MSW- Program of Study

The M.S.W. degree consists of a minimum of 60 credit hours. Advanced standing students are exempted from 15 hours of first-year core or foundation courses and the first semester of field education and may therefore accelerate their graduate study by completing only the remaining 41 hours of degree requirements in one calendar year. Specific courses exempted are: SW 600, SW 601, SW 603, SW 610, SW 620 and SW 650/651. 

You should visit your faculty advisor to discuss your program of study before you first register. (Consult Banner to identify your advisor.) Return visits are encouraged, as updating your plan will likely be desirable as you progress through the program.    

The MSW program has the following parts: Primary Foundation, Advanced Generalist Concentration, Advanced Policy, Field Education Practice, Advanced Micro-core, Advanced Macro-core, and Electives.

All courses are 3 credits, unless otherwise noted.

Primary Foundation (all required)

  •  SW 600 - Cultural Competency for Social Work
  • *SW 601 - Foundations of Social Work Practice
  • SW 603 - Integrated Methods
  • SW 610 - Social Welfare Policy and Services I
  • SW 620 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • **SW 690 - Social Research I

       * See your advisor: Not required for students with CSWE accredited B.S.W. undergraduate degrees or child welfare grantees. If waived, students take an SW elective in place of SW 601.

       ** Test-out exam available.

Advanced Generalist Concentration (all required)

  • SW 622 - Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • SW 662 - Substance Abuse and Social Work Practice
  • SW 670 - Social Work Practice with Individuals
  • SW 691 - Social Research II
  • SW 640 - Seminar in Advanced Generalist Practice (Capstone)

Advanced Policy (Choose one of four):

  • SW 612 - Social Policy: Families and Children
  • SW 614 - Social Policy and Mental Health
  • SW 630 - Social Work: Global Service-Learning
  • SW 631 - Social Work: U.S. Community-Based Service Learning

Field Education Practice (all required)

  • SW 650 - Field Education I
  • SW 651 - Field Education Seminar I (Credits: 1)
  • SW 652 - Field Education II
  • SW 653 - Field Education Seminar II (Credits: 1)
  • SW 654 - Field Education III
  • SW 655 - Field Education Seminar III (Credits: 1)

Advanced Micro-core (Choose one of two):

  • SW 672 - Social Work Practice with Groups
  • SW 674 - Social Work Practice: Families and Children

Advanced Macro-core (Choose two of five)

  • SW 660 - Grant Writing and Resource Development
  • SW 677 - Principles of Supervision
  • SW 676 - Community and Social Planning
  • SW 678 - Human Services Administration
  • SW 679 - Program Monitoring and Evaluation

Electives (choose one course of at least three credits):

 Any course from previous list not taken to satisfy requirements or:

  • SW 613 - Human Rights and Social Work
  • SW 665 - Opportunities in Aging Societies
  • SW 667 - Holistic Practices in Social Work
  • SW 668 - Child and Adolescent Trauma
  • SW 669 - Responses to Loss and Death
  • SW 671 - Social Work Practice in Health Care
  • SW 673 - Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents
  • SW 675 - Child Welfare and Family Services
  • SW 680 - Special Topics in Social Work (Credits: 1 to 4)
  • SW 695 - Master's Thesis (Credits: 1 to 6)