Campus Program

MSW Campus Program

The MSW Campus Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks to prepare you for advanced social work practice with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities.   Goals and objectives that are related to this purpose and that are particular to the mission of the School are as follows:

  • Provide you with the knowledge and skills in assessment, intervention and evaluation of practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities in one of five fields of practice: advocacy, leadership, and social change; children, youth, and family services; mental health; health care, or school social work.
  • Prepare you to work with diverse populations (i.e., racial, ethnic, gender, social class, disabled, age groups, sexual orientation), and provide you with the knowledge of the impact of racism, poverty, sexism and other forms of discrimination upon individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Prepare you to use research to evaluate policy and practice in an area of specialization, apply research findings to policy and practice, and develop strategies for ongoing integration of research into their practice.
  • Prepare you to analyze and develop responsive organizations, policies, and programs.
  • Provide you with the knowledge of human behavior in the social environment as it relates to the mission of social work with individuals, groups, families, organizations and communities.
  • Prepare you to understand their ongoing responsibility to analyze how values affect policy and practice, to apply professional values and ethics with diverse populations and to adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics.

MSW Program and MSW Advanced Standing Program

MSW Program

The Master’s degree provides specialized study for advanced social work practice. Degree candidates take foundation and advanced coursework in the areas of human behavior and the social environment, social work practice, policy, research, and field education.

The MSW degree requires a total of 64-72 hours of foundation and advanced coursework, which includes field education. Once you demonstrate mastery of foundation content in each area of the curriculum, you may enroll in advanced and specialized courses. Upon successful completion of all courses required by a chosen concentration, you may then enroll in a two consecutive semester field practicum and concurrent online field seminars.

Model MSW Program

The table below shows the typical time-frame and sequencing for you in the MSW Program. Please note that this model reflects full-time enrollment, but part-time enrollment is also available.

Model Program: MSW Program

*Blended/online course
SEMESTER 1
Summer
Foundation Course Work
1 class - Human Behavior in Social Environment (SOCW 451)
1 class – Practice Methods (SOCW 400)
SEMESTER 2
Fall
Foundation Course Work
1 class - Research (SOCW 427)
1 class – Policy (SOCW 410)
Advanced Course Work Options
1 class – Advanced Methods (choices)
1 class – Policy (SOCW 589 or SOCW 584)
1 class- HBSE (SOCW 552)
SEMESTER 3
Spring
Advanced Course Work Options:
1-2 classes - Advanced Methods (choices)
1 class - Advanced Research (SOCW 541 or SOCW 542)
1-2 classes – Policy (SOCW 589, SOCW 513, SOCW 514, SOCW 516, SOCW 519, SOCW 584)
Concentration Course Work: Methods/Policy; Methods/Diversity;
Policy/HBSE

Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change: SOCW 521 & SOCW 554
Children, Youth, and Family Services: SOCW 516 & SOCW 580
Health Care: SOCW 513 & SOCW 553
Mental Health: SOCW 514 & SOCW 509
School Social Work: SOCW 507 & SOCW 519
SEMESTER 4
Summer or Fall
Field Education/Internship:
Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change; Children, Youth, and Family Services;
Mental Health or Health Care:
Summer or Fall – Field I (SOCW 568) and Practice Seminar (SOCW 531)
School Social Work ONLY:
Fall – Field I (SOCW 568) and Practice Seminar (SOCW 531)*

SEMESTER 5
Fall or Spring
Field Education/Internship:
Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change; Children, Youth, and Family Services;
Health Care; or Mental Health:
Fall or Spring – Field II (SOCW 569) and Practice Seminar (SOCW 532)
Schools Concentration ONLY:
Spring – Field II (SOCW 569) and Practice Seminar (SOCW 532)*

MSW Advanced Standing Program

The Advanced Standing MSW degree requires a total of 44 hours of advanced coursework, which includes field education. Upon entry into the Advanced Standing MSW campus program, you are exempt from taking the foundation coursework, if you have completed these foundation courses within the past 7 years from a CSWE accredited BSW program. Upon successful completion of all advanced coursework required by a chosen concentration, you may then enroll in a one semester field practicum and concurrent online field seminar.

Model MSW Advanced Standing Program

The table below shows the typical timeframe and sequencing for you in the MSW Advanced Standing Program. Please note that this models reflects full-time enrollment, but you can choose part-time enrollment as well.

Model Program: MSW Advanced Standing Program

*Blended/online course
SEMESTER 1
Fall
Advanced Course Work Options
2 classes – Advanced Methods (choices), SOCW 500 is required for Mental
Health and Healthcare
1 class - Advanced Research (SOCW 541or SOCW 542) all concentrations
except Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change as SOCW 542 is required
1 class - HBSE II (SOCW 552) all concentrations except Advocacy, Leadership,
and Social Change who take a policy class (SOCW 584)
SEMESTER 2
Spring
Concentration Course Work:
Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change:
1 class – Methods (SOCW 521)
1 class – Diversity and Inequality in Social Environments
(SOCW 554)
1 class – Elective
1 class – Elective
Children, Youth, and Family Services:
2 classes – Policy (SOCW 580 & SOCW 589)
1 class – Methods (SOCW 516)
1 class – Elective
Health Care:
1 class – HBSE (SOCW 553)
2 classes – Policy (SOCW 513 & SOCW 589)
1 class – Elective
Mental Health:
1 class – Methods (SOCW 509)
2 classes – Policy (SOCW 514 & SOCW 589)
1 class – Elective
School Social Work:
1 class – Methods (SOCW 507)
2 classes – Policy (SOCW 519 & SOCW 589)
1 class – Elective (methods class preferred)
SEMESTER 3
Summer or Fall
(Fall is the only option
for the School Social
Work concentration)
Field Education:
Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change; Children, Youth, and Family
Services; Mental Health, Health Care, or Schools
1 class – Concurrent online field seminar (SOCW 531)*
1 class – Field Practicum (SOCW 568)

 

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