Master of Social Work

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Thesis/Project

The Master of Social Work program is a 60-unit program that prepares students for advanced, autonomous social work practice. The curriculum is composed of two semesters of professional foundation and two semesters of a concentration curriculum. In the foundation part of the program, all students take a core of courses designed to provide them with the knowledge and skills expected of all professional social workers. The advanced curriculum prepares for multi-level practice with vulnerable life conditions. It consists of required advanced courses in social work practice and policy, and advanced electives. Through the use of elective units (9), there are opportunities for more specialized focus regarding practice with specific populations (e.g., the aged) or with particular conditions (e.g., substance abuse or developmental disabilities). Specific electives will be subject to the availability of faculty resources, determination of needs of the professional practice community, and student interest. 

Field Instruction

Graduate students enroll for two years of field instruction. In the first year, they are assigned to a social service agency for two days a week (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday). In the second year, they are assigned to an agency for three days a week (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday). These field instruction requirements may only be fulfilled during regular working hours. Provisions for alternative scheduling are minimal. Students are responsible for their own transportation to field instruction sites and for required professional liability insurance. Field agencies are located in a broad area around Sacramento frequently requiring students to travel up to 50 miles one way.

Degree Requirements

The graduate program in Social Work consists of 28 units of professional foundation common courses that all students must take and 32 units of the concentration curriculum which consists of advanced content and 9 units of electives. Students must take all required courses in a prescribed, sequential order, and must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to advance to the next level of courses.  Students must have completed an Advancement to Candidacy form, and petitioned for Graduate Classification through the Office of Graduate Studies.

The faculty of the Division of Social Work may require a student to leave under specified terms, terminate a student's enrollment, or decline to award a degree if the Director of the Division, upon the recommendation of faculty, determines that this is in the best interest of the Division or the Community which it serves or that a student is not qualified for admission to the social work profession because of factors other than academic standing. Determination about factors other than academic standing are made in accordance with the NASW Code of Ethics and the interpersonal qualities requisite for a professional social worker.

A. Professional Foundation (28 units)

All professional social work programs are required to provide foundation content that consists of the knowledge, values, and skills that are basic for practice in any setting situation, and which prepare one for more advanced, specialized learning. Six areas of study are introduced in the foundation: social work research, social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, social welfare policy, multicultural theory and practice and field instruction. Courses which make up the professional foundation are:

SWRK 202 (3 units) Social Work with Diverse Populations

SWRK 204A (3 units) Social Work Practice I (Corequisite: SWRK 295A)

SWRK 204B (3 units) Social Work Practice II (Prerequisite: SWRK 204A & SWRK 295A; Corequisite: SWRK 295B)

SWRK 210 (3 units) Methods of Social Research (Prerequisite: Undergraduate Social Statistics)

SWRK 235A (3 units) Theoretical Bases of Social Behavior

SWRK 235B (3 units) Theoretical Bases of Social Behavior (Prerequisite: SWRK 235A)

SWRK 250 (3 units) Social Welfare Policy & Services

SWRK 295A (3 units) First Year Field Instruction (Prerequisite: Classified Social Work graduate; Co-requisite: SWRK 204A)

SWRK 295B (4 units) First Year Field Instruction (Prerequisite: SWRK 295A, classified Social Work graduate; Co-requisite: SWRK 204B)

B. Advanced Generalist Concentration Requirements (23 units)

SWRK 204C (3 units) Multi-level Practice with Vulnerable Life Conditions (Prerequisite: SWRK 204A, SWRK 204B, SWRK 295A, SWRK 295B, advancement to candidacy; Co-requisite: SWRK 295C)

SWRK 204D (3 units) Multi-level Practice with Vulnerable Life Conditions (Prerequisite: SWRK 204A, SWRK 204B, SWRK 204C, SWRK 295A, SWRK 295B, SWRK 295C, advancement to candidacy; Co-requisite: SWRK 295D)

SWRK 251 (3 units) Advanced Policy (Prerequisite: SWRK 250, advancement to candidacy)

SWRK 295C (5 units) Second Year Field Instruction (Prerequisite: SWRK 295B; advancement to candidacy; Co-requisite: SWRK 204C)

SWRK 295D (5 units) Second Year Field Instruction (Prerequisite: SWRK 295C; advancement to candidacy; Co-requisite: SWRK 204D)

SWRK 500 (4 units) Culminating Experience (Prerequisite: SWRK 210; advancement to candidacy)

SWRK 501/502 (2 units/2 units) Advanced Research Methods/Integrative Capstone Project (Prerequisite: Advanced to Candidacy; SWRK 202, SWRK 204A, SWRK 204B, SWRK 210 and SWRK 250)

C. Electives (9 units)

Select 9 units in consultation with an advisor.