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Master of Social Work

The primary objective of the MSW Program in the School of Social Welfare is to prepare students for advanced social work practice. Students acquire a professional foundation of social work knowledge, values, and skills in a generalist social work model.

The School of Social Welfare has identified four main themes central to its view of social work practice – the strengths perspective, a critical perspective, human diversity, and social and economic justice. The MSW curriculum has been designed to systematically develop these themes throughout the progression of the coursework with the goal of graduating students prepared to enter advanced level social work practice.

The Foundation Level provides a solid generalist background in social work knowledge. Students take courses in social work practice, organizational and community practice, social policy analysis, human behavior and the social environment, and social work research. Practicum placements during the foundation year consist of 16 clock hours per week during each semester for a total of 480 hours.

During the Advanced Level, students select to follow either the clinical practice concentration or the social work administrative and advocacy practice concentration in preparation for advanced social work practice. In the clinical concentration, students take courses in clinical practice, an integrative seminar appropriate to their practicum placements, a diversity selective, psychopathology, a clinical practice selective, and one elective. Students following the administrative and advocacy practice concentration take courses in program design, advanced policies and programs, budgeting, managing outcomes, human resources, and advanced advocacy practice. All advanced level students spend 24 hours per week in the field during each semester for a total of 720 clock hours.

It is the student’s responsibility to become thoroughly acquainted with the degree requirements. Ultimately, the student is responsible for understanding and completing requirements for the degree. This process can be aided through use of the Degree Progress Report as well as the curriculum found in this handbook.


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