MSW Requiremets & Curriculum

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]
Social Work Generalist Practice I (3)
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (3)
Social Policy I: Analysis and Practice (3)
Social Work Research Methods I (3)
Field Practicum/Seminar I (3)

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

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

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

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

*Electives
Domestic Violence (3)
Substance Abuse & Treatment (3)
Practice & Policy Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect (3)
Crisis Intervention (3)
Spirituality & Franciscan Ideals (3)
Social Work Practice with Older Adults (3)
Psychopathology (3)
Topics (3)
Independent Study (1-3)

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

Spring Semester
Comparative Theories/Object Relations
Advanced Research Methods
Field Practicum & Integrated Sem IV
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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