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MSW Full-time Program (2 Years)

The MSW is a 60-credit Program

Full-time program: 2 years

The MSW full-time program is a 2 year program starting in Fall semester. All courses are 3 credits. Students take 5 courses (15 credits) per semester (Fall / Spring). There may be opportunity to take some electives during Summer sessions to lessen the academic year load (Fall/ Spring).

Year 1 (Fall and Spring): Students receive comprehensive training in generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.Students become familiar with prevention and intervention methods designed to promote client well-being, based on scientific inquiry and best practices. Course topics include diversity, oppression, social justice, policy, assessment and diagnosis, human behavior and research. Students also participate in a supervised field practicum approximately 15 hours per week.

Year 2 (Fall and Spring): Students obtain training in specialized clinical practice with children, youth and families. Course topics include clinical practice, family interventions, child and family policy, and child abuse and neglect. Students also participate in a supervised clinical field practicum at an agency serving children, adolescents and/or families for approximately 21 hours per week.

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MSW Student Manual

Program Requirements

Year 1

Fall Semester

Credits

SOWK 500

Generalist Social Work Practice I: Individuals, Families and Groups

3

SOWK 501

Diversity, Oppression and Social Justice

3

SOWK 502

Social Welfare Policy and Services

3

SOWK 503

Human Behavior and the Social Environment

3

SOWK 504

Field Education Seminar I

3

Year 1

Spring Semester

Credits

SOWK 520

Generalist Social Work Practice II: Organizations and Communities

3

CHAD 603

Research and Evaluation

3

SOWK 522

Social Work Assessment and Diagnosis

3

SOWK 523

Field Education Seminar II

3

Elective **

3

Year 2

Fall Semester

Credits

SOWK 600

Clinical Practice with Children, Youth and Families I

3

SOWK 601

Practice Evaluation

3

SOWK 602

Child and Family Policy

3

SOWK 603

Field Education Seminar III

3

Elective **

3

Year 2

 Spring Semester

Credits

SOWK 620

Clinical Practice with Children, Youth and Families II

3

CHAD 502

Child Abuse and Neglect

3

SOWK 622

Field Education Seminar IV

3

Elective **

3

Elective **

3

Total Credits

60

** Students may choose to take up to two electives in the summer. At least one elective should be clinical for clinical license requirements.

Academic Credit for Life/Work Experience

Please note that MSU does not grant any academic credit for life experience or previous work experience. This applies to all required and elective courses in the MSW program (two-year and Advanced Standing), and to field education hours. No exceptions to this policy will be granted for any reason.

For more information about the program, please contact:

Dr. Lynette Reitz, MSW Program Director
Email: socialwork@montclair.edu
973-655-4188

The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.