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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 Southwest. The Master of Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Students begin the standard Master of Social Work program in the fall and they begin in the fall or spring for the online Master of Social Work program. The program may be completed within four semesters (full time) or six semesters (part time). It is a 45 to 60 credit hour program, including coursework and field instruction. It is divided into a foundation year (30 credit hours of core curriculum) taken by all students and a concentration year (30 credit hours).
The foundation year includes basic courses in direct practice, organizational and community change, social policy, human behavior and research.
In the second year, students pursue a concentration in one of the following:
Students who pursue the advanced direct practice concentration also select one of the following three specializations: children, youth and families; heath, behavioral health; or public child welfare.
Students are required to complete two internships: a foundation field placement (480 hours) and a concentration field placement (480 hours) in a different setting.
Culminating Events: The culminating events available to on-campus students are SWG 599 Thesis, SWG 593 Applied Project, SWG 621 Capstone course and the master's portfolio. The culminating events available to online students are SWG 593 Applied Project, SWG 621 Capstone course and the master's degree portfolio. The academic unit will advise and monitor the online campus students to ensure they choose the appropriate culminating event.