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Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW)

The two-year, Full-Time program curriculum plan is constructed with a foundation year curriculum of 30 semester units and an advanced year of 27 semester units. Content areas are integrated and develop greater specificity, breadth and depth over the two years. Students are expected to enter with preparation in the liberal arts as the curriculum is grounded and developed from a liberal arts foundation.

The Advanced Standing program is designed for students who graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited college or university. After completing two Summer courses, students join the advanced year curriculum.

Foundation Year (year 1, 30 Units)

  • SW 582: Introduction to the Qualitative & Quantitative Design & Methods of Social Work Research: Research I
  • SW 540: Generalist Social Work Practice
  • SW 541: Social Work Practice in Native American and Rural Communities
  • SW 550: Human Development, Diversity & Relationships: Change through the Life Course
  • SW 555: Foundation Internship & Seminar
  • SW 530: Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SW 542: Generalist Practice II
  • SW 570: Dynamics of Groups, Agencies, Organizations and Communities
  • SW 583: Qualitative and Quantitative Evaluation and Data Analysis: Research II
  • SW 555: Foundation Internship & Seminar

Advanced Year (year 2, 27 Units)

  • SW 640: Advanced Generalist Practice in Child Welfare and Indian Child Welfare
  • SW 641 Advanced Generalist Practice in Mental Health
  • SW 642: Advanced Generalist Practice in Problematic Substance Use
  • SW 643: Community Work
  • SW 655: Advanced Internship & Seminar
  • SW 630: Legal and Political Social Work
  • SW 644: Advanced Practice in Public, Private and Tribal Organizations
  • SW 655: Advanced Internship & Seminar
  • SW 687: Capstone Seminar

Advanced Standing Program Students

  • Advanced Standing Program students take the following units in the Summer before the Advanced Year:
  • SW 582: Introduction to the Qualitative & Quantitative Design & Methods of Social Work Research: Research I
  • SW 541: Social Work Practice in Native American and Rural Communities