General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 60, including 30 in foundation coursework and 30 in advanced-level study
Students are exposed to multiple methods of intervention through foundation coursework. The courses are generalist in nature, allowing students to become familiar with the breadth of social work. Courses cover content in human behavior and the social environment, research, social welfare policy, and social work practice.
Students then select from a range of advanced-level coursework that allows them to examine in greater depth a practice modality (or concentration) and a field of practice (or specialization). Each concentration requires two practice courses, an advanced field placement, and one research course. Two concentrations are offered:
- Clinical Practice
- Macro Practice
Students also take coursework relevant to their chosen specialization. Each specialization requires a policy course and a human behavior and social environment course. Two major areas of specialization are currently offered because they are of critical importance in Social Work practice:
- Children and Families
- Health and Mental Health
Students may also propose an individualized option for a specialization by working with their advisor to design a coherent plan of study that includes the two types of advanced courses required for a specialization. In some cases, students may need to complete courses outside of the discipline of Social Work. As part of an individualized specialization plan, former students have taken courses in Criminal Justice, Geography and Urban Studies, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Not all courses are available in an online format.
|Foundation Courses 1|
|HRPR 5001||Current and Emerging Issues in Public Health and Health Professions 2||0|
|SSWG 5001||HBSE: Individuals and Families||3|
|SSWG 5002||HBSE: Groups, Communities and Organizations||3|
|SSWG 5003||Foundations in Social Work Research||3|
|SSWG 5005||Social Welfare Policies and Services I||3|
|SSWG 5006||Social Welfare Policies and Services II||3|
|SSWG 5007||Social Justice: Foundation for Transformative Social Work||3|
|SSWG 5107||Practice of Social Service Delivery I||3|
|SSWG 5108||Practice of Social Service Delivery II||3|
|SSWG 5187||Foundation Field Practicum I||3|
|SSWG 5188||Foundation Field Practicum II||3|
|Advanced Courses 3|
|SSWG 8504||Integrative Seminar (Specialization Practice course)||3|
|Select one pair of the following Specialization courses:||6|
|Health/Mental Health Specialization|
|Dynamics of Health, Health Care, and Health Systems|
|Health/Mental Health Policy|
|Children and Family Specialization|
|Children and Families in the Social Environment|
|Policy on Families and Children|
|Select one set of the following Concentration courses:||9|
|Clinical Practice Concentration, which requires these three 3-credit courses:|
|Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups I|
|Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups II|
|Evaluation of Clinical Practice|
|Macro Concentration, which requires these two 3-credit courses and a choice of three 1-credit practice courses:|
|Macro Practice in Organizational, Community and Policy Arenas|
|Social Work Research: Communities and Policy Arenas and Management/Planning|
|Choose three of the following 1-credit Macro practice courses:|
|Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship|
|Coalitions and Partnerships|
|Resource and Grant Development for Human Services|
|Supervision, Staff Management, and Staff Development in Human Service Organizations|
|Leadership in Human Service and Social Change Organizations|
|Grassroots Mobilization: In the US and Internationally|
|SSWG 8187||Advanced Field Practicum I||3|
|SSWG 8188||Advanced Field Practicum II||3|
|Total Credit Hours||60|
During the first week of the term of their initial entry into the M.S.W. program, all incoming regular entry students have the opportunity to complete a test-out exam for the following courses: SSWG 5001, SSWG 5002, SSWG 5003, SSWG 5005, and SSWG 5006. Students who earn a score of 80% or higher on a test-out exam are not required to complete the associated required course, but are required to successfully complete 3 credits of electives in place of each required course. That is to say, all regular entry M.S.W. students are required to successfully complete 60 credits of coursework, even if they test out of any required course(s), to earn the degree.
This common College Core course is required of all incoming graduate students in the College of Public Health. It is available completely online and designed such that students can complete the modules at their own pace over the course of their degree program.
Unless transfer credits fulfill them, 30 credits of advanced-level courses are required. A portion of these 30 credits are earned in the advanced field practicum experiences described under "Internship" below.
With advance review and approval from the M.S.W. Program Director, students may take electives outside of the School of Social Work and/or independent study courses to fulfill the electives requirement.
Internship: Two internships are required in the form of a field practicum, which is an essential part of Social Work studies and is deliberately linked in an integral way with classroom learning. The practicum occurs concurrently with Social Work practice courses or can be taken as a block placement in the Summer sessions. (At this time, block placements are available only to campus-based students, not online students.) In order to ensure a quality learning experience for students, the Office of Field Education is responsible for arranging and overseeing field practica. Students employed in social service settings may undertake their practica at their place of employment, but field placement activities must be substantially different than job duties. Because of accreditation and M.S.W. curriculum requirements, students must have appropriate learning experiences and supervision; therefore, they should plan on allocating at least one full day during the regular work week to the practica.
The first field practicum, taken as part of the foundation curriculum, focuses on developing proficiency in generalist practice/basic Social Work skills. This includes learning to engage and assess a range of clients, including individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students learn to identify issues, needs, resources, and strengths. They also acquire skills in planning, communication, supervision, and consultation as well as intervention, cultural competence, evidence-based practice, and evaluation. This two-term practicum requires a minimum of 450 hours (usually 2.5 days per week).
With the second field practicum, taken as part of the advanced curriculum, students develop expertise in their chosen specialization and concentration. This practicum allows for in-depth development of skills and application of theory and concepts, exploration of ethical challenges, and continued cultural competency. This two-term practicum requires a minimum of 600 hours (usually three days per week).