MSW Curriculum and Concentrations

Non-matriculating Courses

Are you interested in taking a graduate course before you apply to the MSW program? Applicants are allowed to take up to nine credits before they matriculate. There is one course being offered for fall 2016.

SWK-703 History of Social Welfare Policy and Services in the United States

This course provides students with both macro and micro understanding of the phenomena of abuse of alcohol and other drugs nationally. The course emphasizes a complex systemic view of substance use and treatment which is grounded in the available addictions research, and consistent with a bio-psycho-social view of social work practice.


Space is limited. We encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Concentration Curriculum

The concentration curriculum (last 26 credits of the program) varies according to each student's chosen concentration:

The concentration curriculum builds on foundation content by providing increased breadth, depth, and integration of knowledge and skills across all of the five sequences noted above. The curriculum supports the need for sophisticated abilities and the assumption of practice roles that demand increased responsibility, especially with regard to complex practice, policy, and ethical dilemmas.

Students enrolled in the program select one of the three different concentration areas listed above in order to acquire advanced knowledge and skills in a particular practice area. The program's concentration curriculum consists of three concentration-specific courses as well as a concentration-specific field education practicum.

In addition, three electives (nine credits) are required and can be taken at any time, as long as prerequisites are met.