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Course of Study

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 development
  • 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.

Convenient Program 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.

Distinctive Field Placements

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 region.

Expanded Learning Opportunities

During the MSW program, you may also choose to:

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