Social Work, MSW

for the degree of Master of Social Work Major in Social Work


school office: 1010 W. Nevada St., Urbana, IL 61801

director of graduate studies: Associate Dean Min Zahn

email:

phone: (217) 244-5246


school website: https://socialwork.illinois.edu/

school faculty: School of Social Work Faculty


overview of school admissions & requirements: School of Social Work


MSW students choose from one of the two concentrations:

  • In the Advanced Clinical concentration, students prepare for clinical practice with individuals, families and groups, and in one of the focus areas. These students' Methods coursework has a clinical focus.
  • Students in the Leadership and Social Change (LSC) concentration prepare for advanced macro practice which focuses on work with communities and organizations rather than work with individuals and families. In the LSC concentration students are prepared to work in either leadership/administration or advocacy/policy. Methods coursework for this concentration has a Macro focus.
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The master's degree provides specialized study for advanced social work practice. Students take foundation and advanced courses in social work practice methods with individuals, families and organization, in policy and services, in research, and in human behavior and the social environment. A two-semester field placement/internship (minimum 900 hours) in a social service agency is required. A total of 64-72 hours of graduate coursework is required for the M.S.W. degree. The determination of the number of hours needed within the range is determined on a case-by-case basis after considering each student’s prior coursework and experience. The curriculum may be completed in 16 to 24 months of full-time study.

Advanced Standing MSW

Students with a Bachelors degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) within the past seven years from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and a GPA of 3.0 (A = 4.0) or greater for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work are eligible for the advanced standing program. This is a three semester/44 hour program that may be completed in 12 months by most students. Students with a concentration in school social work participate in a one semester internship during their second Fall semester for a 3 semester/44 hour program completed in 16 months.


Advanced Standing MSW: Students with a Bachelors degree in Social Work (B.S.W.) within the past seven years from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and a GPA of 3.0 (A = 4.0) or greater for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work are eligible for the advanced standing program. This is a three semester/44 hour program that may be completed in 12 months by most students. Students with a concentration in school social work participate in a one semester internship during their second Fall semester for a 3 semester/44 hour program completed in 16 months.

Hours required for graduation: A total of 44-72 hours of graduate coursework is required for the M.S.W. degree.

Hours required for advanced standing students (those entering with an accredited B.S.W.) are required to complete a minimum of 44 hours and can complete the program in 12 months. Those entering without an accredited B.S.W. need 64-72 hours and can complete the program in 16 to 24 months of full-time study. The determination of the number of hours needed within the range is determined on a case-by-case basis after considering each student’s prior coursework and experience.

Advanced Standing (Entering With a BSW)

Methods (focus determined by concentration)12
Policy 4
Research4
HBSE4
Field Education12
Electives8
Total Hours44

Other Requirements1

A concentration is required.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 36
Minimum GPA: 3.0

Entering Without a BSW

Methods (focus determined by concentration)16
Policy 14-12
Research4-8
HBSE4-8
Field Education24
Electives 24-8
Total Hours64-72

Other Requirements1

A concentration is required.
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 48
Minimum GPA: 3.0