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 policy and programs, diversity and oppression, research methods, 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 is divided into two levels: the generalist year and the advanced generalist year. Students complete the generalist level before moving to the advanced generalist level 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. Full-time students with bachelor's degrees in social work (BSWs) in the advanced standing program can earn their MSWs in less than one calendar year. Part-time students complete the program in 3.5 years, taking 6 or 7 credits each semester, including summer sessions. The part-time program is offered as a blended program, allowing students the opportunity to complete half of their classroom experiences online. The program offers one online course each semester where students meet in a virtual classroom for discussions, presentations and group work.

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: 9/21/16