Master in Social Work (MSW)

54 Credits


Master's program that prepares the student to provide psychotherapeutic services to individuals, families and groups in order to improve the behavioral, emotional and mental functioning of the participants. The student will develop skills to promote both the personal well-being of their clients, as well as providing the social, economic and political well-being of the communities and society.

The professional in the Social Work Program promotes social and economic equity and justice and the well-being of human and social systems. Social workers utilize theories of human behavior and social systems to intervene at the points where people interact with their environments. Human rights and social justice are fundamental tenants of social work. Social workers offer a variety of services to individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Social workers understand both the public and the private social service systems and how it serves its clientele. Among the services performed by social workers are appropriate referrals, direct services, short term therapies, crisis interventions, information gathering, planning, administration and evaluation of social services. Social workers analyze legislation and social policies in order to make recommendations for improving the quality of life of all citizens.

Program Objectives/ Outcomes:

  1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct as one accordingly.
  2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
  7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
  8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
  9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
  10. Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  11. Offer mental health trans-disciplinary holistic services to individuals, families and small groups.
  12. . Promote the quality and the accessibility of mental health services for underserved populations.

Admission Requirements

  1. An earned bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency .
  2. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 .
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. An interview.
  5. An essay, written at the time of the interview.

SWGR 504-O Social Policy Analysis

SWGR 505-O Human Diversity and Social Justice

SWGR 506-O Social Work with Individuals and Families

SWGR 507-O Social Work with Groups and Communities

SWGR 510-O Research Design

SWGR 601-O Theories and Models of Human Development and Behavior I

SWGR 606-O Theories and Models of Human Development and Behavior II

SWGR 555-O Social Work with Seminar and Field Practicum I

SWGR 670-O Comprehensive Exam (1st part)

SWGR 602-O Clinical Intervention I

SWGR 607-O Clinical Intervention II

SWGR 511-O Research Analysis

SWGR 655-O Social Work with Seminar and Field Practicum II**

SWGR 665-O Social Work with Seminar and Field Practicum III**

SWGR 671-O Comprehensive Exam (2nd Part)

SWGR 604-O Social Work and Mental Health

***SWGR 608-O Psychopathology, Human Behavior and Social Environment

SWGR 620-O Adult and Elderly Development

SWGR 623-O Drug and Substance Abuse

SWGR 616-O Violence and Society

SWGR 627-O Mental Health Services and Policies

SWGR 625-O Psychopharmacology and Social Work