Degree Requirements & Curriculum


MSW Class in Blake Hall

Advanced Standing

Applicants who meet the following criteria will apply to the Advanced Standing Plan of Study.

  • Bachelor's of social work degree from a CSWE-accredited social work program
  • Bachelor's of social work grade-point average of 3.0 or above

Advanced Standing Plan of Study is offered on the Lawrence Campus, Edwards Campus, and Pittsburg Partnership Site.

You will choose to specialize in either Clinical Practice or Macro Practice. 

The School of Social Welfare requires a total of 38 credit hours for the Advanced Standing Plan of Study, consisting:

  • 24 credit hours of classroom work
  • 14 credit hours of field practicum

Currently, the School of Social Welfare does not provide fully online undergraduate or graduate degree options. In response to the pandemic-related needs of students and instructors, a portion of our courses (i.e., all required courses and many, but not all, of our electives and mini courses) have been made available in synchronous, online format (i.e., through Zoom). Enrollment in these online courses is limited and prioritized to students with health concerns. 

The continued availability of these online courses is regularly evaluated, considering the severity of the pandemic and university guidelines. To facilitate student planning, the School has committed to maintain these limited online offerings through the 2022-2023 academic year. As circumstances change, their availability beyond the 2022-2023 academic year cannot be assured. 


Advanced Standing Curriculum

Summer 

  • SW 712 Social Work Practice Seminar (3 credit hours)

Choose either:

  • SW 863 Mental Health & Psychopathology (3 credit hours) (required, you can choose to take in the summer or fall)

OR one of the following clinical electives (options vary by campus):

  • SW 866 Children's Mental Health (3 credit hours)
  • SW 868 Assessment & Treating Suicide and Self-harm (3 credit hours)

Fall

  • SW 801 Advanced Field Practicum-Clinical Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 810 Clinical Practice Skills I (3 credit hours)

Choose one diversity-focused elective (options vary by campus):

  • SW 833 Interdisciplinary Aging Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SW 871 Indigenous Families (3 credit hours)
  • SW 873 Sexuality & Gender Diversity (3 credit hours)
  • SW 874 Social Work with Womxn and Femmes (3 credit hours)

Choose either:

  • SW 863 Mental Health & Psychopathology (3 credit hours)  (required, you can choose to take in the summer or fall)

OR one of the following clinical electives (options vary by campus):

  • SW 866 Children's Mental Health (3 credit hours)
  • SW 868 Assessment & Treating Suicide and Self-harm (3 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 801 Advanced Field Practicum-Clinical Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 811 Clinical Practice Skills II (3 credit hours)
  • SW 885 Professional Development Seminar (3 credit hours)

Choose one clinical elective (options vary by campus):

  • SW 860 Loss and Grief Across the Life Course (3 credit hours)
  • SW 861 Global Gender-based Violence Prevention & Intervention (3 credit hours)
  • SW 867 Trauma-Related Care Across the Life Course (3 credit hours)
  • SW 869 Assessing and Treating Substance Misuse (3 credit hours)

*All macro classes are taught in Zoom blended format. The Zoom blended course format combines "real time"/live class instruction via a virtual platform such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. and online learning. Live virtual class attendance is required every other Tuesday. 

Fall

  • SW 804 Advanced Field Practicum - Macro Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 840 Multi-system Community-Engaged Program Design (3 credit hours)
  • SW 841 Advanced Policy Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • SW 843 Supervision & Mentoring (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 849 Program Management (1.5 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 804 Advanced Field Practicum - Macro Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 842 Agency-based Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • SW 846 Advanced Justice-centered Community and Advocacy Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SW 885 Professional Development Seminar (3 credit hours)

Summer 

  • SW 712 Social Work Practice Seminar (3 credit hours)

Choose either:

  • SW 863 Mental Health & Psychopathology (3 credit hours) (required, you can choose to take in the summer or fall)

OR one of the following clinical electives (options vary by campus):

  • SW 866 Children's Mental Health (3 credit hours)
  • SW 868 Assessment & Treating Suicide and Self-harm (3 credit hours)

Fall

  • SW 801 Advanced Field Practicum-Clinical Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 810 Clinical Practice Skills I (3 credit hours)

Choose one diversity-focused elective (options vary by campus):

  • SW 833 Interdisciplinary Aging Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SW 871 Indigenous Families (3 credit hours)
  • SW 873 Sexuality & Gender Diversity (3 credit hours)
  • SW 874 Social Work with Womxn and Femmes (3 credit hours)

Choose either:

  • SW 863 Mental Health & Psychopathology (3 credit hours)  (required, you can choose to take in the summer or fall)

OR one of the following clinical electives (options vary by campus):

  • SW 866 Children's Mental Health (3 credit hours)
  • SW 868 Assessment & Treating Suicide and Self-harm (3 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 801 Advanced Field Practicum-Clinical Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 811 Clinical Practice Skills II (3 credit hours)
  • SW 885 Professional Development Seminar (3 credit hours)

Choose one clinical elective (options vary by campus):

  • SW 860 Loss and Grief Across the Life Course (3 credit hours)
  • SW 861 Global Gender-based Violence Prevention & Intervention (3 credit hours)
  • SW 867 Trauma-Related Care Across the Life Course (3 credit hours)
  • SW 869 Assessing and Treating Substance Misuse (3 credit hours)

*All macro classes are taught in Zoom blended format. The Zoom blended course format combines "real time"/live class instruction via a virtual platform such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. and online learning. Live virtual class attendance is required every other Tuesday. 

Fall

  • SW 804 Advanced Field Practicum - Macro Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 840 Multi-system Community-Engaged Program Design (3 credit hours)
  • SW 841 Advanced Policy Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • SW 843 Supervision & Mentoring (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 849 Program Management (1.5 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 804 Advanced Field Practicum - Macro Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 842 Agency-based Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • SW 846 Advanced Justice-centered Community and Advocacy Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SW 885 Professional Development Seminar (3 credit hours)

Traditional MSW

Applicants who meet the following criteria will apply to the Traditional Plan of Study.

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Undergraduate studies must reflect the successful completion of liberal arts courses, including those in the social sciences and humanities which focus on the development of knowledge in communication; social, biological, and behavioral sciences; history; philosophy and the ways in which knowledge is gained and applied;   and the value of a multicultural and diverse society.
  • Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or above

Traditional MSW Plan of Study is offered on the Lawrence Campus, Edwards Campus, and Pittsburg Partnership Site.

NOTE: Pittsburg Partnership Site Traditional Plan of Study first year curriculum is offered through Pittsburg State University. 

You will choose to specialize in either Clinical Practice or Macro Practice. 

The School of Social Welfare requires a total of 64 credit hours for the MSW degree, consisting of:

  • 36 credit hours of classroom work
  • 28 credit hours of field practicum

Currently, the School of Social Welfare does not provide fully online undergraduate or graduate degree options. In response to the pandemic-related needs of students and instructors, a portion of our courses (i.e., all required courses and many, but not all, of our electives and mini courses) have been made available in synchronous, online format (i.e., through Zoom). Enrollment in these online courses is limited and prioritized to students with health concerns. 

The continued availability of these online courses is regularly evaluated, considering the severity of the pandemic and university guidelines. To facilitate student planning, the School has committed to maintain these limited online offerings through the 2022-2023 academic year. As circumstances change, their availability beyond the 2022-2023 academic year cannot be assured. 


Traditional MSW Curriculum

The curriculum listed below is for students with an admit term of summer 2022 or fall 2022. For students admitted prior to these terms, please refer to the current student curriculum listing

Fall

  • SW 700 Field Preparation & Seminar (1 credit hour)*
  • SW 701 Field Practicum (6 credit hours)*
  • SW 708 Human Rights & Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice (3 credit hours)
  • SW 710 Multi-Level Engagement & Assessment: Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations & Communities (3 credit hours)*^
  • SW 755 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Social Work  (3 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 700 Field Preparation & Seminar (1 credit hour)*
  • SW 701 Basic Field Practicum (6 credit hours)*
  • SW 711 Multi-Level Intervention & Evaluation of Intervention: Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations & Communities (3 credit hours)*^
  • SW 720 Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy in Social Work (3 credit hours)
  • SW 740 Applied Research in Multi-Level Social Work (3 credit hours)

NOTE: Pittsburg Partnership Site Traditional Plan of Study first year curriculum is offered through Pittsburg State University.

*Concurrent enrollment encouraged

*^ SW 710/711 continuous enrollment with same instructor

Fall

  • SW 801 Advanced Field Practicum-Clinical Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 810 Clinical Practice Skills I (3 credit hours)
  • SW 863 Mental Health & Psychopathology (3 credit hours)

Choose one diversity-focused elective (options vary by campus). Note: A social welfare study abroad fulfills the diversity selective requirement. Study abroad programs typically offered in the summer):

  • SW 855 Study Abroad (3 credit hours)*
  • SW 833 Interdisciplinary Aging Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SW 871 Indigenous Families (3 credit hours)
  • SW 873 Sexuality & Gender Diversity (3 credit hours)
  • SW 874 Social Work with Womxn and Femmes (3 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 801 Advanced Field Practicum-Clinical Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 811 Clinical Practice Skills II (3 credit hours)
  • SW 885 Professional Development Seminar (3 credit hours)

Choose one clinical elective (options vary by campus): 

  • SW 860 Loss and Grief Across the Life Course (3 credit hours)
  • SW 861 Global Gender-based Violence Prevention & Intervention (3 credit hours)
  • SW 867 Trauma Related Care Across the Life Course (3 credit hours)
  • SW 869 Assessing and Treating Substance Misuse (3 credit hours)

*All macro classes are taught in Zoom blended format. The Zoom blended course format combines "real time"/live class instruction via a virtual platform such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. and online learning. Live virtual class attendance is required every other Tuesday. 

Fall

  • SW 804 Advanced Field Practicum - Macro Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 840 Multi-system Community-Engaged Program Design (3 credit hours)
  • SW 841 Advanced Policy Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • SW 843 Supervision & Mentoring (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 849 Program Management (1.5 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 804 Advanced Field Practicum - Macro Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 842 Agency-based Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • SW 846 Advanced Justice-centered Community and Advocacy Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SW 885 Professional Development Seminar (3 credit hours)

The curriculum listed below is for students with an admit term of summer 2022 or fall 2022. For students admitted prior to these terms, please refer to the current student curriculum listing

Fall

  • SW 700 Field Preparation & Seminar (1 credit hour)*
  • SW 701 Field Practicum (6 credit hours)*
  • SW 708 Human Rights & Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice (3 credit hours)
  • SW 710 Multi-Level Engagement & Assessment: Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations & Communities (3 credit hours)*^
  • SW 755 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Social Work  (3 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 700 Field Preparation & Seminar (1 credit hour)*
  • SW 701 Basic Field Practicum (6 credit hours)*
  • SW 711 Multi-Level Intervention & Evaluation of Intervention: Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations & Communities (3 credit hours)*^
  • SW 720 Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy in Social Work (3 credit hours)
  • SW 740 Applied Research in Multi-Level Social Work (3 credit hours)

NOTE: Pittsburg Partnership Site Traditional Plan of Study first year curriculum is offered through Pittsburg State University.

*Concurrent enrollment encouraged

*^ SW 710/711 continuous enrollment with same instructor

Fall

  • SW 801 Advanced Field Practicum-Clinical Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 810 Clinical Practice Skills I (3 credit hours)
  • SW 863 Mental Health & Psychopathology (3 credit hours)

Choose one diversity-focused elective (options vary by campus). Note: A social welfare study abroad fulfills the diversity selective requirement. Study abroad programs typically offered in the summer):

  • SW 855 Study Abroad (3 credit hours)*
  • SW 833 Interdisciplinary Aging Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SW 871 Indigenous Families (3 credit hours)
  • SW 873 Sexuality & Gender Diversity (3 credit hours)
  • SW 874 Social Work with Womxn and Femmes (3 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 801 Advanced Field Practicum-Clinical Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 811 Clinical Practice Skills II (3 credit hours)
  • SW 885 Professional Development Seminar (3 credit hours)

Choose one clinical elective (options vary by campus): 

  • SW 860 Loss and Grief Across the Life Course (3 credit hours)
  • SW 861 Global Gender-based Violence Prevention & Intervention (3 credit hours)
  • SW 867 Trauma Related Care Across the Life Course (3 credit hours)
  • SW 869 Assessing and Treating Substance Misuse (3 credit hours)

*All macro classes are taught in Zoom blended format. The Zoom blended course format combines "real time"/live class instruction via a virtual platform such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc. and online learning. Live virtual class attendance is required every other Tuesday. 

Fall

  • SW 804 Advanced Field Practicum - Macro Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 840 Multi-system Community-Engaged Program Design (3 credit hours)
  • SW 841 Advanced Policy Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • SW 843 Supervision & Mentoring (1.5 credit hours)
  • SW 849 Program Management (1.5 credit hours)

Spring

  • SW 804 Advanced Field Practicum - Macro Practice (7 credit hours)
  • SW 842 Agency-based Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • SW 846 Advanced Justice-centered Community and Advocacy Practice (3 credit hours)
  • SW 885 Professional Development Seminar (3 credit hours)



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