Master of Social Work

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSW program is on a selective basis. Prospective students apply to the Office of Academic Affairs. Only completed applications will reviewed by the Social Work Admissions Committee.

Completed admission applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with liberal arts courses from the social sciences, behavioral sciences, natural sciences, biological sciences, and humanities
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for Advanced Standing
  • Minimum GRE score of 3.0 in Analytical Writing portion
  • Official transcript(s) direct from all colleges/universities attended
  • Graduate School Application with a 500-1,000 word “Directed Essay” indicating the applicant’s reasons for wishing to pursue graduate studies in social work at SSU
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional persons)

An in-person interview is scheduled when determined by the admissions committee.

Regular Full Time Admission

Regular admission requires students to satisfy the GRE Analytical Writing (3.0) and GPA (2.8) requirements. This is a two-year 60 credit hour program with students completing 15 credit hours per semester. The Full Time curriculum begins in the fall semester.

Advance Standing Admission

Only students who have earned the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE accredited program within the last five years are eligible for the Advanced Standing admission. Students must satisfy the GRE Analytical Writing (3.0) and the GPA (3.0) requirements. The Advanced Standing curriculum begins in May. Students admitted into the Advanced Standing program who fail to earn a grade of “B” in any course will be removed from Advanced Standing. The student may be given the option of continuing in the regular two-year MSW degree program. The student will not be allowed back in the Advanced Standing curriculum. Advanced Standing requires a total of 39 credit hours and is completed within 12 months.

Provisional Admission

Applicants who want to obtain the MSW degree, but do not fully satisfy the requirements for admission may be given consideration for provisional admission status. Provisional Admission may be granted to applicants whose GRE analytical writing score and/or GPA fall below the minimum required for admission. The student must earn a grade of “B” in each course during the first semester of enrollment in order to remain the MSW Program.

Non-Degree (Special) Admission

Non degree students can apply up to 6 semester hours of graduate credit taken at SSU to the MSW program provided they meet the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. This category is temporary and applicants must complete an application for admission. Non-degree students must satisfy all prerequisites before enrolling in a course. Students admitted in non-degree status are not eligible for financial aid.

Orientation

A required orientation to the MSW Program is held at the beginning of the fall semester for Full Time students and the beginning of the summer semester for Part Time and Advanced Standing students during the registration period. All MSW students are required to attend orientation.

Non-Degree (Special) Admission

Students are permitted to pursue a Dual Concentration. The Dual Concentration allows students the option of taking three (3) additional core concentration courses (9 credit hours) from the Clinical concentration or the Social Administration concentration.

Field Practicum

Field practicum is an integral part of social work education. The experience offers an opportunity for students to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge and social work practice skills in diverse human service settings under the instruction of approved agency based social workers. Field placements are typically during day hours and not evenings or weekends.

MSW students must complete 1000 clock hours of field practicum for a total of 18 semester credit hours. MSW I students complete a one semester foundation practicum at 20 hours a week for a total of 300 hours (6 credits) for the semester. In the advanced year, MSW II students complete two semesters of concentration practicum at 24 hours a week, 350 hours per semester for a total of 700 hours (6 credits per semester). Field practicum is taken concurrently with social work practice classes. In the advanced year, field learning experiences are focused on students’ declared concentration (Clinical Practice or Social Administration Practice).

In addition to their field placement hours, MSW students are required to attend a 15 hour seminar course for each semester in field placement.

Master of Social Work Curriculum

Foundation

33 hours

SOWK 5501

Law, Race and Poverty in the Welfare of Children

3 hours

MSWK 6600

Advanced Standing Integrative Foundation (Required for Advanced Standing Students Only)

3 hours

MSWK 6650

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3 hours

MSWK 6651

Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

3 hours

MSWK 6652

Cultural Diversity and Social Work Practice

3 hours

MSWK 6660

Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

3 hours

MSWK 6661

Social Work Practice with Groups, Communities, and Organizations

3 hours

MSWK 6670

Research Methods I

3 hours

MSWK 6680

Social Welfare Policy and Services

3 hours

MSWK 6690

Field Practicum I

hours

MSWK 6782

Advanced Policy and Planning

3 hours

 

Electives

3 hours

 

Policy Practice Cognate Elective (Select One)

 

MSWK 6675

Advocacy and Service Delivery Child and Welfare

3 hours

MSWK 6685

Gerontological Policy and Practice

3 hours

MSWK 7000

Military Social Work

3 hours


Choose one concentration:

Clinical Social Work Concentration

33 Hours

MSWK 6750

Clinical Practice I

3 hours

MSWK 6751

Clinical Practice II

3 hours

MSWK 6752

Crisis Intervention and Brief Therapy

3 hours

MSWK 6762

Mental Health Issues with Adults: Psychopathology

3 hours

MSWK 6760

Research Methods II

3 hours

MSWK 6790

Field Practicum II

6 hours

MSWK 6791

Field Practicum III

6 hours

MSWK 6805

Integrative Seminar

3 hours

 

Electives

6 hours

 

Social Administration Concentration

33 Hours

MSWK 6780

Social Administration I

3 hours

MSWK 6781

Social Administration II

3 hours

MSWK 6834

Public Budgeting and Finance

3 hours

MSWK 6760

Research Methods II

3 hours

MSWK 6790

Field Practicum II

3 hours

MSWK 6791

Field Practicum III

6 hours

MSWK 6805

Integrative Seminar

6 hours

 

Electives

3 hours

Total Hours Required for Master of Social Work

60 hours

Application Deadlines:

Fall:
May 15 - International Students & Graduate Assistantship


May 23 - Regular Admission

Summer:
February 1 - International Students & Advance Standing Admission

Updated: 5/11/2012