Social Work - Master of Social Work (Online)

The requirements for the Master of Social Work degree include 60 credits of designated graduate courses (30 credits of designated graduate courses for those accepted for advanced standing); a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all courses and practicums.

Note that all social work courses must be taken in sequence. Successful completion of course work for each semester is a prerequisite for the course work of the following semester.

An integral part of a graduate social work program is completing practicums. For those enrolled in the two-year and three-year programs, two practicum placements totaling 950 hours will be required. For those students entering the program with advanced standing, one practicum placement is required, totaling 500 hours in the field. Students are offered a wide range of practicum sites from which to choose. Students should be prepared to travel some distance and be responsible for their own transportation costs.

Application Deadlines

The early decision deadline for completed applications is December 1 for fall admission.  The priority deadline for completed applications is February 1 for fall admission.  The final deadline for completed applications is April 1 for fall admission.  Late applications, if completed, will be reviewed only on a space-available basis.

Course of Study

Full-Time Program (60 credits)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MSW 509 Sociocultural Concepts and Populations of the Southwest 3
MSW 510 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
MSW 520 Social Work Practice I 3
MSW 551 Generalist Field Practicum I 3
500-level Elective Course 1 3
 Credits15
Spring
MSW 500 Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy 3
MSW 514 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II 3
MSW 521 Social Work Practice II 3
MSW 560 Social Work Research I 3
MSW 552 Generalist Field Practicum II 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
MSW 503 Policy Analysis and Change 3
MSW 524 Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals 3
MSW 525 Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups 3
MSW 547 Social Work Mental Health Practice 3
MSW 554 Advanced Generalist Field Experience I 3
 Credits15
Spring
MSW 526 Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families 3
MSW 527 Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities 3
MSW 562 Social Work Research II 3
MSW 555 Advanced Generalist Field Experience II 3
500-level Elective Course 1 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits60

Course of Study: Full-Time Advanced Standing (30 credits)

Full-Time Advanced Standing begins in Summer and then follows the Year Two schedule, with the addition of 3 credits MSW or/outside elective in both fall and spring semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MSW 503 Policy Analysis and Change 3
MSW 524 Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals 3
MSW 525 Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups 3
MSW 547 Social Work Mental Health Practice 3
MSW 554 Advanced Generalist Field Experience I 3
 Credits15
Spring
MSW 526 Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families 3
MSW 527 Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities 3
MSW 562 Social Work Research II 3
MSW 555 Advanced Generalist Field Experience II 3
500-level Elective Course 1 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits30

Course of Study: Part-Time Program (60 credits)

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
MSW 509 Sociocultural Concepts and Populations of the Southwest 3
MSW 510 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 3
500-level Elective Course 1 3
 Credits9
Spring
MSW 500 Social Problems and Social Welfare Policy 3
MSW 514 Human Behavior & the Social Environment II 3
MSW 560 Social Work Research I 3
 Credits9
Second Year
Fall
MSW 503 Policy Analysis and Change 3
MSW 520 Social Work Practice I 3
MSW 551 Generalist Field Practicum I 3
 Credits9
Spring
MSW 521 Social Work Practice II 3
MSW 552 Generalist Field Practicum II 3
500-level Elective Course 1 3
 Credits9
Third Year
Fall
MSW 524 Practice III: Advanced Practice with Individuals 3
MSW 525 Practice IV: Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups 3
MSW 547 Social Work Mental Health Practice 3
MSW 554 Advanced Generalist Field Experience I 3
 Credits12
Spring
MSW 526 Practice V: Advanced Practice with Families 3
MSW 527 Practice VI: Advanced Practice with Organizations and Communities 3
MSW 562 Social Work Research II 3
MSW 555 Advanced Generalist Field Experience II 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits60

Related Outside Elective Examples (choose one graduate level)

MSW elective courses not listed above, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Health Science, Family and Consumer Science, Counseling and Education Psychology, Economics, Management, Government, Statistics, Women's Studies, Criminal Justice.