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Social Work Curriculum

Curricular Requirements

Students in the campus-based program option may choose the 2-year, full-time program, a 3-4 year part-time program.

Students in the campus-based program option can earn certificates in Applied Arts and Social Justice, Trauma-Informed Practice, or Diversity in Aging. Certificates can be completed within the required credit course structure.

Students who have graduated from an accredited BSW program can apply for advanced standing and complete their MSW in one year (See Advanced Standing). Advanced Standing status can completed full- or part-time students.

All traditional students are required to complete 64 credit hours of graduate study divided between classroom and fieldwork education. Field placements, or internships, consist of four semesters of supervised practice in approved social work settings; each semester includes 280 hours of practice experience. The curriculum is designed to provide an integrated generalist foundation and advanced skills for integrated clinical social work practice.

Generalist social work courses emphasize an integrated social work perspective involving the social context and its impact on social policy, programs, and the social work profession. Courses include Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II; Social Work Policy and Programs I and II; Social Work Practice I and II; Research I and II; and Field Integrating Seminars I and II. In addition, students spend 560 hours in a field setting, which permits students another learning mode through placements in social agencies and programs with structured on-site professional supervision.

The Integrated Clinical Practice Specialization (ICPS) prepares students with knowledge and skills for advanced practice focused on individuals, families, and groups in multiple settings.  The ICPS is taught within a framework based in social work values of social inclusion, anti-oppression, and contextualizes human experience with consideration to social determinants of health and well-being.  The student experience is enriched by a diverse selection of practice relevant electives and through shared learning with students from other health professions and the humanities.  Students learn skills to translate practice knowledge into work in organizations and communities.  The ICPS prepares graduates for professional leadership positions within their communities and beyond.  

Students in the online program option  can select from several progression plans. They may choose the 2-year, full-time program or a 3-4 year part-time program.

Students who have graduated from an accredited BSW program can apply for advanced standing and complete their MSW in one year (See Advanced Standing). Advanced Standing status can completed full- or part-time students.

All traditional students are required to complete 64 credit hours of graduate study divided between classroom and fieldwork education. Field placements, or internships, consist of four semesters of supervised practice in approved social work settings; each semester includes 280 hours of practice experience. The curriculum is designed to provide an integrated foundation or knowledge base and advanced skills for social work practice within a concentration (Clinical Practice, Community Practice, or Integrated Practice).

Foundation Year courses emphasize an integrated social work perspective involving the social context and its impact on social policy, programs, and the social work profession. Courses include Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II; Social Work Policy and Programs I and II; Social Work Practice I and II; Research I and II; and Field Integrating Seminars I and II. In addition, students spend 560 hours in a field setting, which permits students another learning mode through placements in social agencies and programs with structured on-site professional supervision.

Concentrations are offered in Clinical Practice, Community Practice, and Integrated Practice.  The Clinical Concentration prepares students with knowledge and skills for advanced practice primarily focused on individuals, families, and groups in multiple settings.   The Community Concentration provides students with knowledge and skills in an array of advanced practice roles in the areas of program and policy development, administration, supervision, political advocacy, community practice, and evaluation.  The Integrated Concentration combines the core curriculum of both the Clinical and Community Practice Concentrations. All concentrations prepare graduates for professional leadership positions within their communities, and all are enriched by a selection of electives.

 

Traditional STUDENT PROGRESSION

Credits

Generalist 

 
SSW/SSWO 501 Human Behavior & the Social Environment I 3
SSW/SSWO 502 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II 3

SSW/SSWO 503 Social Work Research I

3

SSW/SSWO 504 Social Work Research II

3
SSW/SSWO 505 Social Welfare Policy and Programs I 3
SSW/SSWO 506 Social Welfare Policy and Programs II 3
SSW/SSWO 510 Social Work Practice I 3
SSW/SSWO 511 Social Work Practice II 3
SSW/SSWO 520 Field Practicum I/Seminar 4
SSW/SSWO 522 Field Practicum II/Seminar 4
Generalist Year Total 32
   
Specialization  

SSW/SSWO 552 Contemporary Theory of SW Practice: Individuals and Families 

3

SSW/SSWO 553 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families 

3

SSW/SSWO 597 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment 

3

SSW/SSWO 565 Administration and Supervision 

3
SSW/SSWO 580 Field Practicum III/Seminar  4
SSW/SSWO 582 Field Practicum IV/Seminar  4

Elective 

3
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
Specialization Year Total  32
Total Program  64

Advanced Standing Progression (Online and On-Campus)

Credits
Generalist Year waived with BSW from CSWE accredited program  

SSW/SSWO 526 Integrating Clinical/Community Practice Frameworks

*Campus Advanced Standing students take this course at the end of August, prior to the New Student Orientation and start of the Fall semester.

3

SSW/SSWO 552 Contemporary Theory of SW Practice: Individuals and Families 

3

SSW/SSWO 553 Advanced Social Work Practice with Families 

3

SSW/SSWO 597 Advanced Psychosocial Assessment 

3

SSW/SSWO 565 Administration and Supervision 

3
SSW/SSWO 580 Field Practicum III/Seminar  4
SSW/SSWO 582 Field Practicum IV/Seminar 4
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective   
Elective  3
Total Advanced Standing Online and On-campus Program 35

Graduation Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 prior to graduation and fulfill all curriculum requirements.