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School of Social Work
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree with Social Work Major
Master of Social Work Program (M.S.W.)
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Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate Program
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Violence Against Women and Children Certificate Program
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  School of Social Work 2019-2021 Degree Programs Master of Social Work Program (M.S.W.) Specializations  


Specializations build on, are related to, and extend the generalist curriculum. A specialization focuses on advanced methods of social work practice by size and type of client system. Specializations are designed to develop greater depth in knowledge and skills building upon the generalist foundation. Students may specialize in:

  • clinical social work
  • management and policy

Students must select a specialization prior to entering the specialized curriculum. Both specializations require two advanced practice methods courses (6 credits) and a minimum of 6 credits of advanced field instruction.

Clinical Social Work

The specialization in clinical social work prepares students to conceptualize, provide, and supervise the delivery of social work services to individuals, couples, families, and small groups. Emphasisis on developing competence in those helping processes used to prevent problems and to enhance, develop, and restore social functioning. Courses required for the specialization and which must be taken concurrently with a clinical social work field education practicum are:

19:910:511 Clinical Social Work I (3)

19:910:512 Clinical Social Work II (3)

Management and Policy

The specialization in management and policy is designed to prepare social workers to perform administrative functions or planning, organizing, and policy functions within organizations, communities, and in the larger society. Courses required for the specialization and which must be taken concurrently with a management and policy field education practicum are:

19:910:535 Management Practice and Theory (3)

19:910:536 Program and Strategic Planning (3)

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