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The professional program leading to the MSW degree prepares social workers for leadership and effective practice in macro social work positions and to be capable of responding effectively to the needs of special populations in the American Southwest.
The curriculum is designed to provide students with knowledge, skill and practice opportunities in the areas of program planning and evaluation, administration, policy analysis and advocacy, and community practice. The master's degree program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is located at the Downtown Phoenix campus and in Tucson.
Summer Session Coursework (9 credit hours)
SWG 516 Social Work Skills Seminar (3)
SWG 598 ST: Advanced Standing Bridge Seminar I (3)
SWG 598 ST: Advanced Standing Bridge Seminar II (3)
Planning, Administration and Community Practice (21 credit hours)
SWG 623 Program Evaluation (3)
SWG 632 Policy Practice (3)
SWG 643 Advanced Practicum: Planning, Social Work Administration and Community Practice I (3)
SWG 644 Advanced Practicum: Planning, Social Work Administration and Community Practice II (3)
SWG 681 Social Work Administration (3)
SWG 682 Community Participation Strategies (3)
SWG 685 Program Planning in Social Services (3)
Electives (9 credit hours)
Culminating Experience (0 or 6 credit hours)
SWG 599 Thesis (6) or
Additional Curriculum Information
Students must start the program in summer, beginning with the first summer session, and complete three credit hours in each six-week summer session and three credit hours during the eight-week session, for a total of nine credit hours. The remainder of the program is completed within two semesters (full time).
Students continue with their practicum during the fall and spring semesters. The culminating experience is a portfolio or thesis.
Electives may be selected from offerings at the School of Social Work or from courses offered through other departments with the approval of the MSW program coordinator. If the student chooses to complete a thesis for the culminating experience, only three credit hours of elective coursework is needed to reach the 39 credit hours required for the program.