Master of Social Work

College of Education and Social Work

The M.S.W. program consists of 51 semester hours of core courses plus 9 additional hours of electives. Full-time students complete the program in two years and part-time students complete the program in three or four years. For full-time students, this is typically five courses per semester, one of which is the field placement. Daytime and evening sections are offered for each required course. Certain electives are also offered in the summer and winter sessions. The required courses are designed to be taken in a set sequence. Students are expected to follow this sequence; failure to do so jeopardizes timely completion of the program. Please view Sample Course Plan for details.

Regular Standing 

Regular Standing students are required to take 20 graduate-level courses to graduate.

Foundation Course Requirements
SWG 511The Dialectic of Oppression and Liberation3
SWG 554Human Development across the Lifespan 13
SWG 541Social Welfare Policies and Services3
SWG 560Mental Health: A Recovery Approach3
SWG 555Human Behavior in Organizations and Communities3
SWG 533Methods of Social Work Research 13
Foundation Field Requirements 2
SWG 501
SWG 596
Social Work Generalist Practice I
and Generalist Field Practicum I 3
6
SWG 502
SWG 597
Social Work Practice II
and Field Practicum II 4
6
Concentration/Advanced Course Requirements
SWG 562Specialized Social Work Practice with Families3
SWG 534Advanced Research Methods: Program Evaluation3
SWG 542Advanced Policy and Community Practice3
Concentration/Advanced Field 5
SWG 561
SWG 598
Specialized SW Practice with Individuals
and Specialized Field Practicum I 3
6
SWG 563
SWG 599
Advanced Practice II: Integrative Seminar
and Field Practicum IV 6
6
Electives9
Select 3 three-credit elective courses. May be taken any semester, and can be taken in another department (with permission of the MSW Graduate Coordinator).
Total Minimum Credits Required60

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing students are required to take 12 graduate-level courses to graduate. 

Concentration/Advanced Course Requirements
SWG 503Integrative Bridge Course 13
SWG 560Mental Health: A Recovery Approach 13
SWG 562Specialized Social Work Practice with Families3
SWG 534Advanced Research Methods: Program Evaluation3
SWG 542Advanced Policy and Community Practice3
Concentration/Advanced Field Requirements 2
SWG 561
SWG 598
Specialized SW Practice with Individuals
and Specialized Field Practicum I 3
6
SWG 563
SWG 599
Advanced Practice II: Integrative Seminar
and Field Practicum IV 4
6
Electives9
Select 3 three-credit elective courses. May be taken any semester, and can be taken in another department (with permission of the MSW Graduate Coordinator).
Total Minimum Credits Required36
 
 

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via my WCU and consult their Graduate Coordinator.  For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Regular Standing, 2-Year Plan

Other than electives, all required courses must be taken in the sequential order presented below.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
SWG 511 The Dialectic of Oppression and Liberation 3
SWG 554 Human Development across the Lifespan 1 3
SWG 541 Social Welfare Policies and Services 3
SWG 501
SWG 596
Social Work Generalist Practice I
and Generalist Field Practicum I 2
6
 Credits15
Spring
SWG 560 Mental Health: A Recovery Approach 3
SWG 555 Human Behavior in Organizations and Communities 3
SWG 533 Methods of Social Work Research 1 3
SWG 502
SWG 597
Social Work Practice II
and Field Practicum II 3
6
 Credits15
Year Two
Fall
SWG 562 Specialized Social Work Practice with Families 3
SWG 534 Advanced Research Methods: Program Evaluation 3
SWG 561
SWG 598
Specialized SW Practice with Individuals
and Specialized Field Practicum I 2
6
Elective 4 3
 Credits15
Spring
SWG 542 Advanced Policy and Community Practice 3
SWG 563
SWG 599
Advanced Practice II: Integrative Seminar
and Field Practicum IV 5
6
Elective 4 3
Elective 4 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits60

Regular Standing, 3-Year Plan

Other than electives, all required courses must be taken in the sequential order presented below.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
SWG 511 The Dialectic of Oppression and Liberation 3
SWG 554 Human Development across the Lifespan 1 3
 Credits6
Spring
SWG 560 Mental Health: A Recovery Approach 3
SWG 555 Human Behavior in Organizations and Communities 3
 Credits6
Summer
Elective 2 3
 Credits3
Year Two
Fall
SWG 541 Social Welfare Policies and Services 3
SWG 501
SWG 596
Social Work Generalist Practice I
and Generalist Field Practicum I 3
6
 Credits9
Spring
SWG 533 Methods of Social Work Research 3
SWG 502
SWG 597
Social Work Practice II
and Field Practicum II 4
6
 Credits9
Summer
Elective 2 3
 Credits3
Year Three
Fall
SWG 562 Specialized Social Work Practice with Families 3
SWG 534 Advanced Research Methods: Program Evaluation 3
SWG 561
SWG 598
Specialized SW Practice with Individuals
and Specialized Field Practicum I 3
6
 Credits12
Spring
SWG 542 Advanced Policy and Community Practice 3
SWG 563
SWG 599
Advanced Practice II: Integrative Seminar
and Field Practicum IV 5
6
Elective 2 3
 Credits12
 Total Credits60

Regular Standing, 4-Year Plan

Other than electives, all required courses must be taken in the sequential order presented below.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
SWG 511 The Dialectic of Oppression and Liberation 3
SWG 554 Human Development across the Lifespan 1 3
 Credits6
Spring
SWG 560 Mental Health: A Recovery Approach 3
SWG 555 Human Behavior in Organizations and Communities 3
 Credits6
Year Two
Fall
SWG 541 Social Welfare Policies and Services 3
SWG 501
SWG 596
Social Work Generalist Practice I
and Generalist Field Practicum I 3
6
 Credits9
Spring
SWG 533 Methods of Social Work Research 1 3
SWG 502
SWG 597
Social Work Practice II
and Field Practicum II 4
6
 Credits9
Year Three
Fall
SWG 562 Specialized Social Work Practice with Families 3
SWG 561
SWG 598
Specialized SW Practice with Individuals
and Specialized Field Practicum I 3
6
 Credits9
Spring
SWG 563
SWG 599
Advanced Practice II: Integrative Seminar
and Field Practicum IV 5
6
Elective 2 3
 Credits9
Year Four
Fall
SWG 534 Advanced Research Methods: Program Evaluation 3
Elective 2 3
 Credits6
Spring
SWG 542 Advanced Policy and Community Practice 3
Elective 2 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits60

Advanced Standing, 1-Year Plan

Other than electives, all required courses must be taken in the sequential order presented below.

Plan of Study Grid
Summer Before Year 1 (May-July)
Summer Session ICredits
SWG 503 Integrative Bridge Course 3
 Credits3
Summer Session II
SWG 560 Mental Health: A Recovery Approach 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits6
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
SWG 562 Specialized Social Work Practice with Families 3
SWG 534 Advanced Research Methods: Program Evaluation 3
SWG 561
SWG 598
Specialized SW Practice with Individuals
and Specialized Field Practicum I 1
6
Elective 2 3
 Credits15
Spring
SWG 542 Advanced Policy and Community Practice 3
SWG 563
SWG 599
Advanced Practice II: Integrative Seminar
and Field Practicum IV 3
6
Elective 2 3
Elective 2 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits30

Advanced Standing, 2-Year Plan

Other than electives, all required courses must be taken in the sequential order presented below.

Plan of Study Grid
Summer Before Year 1 (May-July)
Summer Session ICredits
SWG 503 Integrative Bridge Course 3
 Credits3
Summer Session II
SWG 560 Mental Health: A Recovery Approach 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits6
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
SWG 562 Specialized Social Work Practice with Families 3
SWG 561
SWG 598
Specialized SW Practice with Individuals
and Specialized Field Practicum I 1
6
 Credits9
Spring
SWG 542 Advanced Policy and Community Practice 3
SWG 563
SWG 599
Advanced Practice II: Integrative Seminar
and Field Practicum IV 2
6
 Credits9
Year Two
Fall
SWG 534 Advanced Research Methods: Program Evaluation 3
Elective 3 3
 Credits6
Spring
Elective 3 3
Elective 3 3
 Credits6
 Total Credits30