Degrees & Programs

MSW

Curriculum

A STUDENT-FRIENDLY AND FLEXIBLE COURSE PLAN

The MSW curriculum ensures that graduates have the competencies and skills needed to successfully practice in a variety of settings and is designed to be student-friendly and flexible. Students can tailor their educational experience through an extensive list of course options for working with various populations and problems, and in many types of social work settings. This dynamic curriculum offers diverse specialization options that offer students greater choice in their courses of study reflecting the contemporary contexts in which social workers practice. For course descriptions, please click here.

PROGRAM OPTIONS

To make the MSW degree available in a manner that is responsive to the diverse needs and interests of potential students, the College of Social Work offers the regular (full-time and part-time) and the Advanced Standing Alternative Plan [ASAP] (full-time and part-time) options. The regular program is a two-year, full-time option but this program can also be spread over 3 or 4 years on a part-time basis as well. Like its counterpart, the ASAP is available on a full-time and part-time basis. Despite which program that the student elects to enroll in, all MSW degree course and field placement requirements must be completed within six years.(Please note that the ASAP options begin in the Summer while all other programs begin in the Autumn of each year.)

Below are possible options for the five programs.  Courses that are listed as SWK 75__ and SWK 76__ in the sample schedules may be counted as elective credit once required courses are completed.

 

FOUNDATION COURSES 

SWK 6201 – Social & Economic Justice

SWK 6202 – Diversity & Cultural Competence

SWK 6301 – Social Work Perspectives on Development and Behavior Across the Lifespan

SWK 6302 – Organizational & Community Systems

SWK 6401 – Engaging with Evidence

SWK 6501 – Engaging & Entering the Profession

SWK 7400 – Evidence in Social Work Practice (ASAP students)

SWK 7500 – Professional Development (ASAP students)


PRACTICE AREA SPECIALIZATION COURSES

Students will choose one of the four practice areas and will be required to complete both specialization courses in that practice area.

AGING & HEALTH 

SWK 7610 – Integrative Seminar I on Aging & Health (emphasis on Aging)

SWK 7611 – Integrative Seminar II on Aging & Health (emphasis on Health)

MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE 

SWK 7620 – Integrative Seminar I on Mental Health & Substance Abuse (emphasis on Mental Health)

SWK 7621 – Integrative Seminar II on Mental Health & Substance Abuse (emphasis on Substance Abuse)

CHILD AND YOUTH SERVICES 

SWK 7630 – Integrative Seminar I on Child & Youth Services

SWK 7631 – Integrative Seminar II on Child & Youth Services

COMMUNITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE 

SWK 7640 – Integrative Seminar I in Community & Social Justice Practice

SWK 7641 – Integrative Seminar II in Community & Social Justice Practice


ADVANCED PRACTICE METHODS COURSES

These courses are intended to teach students “how to do it” regardless of the service system in which they are working. Students are required to take 12 credits hours of advanced methods courses with at least one course from the micro-level menu and at least one from the macro-level menu.

MICRO-LEVEL 

SWK 7510 – Strengths-based Clinical SW with Individual Adults

SWK 7511 – Clinical SW with Children & Adolescents

SWK 7512 – Clinical SW Practice with Couples & Families

SWK 7513 – Clinical SW with Groups

SWK 7514 – Behavioral Methods in Social Work

SWK 7515 – Crisis Intervention & Trauma Treatment

SWK 7516 – Assessment & Diagnosis in Social Work Practice

SWK 7517 – Social Work Practice in Schools

SWK 7518 – Advanced Case Management

SWK 7519 –Motivational Interviewing

SWK 7520 – Pharmacotherapy in Social Work

SWK 7521 – Evidence-based Substance Abuse Treatment

SWK 7523 – Clinical Social Work Practice with Older Adults

MACRO-LEVEL 

SWK 7530 – Needs Assessment & Program Design

SWK 7531 – Resource Acquisition for Human Service Organizations

SWK 7532 – Supervision and Human Resource Management

SWK 7533 – Financial Management

SWK 7534 – Prevention Strategies in Practice

SWK 7550 – Community Practice & Development

SWK 7551 – Strategic Planning for Organizational & Community Change

SWK 7570 – Policy Analysis & Social Legislation Processes


PRACTICE OR PROGRAM EVALUATION COURSES 

The first course introduces the knowledge and skill required to complete practice or program evaluations and the second course gives students the opportunity to conduct practice or program evaluation projects. Students who choose the practice evaluation courses will complete 7401 & 7402. Students who choose the program evaluation courses will complete 7403 & 7404.

SWK 7401 – Evaluating Social Work Practice

SWK 7402 – Applied Practice Evaluation

SWK 7403 – Evaluating Social Work Programs & Policies

SWK 7404 – Applied Program & Policy Evaluation


FIELD EDUCATION & FIELD SEMINARS

Students are required to complete 912 hours (672 hours for ASAP students) in an approved field placement.

SWK 6189 – 1st Year Field Practicum

SWK 7189 – 2nd Year Field Practicum


ELECTIVES COURSES

GENERAL ELECTIVES 

SWK 5001: Writing for Agency Practice

SWK 5002: AIDS: Facts & Issues

SWK 5004: International Social Work

SWK 5005: Human Trafficking: Domestic and Global Perspectives

SWK 5006: Sexualities, Diversity & Social Work

SWK 5007: Child Welfare I (required for UPP)

SWK 5008: Child Welfare II (required for UPP)

SWK 5009: Family Caregiving: Contemporary Issues, Programs & Policies

SWK 5011: Loss & Grief: A SW Practice Perspective

SWK 5012: Social Work Approaches to Conflict Resolution

SWK 5013: Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Approach to Assessment and Treatment

SWK 5014: Juvenile Delinquency & Correctional Practice in Social Work

SWK 5015: Social Work Practice & the Law

SWK 5016: Affirmative Practice with LGBTQ Individuals, Couples, and Families

SWK 5017: Social Work Practice in the Field of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

SWK 5018: Strategies for Interprofessional Case Management

SWK 5019: Cross-National Community Development

SWK 5020: Social Welfare and the Jewish Community

SWK 5021: Summer Institute of Addiction Studies

SWK 5022: Social Work Interventions with Latinos

SWK 5023: Family Violence:  Social Work Perspectives and Interventions

SWK 5024: Social Work Licensure Exam Strategies and Skills

SWK 5025: Social Determinants of Health: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

SWK 5026: Exploring Community Food Security Strategies

SWK 5194: Group Studies:  Follow the Tomato: Community Food Strategies

SWK 5798: Study Abroad

 

MSW-ONLY ELECTIVES 

SWK 7704: Community Youth Development

SWK 7717: Interdisciplinary Perspective on Developmental Disabilities

SWK 7718: Interdisciplinary Perspective on Autism Spectrum Disorders

SWK 7719: Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice in Integrated Healthcare

SWK 7193: Individual Studies (Individual Studies Form)

SWK 7194: Group Studies

SWK 7199: Thesis Research

 

NEED TO PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE?

View a list of tentative courses:  Spring 2017, Summer 2017 and the 16-17 academic year.

View a list of course descriptions:  MSW Course Descriptions.