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MSW Social Work

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
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 Tuition fee

42000 USD
34600 USD

Application fee

International 85 USD
National 85 USD
School of Social Work
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TOEFL-IBT (min)76
TOEFL-PBT (min)580
GRE (avg)315
GMAT (avg)675

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About this course

The School of Social Work offers a Master of Social Work degree with three options: a two-year full-time program; a one-year advanced-standing program for qualified students with a degree in social work/social welfare from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate program; and a three-year part-time extended degree program.

All program options prepare students for advanced professional practice with a culturally diverse range of at-risk populations in publicly funded social services. The curriculum encompasses two distinct but interconnected areas: the beginning content or professional foundation, and opportunities for advanced content in areas of policy, services, and methods.

The professional foundation provides instruction in the basic knowledge and skills required for effective, generalist social work practice, as well as socialization to the profession, its value orientation, ethics, and history.

The advanced curriculum provides in-depth knowledge and skills needed for advanced practice in the social work profession. The advanced curriculum is being revised. Check the School's website, socialwork.uw.edu for current information.

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Eligibility Criteria

Formal admission to the Graduate School as well as to the School of Social Work. Bachelor's degree, strong academic background, and social-service experience. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, references, application forms, résumé, and an admission essay to be considered for autumn-quarter entry. January 15 is the closing date for receipt of applications and materials. Admission is competitive and selection is based on a review of the applicant's submitted materials. Current application materials can be obtained from the School's Admissions Office website at socialwork.uw.edu/admissions/.

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Course Modules

Minimum 46 credits (advanced standing program); 75 credits (day and extended degree programs), as follows:

  • Completion of required professional foundation and advanced curriculum credits and demonstrated competence in both academic and field practicum work.
  • Human Biology Requirements: BIOL 100, BIOL 101-, BIOL 118, BIOL 161, NUTR 300, or GENOME 261 (or equivalent), or SSW Continuing Education course "Human Biology" taken within 10 years of admission to the MSW program. Students must complete the requirement prior to beginning the advanced curriculum (including practicum). Credit may not be applied to the MSW degree. Courses in nutrition, psychobiology of women, and biology of aging also fulfill this requirement.
  • Basic Statistics Requirement: An introductory course in statistics (any discipline) is a prerequisite for SOC W 505/SOC W 506.
  • Professional Foundation Courses Required for the Day and Extended Degree Program: SOC W 500, SOC W 501, SOC W 504), SOC W 505, SOC W 506, SOC W 510, SOC W 511, SOC W 512, SOC W 513, SOC W 523, 3 credits of electives, SOC W 524. All foundation courses must be completed before beginning the advanced curriculum.
  • Advanced Curriculum for the MSW Day Program: Specialization in an advanced methods area or field of practice. Current areas of concentration include policy and administrative practice; health and mental health practice; community-centered integrative practice; practice with children, youth, and families; and multigenerational practice. Students enter the second year with an individualized learning plan (developed by winter quarter of their foundation year) that sets out a coherent program of advanced study. Identified in the learning plan is a policy/services course, an advanced methods area, an advanced field practicum, and proposed choices for methods and elective courses that support the student's overall area of concentration.Programs of study vary slightly by concentration, but a typical program of study includes:
  • One policy/services course (3 credits), consistent with the student's second year specialization
  • Two advanced methods (6 credits) in the student's primary method area or across methods with the approval of the faculty adviser and practicum coordinator
  • Elective course offerings (9 credits) to include courses related to the policy/services areas, and advanced HBSE and theory courses, with the primary focus on development of knowledge and skills in intervention. One elective course from outside the School. Elective courses range from 1 to 3 credits.
  • Advanced practicum (SOC W 525, 18 credits) aligns with the student's policy/services course and with the student's primary intervention method area.
  • Advanced Curriculum for the MSW Extended Degree Program: Students select one of two specializations within the Interpersonal/Direct Social Work Practice concentration: Integrative Health-Mental Health Advanced Practice, or Multigenerational Practice with Children, Families, and Elders. Advanced curriculum consists of policy/services course, a two-quarter advanced practice methods sequence, SOC W 571, 6 credits of electives, and a 720-hour advanced practicum.
  • MSW Electives: Courses may be selected from curriculum offerings related to particular fields of practice, intervention theories, intervention modalities, social problems, populations, and research methods. Students may take advanced methods courses in areas other than the student's primary methods area and relevant courses in other graduate programs and professional schools of the University. Three credits of external coursework may be included.

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How to Apply

  • Hold the minimum equivalent of a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution2 or a Bologna bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits.
  • Also acceptable: hold a Master’s degree, a doctoral degree (PhD, DPhil), or a professional degree (MD, JD, DVM, etc.) from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S.1 or its equivalent from a foreign institution.2 
  • Have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point-average (on a 4 point scale) for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits.
  • Be proficient in English: Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency.

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