At the time of admission, students are required to designate a skill specialization. Students can choose to specialize in either:
- Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Small Groups (Direct Practice)
- Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA)
The two skill specialization curricula build on foundation curriculum content and prepare students for autonomous social work practice at an advanced level. The specializations expose students to: specific practice roles; the uses and applications of research for practice; practice with and on behalf of the welfare of the poor and oppressed; practice with diverse populations; policy, organizational, and environmental influences on practice; and advanced practice theories, methods, and strategies.
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.
Many joint degree programs are also available to MSW students.