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 are two courses offered for fall 2015.

SWK703: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Social Work and Social Welfare Policy
This required course will provide a basis for the student’s formulation and analysis of social welfare policy and services, with special emphasis on the differential impacts these policies and services have on vulnerable populations.

SWK871: Social Work with Elders and Their Families 
This elective will address the experience of normal aging as well as challenges associated with the transition into aging.

Space is limited, we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

Foundation Curriculum

The foundation curriculum (first 27 credits of the program) consists of core courses that are required for all students regardless of concentration. These required courses are organized under five sequence areas:

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Policy
  • Social Work Practice
  • Research
  • Field Education

The foundation curriculum is designed to prepare students to use, critique, and integrate varying theoretical frameworks as they relate to the assessment of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Familiarity with perspectives that emphasize the interplay and transactions between the individual and the environment allows for understanding and work with at risk populations and prepares students for culturally competent practice.

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.