Courses for Social Work, M.S.W.

Consistent with the Advanced Generalist perspective, each foundation course includes relevant content about the role of social policy, social research, social work practice, human diversity, and populations-at-risk. 

Course List

The Social Work master's degree consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours. The core required courses consists of 18 credit hours as follows:

SW 600 - Cultural Competency for Social Work Credits: 3

SW 601* - Foundations of Social Work Practice Credits: 3

 *Note: see your advisor - Not required for students with CSWE accredited BSW undergraduate degrees or Child Welfare Grantees. If waived, students take a SW elective in place of SW 601.

SW 603 - Integrated Methods Credits: 3

SW 610 - Social Welfare Policy and Services I Credits: 3

SW 620 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment Credits: 3

SW 690 - Social Research I Credits: 3

SW 622 - Psychopathology and Social Deviance Credits: 3

SW 662 - Substance Abuse and Social Work Practice Credits: 3

SW 670 - Social Work Practice: Individuals Credits: 3

SW 693 - Social Research II Credits: 3

SW 640 - Seminar in Advanced Generalist Practice (Capstone) Credits: 3

(Choose 1 of 4):

·         SW 612 - Social Policy: Families and Children Credits: 3

·         SW 614 - Social Policy and Mental Health Credits: 3

·         SW 630 - Social Work: Global Service-Learning Credits: 3

·         SW 631 - Cross Cultural Service Learning Credits: 3

Field Education Practice:

·         SW 650 - Field Education I Credits: 3

Sample Course Schedules

View sample schedules for full time, part time, advanced standing and certificate programs.


Field Practicum

The fieldwork component of the M.S.W. program is an integral part of the student's overall educational experience.  It provides opportunities for the development, integration, and application of professional knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes.  Placements are made in a wide variety of human service settings in the public and private sectors.

Twelve of the 60 credit hours required for the M.S.W. degree are granted for field education.  The School's practicum program is organized on the basis of "concurrent model" of field education.  Under this model, admitted students will participate in three academic semesters of supervised, agency-based field instruction, for a minimum of 21 hours per week.  Field instruction is done concurrently with classroom courses.  Placements are made in affiliated agencies selected on the basis of their commitment to social work education and their willingness to provide a professional learning environment, meaningful experiences, and supportive .

Prior to entering field practice each student must attend a mandatory five-hour field orientation seminar. 

In order to be assigned a field placement and remain in the practicum setting, a student must:

  • Have completed all prerequisites and other requirements for field placement.
  • Possess and maintain the minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Have not more than one incomplete grade.
  • Students who would like a practicum placement in a school setting must take SW 650 - Field Education I sand SW 651 - Field Education Seminar I during the winter semester.  All other students will begin practicum spring/summer semester.

Distance Learning

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