methods courses in the same concentration. A methods course within the concentration must be taken each semester a student is in the field.

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