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Master of Social Work {22-23}

School of Social Work
Lommen Hall 114, (218) 477-2632

An application for the new Master of Social Work has been submitted to the accreditor and is pending HLC approval.


Master of Social Work

Description
The Master of Social Work Program prepares students for advanced social work practice and leadership across a multitude of human service settings. The program has two specialization options: Multicultural Clinical and Social Change and Leadership.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor degree for foundation program. A bachelor degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program for advanced standing program.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or major course work 3.25
  • Background check
  • Three letters of recommendation. The recommendations should be from professional and academic sources who are directly familiar with your skills and experience. One reference should be from an immediate professional supervisor, if possible. One reference should be from a faculty member who can speak directly to your academic preparation for graduate social work education. References from non-professional/academic sources will not be scored.
  • Resume
  • Preference given to applicants with 2000 or more hours of human service/professional experience
  • Recommended undergraduate course content in human biology, developmental psychology, and statistics
  • Professional statement. Your professional statement is an opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of and fit for the social work profession, as well as your aptitude for graduate-level social work education. The Admissions Committee pays close attention to both content and writing skills. In your statement of purpose, please address each of the items listed below, and should be no more than five (5) pages, double-spaced, in a 12-point font. a. “How are your professional/career goals consistent with the MSUM MSW program and specialization tracks?” b. “We each bring a unique worldview to these situations that stem from our own culture and life experiences. Discuss an experience or situation that has fundamentally transformed the way you think about someone else’s cultural behavior or beliefs.”
  • Provisional Admission – Please address any special academic considerations that should be taken into account in the review of your application and anything else you think we should know about you that would help us in making an admissions decision.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:
Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior
Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice
Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Program Delivery Mode
Online Plus: offered entirely online with face-to-face options available for some/all sections

Core Requirements ( 24 credits )

Students without a bachelor degree in social work would enroll in the foundation curriculum and then a specialization. Students with a bachelor degree in social work would be granted advanced standing and proceed directly to the specialization curriculum.

SW 500 MSW Foundation & Field Orientation (1)
SW 505 Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3)
SW 515 Social Work Research Methods (3)
SW 525 Foundations of Generalist Practice (3)
SW 550 Generalist Practice: Communities & Organizations (3)
SW 560 Social Policy & Policy Practice (3)
SW 591 Field Practicum I (200 hours) (3)
SW 593 Field Supervision & Integrative Seminar I (1)
SW 592 Field Practicum II (200 hours) (3)
SW 594 Field Supervision & Integrative Seminar II (1)

Emphasis in Multicultural Clinical

Program Requirements ( 27 credits )

SW 600 MSW Specialization & Field Orientation (1)
SW 615 Research & Program Evaluation (3)
SW 620 Advanced Social Policy (3)
SW 625 Social Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Social Work Practice (3)
SW 630 Multicultural Clinical Skills I (3)
SW 635 Multicultural Clinical Skills II (3)
SW 638 Differential Diagnosis and Assessment (3)
SW 691 Field Practicum III (250 hours) (3)
SW 696A Field Seminar & Portfolio Proposal (1)
SW 692 Field Practicum IV (250 hours) (3)
SW 696B Field Seminar & Portfolio Defense (1)

Restricted Electives ( 6 credits )

COUN 664 Introduction to Substance Use Disorders and Addictive Behaviors (3)
COUN 668 Psychopharmacology for the Helping Professions (3)
COUN 682 Trauma Informed and Crisis Management (3)
PSY 517 Child Psychopathology (3)
PSY 611 Children's Thinking & Learning (3)


Emphasis in Social Change & Leadership

Program Requirements ( 27 credits )

SW 600 MSW Specialization & Field Orientation (1)
SW 615 Research & Program Evaluation (3)
SW 620 Advanced Social Policy (3)
SW 625 Social Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Social Work Practice (3)
SW 650 Leadership in Human Service Organizations (3)
SW 655 Community and Organizational Change (3)
SW 658 Program Planning, Design, and Development (3)
SW 691 Field Practicum III (250 hours) (3)
SW 696A Field Seminar & Portfolio Proposal (1)
SW 692 Field Practicum IV (250 hours) (3)
SW 696B Field Seminar & Portfolio Defense (1)

Restricted Electives ( 6 credits )

MBA 621 Managerial Accounting (3)
MBA 685 Project Management (3)
NURS 605 or MHA 605 Healthcare Quality, Safety & Regulatory Management (3)
MHA 618 Healthcare Law & Ethical Decision-Making (3)

MHA 625 Health Program Planning and Evaluation (3)
NURS 628 or MHA 628 Healthcare Delivery Systems, Policy, & Reimbursement (3)
NURS 638 or MHA 638 Health Information Systems (3)
NURS 650 or MHA 650 Organizational Strategy & Systems Leadership (3)