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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. 



The Department of Social Work resides in the School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy within the College of Arts & Sciences. The Program offers the Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Work and the Master of Social Work. The BA degree is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the MSW degree is in candidacy for  CSWE accreditation. Both degree programs include significant work experience through field placement.

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Master of Social Work Program

Bachelor of Arts Social Work Program

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