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Master of Social Work (MSW) Program

2017 MSW alums Kathryn Leonard and Promise Bruce with Dr. Elizabeth Bowen at the Black Business Boom community event they organized.

Our highly ranked MSW program will prepare you for a career in helping people create truly transformational changes in their lives.

We do this through a curriculum that is rooted in evidence-based practice and that integrates trauma-informed and human rights perspectives. Recognizing and understanding the significant roles that psychological trauma and human rights violations play in a range of issues will provide you with a unique advantage as you assist clients and work to improve service delivery systems.

60-Credit Traditional Program

The 60-credit Traditional MSW program is for students from all undergraduate majors. It includes:

  • Fundamentals of social work (social welfare history and policy; theories of human and organizational behavior and development; diversity and oppression; interventions; and scientific methods and evaluation) 
  • Perspectives on trauma and human rights and professional development courses
  • Advanced topic analysis, advanced interventions and elective course options for student-designed advanced year concentration

35-Credit Advanced Standing Program

The 35-credit Advanced Standing MSW program is for students that have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree (please review admissions eligibility requirements for more details). It includes:

  • Advanced standing research and seminar courses 
  • Perspectives on trauma and human rights and professional development courses 
  • Advanced topic analysis, advanced interventions and elective course options for student-designed advanced year concentration

Field Placements

Field placements are specialized field training opportunities that allow students to explore the practice areas that interest them the most. The Field Education Office has hundreds of agency partnerships and assist students throughout the placement process.

Field Placements:

  • Are completed over the course of two semesters each
  • Require a minimum of 15 hours a week
  • Are during weekday daytime working hours
  • Cannot be satisfied using past or current employment or volunteer work 

The 60-credit MSW program requires 420 hours for the foundation placement and 480 hours for the advanced placement.

The 35-credit MSW Advanced Standing MSW program requires one 480 hour advanced field placement.

Expanded Learning Opportunities

During the MSW program, you may also choose to:

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