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 groups that have been historically marginalized and oppressed; practice with diverse populations; policy, organizational, and environmental influences on practice; and advanced practice theories, methods, and strategies.