MSW Program 2nd Year Concentrations

The Master of Social Work Program at the College of Social Work is composed of foundational classes (taken during the first year) and advanced classes (taken during the second year). Advanced Standing students and 2nd year MSW students take classes organized around areas of study which form areas of curricular concentration. All concentrations are clinically focused, which prepares students to pass state licensing examinations and become licensed as clinical social workers.

Aging in Social Work

Child Welfare in Social Work

Forensic Social Work

Global Social Work

Health in Social Work

Mental Health in Social Work

Substance Use in Social Work

Prior to their second year, MSW students must choose a minimum of one concentration from the seven available and may choose a second concentration (or a graduate certificate). Students wishing to complete two concentrations should meet with the MSW Director, Dr. Joanna Bettmann Schaefer, for advising prior to the selection process. Those wishing to complete a concentration and a graduate certificate must obtain approval from the chair of the certificate program.

Choosing two concentrations may result in students completing more credit hours than the 60 required for graduation, depending on the total number of required credits of their chosen concentrations. All MSW students regardless of concentration will be required to take an Advanced Practice course in another concentration. This class can be 1, 2 or 3 credits and can be taken fall or spring semester. Students can take electives as follows: 1) as required or recommended in their concentration(s); 2) from a list of general electives; or 3) use a required core course from any concentration as an elective course. Choosing a core course from another concentration as an elective is dependent on space availability. There is no guarantee all concentrations or classes will be available to all students, as seating capacities and sections can be limited.

Students can take electives as follows: 1) as required or recommended in their concentration(s); 2) from a list of general electives; or 3) use a required core course from any concentration as an elective course. Choosing a core course from another concentration as an elective is dependent on space availability. There is no guarantee all concentrations or classes will be available to all students, as seating capacities and sections can be limited.

Students choose their concentration(s) in the spring semester of their first year of study. They may also select a graduate certificate in Women’s Health as a second concentration choice. Concentration(s) guide students’ course choices, the number of credit hours up to or exceeding 60 credit hours, and define their second year practicum placement opportunities.

Course descriptions for classes in each concentration can be found in the MSW student handbook.