Program Requirements

Your steps to a degree

The program requirements for a Master of Social Work degree are outlined below. Requirements differ if you are admitted into the advanced standing or regular standing program:

  • The advanced standing program is for students who have a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • The regular standing program is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than social work.
Degree Requirements for Regular Standing MSW Program

The Regular MSW program requires a minimum of 62 hours of graduate credit plus any prerequisite courses.  The required courses by curriculum level are listed as follows for both full-time and part-time options.  The first phase in the program is the Foundation Level and involves courses taken in the first year (if full-time status) or first and second years (if part-time).  These courses must be completed before enrolling in the second level of classes.  The second phase of course work is the Concentration Level and involves courses taken in the second year (if full-time status) or third and fourth year (if part-time).  Typical class schedules by semester and year are found on the School of Social Work website for both full-time and part-time students:  http://www.missouristate.edu/swk/

Required Courses for Regular Standing MSW Program:

Foundation Level Courses:

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
SWK 705 Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3 hrs
SWK 710 Foundations in Social Work Practice with Individuals 3 hrs
SWK 715 Social Welfare Policy and Services 3 hrs
SWK 725 Foundations in Social Work Practice with Families and Groups 3 hrs
SWK 726 Foundations in Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations 3 hrs
SWK 730 Perspectives in Human Diversity and Societal Systems 3 hrs
SWK 740 Social Work Field Practicum I (450 hours) 10 hrs
  Level Total 28 hrs

Concentration Level Courses:

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
SWK 746 Foundations in Social Work Research 3 hrs
SWK 750 Human Behavior and Family Systems 3 hrs
SWK 754 Perspectives on Individual and Family Health Assessment 3 hrs
SWK 755 Family Health Social Work Practice I 3 hrs
SWK 756 Family Health Social Work Practice II 3 hrs
SWK 760 Family Health Policy 3 hrs
SWK 780 Social Work Field Practicum II (525 hours) 10 hrs
SWK 797 Applications in Social Work Research 3 hrs
  Social Work Elective 3 hrs
  Level Total 34 hrs
  Degree Total 62 hrs

Current Elective Courses in the MSW Program:

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
SWK 602 Rural Health (online) 3 hrs
SWK 695 Forensic Social Work 3 hrs
SWK 696 Health Literacy in the Human Services (online) 3 hrs
SWK 699 Special Topics in Social Work Practice 3 hrs
SWK 741 Family Health and Family Violence 3 hrs
SWK 742 Family Health and Substance Abuse 3 hrs
SWK 743 Management and Program Development In Human Services (online) 3 hrs
Required Courses for Advanced Standing Program

The Advanced Standing MSW degree requires a minimum of 34 semester hours of graduate credit and involves the classes described above as the Concentration Level of course work.

Concentration Level Courses:

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
SWK 746 Foundations in Social Work Research 3 hrs
SWK 750 Human Behavior and Family Systems 3 hrs
SWK 754 Perspectives on Individual and Family Health Assessment 3 hrs
SWK 755 Family Health Social Work Practice I 3 hrs
SWK 756 Family Health Social Work Practice II 3 hrs
SWK 760 Family Health Policy 3 hrs
SWK 780 Social Work Field Practicum II (525 hours) 10 hrs
SWK 797 Applications in Social Work Research 3 hrs
  Social Work Elective 3 hrs
  Degree Total 34 hrs