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Master of Social Work


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Plan Description


The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program at UNLV prepares students for professional social work careers in the areas of direct practice with individuals, families and groups, and in management and community practice. The mission of the M.S.W. program is to educate students to work with populations in urban settings, utilizing generalist, problem solving, empowerment, and social justice approaches. Special attention is given to the mastery of multiple practice issues, attendant upon the present plural and diverse populations in today’s American society.

Students may elect either “direct practice” or “management and community practice” as their area of concentration. The direct practice concentration prepares students for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, and groups. The management and community practice concentration prepares students for advanced administrative, managerial, and community practice in human service organizations and agencies at the local, state and national levels.

Students are provided academic knowledge related to the theory, research, and major substantive issues in the field and practice experience through practicum experiences in a variety of private and public agency environments. Field practicum placement is concurrent with classroom instruction and is an integral part of the program. A wide variety of field practicum agencies are available, and students are placed in the field under the guidance of the Field Director and in cooperation with the professional supervisory staff from local social service agencies. The program seeks to encourage and accommodate varied student interests, abilities, and career goals. Partnerships and on-going collaborative relationships between the school faculty and the service agencies facilitate a rich blend of academic and community-based experience for our students.

The M.S.W. program is designed to be consistent with the accreditation standards of the field’s national professional accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The School of Social Work does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, creed, ethnic background, national origin, disability, and political, religious, or sexual orientation.
 

Learning Outcomes

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Plan Admission Requirements


An applicant must have the following:

  1. A minimum overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale for the bachelor’s degree. An earned bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited program or a degree in another field.
  2. Completion of the following liberal arts courses: English composition or literature courses; college-level mathematics or statistics course; courses in social sciences, preferably in psychology, sociology, and anthropology; a science course; one course in fine arts or humanities; a course in history or political science; a course or content in the biological determinants of human behavior or human biology; a course or content in diverse cultures, social conditions, or social problems. The applicant must not have more than two course deficiencies to be admitted to the program, and those must be cleared by the end of the first semester of M.S.W. studies.
  3. An applicant must submit an application for admission, transcripts of all college-level work, and the application fee to the Graduate College. Three letters of recommendation (as specified below), a personal statement, and transcripts of all college-level work must be submitted to the School of Social Work.
  4. The applicant must submit to the School of Social Work three letters of recommendation (on the prescribed form) that reflect the applicant’s academic experience, general abilities, and interest and motivation in pursuing a graduate degree in social work. One of these letters should be from the most recent employer in a social work position (if applicable), and one should be from an instructor (social work instructor, if applicable) from the last college attended. The third letter should be from a person who is familiar with the applicant’s overall qualifications, experience, and interest in pursuing the M.S.W. degree.

All domestic and international applicants must review and follow the Graduate College Admission and Registration Requirements.

Admission to the MSW Program cannot be deferred. The student must also enroll in the program to which admission is offered (i.e., a particular concentration, full or part-time). Students must make any request for a change in status in writing and in accordance with School procedure. Also considering the rigor of the program, students must evaluate if their individual circumstances and resources warrant applying for the full-time or part-time program. Students working 20 hours a week or more are strongly advised to apply to the part-time program.

Plan Requirements


See Subplan Requirements below.

Subplan 1: Capstone Track
Subplan 2: Thesis Track

Subplan 1 Requirements: Capstone Track


Total Credits Required: 63

Course Requirements 

Required Courses – Credits: 27

SW 701 - Social Welfare Policy I 

SW 703 - Social Welfare Policy II 

SW 715 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 

SW 716 - Social Work Research I 

SW 719 - Foundation Practice I 

SW 720 - Foundation Practice Methods I 

SW 726 - Social Work Research II 

SW 729 - Foundation Practicum II 

SW 730 - Macro Theory and Practice 

Concentration Courses – Credits: 24

Complete 24 credits of coursework from one of the following concentration areas:

Direct Practice

SW 707 - Developing Cross Cultural Competence 

SW 739 - Field Practicum I (DP) 

SW 740 - Direct Practice I 

SW 747 - DSM: Assessment and Diagnosis 

SW 749 - Field Practicum II (DP) 

SW 750 - Direct Practice II 

SW 776 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work 

SW 785 - Special Topics in Advanced Policy 

Management and Community Practice

SW 707 - Developing Cross Cultural Competence 

SW 759 - Field Practicum I (MCP) 

SW 760 - Management and Community Practice I 

SW 765 - Financial Management and Resource Development 

SW 769 - Field Practicum II (MCP) 

SW 770 - Management and Community Practice II 

SW 775 - Advanced Policy Practice 

SW 776 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work 

Elective Courses – Credits: 9

Complete a minimum of 9 credits of Social Work electives, or other advisor-approved graduate-level courses.

Capstone Course – Credits: 3

SW 795 - Capstone Seminar 

Degree Requirements 

Complete course work with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
  2. Successfully complete the capstone course.

Subplan 2 Requirements: Thesis Track


Total Credits Required: 63

Course Requirements 

Required Courses – Credits: 27

SW 701 - Social Welfare Policy I 

SW 703 - Social Welfare Policy II 

SW 715 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 

SW 716 - Social Work Research I 

SW 719 - Foundation Practice I 

SW 720 - Foundation Practice Methods I 

SW 726 - Social Work Research II 

SW 729 - Foundation Practicum II 

SW 730 - Macro Theory and Practice 

Concentration Courses – Credits: 24

Complete 24 credits of coursework from one of the following concentration areas:

 

Direct Practice

SW 707 - Developing Cross Cultural Competence 

SW 739 - Field Practicum I (DP) 

SW 740 - Direct Practice I 

SW 747 - DSM: Assessment and Diagnosis 

SW 749 - Field Practicum II (DP) 

SW 750 - Direct Practice II 

SW 776 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work 

SW 785 - Special Topics in Advanced Policy 

 

Management and Community Practice

SW 707 - Developing Cross Cultural Competence 

SW 759 - Field Practicum I (MCP) 

SW 760 - Management and Community Practice I 

SW 765 - Financial Management and Resource Development 

SW 769 - Field Practicum II (MCP) 

SW 770 - Management and Community Practice II 

SW 775 - Advanced Policy Practice 

SW 776 - Legal and Ethical Issues in Social Work 

 

Elective Courses – Credits: 6

Complete a minimum of 6 credits of Social Work electives, or other advisor-approved graduate-level courses.

Thesis – Credits: 6

SW 796 - Thesis 

Degree Requirements 

  1. Complete course work with a minimum overall grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
  2. In consultation with his/her advisor, a student will organize a thesis committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member from outside the department, known as the Graduate College Representative, must be appointed. An additional committee member may be added at the student and department’s discretion. Please see Graduate College policy for committee appointment guidelines.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. The student must submit all required forms to the Graduate College and then apply for graduation up to two semesters prior to completing his/her degree requirements.
  2. The student must submit and successfully defend his/her thesis by the posted deadline. The defense must be advertised and is open to the public.
  3. The student must submit his/her approved, properly formatted hard-copy document to the Graduate College, and submit the approved electronic version to ProQuest by the posted deadline.

Plan Graduation Requirements


Refer to your subplan for Graduation Requirements.

Subplan 1: Capstone Track
Subplan 2: Thesis Track

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