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.

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; courses offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Regular Standing, Full-time

All Regular Standing, Full-time students are required to take 20 graduate-level courses to graduate. Other than electives, all required courses must be taken in the sequential order presented below.

Year One
Semester OneCredits
SWG 501
SWG 596 (must be same sections)
Social Work Practice I6
SWG 511The Dialectic of Oppression and Liberation3
SWG 5541Human Development across the Lifespan3
SWG 541Social Welfare Policies and Services3
 Credits15
Semester Two
SWG 502
SWG 597 (must be same sections as semester one time slot)
Social Work Practice II6
SWG 560Mental Health: A Recovery Approach3
SWG 555Human Behavior in Organizations and Communities3
SWG 5332Methods of Social Work Research3
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
SWG 561
SWG 598 (must be same sections)
Advanced Practice I: Individuals6
SWG 562Advanced Social Work Practice With Families3
SWG 534Advanced Research Methods: Program Evaluation3
 Credits12
Semester Four
SWG 563
SWG 599 (must be same sections as semester three time slot)
Advanced Practice II: Integrative Seminar6
SWG 542Advanced Policy and Community Practice3
Elective33
 Credits12
1

 Human Development: can test out

2

 Intro to Social Research: can test out

3

 Can be taken in any semester. Can be in other departments with permission.

Regular Standing, Part-Time

All Regular Standing, part-time students are required to take 20 graduate-level courses to graduate. Most part-time students graduate in 3 years, although students may spread out coursework to graduate in 3.5 or 4 years. Other than electives, all required courses must be taken in the sequential order presented below.

Year One
Semester OneCredits
SWG 511The Dialectic of Oppression and Liberation3
SWG 5541 Human Development across the Lifespan3
 Credits6
Semester Two
SWG 555Human Behavior in Organizations and Communities3
SWG 560Mental Health: A Recovery Approach3
 Credits6
Year Two
Semester Three
SWG 501
SWG 596 (must be same sections)
Social Work Practice I6
SWG 541 Social Welfare Policies and Services3
 Credits9
Semester Four
SWG 502
SWG 597 (must be same sections as semester threel time slot)
Social Work Practice II6
SWG 5332Methods of Social Work Research3
 Credits9
Year Three
Semester Five
SWG 561
SWG 598 (must be same sections)
Advanced Practice I: Individuals6
SWG 562Advanced Social Work Practice With Families3
SWG 534 (can be taken in year four, semester seven or eight)Advanced Research Methods: Program Evaluation3
 Credits12
Semester Six
SWG 563
SWG 599 (must be same sections as semester five time slot)
Advanced Practice II: Integrative Seminar6
SWG 542Advanced Policy and Community Practice3
Elective33
 Credits12
1

Human Development: can test out – will need to take elective if student needs financial aid since 2 courses are required to receive aid.

2

Intro to Social Research: can test out – will need to take elective if student needs financial aid; as 2 courses are required to receive aid.

3

Can be taken in any semester. Can be in other departments with permission

Advanced Standing, Full-Time

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

Summer Before Year 1 (May-July)
Summer Session I
SWG 503Integrative Bridge Course3
SWG 560Mental Health: A Recovery Approach3
 Credits6
Year One
Fall
SWG 534Advanced Research Methods: Program Evaluation3
SWG 561Advanced Practice I: Individuals3
SWG 562Advanced Social Work Practice With Families3
SWG 598Field Practicum III3
Elective3
 Credits15
Spring
SWG 542Advanced Policy and Community Practice3
SWG 563Advanced Practice II: Integrative Seminar3
SWG 599Field Practicum IV3
Elective3
 Credits12

Advanced Standing, Part-Time

Summer Before Year 1 (May-July)
Summer Session I
SWG 503Integrative Bridge Course3
SWG 560Mental Health: A Recovery Approach3
 Credits6
Year 1
Fall
SWG 561Advanced Practice I: Individuals3
SWG 562Advanced Social Work Practice With Families3
SWG 598Field Practicum III3
 Credits9
Spring
SWG 542Advanced Policy and Community Practice3
SWG 563Advanced Practice II: Integrative Seminar3
SWG 599Field Practicum IV3
 Credits9
Year 2
Fall
SWG 534Advanced Research Methods: Program Evaluation3
Elective3
 Credits6
Spring
Electives6
 Credits6