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The Master of Social Work degree program prepares students for beginning and advanced practice in social work in a variety of settings. The curriculum includes courses in human behavior and the social environment, social welfare services and policy, research methods, administration, practice methods, field education and special topics. Students learn to engage individual and community strengths to further the understanding, treatment and prevention of individual and social problems.

Students are admitted for either full-time or part-time study in the 64-credit MSW program. Full-time students complete the program in two years consisting of four semesters with 16 credits being taken each semester; review the full-time curriculum. Part-time students may complete the program in 3.5 years, with six or seven credits being taken each semester including summer course enrollment; review the part-time curriculum.

The curriculum for the MSW degree is divided into two levels: the professional foundation and the advanced generalist concentration. Students must complete the professional foundation before moving on to the advanced generalist portion of the curriculum. Students proceed through several course sequences during the program.

A combined Master of Public Administration-Master’s of Social Work degree is also offered.

Social Work Portfolio

For students entering prior to fall 2014

Rather than a thesis, the student’s final project is a portfolio that reflects knowledge gained, skills learned, values integrated into practice and professional goals developed. Portfolio learning is a process that fosters self-reflection, integrates learning experiences, encourages lifelong learning, prepares for job searches and employment, and provides faculty with feedback for evaluating and improving the curriculum.

For students entering the program after fall 2014

The Capstone Project will offer students the opportunity to integrate and apply learning in order to demonstrate mastery of social work knowledge, skills, practice behaviors, ethics and values necessary for evidence-based advanced generalist practice. In their final week, students will be presented with an advanced generalist case study and, in teams, will develop a poster presentation which illustrates their assessment and intervention in micro, mezzo and macro levels of practice.

Advanced Certificate in Geriatrics and Gerontology

Applications are now being accepted for the Advanced Certificate in Geriatrics and Gerontology for the 2014-2015 academic year. This advanced certificate is open to all students who have completed all foundation year courses and a first year field placement. Students applying to this program must be registered for SW 580 Gerontological Social Work in the fall 2014 semester. A description of the advanced certificate program, final project guidelines and the application form can be found by clicking on the links above.

Applications must be submitted electronically to Amy Edwards( by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014.

For inquiries
and questions about this program, contact:

Cassandra L. Bransford, Ph.D., Certificate Program Director;

Victoria M. Rizzo, Ph.D., Certificate Program Co-Director;



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Last Updated: 3/24/14