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Program Structure

The MSW is a 60-credit Program

Full-time program

During the first year of the program, students receive comprehensive training in generalist social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

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Students become familiar with prevention and intervention methods designed to promote client well-being, based on scientific inquiry and best practices. Students also participate in a supervised field practicum approximately 15 hours per week.

During the second year of the program, students obtain training in specialized 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 field practicum at an agency serving children, adolescents and/or families for approximately 21 hours per week.

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

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.