Plans of Study

The master of social work program offers three different plans of study. Students may choose the plan of study that best suits their needs and schedules.

Option 1—Two-year, Full-time MSW: Students in this plan of study enter the MSW program in the fall semester and complete the degree over four terms of study in two academic years. In addition to their classes, students are required to complete foundation and advanced field placements.

Option 2—Extended MSW (completed in six semesters with fall admission): Students are admitted in the fall to complete the foundation curriculum over two years with part-time and full-time terms and then attend classes full time during the last nine months of study (fall and spring) to complete the advanced concentration curriculum. In addition to their classes, students are required to complete foundation and advanced field placements.

Option 3—Extended MSW (completed in five semesters with spring admission): Students are admitted in Spring to complete the foundation curriculum in three semesters with part-time and full-time terms and then attend classes full-time during the last nine months of study (fall and spring) to complete the advanced concentration curriculum. In addition to their classes, students are required to complete foundation and advanced field placements.

View detailed information on each plan in the sections below:

Option 1—Two-year, full-time MSW

Students in this plan of study enter the MSW program in the fall semester and complete the degree over four terms of study in two academic years. In addition to their classes, students are required to complete foundation and advanced field placements.

Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, First Year (15 credits)
SW 500 Foundation Field Education Practicum I with seminar 3
SW 501 Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families 3
SW 504 Social Welfare Policy 3
SW 505 Social Work Research 3
SW 506 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I—Theories 3
Spring Semester, First Year (15 credits)
SW 502 Foundation Field Education Practicum II wtih seminar 3
SW 503 Social Work Practice II: Groups, Organizations and Communities 3
SW 507 Human Behavior in the Social Envionment II—Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3
SW 508 Pyschopathology 3
SW 509 Interprofessional Education (IPE) 3
Fall Semester, Second Year (15 credits)
SW 600 Advanced Field Education Practicum I in Health/Behavioral Health with seminar 4
SW 601 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research 2
Two electives* 6
Spring Semester, Second Year (15 credits)
SW 602 Advanced Field Education Practicum II in Health/Behavioral Health with seminar 4
SW 603 Advanced Organizational SW Practice: Program Management, Supervision and Professional Ethics 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
Two electives* 6

*Of the four elective courses, one must be an advanced clinical course, and an additional elective must support the chosen specialization.

Option 2—Extended MSW (six semeters, fall admission)

Students are admitted in the fall to complete the foundation curriculum over two years with part-time and full-time terms and then attend classes full time during the last nine months of study (fall and spring) to complete the advanced concentration curriculum. In addition to their classes, students are required to complete foundation and advanced field placements.

Course Title Credits
Fall Semester, First Year (6 credits)
SW 505 Social Work Research 3
SW 506 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories for Practice 3
Spring Semester, First Year (6 credits)
SW 507 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3
SW 509 Interprofessional Education (IPE) 3
Fall Semester, Second Year (9 credits)
SW 500 Foundation Field Education Practicum I with seminar 3
SW 501 Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families 3
SW 504 Social Welfare Policy 3
Spring Semester, Second Year (9 credits)
SW 502 Foundation Field Education Practicum II with seminar 3
SW 503 Social Work Practice II: Groups, Communities and Organizations 3
SW 508 Psychopathology 3
Fall Semester, Third Year (15 credits)
SW 600 Advanced Field Education Practicum I in Health/Behavioral Health with seminar 4
SW 601 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research 2
Two electives* 6
Spring Semester, Third Year (15 credits)
SW 602 Advanced Field Education Practicum II in Health/Behavioral Health with seminar 4
SW 603 Advanced Organizational SW Practice: Program Management, Supervision and Professional Ethics 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
Two electives* 6

*Of the four elective courses, one must be an advanced clinical course, and an additional elective must support the chosen specialization. 

Option 3—Extended MSW (five semeters, spring admission)

Students are admitted in Spring to complete the foundation curriculum in three semesters with part-time and full-time terms and then attend classes full-time during the last nine months of study (fall and spring) to complete the advanced concentration curriculum. In addition to their classes, students are required to complete foundation and advanced field placements.

Course Title Credits
Spring Semester, First Year (6 credits)
SW 507 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3
SW 509 Interprofessional Education (IPE) 3
Fall Semester, Second Year (15 credits)
SW 500 Foundation Field Education Practicum I with seminar 3
SW 501 Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families 3
SW 504 Social Welfare Policy 3
SW 505 Social Work Research 3
SW 506 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories for Practice 3
Spring Semester, Second Year (9 credits)
SW 502 Foundation Field Education Practicum II with seminar 3
SW 503 Social Work Practice II: Groups, Communities and Organizations 3
SW 508 Psychopathology 3
Fall Semester, Third Year (15 credits)
SW 600 Advanced Field Education Practicum I in Health/Behavioral Health with seminar 4
SW 601 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research 2
Two electives* 6
Spring Semester, Third Year (15 credits)
SW 602 Advanced Field Education Practicum II in Health/Behavioral Health with seminar 4
SW 603 Advanced Organizational SW Practice: Program Management, Supervision and Professional Ethics 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
Two electives* 6

*Of the four elective courses, one must be an advanced clinical course, and an additional elective must support the chosen specialization.