The MSW curriculum is grounded in an evidence-based approach to
social work and is unique in integrating trauma-informed
and human rights perspectives.
In your foundation year, you will study the fundamentals of
social work, such as:
- social welfare history and policy
- theories of human and organizational behavior and
- diversity and oppression
- scientific methods and evaluation
Building on this foundation, you can create an individualized
advanced-year curriculum from a wide selection of advanced topic
analysis, advanced interventions and elective course options.
The 60-credit MSW degree is available as a full-time
(two-year) or part-time
(nine semester) program.
We also offer a 35-credit advanced
standing MSW program with both full-time (one-year) and
part-time (five semester) options.
As a full- or part-time student, you will complete two field
placements to help make the transition from student to social
work professional. Specialized training opportunities and the
ability to complete placement requirements outside of the region
— including international locations — allow you to
fully explore the practice areas that interest you most.
Field placements include a minimum of 420 hours for the first
and 480 hours for the second, each divided throughout two
semesters. This works out to be approximately 15-16 hours a week
during the academic year. Block placement options are available if
you will be completing your field placement outside of the
During the MSW program, you may also choose to: