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Master of Social Work: Curriculum

Our Master of Social Work (MSW) program provides you with a theoretical and professional practice focused curriculum in social work that promotes an understanding and appreciation of cultural diversity and its importance to competent advanced generalist practice.

The 60-credit MSW program begins in the fall. The full-time, two-year program requires five semesters (summer included). The part-time regular track takes three years; students must register for at least six credits in the fall, spring and summer terms, are required to follow the plan for appropriate course sequencing, and must complete degree requirements within six years.

If you're a student with advanced standing (bachelor's degrees in social work from CSWE accredited programs), review our advanced standing curriculum.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 12 credits of prior MSW course work and three credits of related graduate course work may be submitted for faculty review. Transfer credits must have been completed within six years of entrance into the program, must have a grade of "B" or better and must be the equivalent of any courses they replace. No credit is given for life experiences, previous work experiences or non-course credit work.

Get a description of each of Cal U's social work courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses to earn your MSW degree.

Full-time Regular Program (60 credits):
Course NameCredits

Foundation Year, Fall Term
*SWK 701 Generalist Practice I


3

 SWK 707 Human Diversity and the Social Environment

3
*SWK 709 Social Welfare Policy, Services and Program Design          3
SWK 729 First Year Field Practicum I 6


Foundation Year, Spring Term


*SWK 702 Generalist Practice II3
*SWK 705 Human Behavior and the Social Environment                  3
*SWK 716 Social Work Research Methodology and Data Analysis3
 SWK 730 First Year Field Practicum II6


Concentration Year Two, Fall Term
 SWK 801 Advanced Generalist Practice 3
 SWK 803 Differential Assessment 3
 SWK 806 Rural Family and Community Policy 3
 SWK 829 Advanced Field Practicum I6


Concentration Year Two, Spring Term
 SWK 808 Advanced Practice Evaluation 3
 SWK 812 Practice in Supervision and Administration3
 SWK Advanced Practice/ SWK840 Special Topic 3
 SWK 830 Advanced Field Practicum II6
 

*May be waived through examination

Full-time Advanced Standing Program (36 credits):
Course NameCredits
Fall Term

SWK 707 Human Diversity and the Social Environment

3

SWK 715 Research, Policy and Rural Social Work Practice

3

SWK 801 Advanced Generalist Practice

3

SWK 829 Advanced Field Practicum I

6


Spring Term


SWK 812 Practice in Supervision and Administration

3

SWK 808 Advanced Practice Evaluation

3

SWK 830 Advanced Field Practicum II

6

Fall Term

SWK 803 Differential Assessment

3

SWK 806 Rural Family and Community Policy

3

SWK Advanced Practice/SWK 840 Special Topic                     

3

Advanced Practice Special Topics
Course NameCredits

SWK 811 Practice with Aging

3

SWK 813 Practice in Health Care and Health Planning

3

SWK 814 Practice in Mental Health/Mental Retardation

3

SWK 815 Juvenile and Adult Justice System Practice

3

SWK 816 Practice with Children and Youth

3
SWK 821  Social Work with Substance Abuse/Addictions  3
SWK 840 Special Topics (varied)3



Field Practicum: The program makes extensive use of a wide variety of practicum sites.