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Social Work (M.S.W.)

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Our Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree program prepares students for advanced social work practice.

This degree is offered on-campus and online and traditionally takes one-to-two years to complete. Our program is built on a advanced generalist practice perspective, and is consistent with expected social work job growth over the next few years.

Our M.S.W. is currently in the process of receiving Initial Candidacy status from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Degree

Master of Social Work

Careers

  • Case management positions in hospitals, clinics and social or human service agencies
  • Child, adolescent and family social work
  • Community development and policy
  • Corrections and criminal justice
  • Gerontology and aging
  • Medical social work and public health
  • Mental health and substance abuse counseling
  • School social worker
  • Clinical social worker
  • Social and human service administration
  • Military
  • Forensic

Program Highlights

  • The M.S.W. prepares students for advanced generalist social work practice.

  • Work with experienced practitioners .

  • An exclusive online option is available to students who reside in Texas.

    • Active duty service members who PCS after starting the online option may remain in the program.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites

Any degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 2.5 of higher in the last 60 credit hours of course work, or a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) degree

Application Deadlines

Fall: June 15

Degree Plan

Both degree plan tracks are available on campus and online.

Advanced Standing Track

  • Complete 33 credit hours in one year.
    • Fall
      • SWK 6385 - Advanced Practice in Mental Health
      • SWK 6361 - Social Work Advanced Practice I - Multidimensional Assessment
      • SWK 6363 - Advanced Diversity and Multicultural Practice
      • SWK 6365 - Advanced Social Work Administration and Management
    • Spring
      • SWK 6383 - Advanced Practice with Children and Families
      • SWK 6367 - Advanced Research - Program and Practice Evaluation
      • SWK 6373 - Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Practicum I (250 hours)
      • SWK 6369 - Social Work Advanced Practice II - Interventions
    • Summer
      • SWK 6374 - Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Practicum II (250 hours)
      • SWK 6370 - Advanced Policy Analysis and Advocacy
      • SWK 6375 - Advanced Integrative Seminar
  • Attend field education orientation on campus (including online students).
  • Complete 500 hours of field education taking place over the spring and summer semesters during your one-year degree plan.

Traditional Track

  • Complete 63 credit hours in two years.
    • Fall of first year
      • SWK 6301 - Social Work Practice I with Individuals and Families
      • SWK 6311 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment I
      • SWK 6321 - Social Work History and Social Welfare Policy
      • SWK 6335 - Social Work Research for Practice
    • Spring first year
      • SWK 6305 - Social Work Practice III with Groups
      • SWK 6313 - Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
      • SWK 6323 - Social Work Policy Practice and Advocacy
      • SWK 6337 - Social Work Foundation Field Seminar and Practicum I (200 hours)
    • Summer of first year
      • SWK 6303 - Social Work Practice II with Communities and Organizations
      • SWK 6385 - Advanced Practice in Mental Health
      • SWK 6383 - Advanced Practice with Children and Families
      • SWK 6339 - Social Work Foundation Field Seminar and Practicum II (200 hours)
    • Fall of second year
      • SWK 6361 - Social Work Advanced Practice I – Multidimensional Assessment
      • SWK 6363 - Advanced Diversity and Multicultural Practice
      • SWK 6365 - Advanced Social Work Administration and Management
    • Spring of second year
      • SWK 6367 - Advanced Research - Program and Practice Evaluation
      • SWK 6373 - Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Practicum I (250 hours)
      • SWK 6369 - Social Work Advanced Practice II - Interventions
    • Summer of second year
      • SWK 6374 - Social Work Advanced Field Seminar and Practicum II (250 hours)
      • SWK 6370 - Advanced Policy Analysis and Advocacy
      • SWK 6375 - Advanced Integrative Seminar
  • Attend field education orientation on campus (including online students).
  • Complete 900 hours of field education. 400 hours will be completed in summer and fall immediately following the year of classes. 500 hours will be completed in the last year of the program.
  • Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Academic Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. No application is required.

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