MSW in Social Work
The master of social work program has a strong emphasis on social and economic justice. As such, the degree has an advanced generalist concentration, preparing students to create change at all system levels, from individuals to communities. Students may select a specialization in either mental health or in child and family practice.
A 33 hour advanced standing program exists for students who meet specific criteria including a baccalaureate social work degree from an undergraduate social work program accredited by the Counsel of Social Work Education (CSWE). Students with related degrees will not be admitted under advanced standing status, but may be admitted to the 60 hour foundation program.
In addition to the admission criteria established by the College of Graduate Studies at The University of Toledo, the applicant to the MSW program must submit
- three letters of recommendation from both employers and prior faculty members
- a personal statement that speaks to her/his commitment to social and economic justice as well as the applicant’s professional goals
Additional requirements for admission to the advanced standing program include:
- a baccalaureate degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited social work program
- minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- minimum GPA of 3.3 in social work courses
The personal statement and references from both employers and prior faculty members will be evaluated for a “fit” with the social work profession and our program’s focus on social and economic justice. Applicants must convey their valuing of and adherence to the values and ethics of the profession. Applicants with no evidence of the above will not be admitted to the program.
The Council on Social Work Education does not permit programs to provide course credit for work experience. It is our hope that the student body of our program will include a mixture of students who have experience as well as those without extensive professional experience. We encourage diversity among the students accepted to the program. This includes diversity of gender, age, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability and experience in the profession, etc. Prospective applicants are urged to review information on the program website.
The complete MSW Program requires 60 semester hours for graduation, which is consistent with MSW programs across the country. Foundation (5000 level) course work is offered in the first year of the program and advanced (6000 level) course work in the second year.
Students must enroll in 16 credit hours of field education to obtain the required 900 hours required by CSWE. Six (6) of these hours are taken during the foundation year and ten (10) during the advanced year. While every effort is made to accommodate students with full-time jobs, applicants to the program must be aware that field placements primarily take place during business hours and on week days. We are unable to guarantee a night or weekend field placement.
Students who are awarded admission with advanced standing must complete 33 credit hours to obtain the MSW degree. The advanced standing program focuses on advanced generalist and specialty courses and field placements. Only courses at the 6000 level are required for the advanced standing program.
Program of Study for the Foundation Master of Social Work
|SOCW 5110||Social Work Practice I||3|
|SOCW 5210||Micro Social Work Perspectives In Human Behavior And The Social Environment||3|
|SOCW 5330||Policy Issues And Analysis In Social Work||3|
|SOCW 5010||Social Work Research Methods And Analysis||3|
|SOCW 5900||FOUNDATION FIELD EXPERIENCE AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR I||3|
|SOCW 5120||Social Work Practice II||3|
|SOCW 5130||Social Work Practice III||3|
|SOCW 5220||Macro Social Work Perspectives In Human Behavior And The Social Environment||3|
|SOCW 6140||Advanced Social Work Assessment||3|
|SOCW 5910||FOUNDATION FIELD EXPERIENCE AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR II||3|
|Advanced Generalist Practice I|
Research Elective 1
Field of Practice - Micro
Social Work Journal Review Seminar I
|ADVANCED FIELD EXPERIENCE AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR I|
|Advanced Generalist Practice II|
|Advanced Generalist Practice III|
Field of Practice - Mezzo-Macro
Social Work Journal Review Seminar II
|ADVANCED FIELD EXPERIENCE AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR II|
Students may choose between Research Methods for Micro Social Work Practice and Research Methods for Macro Social Work Practice.
- Students may choose between Social Work Practice in Mental Health, and Child and Family Social Work Practice.
- Students may choose between Social Work Policy Issues in Mental Health, and Social Work Policy Issues In Child and Family Practice.
Program of Study for the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work
|SOCW 6140||Advanced Social Work Assessment||3|
|SOCW 6110||Advanced Generalist Practice I||3|
|Field of Practice - Micro|
|Journal Review Seminar I|
|SOCW 6900||ADVANCED FIELD EXPERIENCE AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR I||5|
|SOCW 6120||Advanced Generalist Practice II||3|
|SOCW 6130||Advanced Generalist Practice III||3|
|Field of Practice - Mezzo-Macro|
|Journal of Review Seminar II|
|SOCW 6910||ADVANCED FIELD EXPERIENCE AND INTEGRATIVE SEMINAR II||5|