M.S.W. Program Curriculum


To ensure training in areas SSW feels are key to a solid clinical education, courses and training are divided into five academic sequences: social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, social welfare policy and services, research and field. Academic course sessions span 10 weeks each summer. Courses are offered as one- or two-term offerings of five weeks each. Between summers, the internship periods provide time for focused field education, research and the community practice experience.

Required Courses

The typical course meets twice a week in classes of two hours each and provides two quarter-hours of credit each term. Courses that meet six hours per week provide three quarter-hours of credit each term. Master’s students need 131 credits to graduate.

Session One - First summer

In Session I, students are required to take the following courses:

101/102 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

130 Theories of Individual Development

131 Problems in Biopsychosocial Functioning

330 Child Development or 333 Developmental Deviations in Childhood and Adolescence

133 Sociocultural Concepts

160/161 Introduction to Social Welfare Policy

190 Group Theory and Practice

191 Agency and Community Practice

Session Three - Second summer

The following courses are required of all students during Academic Session III, along with three elective courses (M.S.W. students with advanced standing status begin their coursework in Academic Session III):

301/302 Clinical Social Work Practice

331 Comparative Psychodynamic Theories for Clinical Social Work Practice

132 Family Theory for Clinical Social Work Practice

334 Racism in the United States: Implications for Social Work Practice

380/381 Social Work Research Methods (Introductory) or *382/383 Social Work Research Methods (Intermediate) or *384/385 Social Work Research Methods (Advanced)

*Placement sections are based on the prior background and experience students bring to the program.

Session Five - Third summer

During Session Five, students are required to take the Evidence-based Practice course in the first term. Beyond this required course, students are able to focus on specific populations or issues by selecting from the rich offering of elective courses. Students may take as few as eight or as many as nine elective courses.