Social Work - Standard Program, MSW
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The professional program leading to the MSW degree prepares social workers for advanced professional social work practice. The program is designed to prepare social workers to be capable of responding effectively to the needs of special populations, particularly in the American Southwest.

The Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

This degree program offers the following concentrations:

We also offer a one-year, advanced-standing Master of Socialwork (Advanced Generalist) degree as an alternative to the Standard MSW program.

The professional program leading to the MSW degree prepares social workers for advanced professional social work practice. The program is designed to prepare social workers to be capable of responding effectively to the needs of special populations, particularly in the American Southwest.

The Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Program offered

Social Work - Standard Program, MSW

Offered by
Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Location
Downtown, Online

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application deadlines

Fall - June 15 (Online and In-Person programs)

Spring - November 1(Online program)

Program requirements

STANDARD PROGRAM (ground immersion):

Required Core (3 credit hours)
SWG 510 Foundation Practice I (3)

Foundation Coursework (18 to 27 credit hours)
SWG 501 Micro Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
SWG 502 Macro Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
SWG 511 Foundation Practice II (3)
SWG 519 Research Methods in Social Work (3)
SWG 531 Social Policy and Services (3)
SWG 533 Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context (3)
SWG 541 Field Practicum I (3)
SWG 542 Field Practicum II (3)
SWG 585 Macro Social Work Practice (3)

Restricted Electives (21 to 27 credit hours)

Other Requirements (3 credit hours)
SWG 610 Advanced Social Work Practice III (3) or
SWG 619 Practice-Oriented Research (3) or
SWG 623 Program Evaluation (3)

Culminating Experience Options (0 to 6 credit hours)
portfolio (0) or
SWG 599 Thesis (6) or
SWG 621 Integrative Seminar (3) or
SWG 593 Applied Project (3) or
SWG 693 Applied Project (3)

 

ADVANCED GENERALIST TRACK (digital immersion):

Required Core (3 credit hours)
SWG 510 Foundation Practice I (3)

Advanced Generalist Track Coursework (54 credit hours)

Culminating Experience Options (3 credit hours)
SWG 593 Applied Project (3) or
SWG 693 Applied Project (3)

 

Additional Curriculum Information
Students on the 51, 54 and 57 credit hour path have an undergraduate CSWE accredited BSW in Social Work degree or BA in Community Advocacy and Social Policy degree. Path selection depends on the student's educational background. Students are to consult an academic advisor in the unit.

The 60-hour Advanced Generalist Track is the digital immersion option. These students have a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students in the 60 hour path must take foundation year coursework in restricted electives per CSWE accreditation standards.

All credit hour path criteria must be approved by the academic unit prior to selection in the iPOS. A student interested in moving to a concentration should notify the academic advisor prior to submitting their iPOS. The academic unit advises and monitor students to ensure they choose the appropriate coursework.

The number of credit hours required for restricted electives depends on the credit hour path chosen and the culminating experience. Students should see the academic unit for a complete list of approved electives.

The foundation year includes basic courses in direct practice, organizational and community change, social policy, human behavior and research. Foundation coursework is selected in consultation with the academic advisor. Students are required to complete two practicums: a foundation field placement (480 hours) and a specialization field placement (480 hours) in a different setting.

Other requirement coursework may be substituted with approval of the academic unit.

The program may be completed within four semesters (full time) or six semesters (part time).

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