MSW 60-Credit-Hour Program

HRSArec.2015Students admitted to the weekday program complete two years of weekday classroom courses in the fall, and field placement and classroom courses in the spring semester. Classroom courses are taught throughout the week, during the day and in the evening. Most classes meet for two hours and 50 minutes for each session. The field education courses normally involve a supervised internship of 32 hours per week
(Monday–Thursday) for 16 weeks.

Foundation Year
Fall Semester

  • SW 500 Social Welfare Policy: History, Problems, Programs, and Analysis (3 hours)
  • SW 510 Human Behavior and Social Environments I (3 hours)
  • SW 540 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (3 hours)
  • SW 541 Social Work Practice with Groups (3 hours)
  • SW 542 Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations (3 hours)

Spring Semester

  • SW 570 Research-Informed Practice ( 3 hours)
  • SW 534 Integrative Seminar (1 hour)
  • SW 511 Human Behavior and Social Environments II (2 hours)
  • SW 590 Field Education I (9 hours)

TOTAL HOURS = 30

Concentration Year
There are two concentrations available during the second year of the MSW program. Social Work with Children, Adolescents, and their Families, and Social Work with Adults and their Families. Each concentration includes two required courses, the opportunity for three electives (which can be courses from the other concentration), and a field placement related to the concentration. Two other courses will also be required during the second or concentration year: SW 525 Evaluation Research and SW 501 Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis.

In addition, some elective courses are typically offered on a yearly basis: SW 506 Social Service Planning and Program Development, SW 514 Chemical Dependency, SW 515 Psychopathology, SW 523 Family Preservation, SW 528 Spirituality and Social Work Practice, SW 529 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice, SW 536 Social Service Program and Agency Administration, and SW 549 Crisis Intervention. Students have the opportunity, in collaboration with their academic advisors, to tailor their concentrations to reflect their own unique and individualized preferences.

An emphasis in Program Planning and Agency Administration [PAA] is available with either of the concentrations. To emphasize this content area as part of their concentration, students must take both SW 506 Social Service Planning and Program Development and SW 536 Social Service Program and Agency Administration as two of their three electives. Then, they will request a placement in their concentration year that includes the PAA emphasis. Please note that the opportunity to complete the PAA emphasis may be limited by the student’s own scheduling, site, and commuting preferences, and the School does not guarantee access to this emphasis to all students.

Social Work with Children, Adolescents, and their Families

Semester I

  • SW 564 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents in Mental Health (3 hours)
  • SW 565 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice in Child Welfare and Family Services (3 hours)
  • SW 525 Evaluation Research or Elective (3 hours)
  • Elective or SW 501 Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis (3 hours)
  • Elective (3 hours)

Semester II

  • SW 501 Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis or Elective
  • Elective or SW 525 Evaluation Research
  • Field (500 clock hours) (9 hours)

TOTAL HOURS = 30

Social Work with Adults and their Families

Semester I

  • SW 532 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice with Adults in Mental Health
    (3 hours)
  • SW 533 Models and Methods of Gerontological Social Work Practice (3 hours)
  • SW 525 Evaluation Research or Elective (3 hours)
  • Elective or SW 501 Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis (3 hours)
  • Elective (3 hours)

Semester II

  • SW 501 Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis or Elective
  • Elective or SW 525 Evaluation Research
  • Field (500 clock hours) (9 hours)

TOTAL HOURS = 30

Electives Typically Offered Every Year:

  • SW 506 Social Service Planning and Program Development
  • SW 514 Chemical Dependency
  • SW 515 Psychopathology
  • SW 523 Family Preservation
  • SW 528 Spirituality and Social Work Practice
  • SW 529 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice
  • SW 536 Social Service Program and Agency Administration
  • SW 549 Crisis Intervention

Other electives to be offered dependent upon faculty and student preferences.