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MSW Program Options and Concentrations

Options

The MSW program provides the following program options:

The Advanced Standing option is a 39-credit-hour program. This degree is for students who:

  • earned a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited school in the past seven years.
  • qualify for a credit waiver of up to 21 hours towards a MSW degree.

Aside from meeting the general admission requirements, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA for any professional social work courses as an undergraduate.

The curriculum content is the same for online and on-campus courses. The only significant difference is in course delivery. All classes in the online MSW program (except practicums) are delivered online.

Start Dates:

Program Start Date
on-campus fall semester (August) or spring semester (January)
online fall semester (August)

The Regular Standing program is a 60-credit-hour program. This degree is for students who earned a bachelor’s degree in an area other than social work.

This option takes a minimum of four semesters of full-time study to complete.

The curriculum content is the same for online and on-campus courses. The only significant difference is in course delivery. All classes in the online MSW program (except practicums) are delivered online.

Start Dates:

Program Start Date
on-campus fall semester (August)
online fall semester (August)

The Mizzou online MSW program was created in response to rural communities in the Midwest that are in need of social work practitioners.

The part-time, online program is offered to residents of:

  • Missouri
  • Arkansas
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee

Our online MSW program is structured so that you can maintain a full-time job while taking classes toward your degree. Classes have a specific start and end date, and weekly assignments track your progress. While you are not expected to meet online at a specific time for class, you are expected to log in to course sites multiple times each week to view lectures, complete course activities, and participate in discussions. As a cohort based program, students take courses together each semester and develop meaningful, collegial relationships as members of intentional learning communities. Instructors and advisers are accessible for assistance and mentoring using web conferencing technology. Students gain important professional practice skills using a variety of emerging technologies for completion of assignments.

During the application process, it is important to consider if you will reside in our region during the three year period required to completing the online MSW program. Student must reside within our region to maintain eligibility for the online MSW program. While final practicums can be completed with a variety of agencies in or outside of the region, regular standing students must complete their 7971 practicum at an agency within our region. Moving out of region prior to the final practicum will result in delayed graduation or program withdrawal. It is also important to note that practicums must be completed Monday through Friday during normal work day hours (not evenings or weekends). If you have questions about how we can work with you to meet these requirements, please let us know.

Program Length:

  • Regular Standing - two classes most semesters for three years (nine semesters)
  • Advanced Standing - two classes most semesters for two years (six semesters)

Start Date:

All cohorts start in the fall semester (August).

Concentrations

Students focus on one of the following two concentrations:

Those who choose Clinical Practice are interested in practicing social work with individuals, families, small groups and communities. This concentration prepares social workers for Clinical Practice in social services organizations. Clinical Practice graduates serve in a variety of professional roles, such as:

  • counselor
  • team leader
  • employee assistance specialist
  • diagnostician
  • therapist
  • educator
  • social broker
  • community advocate
  • consultant
  • case manager

Those who choose Policy, Planning and Administration are interested in social work at the macro-system level. This concentration prepares social workers for management, policy making and advocacy practice in social services organizations, foundations and political and government settings. Policy, Planning and Administration graduates serve in a variety of professional roles, such as:

  • program administrator
  • program director
  • evaluator
  • researcher
  • policy analyst

MSW/MPH Dual Degree Program

As a student of the MSW/MPH Dual Degree Program, you will earn a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Health and Promotion. Visit the MSW/MPH dual degree page for more information.

MSW/PhD Joint Degree Program

The MSW/PhD Joint Degree program was ideally designed for individuals who already have work experience in the human services. This combined degree program will prepare those individuals for a career conducting social work research. Visit the MSW/PhD Joint Degree Program page for more information.