Master of Social Work (MSW)
MSW Program Requirements
The primary goal of the Master of Social Work program at Washburn University is to prepare students to integrate the knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession into the competent and sensitive practice of clinical social work. The MSW curriculum consists of both Advanced Standing and Regular Programs. For both programs, students enter the Clinical Concentration following successful completion of all Foundation course work. The Clinical Concentration provides students with the theoretical knowledge and methodological and technical skills necessary for the practice of entry level clinical social work. The Clinical Concentration is dedicated to maintaining a person-in-environment perspective for multiple levels of practice.
Advanced Standing Program (ASP) Students
Successful applicants who have a baccalaureate degree from a CSWE-accredited social work program will be granted advanced standing status in the MSW Program at Washburn University. Course and/or credit waivers are dependent on the equivalency of the course content as determined by the MSW Program Director in consultation with the department chairperson and Washburn social work faculty. Applicants may be asked to provide a course syllabus/outline for each course for which a waiver is being requested. Additional supporting materials may be requested.
A grade of “B” or better in the undergraduate course considered for waiver is required. Full-time advanced standing students typically begin their studies in the MSW Program in the summer semester. Part-time advanced standing students typically begin their studies in the fall term. However, all students have the option of beginning their studies in the spring semester.
Regular Standing Program (RSP) Students
Applicants who have a baccalaureate degree in a field other than social work may apply for regular standing status in the MSW Program at Washburn University. Regular standing students typically start taking classes in the MSW Program during the fall semester. However, there is one exception: regular standing students who would like to lighten their academic loads during the first year may take Dimensions of Professional Social Work Practice (SW 685 Dimensions of Professional Social Work) during the summer semester following their admission to the MSW Program. In addition, students have the option of beginning their studies in the spring semester.
Part Time and Full Time Schedules
Both part-time and full-time scheduling options are available. ASP students begin the MSW Program in the summer semester. ASP students who elect to go full-time will complete the program in three semesters, including the initial summer semester. Part-time ASP students will complete the program in two full years, including the summer semester between the first and second year.
RSP students begin the MSW Program in the spring, summer or fall semester. RSP students who elect to go full-time can complete the program in two academic years, including the summer semester between the first and second year. Regular standing students attending part-time must complete the program in four years.
MSW Student Learning Outcomes
MSW students at Washburn University, upon graduation, are expected to have developed nine core competencies (CSWE, 2015).
- Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
- Engage diversity and difference in practice.
- Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
- Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
- Engage in policy practice.
- Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
Upon graduation, all students will be able to:
- Engage clients and constituents with the highest level of ethical and professional behavior.
- Demonstrate the clinical competence to work effectively with individuals, families, and groups.
- Engage effectively with vulnerable, oppressed, and underserved populations to promote mental health wellness and economic justice.
- Pursue professional life-long learning.
MSW students are expected to have developed knowledge, skills, critical thinking, professional values and ethics, and cognitive/affective reasoning in relation to the nine core competencies (CSWE, 2015).
Completion of 66 credit hours or its equivalent, based on a combination of graduate hours and appropriate course waivers, is required for the awarding of the MSW degree. These hours include 54 credit hours (or equivalent) in the classroom and 12 credit hours, 1120 clock hours (or equivalent), in field practicum. Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 point scale. Students will not be allowed to graduate with a cumulative grade point average that is less than 3.0. Students must complete their program of study within 4 years from the time of registration.
Foundation Curriculum courses are designed to prepare students for beginning generalist practice. These courses are taken prior to and concurrently with the generalist practicum. The Foundation Curriculum includes 27 credit hours of in-class instruction. Full-time regular standing students complete six (6) credit hours of practicum in a community agency during the spring and summer semesters of the first year. A minimum of 400 hours of generalist practicum must be completed over a two-semester period. Applicants should note that this translates into 20 hours per week spent at the practicum site. Advanced standing students may have some or all of these courses waived.
Some foundation courses are sequential, offered in a fall-spring format. Students should work closely with their advisor to develop a plan of study.
|SW 606||Micro Human Behavior in Social Environment 1||3|
|SW 607||Macro Human Behavior in Social Environment 2||3|
|SW 608||Foundations of Social Policy 1||3|
|SW 621||Quantitative Social Work Research 2||3|
|SW 622||Qualitative Social Work Research 1||3|
|SW 640||Fundamentals of Social Work Practice 1||3|
|SW 691||Generalist Practicum I||3|
|SW 692||Generalist Practice Seminar I||3|
|SW 700||Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis 3||3|
Offered in the fall semester
Offered in the spring semester
First year graduate students may take SW 700 Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis, one of the four (4) clinical core classes, during the summer semester along with SW 691 Generalist Practicum I and SW 692 Generalist Practice Seminar I.
Foundation courses are offered in an all-day block format usually on Mondays. A typical class session runs for 2.50 to 2.75 hours. A day long block consists of three classes, running throughout the day and into the evening (i.e., 8:00-10:50 am, 1:00-3:45 pm, and 5:30-8:00 pm). Every reasonable attempt is made to offer the second part of each foundation sequence course on the same day and at the same time during the spring semester.
Clinical Core Curriculum
Following completion of the Foundation Curriculum, all students begin the Clinical Core. This consists of 24 credit hours of in-class instruction, including:
|SW 700||Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis||3|
|SW 705||Clinical Social Work Practice with Individuals||3|
|SW 706||Clinical Social Work Practice with Families||3|
|SW 707||Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups||3|
|Clinical Social Work Electives 1||9|
|Clinical Practicum 2||6|
|Clinical Practice Seminar||6|
|SW 791||Clinical Practicum I||3|
|SW 792||Clinical Practice Seminar I||3|
|SW 793||Clinical Practicum II||3|
|SW 794||Clinical Practice Seminar II||3|
A minimum of 720 clock hours are required for completion of the clinical practicum. Applicants should note that this translates to approximately 24 hours per week spent at the practicum site.
Clinical Core classes are offered in an all-day block format typically on Wednesdays. Classes usually run for 2.50 to 2.75 hours. A day long block consists of three classes, running throughout the day and into the evening (i.e., 8:00-10:50 am, 1:00-3:45 pm, and 5:30-8:00 pm). Compared to the fall semester, the order in which clinical core classes are offered in the spring may be different.
Clinical Elective Courses
Students should select elective courses in concert with their social work advisor and based on their particular area of practice interest. Nine credit hours of clinical social work electives are required.
All elective courses will not be offered every semester. Other clinical electives may be added to fit client/community needs.
School Social Work Concentration
Within the clinical MSW program, students may choose to receive specialty training in school social work. The concentration in School Social Work consists of three graduate level courses plus a clinical practicum in an approved school social work setting. For students completing the School Social Work Concentration, their required nine (9) credit hours of clinical social work elective courses can be used to satisfy the course requirements for the concentration. The coursework in the concentration is consistent with the educational requirements of many states. The required courses in the concentration are as follows:
|SW 781||Clinical Social Work Practice with the Exceptional Child||3|
|SW 782||Clinical Social Work Practice in the Educational Environment||3|
|SW 783||Clinical Social Work Practice in Schools||3|
SW 783 Clinical Social Work Practice in Schools should be taken concurrently with SW 791 Clinical Practicum I and SW 792 Clinical Practice Seminar I. In addition, the two-semester clinical practicum must be in a school setting under the supervision of a school social worker. Students other than those in the School Social Work concentration may take the SW 781 Clinical Social Work Practice with the Exceptional Child and SW 782 Clinical Social Work Practice in the Educational Environment courses listed above.
Detailed information about the School Social Work concentration, including course descriptions, practicum sites, NASW School Social Work Standards, links to organizations and resources, and employment opportunities can be found on the Social Work Department’s website at www.washburn.edu/msw.
Graduates of an accredited MSW program wishing to demonstrate formal academic training in school social work may want to consider post graduate completion of the concentration in school social work.
Healthcare Social Work Concentration
Within the clinical MSW program, students may choose to receive specialty training in healthcare social work. The concentration consists of three graduate electives (9 hours) plus either a generalist or clinical practicum in an approved healthcare setting. Students selecting the healthcare concentration should notify their advisor of their intentions in order to ensure appropriate academic advising to meet the requirements.
|SW 780||Special Topics (Clinical Social Work Practice in Healthcare)||3|
|Select two of the following:||6|
|Special Topics (Inclusive Practice in Healthcare Settings)|
|Special Topics (Substance Abuse and SW Practice)|
|Special Topics (Human Sexuality and SW Practice)|
|Special Topics (Family Decision Making in Health Care)|
|Clinical Social Work Practice with Trauma (Trauma and Clinical SW Practice)|
|Geriatric Social Work in Clinical Practice (Geriatric Social Work in Clinical Practice)|
Additional information about the Healthcare Social Work concentration can be found on the Social Work Department’s website at www.washburn.edu/social-work