Become an agent of change

The Master of Social Work (MSW) 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, special topics, and field education. Students learn to engage individual and community strengths to further the understanding, treatment, and prevention of individual and social problems.

The curriculum for the MSW degree is divided into two levels: the professional foundation and the advanced generalist concentration. Students complete the professional foundation before moving to the advanced generalist portion of the curriculum. 

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, taking 16 credits each semester for four semesters. Part-time students complete the program in 3.5 years, taking six or seven credits each semester, including summer sessions. Students with bachelor's degrees in social work in the advanced standing program earn their MSWs in less than one calendar year. 

The Department of Social Work also offers a Master of Public Administration-Master of Social Work (MPA-MSW) dual-degree program in conjunction with the Department of Public Administration.

Last Updated: 8/13/14