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This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The advanced direct practice concentration consists of three specializations that prepare students for professional practice with diverse populations in a wide variety of settings.
Across all specializations, the curriculum is guided by the social work values that emphasize evidence-based practice, client strengths, social justice and client empowerment. The primary MSW curriculum goal is to educate advanced social work practitioners who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, values and ethics of the profession and who are competent for specialized practice.
Required Core (3 credit hours)
SWG 510 Foundation Practice I (3) or
SWG 514 Bridge Seminar I (3)
Advanced Direct Practice Concentration (12 credit hours)
SWG 606 Assessment of Mental Disorders (3)
SWG 619 Practice-Oriented Research (3)
SWG 641 Advanced Practicum: Direct Practice I (3)
SWG 642 Advanced Practicum: Direct Practice II (3)
Specialization (6 credit hours)
Restricted Electives (15 to 36 credit hours)
Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
SWG 621 Integrative Seminar (3)
Additional Curriculum Information
Students on the 39 credit hour path have an undergraduate Council on Social Work Education accredited BSW in Social Work or equivalent degree within a 3.20 Jr/Sr GPA within the last 6 years.
The students on the 60 hour path have an undergraduate degree that is not directly in social work or community advocacy. Students in this path may need to take foundation coursework as part of their elective coursework to satisfy CSWE requirements. Students should see the academic advisor when selecting courses.
All credit hour path criteria must be approved by the academic unit prior to selection in the iPOS. The academic unit will advise and monitor students to ensure they choose the appropriate coursework. Core course selection will depend on the student's background.
Students select from specializations in:
The amount of restricted elective coursework depends on the credit hour path selected based on the student's background. Students should see the academic unit for a complete list of approved specialization and elective coursework.