Program Requirements for Completing the Master of Social Work Degree
Students are required to complete a minimum of sixty (60) semester hours; thirty (30)
hours are taken in the foundation curriculum and thirty (30) hours are required in
the concentration curriculum.
The foundation curriculum provides evidence-based knowledge, behaviors and skills
for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
Students must follow a structured program of study that includes all of the following
foundation courses (30 credit hours):
§ 7001 Social Work Practice Skills (3)
§ 7002 Individuals and Families (3)
§ 7003 Group, Organization, Community (3)
§ 7005 Psychopathology (3)
§ 7021 HBSE I: Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
§ 7022 HBSE II: Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
§ 7025 Scientific Methods (3)
§ 7030 Social Welfare Policy (3)
§ 7051 Field Placement I (3)
§ 7052 Field Placement II (3)
The concentration curriculum allows students to extend the basic knowledge gained
in the foundation to a more focused advanced evidence-based practice with families
and children. Both the foundation and concentration portions of the program emphasize
evidence-based practice and critical thinking skills.
Upon successful completion of all foundation courses students student move to the
concentration curriculum, which includes all the following courses (30 credit hours).
§ 7004 CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) & Behavioral Intervention (3)
§ 7009 Child Welfare Best Practices (3)
§ 7010 Violence and the Family (3)
§ 7011 Mental Health and Disabilities (3)
§ PADM 7612 Program and Policy Evaluation (3)
§ 7053 Field Placement III (3)
§ 7054 Field Placement IV (3)
§ Three Electives (3 credits each for a total of 9 credits)
To accommodate a wide range of student needs, the MSW program of study offers options
for full-time (4 semesters of study; 60 credit hours) and extended study (6 to 8 semesters
of study; 60 credit hours). Regardless of progression through the program, the educational
components of each sequencing option are the same. The concentration curriculum is
generally full-time (2 semesters), although students may choose to extend (3 to 5
semesters). All MSW students follow the same learning expectations for field education,
take the same comprehensive exam at the conclusion of the program, and meet the same
requirements for graduation.