Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Conduct and articulate ongoing, autonomous self-evaluation of professional practice.
  • Articulate and demonstrate the NASW Code of Ethics in professional practice.
  • Assess and apply multiple sources of knowledge and information to make practice and program decisions.
  • Demonstrate diversity-related knowledge, values, and skills to improve practice and practitioner growth.
  • Promote social and economic justice in practice through policy and programmatic advocacy.
  • Evaluate practice and use results of research and evaluation to improve programs, policy, and service delivery.
  • Use a theoretical framework addressing context, population, and culture in order to analyze, evaluate, assess, and intervene with client systems.
  • Integrate policy practice within and across systems to make intervention more effective and comprehensive.
  • Provide leadership to recognize and respond to ever-changing population needs.
  • Establish a process that encourages participants to be equal partners.
  • Select and modify multi-systemic assessment of contributing factors to a practice situation.
  • Demonstrate the use of appropriate interventions to address assessed contributing factors to a practice situation.
  • Use evaluation of process and outcomes to refine or develop evidence-based practice interventions.
  • Utilize personal power and professional privilege for ethical leadership.

Plan of Study

The following course of study is a typical schedule for a full-time student. Enrollment in some elective courses require completion of all foundation study. The plan of study is subject to change.

Regular Program

Foundation Level Courses
SOC-WK 5510Foundation Field Practicum I3
SOC-WK 5511Foundation Field Practicum II3
SOC-WK 5532Foundations Of Social Work Practice I3
SOC-WK 5533Foundations Of Social Work Practice II3
SOC-WK 5530Human Behavior: Individuals In The Social Environment3
SOC-WK 5531Human Behavior: Families, Groups, Organizations, And Communities3
SOC-WK 5534Social Welfare Programs And Policies3
SOC-WK 5536Social Work Research Methods3
SOC-WK 5537Quantitative Social Work Research Methods3
SOC-WK 5565Systemic Oppression and Social Justice Advocacy3
Concentration (Advanced Generalist) Courses
SOC-WK 5512Advanced Field Practicum I3
SOC-WK 5513Advanced Field Practicum II3
SOC-WK 5540Advanced Social Work Practice I3
SOC-WK 5541Advanced Social Work Practice II3
SOC-WK 5550Program Evaluation and Management3
SOC-WK 5579Integration Seminar In Advanced Generalist Practice3
Electives 1
SOC-WK 5542Social Services With Older Adults3
SOC-WK 5544Families, Communities and Child Welfare3
SOC-WK 5546Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Social Work Practice3
SOC-WK 5547Grief and Loss in Social Work Practice3
SOC-WK 5560Psychopathology: A Competency Based Assessment Model in Social Work Practice3
SOC-WK 5561Social Work in Health Care3
SOC-WK 5562Family Organization and Development3
SOC-WK 5563Life Span Issues in Developmental Disabilities3
SOC-WK 5564Advanced Group Interventions in Social Work3
SOC-WK 5566Family and Community Violence3
SOC-WK 5567Collaborative Strengths-Based Practice: Multi-System Interventions3
SOC-WK 5568School Social Work Practice3
SOC-WK 5569Core Concepts of Child and Adolescent Trauma3
SOC-WK 5575Advanced Generalist Community Practice3
SOC-WK 5577Sexuality and Social Work Practice3
SOC-WK 5580Special Topics In Social Work1-3
SOC-WK 5590Readings And Investigations In Social Work1-3
LAW 8815SLeadership In Disability Studies: A Multidisciplinary Approach3-4
PUB-ADM 5526The Politics Of Administration3
PUB-ADM 5548Leadership For Public Service3

Advanced Standing Program

Students who have received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program, may apply to our MSW program as "Advanced Standing." Advanced standing students must enroll in the following required spring or summer courses:

SOC-WK 5538Advanced Standing Seminar: Contemp Trends In Social Work Practice3
SOC-WK 5539Adv Standing Sem: Emerging Iss In Soc Welfare Policy And Research3

Advanced standing students then complete concentration level courses.

The graduate social work program grants the M.S.W. degree when students have completed the following degree requirements:

  1. 60 credit hours of class (48 hours) and field (12 hours) for regular program students.
  2. 36 credit hours of class (30 hours) and field (6 hours) for advanced standing students.
  3. To remain in good standing, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  4. Part-time students must complete the program within four years.
  5. Students take four electives (12 credit hours) in the concentration year.