The School of Social Welfare requires a total of 64 credit hours for the M.S.W. degree, consisting of
- 36 credit hours of classroom work
- 28 credit hours of field practicum
Field Education: Students at the foundation level of the M.S.W. degree program complete 480 clock hours of field practicum during the fall and spring semesters. They are in one continuous field placement for 16 hours per week for 30 weeks. The foundation level practicum is a generalist experience covering direct practice and community practice as well as research and policy practice. Typical agency settings for foundation level M.S.W. students include community mental health centers, child welfare offices, long term care facilities, and juvenile justice and/or corrections settings. Learn more about Field Education.
*The following curriculum is based on a traditional academic year (no summer classes). If your plan differs from what is listed, talk with an academic advisor. Courses listed may not be offered each semester.
Field Education: Students in the clinical concentration at the advanced level of the M.S.W. degree program complete 720 clock hours of field practicum during the fall and spring semesters. They are in one continuous field practicum for 24 hours per week for 30 weeks. The clinical practicum provides more in-depth direct practice experience with individuals, families, and groups. Students in the clinical concentration commit to one of the following fields of practice:
- Children and families (with a focus on school social work available)
- Health/Mental Health (including social work in health care and mental health)
Typical settings for clinical M.S.W. students include mental and behavioral health centers, hospitals, hospice programs, schools and family resource programs. Learn more about Field Education.
One Integrative Seminar that complements field practicum:
One Diversity Selective (A social welfare study abroad fulfills the diversity selective requirement. Study abroad programs only offered in the summer or during winter break):
One Elective (not all electives offered every term):
*All macro classes are only available on the Edwards Campus and are taught in a blended courses format.
Students in the macro concentration at the advanced level of the M.S.W. degree program complete 720 clock hours of field practicum during the fall and spring semesters. They are in one continuous field practicum for 24 hours per week for 30 weeks. The macro practicum provides more in-depth experience in program development, outcome evaluation, policy analysis, personnel issues and budgeting/grant-writing. Students are placed in agencies of all sizes to learn managerial and advocacy skills. Typical settings range from small nonprofit agencies to state, regional and federal organizations. Learn more about Field Education.
The blended courses format combines face-to-face and online learning, with in-class attendance at one of the program locations, Lawrence, Overland Park, Hays, Garden City or Pittsburg occurring one day every other week. For the Lawrence and Overland Park locations, only specific classes each semester are available in this format, so if you are interested in this type of classroom instruction, you will need to check to see if this format is available for the class and semester you are enrolling. For Hays, Garden City and Pittsburg, the full program curriculum is taught in the blended format, and the in-class sessions are taught every other Saturday.