MSW Regular Program Degree Plan: Part-Time

Pursuing advancement in social work

The regular standing program is for students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than social work. This program involves a total of 62 graduate credit hours, which includes two field practicum placements in the community.

Part-time program:  The first phase in the program is the Foundation Level and involves courses taken in the two years. These courses must be completed before enrolling in the second level courses. The last two years in the program is the Specialization Level. The regular standing part-time option is available on the Springfield, Joplin, and West Plains campuses.

Sample Schedule 

The courses for this program begin in fall of the year you are accepted; it should take four years to complete the part-time program.

Fall, Semester 1:  6 hrs.

SWK 705: Human Behavior in the Social Environment

SWK 710:  Foundations in Social Work Practice with Individuals


Spring, Semester 2: 6 hrs.

SWK 726: Foundations in Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations

SWK 730: Perspectives in Human Diversity


Fall, Semester 3: 6 hrs.

SWK 715: Social Welfare Policy

SWK 725: Foundations in Social Work Practice with Groups and Families


Spring, Semester 4: 10 hrs

SWK 740: Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar I (10 hrs.)


Summer, Semester 5: 3 hrs.

SWK 750: Social Work Practice I


Fall, Semester 6: 6 hrs.

SWK 754:  Advanced Social Work Assessment

SWK 755: Social Work Practice II


Spring, Semester 7: 3-6 hrs.

SWK 756: Social Work Practice III

Elective: Social Work Elective*


Summer, Semester 8: 0-3 hrs.

Elective: Social Work Elective*


Fall, Semester 9: 6 hrs.

SWK 746: Foundations in Social Work Research

SWK 760: Advanced Policy Practice


Spring, Semester 10: 13 hrs.

SWK 780: Social Work Field Practicum and Seminar II (10 hrs.)

SWK 797: Applications in Social Work Research


*You are required to meet with your advisor when scheduling classes.

Note: Practicum hours in the summer may only be required if you practicum extends into the summer term. These courses are not required for students completing all practicum hours in the spring term, which is the typical format.