These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2017-2018 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.
The MSW curriculum is comprised of courses that constitute 60 semester credit hours of study. In the first half of the program, you will be introduced to concepts in human behavior in the social environment/theories of human development; social welfare and policy; social work practice; diverse populations; social work with groups; social work electives and social work research. Field instruction during the foundation year consists of 15 clock hours per week during each semester for a total of 450 clock hours for the academic year.
In the second year, you will complete the clinical concentration in advanced-level courses in social work theory; policy and practice; psychopathology, advanced social work electives; and advanced social work research. Field instruction during the concentration year consists of approximately 20 clock hours per week during each semester for a total of 600 clock hours for the academic year.
On the Aurora campus, students have many options for pursuing the MSW course of study: full-time, part-time and advanced standing. Full-time students complete the program in two years; part-time students may select either a three-year or four-year option; and students with advanced standing may choose a one-year full-time option or two-year part-time option. Courses in the MSW program are offered in the day and evening.
Students who have graduated within the last five years with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) are eligible for advanced standing status. Students may receive up to 30 semester hours of graduate credits. Transcripts are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.Aurora campus degree options
- Two-year full-time MSW program
- Three-year part-time MSW program
- Advanced standing full-time MSW program
- Advanced standing part-time MSW program
George Williams College
The MSW program at the George Williams College campus offers two courses of study: part-time and advanced standing. Part-time students typically complete the program in three years, and students with advanced standing typically complete the program in two years. Classes at GWC are held Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Summer course work is required for students attending the GWC campus.
George Williams College campus degree options
- GWC three-year part-time MSW program
- GWC advanced standing two-year part-time MSW program
MSW Program Requirements
Statistics (completed a basic statistics course with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrollment)
30 semester hours
SWK6150 HBSE I: Theories of Human Development I (3)
SWK6160 HBSE II: Theories of Human Development II (3)
SWK6370 Social Work Practice I: Individuals & Families (3)
SWK6381 Social Work Practice II: Group Work (3)
SWK6382 Social Work Practice II: Community Practice(3)
SWK6390 Social Work Practice with Diverse & Vulnerable Populations (3)
SWK6250 Research I: SW Research Methods (3)
SWK6730 Field Instruction I: Beginning Internship (3)
SWK6740 Field Instruction II: Beginning Internship (3)
30 semester hours
SWK6500 Social Work Perspectives on Psychopathology (3)
SWK6511 Social Work Practice III: Clinical Theory and Methods (3)
SWK6521 Social Work Practice IV: Advanced Clinical Knowledge and Application (3)
SWK6533 Advanced Social Policy (3)
SWK6283 Practice and Program Evaluation (3)
SWK6750 Field Instruction III: Advanced Internship (3)
SWK6760 Field Instruction IV: Advanced Internship (3)
Social Work Electives: Three additional courses (9 semester hours)
Specialization in Addictions
Upon successful completion of this specialization, students are eligible to take the Illinois CADC examination.
SWK6340 Survey of Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment (3)
SWK5410 Psychopharmacology (3)
SWK5420 Addictions Counseling I (3)
SWK6400 Addictions Counseling II (3)
Specialization in Advanced Clinical Social Work
SWK6599 Advanced Therapeutic Relationship & Integrative Psychodynamics (3)
Two approved electives (6) in one of the seven Advanced Clinical Social Work Specialization Focus Areas noted below. Complete list of electives by specific Focus Area is available on the Advanced Clinical Social Work Specialization Moodle page.
Aging & Older Adult Mental Health Focus Area
Brief Therapeutic Interventions Focus Area
Child, Youth, & Families Focus Area
Family & Systems Models Families Focus Area
Individual Clinical Practice Focus Area
Individual Therapeutic Models Focus Area
Violence Prevention Focus Area
Dual specializations, which require one additional elective (3), are available between the Advanced Clinical Social Work Specialization and the Child Welfare Specialization, the Faith-Based Specialization, or the Health Care Specialization. Complete information on dual specializations and list of electives is available on the Advanced Clinical Social Work Specialization Moodle page.
Specialization in Child WelfareSWK6700 Effects of Trauma on Children (3)
SWK6720 Vulnerable Children and Families (3)
SWK6725 Child Welfare Services (3)
Specialization in Faith-Based Social Work
SWK5598 Spirituality, Meaning Making, and Faith-Based Practice (3)
Two approved electives (6) in one of the two Faith-Based Specialization Focus Areas noted below. Complete list of electives by specific Focus Area is available on the MSW Faith-Based Specialization Moodle page.
Dual specializations, which require one additional elective (3), are available between the Faith-Based Specialization and the Advanced Clinical Social Work Specialization or the Health Care Specialization. Complete information on dual specializations and list of electives is available on the MSW Faith-Based Specialization Moodle page.
Specialization in GerontologySWK6010 Medical Social Work (3)
Note: It is highly recommended that this class be taken first; however, it is not required.
SWK5100 Social Work Gerontology: Assessment and Intervention (3)
SWK5110 Social Work Gerontology: Biology and Health of Aging (3)
For students who wish to earn both the health care and gerontology specializations, one additional health care elective is required.
Specialization in Health Care
SWK6010 Medical Social Work (3)
Two of the following social work elective courses (6)
SWK5100 Social Work Gerontology: Assessment and Intervention
SWK5110 Social Work Gerontology: Biology and Health of Aging
SWK5200 Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention and Community Action
SWK5250 Perspectives on Infertility and Assisted Reproduction
SWK5610 Social Work with the Exceptional Child
SWK6030 Bereavement Counseling
SWK6035 Hospice SWK
SWK6045 Psychiatric Hospital Social Work
SWK6050 Self-Injury and Eating Disorders
SWK6055 Oncology SWK
SWK6060 Fund Raising for SWK
SWK6560 Hospital Social Work
SWK6810 Social Work and the Military
Specialization in Leadership
This specialization is offered in partnership with the School of Business and Public Policy. By taking MBA6030 and two of the courses listed below, you will earn a specialization (concentration and certificate) in leadership along with the MSW degree.
MBA6030 Leadership and Organizational Behavior (3)
Two of the following leadership courses (6):
MBA6610 Leading Organizational Development (3)
MBA6620 Leading Strategically (3)
MBA6630 Leading Teams (3)
Specialization in School Social Work
Upon successful completion, student are eligible to apply for the Illinois Educators' License with School Social Work Endorsement. Students must also pass the IL Test of Academic Proficiency (400) or have an Illinois State Board of Education waiver processed and received by the July 1 prior to the advanced coursework and the school social work internship. Students must also pass the IL School Social Work Exam (184) prior to the end of their first semester of SWK6410. Please note that the school social work specialization must begin in August and ends at the conclusion of their school placement in late May or early June.
SWK5610 Social Work Practice with the Exceptional Child (3)
SWK6410 School Social Work Policy and Practice I (3)
SWK6420 School Social Work Policy and Practice II (3)
OEDO5018 Reading Methods K-12 SSP (1)
OEDU5019 Reading in the Content Area K-12 SSP (1)
Dual Degree Program of Study: Master of Social Work (MSW) Aurora University and Master of Divinity (MDiv) McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago
The dual degree program of study is unique for each individual student. It typically can be completed in four (4) years which is one year less than if both degrees were taken individually - two (2) years for the MSW and three (3) years for the MDiv. The dual degree program of study includes specific requirements related to course work and field placements. To participate in the dual degree program students must register and be accepted by both institutions, Aurora University and McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago. Complete details are available on the Dual MSW MDiv Degree Moodle page.