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The MSW curriculum is designed to provide students, who enter with a liberal arts perspective, a professional education that includes both breadth and depth of knowledge and skills development. The Generalist Curriculum addresses the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and values that comprise the generalist social work perspective.

Upon this common foundation rests the curricula for the two advanced Skill Specializations:

  1. Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups » (Direct Practice)
  2. Community, Organization, and Social Action » (COSA)

Employees of public child welfare agencies interested pursuing an MSW degree should visit the CWEL home page.

Those interested in working with older adults should visit the Aging Initiatives & Programs page.

The MSW degree requires completion of a minimum of 60 credits—42 class and 18 field practicum. Both the class and field requirements include foundation and skill concentration curricula. Please refer to the MSW Student Handbook (PDF) to obtain more detailed information on course of study plans for the various MSW curricula options. 

Field education is an important component of the MSW educational experience. Students complete both a foundation and a concentration-specific placement as part of their MSW studies.
The School of Social Work offers seven joint degree options for master's level students. Learn more about these dual, joint and cooperative degree program options.

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MSW Courses

See a complete list of course schedules and descriptions.

Subject Course # Course Title

Required Foundation Courses

SWRES           2021    Foundation Social Work Research

SWGEN          2034    Foundations Social Work Practice w/Diverse Pop

SWBEH          2063    Human Behavior in the Social Environment

SWWEL         2081    Social Welfare

SWGEN          2098    Generalist Foundations Social Work Practice

SWGEN          2099    Foundation Fieldwork

Required COSA Courses

SWCOSA       2084    Intro to Social Administration (Admin Specialization)

SWCOSA       2088    Community Organizing & Planning (CO Specialization)

SWCOSA       2099    COSA Fieldwork

Required Direct Practice Courses

SWINT           2082    Models of Intervention

SWINT           2031    Adv Direct Practice:Cognitive/Behavioral

SWINT           2032    Adv Direct Practice:Social Systems

SWINT           2033    Adv. Direct Practice: Psychodynamic

SWINT           2099    Direct Practice Fieldwork

Required 2nd-Level Behavior Courses—COSA

SWBEH          2008    Human Behavior:Urban Environment

Required 2nd-Level Behavior Courses—Direct Practice

SWBEH          2062    Human Beh:Children & Families at Risk

SWBEH          2065    Human Behavior:Mental Health

SWBEH          2066    Human Behavior:Health

SWBEH          2077    Human Behavior:Adult Development Aging

Required 2nd-Level Research Courses

SWRES           2009    Organiztnal&CommunDevelpmnt Res(Admin Spec)

SWRES           2047    Community BasedParticipatoryRes(CO Specializtn)

SWRES           2033    Evaluative Research in Social Services

SWRES           2045    Qualitative Research

SWRES           2051    Single Subject Research

Required 2nd-Level Welfare Courses—COSA

SWWEL         2087    Organizations & Public Policy

Required 2nd-Level Welfare Courses—Direct Practice

SWWEL         2039    Social Policy & Gerontology

SWWEL         2056    Health Systems & Public Policy

SWWEL         2057    Mental Health & Public Policy

SWWEL         2059    Child & Family Policy

COSA Skill Electives

SWCOSA       2038    Human Resource Management & Supervision

SWCOSA       2040    Grant Proposal Writing

SWCOSA       2054    Leadership & Teams

SWCOSA       2085    Financial Managment Human Service Institutions

SWCOSA       2090    Wrkng w/Group & Intergrp Relatns:Facil,Negot,Mediat

SWCOSA       2096    Community Planning and Development

Direct Practice Skill Electives

SWINT           2004    Grief & Loss

SWINT           2007    Intro Psychopharmacology in SW Practice

SWINT           2009    Family Group Decision Making

SWINT           2011    Social Work Practice w/Families

SWINT           2016    Interpersonal Psychotherapy

SWINT           2018    Clinical Skills Psychopathology

SWINT           2025    Adv SW Practice in Integrated Healthcare

SWINT           2030    Direct Practice w/Elderly

SWINT           2035    Intimate Partner Violence

SWINT           2042    Social Work in Drug & Alcohol Abuse

SWINT           2046    Planned Short Term Treatment

SWINT           2047    Child Permanency

SWINT           2049    Direct Practice w/Children

SWINT           2050    Couples Therapy: Theory & Techniques

SWINT           2053    Social Work Practice with Groups

SWINT           2058    Social Work in Educational Settings

SWINT           2063    Issues in Child Maltreatment

SWINT           2076    Human Sexuality

SWINT           2096    Clinical SW w/African-American Families

General Electives

SWGEN          2007    Social Work and the Law

SWWEL         2020    Child & Family Advocacy

SWWEL         2035    Global Perspectives in Social Work

SWWEL         2051    Economics and Social Work

SWGEN          2058    Feminist Social Work

SWGEN          2062    Advocacy & Lobbying

SWGEN          2080    Race and Social Problems