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Master of Social Work: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

30-60 credits required

You can complete the 60-credit Master of Social Work program in 3.5 years.

Your coursework consists of 10 core courses totaling 30 credits and two elective courses totaling six credits. Field practice requires 1,100 hours as part of one of the program two-semester courses. You will also choose from specializations in Direct Community Practice or Direct Clinical Practice, comprising eight courses and 24 credits.

Advanced Standing students will begin the program at the specialization level, completing eight courses totaling 30 credits with a reduced practicum of 550 required hours.

Our MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), ensuring an education at the forefront of industry standards. Upon graduation, you may be eligible for licensure in your state. Please be sure to review and understand the licensing requirements in the state in which you plan to practice.

Plan of Study

GENERALIST COURSES

This course provides students with the framework for understanding how diversity characterizes and shapes the human experience and is critical to the formation of identity and achieving social justice.

This first course in the two-course policy sequence is designed to help students examine policy as a major component of social work practice.

Framework for understanding 1) social policy and process which is formulated, implemented and analyzed; 2) inequalities and inequities in social welfare as policy manifestations of institutionalized racism and sexism; 3) impact and interaction of policy with service delivery networks delivering services and resources.

Theories of human development with emphasis on stages of the life cycle; human diversity and the biological, psychological, socioeconomic, spiritual and cultural influences on development.

The focus will include the biological, sociological, cultural, psychological and spiritual development of individuals throughout the life span.

This course emphasizes the generalist model of social work practice, the use of systems theory, the strengths perspective and professional values and skills to facilitate the planned change and problem-solving process.

Emphasizes the generalist model of social work practice, the use of system theory, the strengths perspective and professional values and skills to facilitate the planned change and problem-solving process. This semester focuses on families and group
Prerequisite: SW 575

The first of a two-semester course where students will participate in an approved, social work practice field placement. Students are placed in human service organizations and are supervised by a master’s level social worker. Students are required to complete a minimum of 550 hours in the field over the course of the academic year. The field placement focuses on the development of the social work profession’s core competencies with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. The achievement of these competencies are demonstrated through the use of knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive/effective process within the generalist social work framework. The field placement is offered concurrently with seminar class. The seminar gives students the opportunity to integrate and process the experiential & academic learning in a supportive peer environment.

Second half of two-semester course where students will participate in an approved, social work practice field placement with the focus on the development and application of knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive/affective process within generalist framework.

SPECIALIZED PRACTICE COURSES

Assessment strategies for all systems to understand inter-systems perspective, influence system for case formulation in change efforts.

This course focuses on assessment and diagnosis of individuals and utilizes frameworks that place individuals within the context of their environment. Biopyschosocial-spiritural, cultural, and human diversity influences will be utilized for understanding mental health conditions.

This course examines and develops strategic-skills in the interaction between person and environment and creating organizational and community change in order to better meet the needs of diverse populations.

This course covers the development of research methods for evaluation and enhancement of social work practice. Emphasizes research designs, sampling, practice evaluation, program evaluation, measurement instruments, and basic statistics.

Enables students to further develop research knowledge through experiential learning allowing the student to implement and participate in a research study relevant to the social work profession.

This advanced equity and social justice course examines racist and white supremacist power structures and policies while building anti-racist practice skills that challenge, disrupt, and change racist policies.

Focus on specialized social work practice skills development working with client systems in direct clinical or direct community practice.

This is the second of a two-semester course focusing on specialized social work practice skills development working with client systems in direct clinical or direct community practice. A capstone is completed during the two semesters of this course.

This is the first of a two-semester course where students will participate in an approved, advanced, social work practice field placement specifically related to their chosen specialization. The field practicum will give students the opportunity to apply and integrate theory and course material in professional practice with diverse client systems and further extend and enhance the demonstration of the social work profession’s core competencies. Students are placed in human service organizations and are supervised by a master’s level social worker. Students are required to complete a minimum of 550 hours in the field over the course of the academic year. The field placement is offered concurrently with seminar class. The seminar class is an integrative process-oriented course designed to help students integrate knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession. The seminar is a combination of students from both specializations, direct clinical practice and direct community practice so students have the ability to learn from each other and further integrate social work.

This is the second of a two-semester course where students will participate in an approved, advanced, social work practice field placement. The field practicum will give students the opportunity to apply and integrate theory and course material in professional practice with diverse client systems and further extend and enhance the demonstration of competency in their professional skills as they work towards graduation. The students continue to work in the same seminar groups as they continue to integrate and process the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession. Prerequisite: Take SW-678

ELECTIVE COURSES

This course presents theoretical and practical approaches to groups, with particular emphasis on the exploration of creating meaningful connections through mutual aid. Group members will develop skills to intervene and empower individuals and community members to bring about broader social change.

This course develops knowledge and skills for working with client systems experiencing mental health and addiction issues with an integrated practice context.

This course develops knowledge and skills for working with client systems experiencing transition and loss across the life cycle within an integrated systems context.

This course develops knowledge and skills for working with children, youth, and families within an integrated practice context.

This course is designed to develop inter-professional collaboration skills among multiple disciplines to prepare social workers to practice in a variety of settings including health care.

ADVANCED STANDING COURSES

The first of a two-semester course where students will participate in an approved, social work practice field placement. Students are placed in human service organizations and are supervised by a master’s level social worker. Students are required to complete a minimum of 550 hours in the field over the course of the academic year. The field placement focuses on the development of the social work profession’s core competencies with individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. The achievement of these competencies are demonstrated through the use of knowledge, values, skills, and cognitive/effective process within the generalist social work framework. The field placement is offered concurrently with seminar class. The seminar gives students the opportunity to integrate and process the experiential & academic learning in a supportive peer environment.

Assessment strategies for all systems to understand inter-systems perspective, influence system for case formulation in change efforts.

This course focuses on assessment and diagnosis of individuals and utilizes frameworks that place individuals within the context of their environment. Biopyschosocial-spiritural, cultural, and human diversity influences will be utilized for understanding mental health conditions.

This course examines and develops strategic-skills in the interaction between person and environment and creating organizational and community change in order to better meet the needs of diverse populations.

This advanced equity and social justice course examines racist and white supremacist power structures and policies while building anti-racist practice skills that challenge, disrupt, and change racist policies.

Focus on specialized social work practice skills development working with client systems in direct clinical or direct community practice.

This is the second of a two-semester course focusing on specialized social work practice skills development working with client systems in direct clinical or direct community practice. A capstone is completed during the two semesters of this course.

This is the second of a two-semester course where students will participate in an approved, advanced, social work practice field placement. The field practicum will give students the opportunity to apply and integrate theory and course material in professional practice with diverse client systems and further extend and enhance the demonstration of competency in their professional skills as they work towards graduation. The students continue to work in the same seminar groups as they continue to integrate and process the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession. Prerequisite: Take SW-678