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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 spring semester (January) or summer (June) semesters
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 part-time, online program is offered to residents of:

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

This option was created in response to rural communities in the Midwest that are in need of social work practitioners.

The program is structured so that you can maintain a full-time job. 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 regularly to view lectures, complete course activities and participate in discussions. Students also have the opportunity to acquire professional practice skills using web conferencing technologies for completion of assignments.

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.

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