Graduate Degree - Social Work - Master of Social Work

Program:
Social Work - Master of Social Work
Program Code:
4493 Clinical Social Work
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Master of Social Work
Start Term:
FQ86
College:
College of Social Science
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:
Department:
School of Social Work
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Requirements as represented in Degree Navigator are not available for this program.

College of Social Science

School of Social Work

Graduate Study
Social Work - Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work degree program includes extensive required courses and course sequences in social work. Only Plan B (without thesis) is available.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission to the Master of Social Work Degree Program

All students, with the exception of those applying for the Blended Statewide Clinical program and the Weekend Program with a major in organization and community leadership, begin the Master of Social Work degree program in the fall semester to align their enrollment with the sequencing of required courses. Therefore, applicants should seek admission during the previous fall semester.  Applicants interested in the Blended Statewide Clinical program should apply for summer admission because it begins in a summer session. Students wishing to be considered for admission must submit the application materials requested on the School of Social Work Web site at www.socialwork.msu.edu. Although an undergraduate major or concentration in the social sciences or in social work may be helpful, it is not required.

To be considered for admission to the Master of Social Work degree program, a person must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a recognized institution.
  2. A grade–point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) during undergraduate study or in 14 or more credits of graduate study.  The grade-point average in the last 60 credits or their equivalents of undergraduate course work is primarily considered.
  3. Prior academic record including at least 19 credits in liberal arts.

Applicants will be evaluated on a combination of factors:

  1. Grade–point average in undergraduate study or in 14 or more credits of graduate study.
  2. Evidence of personal qualities considered important for the practice of social work.
  3. Judgments by the faculty of the candidate’s commitment to social work and suitability for the  profession, based on a reading of the application.
  4. Length and type of work and volunteer experience.
  5. Three letters of reference.

In addition to these requirements, applicants to the Blended Statewide Clinical program must:

  1. Live more than 50 miles from both the East Lansing and Flint campuses.
  2. Have regular access to high-speed internet service.
  3. Have at least two years of full-time experience, or equivalent, in human services during the last  five years, generally after completion of the bachelor’s degree.
  4. Complete an online assessment and orientation program on how to learn effectively in the  online environment.
  5. Participate in a personal interview.

 Requirements for the Master of Social Work Degree Program

The student must complete 57 credits in specified instruction in social work. Detailed plans of study are available in the Master of Social Work Manual which is available at www.socialwork.msu.edu. Required course work for both the Clinical Social Work major and the Organization and Community Leadership major are taken in the following areas:  social work practice methods, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy, research methods, and field education.

Admission to the Accelerated Master of Social Work Advanced Standing Program

Persons who hold a recent bachelor’s degree in social work from a program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) may apply for admission to the Accelerated Master of Social Work Advanced Standing Program.

Students are admitted only for summer session. Applicants should therefore seek admission during the previous fall semester. Students wishing to be considered for admission must submit all the application materials available on the School of Social Work website (www.socialwork.msu.edu), as well as the application to the university for Graduate Study.

To be considered for admission to the Accelerated Master of Social Work Advanced Standing program, a person must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in social work from a program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and was granted within the last six years.
  2. A grade-point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) during undergraduate study. The grade-point average in the last 60 credits or their equivalents of undergraduate course work is also considered.

Applicants will be evaluated on a combination of factors:

  1. Judgments by the faculty of the candidate’s commitment to social work and suitability for the profession, based on a reading of the application.
  2. Length and type of work and volunteer experience.
  3. Two letters of reference and a field/practicum employment evaluation from the undergraduate faculty or agency practicum instructor or from the most recent social work agency at which the applicant was employed.
  4. Evidence of personal qualities considered important for the practice of social work.

Persons who are admitted to the Accelerated Master of Social Work Advanced Standing program must have successfully completed an undergraduate course in statistics or an approved equivalent at the time of matriculation.

Requirements for the Accelerated Master of Social Work Advanced Standing Program

The student must complete 38 credits in specified instruction in social work. Detailed plans of study are available in the Master of Social Work Manual which is available at www.socialwork.msu.edu. Required course work for both the Clinical Social Work major and the Organization and Community Leadership major are taken in the following areas:  social work practice methods, social welfare policy, research methods, and field education.

Residence

One year of residence consisting of two consecutive semesters and involving at least 7 credits of graduate course work each semester is required. If students attend part–time, the residency requirement must be met in the year that the advanced methods and practicum courses are being completed.

Part–Time Students

Both the Master of Social Work program and the Accelerated Master of Social Work Advanced Standing program are available on a part–time basis.

At the time of admission, students must apply for either part–time or full–time study. Students may not transfer between part–time and full–time study without approval of the school.

Part–time students must progress through a plan of study as specified by the school. All students must meet their residence requirements during the year in which they are enrolled in the advanced practice and field instruction courses.