Program Requirements — Master of Social Work

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.

Program Options

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.

Advanced Standing

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

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

MSW Program Requirements

Prerequisite

Statistics (completed a basic statistics course with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrollment)

Foundation Curriculum 
30 semester hours

SWK6140  Social Welfare Policy and Institutions (3)

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)

Concentration Curriculum                                                          
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)

Specializations

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)

SWK6350  Psychopharmacology (3)

SWK6200  Addictions Counseling I (3)

SWK6400  Addictions Counseling II (3)

Specialization in Advanced Clinical Social Work

SWK6810  Advanced Therapeutic Relationship & Integrative Psychodynamics (3)

Two of the following social work elective courses (6)

SWK6030  Bereavement Counseling

SWK6470  Advanced Social Work Practice with Children

SWK6480  Advanced Social Work Practice with Adolescents

SWK6810  Advanced Clinical Social Work - Personality Disorder

SWK6810  Advanced Family Therapy Clinical Social Work

SWK6810  Advanced Psychodynamic Clinical Social Work

SWK6810  Crisis Intervention

SWK6810  Social Work Forensics

SWK6810  Mindfulness in Clinical Social Work

Specialization in Child Welfare

SWK5725  Effects of Trauma on Children (3)

SWK6720  Vulnerable Children and Families (3)

SWK6725  Child Welfare Services (3)

Specialization in Gerontology

SWK6810  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

SWK6810  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

SWK5610  Social Work Practice with the Exceptional Child

SWK6030  Bereavement Counseling 

SWK6350  Psychopharmacology 

SWK6560  Hospital Social Work 

SWK6810  Hospice Social Work

SWK6810  Oncology Social Work

SWK6810  Perspectives on Infertility and Assisted Reproduction

SWK6810  Psychiatric Hospital Social Work

SWK6810  Self-Injury and Eating Disorders

SWK6810  Grant Writing for Social Work

SWK6810  Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Postvention and Community Action

Specialization in Leadership

This specialization is offered in partnership with the Dunham School of Business. 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)