The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The MSW program is designed to prepare students for entry into advanced social work practice. The 60 credit-hour degree program consists of a foundation curriculum which provides knowledge, values, and skills common to generalist social work practice, concentration courses in clinical practice or social administration, and three field practicum courses which are designed to enhance the competencies in the foundation and concentration areas.
The mission of the Department of Social Work prepares students to excel in social work practice. The BSW programs prepares students for generalist practice and the MSW program builds on the generalist foundation and prepares students for advanced practice in Clinical and Social Administration. The Department promotes student focused learning, affirms the African American legacy and fosters a unique multicultural environment through its BSW and MSW curriculum and advocacy roles in community change. The department graduates students who are culturally competent to practice social work in rural, urban and global settings.
The MSW degree seeks to prepare graduate students with analytic knowledge and
practice skills, which are necessary for self-critical, accountable and autonomous social work practice. The curriculum consists of three principle parts:
A foundation curriculum which provides knowledge, values and skills common to all areas of Generalist social work practice;
An advanced practice curriculum conceptualized within two areas of concentration: Clinical Practice and Social Administration Practice;
The Integrative Seminar Series in which students are required to organize their electives that support their chosen area of concentration and take an integrative seminar course that yields into synthesis of knowledge, values and skills learnt in entire MSW curriculum culminating into autonomous practice skills.
Admission to the MSW program is on a selective basis. Prospective students apply to the Graduate Admissions Office. The completed application is sent to the Social Work Admissions Committee for evaluation. The committee makes its recommendations to the MSW Program Coordinator. Completed admission applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:
- A baccalaureate degree with liberal arts courses from the social sciences, behavioral sciences, natural sciences, biological sciences, and humanities from an accredited college or university
- 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 850
- Official transcript(s) direct from all colleges/universities attended
- Official Graduate School Application with Directed Essay
- Three letters of reference (academic and/or professional persons)
- An in-person interview is scheduled when determined by admissions committee.
Regular Full Time Admission
Regular admission requires students to satisfy the GRE (850) 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.
Advanced Standing Admission
Only students who have earned the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE accredited program are eligible for the Advanced Standing admission. Students must satisfy the GRE (850) 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.
Part Time Admission
A Part Time admission is available for students who want to earn the MSW degree. The curriculum is designed for students to complete the degree within 3 ½ years. The Part Time curriculum begins in the fall semester. Students are strongly encouraged to remain with the Part Time curriculum once admitted.
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 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 Seeking Students
The Department of social work welcomes students who are not enrolled in the Master
of Social Work (M.S.W.) program, but who wish to take graduate-level social work courses (non-degree-seeking students). The purpose of Non Degree seeking Status is to allow potential students an opportunity to matriculate in social work courses prior to
making an informed decision to pursue social work as a career choice.
Students may take specific 6000-level classes for graduate credit without being enrolled as a degree-seeking student in the M.S.W. Program. Students who intend to apply to the graduate program after matriculating as a non degree student may transfer such credits into their M.S.W. degree program if:
- The student is admitted fully without provisions
- The student earned at least a B (3.0) in the class, and
- The credits were earned within five years of later enrollment as a degree-seeking student, and
- The student demonstrated appropriate readiness for admission into the MSW program as per the social work standards set forth by the Department of Social Work
A maximum of six (6) hours of graduate credit, taken as a non-degree-seeking student, can be transferred into the Full Program and three (3) hours into the Advanced Standing Program. Taking classes as a non-degree-seeking student does not guarantee acceptance into the M.S.W. Program.
What to take as a non-degree-seeking student:
Students admitted in the Non-Degree Seeking program may register for the following courses that are part of the M.S.W. foundation:
- MSWK 6650: Human Behavior and the Social Environment (3 credits)
- MSWK 6680: Social Welfare History and Policy (3 credits)
- MSWK 6652: Cultural Diversity and Social Work (3 credits)
If you wish to take classes as a non-degree-seeking student in the Department of Social Work, please contact Dr. Lillian Reddick at email@example.com for assistance in registering and choosing the appropriate classes or for additional information.
The Department of Social Work may accept up to 27 credit hours for transfer. Transfer credit may be granted if the applicant meets the following:
All admission requirements for the MSW Program and Savannah State University Graduate School requirements
MSW course(s) completed in a CSWE approved program within the last five years
A minimum grade of "B" earned in each course for transfer credit
Inclusion of catalog description for each requested course for transfer credit
Course outline or syllabus, including bibliography for each requested transfer course
•A letter of recommendation from the Chair of the Department related to the student's enrollment status at the previous or current Social Work Program.
In terminating a Master of Social Work Student for Academic and Non-Academic reasons, the Department of Social Work follows the University procedures as outlined in the University Catalog, the MSW Student Handbook, and the University Student Conduct Code. These documents contain the established policies and procedures for handling cases, instances and grievances related to failure to maintain academic standards, academic misconduct and violation of the student conduct codes.
It is the goal of the Department of Social Work to preselect students and operate in a proactive manner to minimize the acceptance of students who are later determined to be unsuitable for the profession. It is recognized, however, that in spite of the most conscientious screening efforts by the Admissions Committee and the faculty group process, there may be instances in which an applicant is later determined to be unsuitable for the profession. Issues related to violation of the NASW Code of Ethics, emotional immaturity, lack of professional development, exhibited in the academic environment of the field practicum will be investigated by a faculty review team appointed by the MSW Program Coordinator in consultation with the Department Chair. The review team assesses whether the events, situations, and/or behaviors indicate current or potential problems/harm or danger for the student, Department, College, University, client, agency, colleagues, and/or the community.
Students are expected to remain in good standing in the MSW Program. To be in good standing, a graduate student must maintain a cumulative point-hour of 3.0 or better in all graduate credit courses, and reasonable progress toward graduate program requirements. A student who fails to maintain reasonable progress is subject to review by the Social Work Performance Review Committee, appointed by the MSW Program Coordinator in consultation with the Department Chair, and may be denied further registration in social work courses.
Academic credit for life and previous work experience is not considered in whole or in part or 'in lieu of the above admissions' requirements or in lieu of any courses for field practicum requirements.
A required orientation to the MSW Program is held at the beginning of the fall semester during the registration period. All MSW students are required to attend orientation.
Students are permitted to pursue a Dual Concentration. Students must declare a concentration by the second semester of full time enrollment or four semesters of part time enrollments.
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. Affiliation agreements between the University and human service organizations are established for educational purposes.
MSW students must complete 1000 clock hours of field practicum for a total of 12 semester credit hours. After the completion of the first semester of course work, the foundation practicum is offered, typically, at 20 hours a week for 300 hours (6 credits). In the advanced year, the concentration field practicum is offered, typically at 24 hours a week for two semesters for a total of 700 hours (6 credits each). 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).
Fall Semester- Full time- First year
Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
Cultural Diversity and Social Work
Social Work Practice with Groups, Communities, and Organizations
Research Methods I
Social Welfare Policy and Services I
Policy and Practice:Child Welfare/Gerontology
Clinical Practice I
Research Methods II
|Social Administration Concentration- Spring Semester|
Social Administration Practice I
Field Practicum II
|Total Hours Required||