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College of Human Environmental Sciences

MSW Courses

The MSW curriculum is divided into two levels: Foundation and Concentration courses.

7000 Professional Social Work Practice (1 credit)
7710 Social Policy and Service Delivery in Social Work (3 credits)
7720 Foundations of Human Behavior (3 credits)
7730 Social Work Skills (3 credits)
7740 Large Group Theory (2 credits)
7760 Social Justice Seminar (2 credits)
7952 Research Design in Social Work (3 credits)
7971 Graduate Field Practicum I (4 credits)

If you are an advanced student, the only course you are required to take at the foundation level is 7952. There is a test out option for this course, but it must be replaced with another advanced research course approved by the school..

Clinical Concentration Courses

7770 Strategies of Clinical Social Work Intervention (3 credits)
7780 Fundamentals of Social Work Administration (3 credits)
7820 DSM V Psychopathology: A Social Work Experience (3 credits)
- - - - Advanced Clinical Practice Selective (3 credits)
8953 Evaluative Research in Social Work Practice (3 credits)
8970 Professional Practice Seminar (3 credits)
8971 Graduate Field Practicum II (12 credits)
- - - - Elective (3 credits)
- - - - Elective (3 credits)
- - - - Elective (3 credits)

Policy, Planning & Administration Concentration Courses

7780 Fundamentals of Social Work Administration (3 credits)
7820 DSM V Psychopathology: A Social Work Experience (3 credits)
7920 Advanced Foundations of Human Behavior for Administrators (3 credits)
8350 Management of a Social Agency (3 credits)
8952 Evaluative Research in Social Work Planning & Administration (3 credits)
8970 Professional Practice Seminar (3 credits)
8971 Graduate Field Practicum II (12 credits)
- - - - Elective (3 credits)
- - - - Elective (3 credits)
- - - - Elective (3 credits)

Course Tranfers

Graduate coursework from another institution may be allowed as transfer credit toward the MSW degree if the course work meets the following criteria:

  • The transferred course will be less than eight (8) years at the time the MSW degree is granted.
  • If the course is to substitute for a Foundation course, it must have equivalent content as determined by the MSW Program Director.
  • If the course is to be used as an elective, it must be related to your chosen concentration.
  • No course transfers are permitted for required concentration courses.
  • A maximum of 12 hours of transfer credit will be considered for the regular standing program, and a maximum of six hours of transfer credit will be considered for the advanced standing program.

To submit materials for review, please follow these steps:

  • Read the MSW program’s course descriptions and decide which of your prior graduate courses may qualify for transfer.
  • Locate a copy of the syllabus for the course you took from your former institution(s).
  • Forward them to the Student Support Specialist at nullc@missouri.edu.

The MSW Program Director will review the syllabus and decide if it is acceptable for transfer credit. We encourage you to submit your requests for transfer as early as possible. You may submit syllabi for transfer credit review anytime. If you submit your materials prior to orientation, a decision may be ready by the time you begin the MSW program.

Up to eight transfer credits are allowed and may be applied to either the MPH or MSW program individually or divided between the two programs per your advisor and program director’s decision. Transfer credits may not be applied separately to each program. For more information, visit the MSW/MPH Dual Degree page.

Life Experience / Previous Work Experience Policy

In accordance with CSWE accreditation standards, the MU SSW does not grant social work course credit for life or work experience at the MSW level.