Master of Social Work
Social work is a dynamic profession concerned with the changing needs of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and society. For those who are interested in this professional commitment, social work offers a broad range of practice settings: community mental health agencies, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, employee assistance programs, family service agencies, and community service agencies. In addition, professional social workers serve as administrators of various social service agencies. They also work in all levels of government, education, and a number of social workers have assumed political or legislative careers. The education and training they receive in a Master of Social Work (MSW) program provides them with the skills they need to choose a career within the broad area of social work The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Special OpportunitiesBoth the intermediate and the concentration years of the Master of Social Work program include field practicum courses with field instructors. Students in the program complete field instruction in two different agency settings. Placements are made both in South Bend and in various locations throughout the state.
CareersProfessional social workers aim to build and maintain social conditions that help individuals, groups, and communities to function and succeed. The practice requires firsthand knowledge of human behavior, insight into social, economic, and cultural issues, and the ability to create a web of security that benefits those in need. A broad range of practice settings exist including community mental health agencies, nursing homes, hospitals, schools, employee assistance programs, family service agencies, and community service agencies. In addition, professional social workers serve as administrators of various social service agencies. They also work in all levels of government and education, and a number of social workers have assumed political or legislative careers.
Degree Program Requirements
The following prerequisites are the minimum requirements for consideration for admission to the MSW program:
- Evidence of an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
- Evidence of successful completion of a minimum of six courses (18 credit hours) in social or behavioral sciences. Courses are accepted from the following disciplines: psychology, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, criminal justice, and social work.
- Evidence of completion of one course in statistics. This course can be taken in any discipline and on any level (graduate or undergraduate) so long as it was taken at an accredited college or university.
An earned undergraduate grade point average (GPA) during the last 60 hours of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Advanced Standing Program
If you hold an undergraduate social work degree you are eligible to apply for the advanced standing program provided you:
- Graduated within the last five years from a baccalaureate social work program accredited by the Councile on Social Work Education.
- Successfully completed a statistics course.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 in all social work courses taken prior to admissions committee action.
- Evidence the characteristics and/or potential required for competent social work practice.
- Submit a reference from a full-time faculty member of the applicant's undergraduate program.
Admission to the Master of Social Work program is a very competitive process. Simply meeting the minimum requirements listed above does not guarantee admission. If admitted to the advanced standing program, you can complete the MSW degree part-time within two years or by attending full time within one year. The next advanced standing MSW students will start classes in summer 2015.For more information or to receive an application, contact:
Diane Banic, Administrative Assistant
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