MSW Requiremets & Curriculum

Graduate Admission Requirements

 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Social Work degree requires students to complete 62 semester credit hours of course work. This includes specified credit hours per week of supervised field work in the first year, followed by specified credit hours per week of supervised field work in the second year, plus related integrated seminars. These practicum experiences will provide the required total hours of supervised practice experience in selected social service agencies. Two-year, full-time students can expect to complete the requirements for the degree over four continuous semesters. Advance standing students should anticipate one (1) academic year for completion. Change in status (from part-time to full-time or vice versa) is permitted. The maximum number of credit hours transferable is six.

 

Advanced Standing

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program may be eligible for advanced standing. The advanced standing program currently consists of 32 credit hours of course work. Only select students are required to take 6 hours of bridging courses. The bridge courses are only required of advanced standing students with a G.P.A. of less than 2.75. There are also 4 semester hours of fieldwork per semester with related integrated seminars required. This program requires one academic year of study for advanced standing students and two years for students from non-accredited programs. Transfer students will not be admitted to advanced standing program.

 

Major Program (62 semester hours)

The first 30 credit hours of the 62 hour Master of Social Work (MSW) program constitute the Foundation of the MSW degree. The Foundation courses obtain content and learning experiences that all MSW graduates need for competent, generalist social work practice. The Foundation will be organized as follows:

First Semester Courses (15 semester hours) [offered every fall]
SWRK 500 Social Work Generalist Practice I (3)
SWRK 501 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3)
SWRK 502 Social Policy I: Analysis and Practice (3)
SWRK 503 Social Work Research Methods I (3)
SWRK 504 Field Practicum/Seminar I (3)

Second Semester Courses (15 semester hours) [offered every spring]
SWRK 511 Social Work Generalist Practice II (3)
SWRK 512 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (3)
SWRK 515 Field Practicum/Seminar II (3)
SWRK 516 Social Policy II: Ethics in Social Welfare (3)
SWRK 517 Women’s Issues and Feminist Practice (3)

The MSW Concentration Curriculum
Advanced Standing Bridging Courses [offered every summer]
SWRK 611 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I & II (3)
SWRK 612 Social Policy I & II: Analysis and Practice (3)

Third Semester (16 semester hours) [offered every fall]
SWRK 601 Social Work Advanced Generalist Practice I (3)
SWRK 603 Field Practicum/Integrative Seminar III (4)
SWRK 604 Ethical Issues in Contemporary Social Work (3)
SWRK 615 Cross-Cultural Practice Systems (3)
*Elective (3)

Fourth Semester (16 semester hours) [offered every spring]
SWRK 605 Comparative Theories/Object Relations in Social Work Practice (3)
SWRK 613 Advanced Research Methods (3)
SWRK 614 Field Practicum/Seminar IV (4)
SWRK 615 Cross-Cultural Practice Systems (3)
*Elective (3)

*Electives
SWRK 650 Domestic Violence (3)
SWRK 651 Substance Abuse & Treatment (3)
SWRK 652 Practice & Policy Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect (3)
SWRK 653 Crisis Intervention (3)
SWRK 654 Spirituality & Franciscan Ideals (3)
SWRK 657 Social Work Practice with Older Adults (3)
SWRK 661 Psychopathology (3)
SWRK 694 Topics (3)
SWRK 695 Independent Study (1-3)

Five Year BSW/MSW Social Work Degree*
Fifth Year – MSW Program
Fall Semester
SWRK 601 Advanced Generalist Practice I
SWRK 603 Field Practicum & Integrated Seminar III
SWRK 604 Ethical Issues in a Contemporary Society
SWRK 615 Cross-Cultural Practice

Spring Semester
SWRK 602 Comparative Theories/Object Relations
SWRK 613 Advanced Research Methods
SWRK 614 Field Practicum & Integrated Sem IV
SWRK 616 Social Work Generalist Practice II

* Note: if Fast-track electives were not completed at the BSW level, student must add MSW elective to fall and spring semester
For more information regarding the Five Year BSW/MSW Program, refer to undergraduate Social Work section

 

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