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Master of Social Work

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MSW Curriculum & Classes


The MSW curriculum includes a mix of foundation and concentration courses. Students can choose one of two concentrations: Behavioral Health or Families & Children. A description of the curriculum for each program is below.

Regular Standing Two-year program

This is a full-time program that requires 60 credit hours to complete. Students will spend their first year in foundation courses that cover theory, practice, research and policy and prepare students for generalist practice and advanced concentration courses focused on specialized methods and fields of practice, which are taken in the second year. Two concentrations are available: Behavioral Health and Families & Children. These concentrations enable students to engage in specialized practice with specific, at-risk populations. Three practicum experiences are part of the foundation curriculum and concentration curriculum, totaling 900 hours. Students also choose from a wide variety of elective courses in social work and other disciplines, such as gerontology, psychology, public health, sociology, and others to gain additional knowledge and skills and to learn other perspectives. 

Advanced Standing program

The advanced standing program is a one-year, 36 credit program designed for students who have earned a BSW within the past five years from an accredited CSWE program. Students in the Advanced Standing Program will choose a concentration when applying to the program and will advance directly to their chosen concentration (Behavioral Health or Families & Children). These concentrations enable students to engage in specialized practice with specific, at-risk populations. Two practicum experiences are part of the concentration curriculum, totaling 600 hours. Students also choose from a wide variety of elective courses in social work and other disciplines, such as gerontology, psychology, public health, sociology, and others to gain additional knowledge and skills and to learn other perspectives.


*Pending final approval from the Higher Learning Commission.