Master of Social Work

USJ Master of Social Work

WHY STUDY AT THE USJ MSW PROGRAM?

  • The focus on community-based services means that students will have the opportunity to engage clients within their communities and utilize the strengths and resources of these systems to support clients.
  • Graduates will be well-prepared for clinical social work practice. The curriculum is focused on developing skills and knowledge including direct practice experience applying evidence-based practice models.
  • We are a small, personal program that is committed to the values of academic excellence, integrity, diversity and hospitality. We have high expectations, and we provide strong support.
  • Our outstanding faculty are experts in their area, engaged in the community, and committed to the success of our students.
  • The USJ MSW curriculum offers three specializations in high demand areas (Health and Mental Health, Child and Family Services and Veteran’s Services).
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Flexible options for full and part-time study

  • Full-time two year option (61 credits)
  • Part-time three year option (61 credits)
  • Full time Advanced Standing option (for graduates of accredited BSW Programs only; 33-39 credits)
  • Part-time Advanced Standing option (for graduates of accredited BSW Programs only; 33-39 credits)

INNOVATIVE FEATURES

  • Flexible class schedules (evening and weekend)
  • Hybrid course delivery: Online content combined with in-person instruction in small classes with our outstanding faculty
  • Several completion pathways (full-time and part-time) allowing all students, including those who are employed full-time, to complete their MSW degree.
  • Clinical Preceptor/Student Unit model of field education. Unlike traditional MSW programs that place students with volunteer social workers, USJ MSW program partners with select agencies and pays a licensed clinical social worker (Clinical Preceptors) to provide individual and group supervision to each student - guaranteeing the quality of case assignments and clinical supervision.

PROGRAM MISSION

The Mission of the USJ MSW Program is to prepare social work students for clinical practice in community-based settings. The program will produce graduates who are guided by professional ethics and standards and who use culturally-responsive research and practice to promote individual and social change. Through the use of an innovative field education model in partnership with community-based organizations, students and faculty develop, test, implement, and disseminate evidence-informed practice to advance clinical social work. The MSW Program promotes services to diverse populations that improve individual functioning, strengthen families and communities, and promote a civil society based on human rights, social and economic justice, and peace.

PROGRAM GOALS

The USJ Master of Social Work Program will:

  • Produce ethically-strong graduates prepared for community-based practice as licensed clinical social workers in areas where there is the greatest need
  • Provide access to graduate social work education for employed health and human services personnel
  • Improve client outcomes and access to high quality clinical social work services for underserved populations through student and faculty involvement in applied, community-engaged research
  • Collaborate with other disciplines to develop evidence-informed practices and strategies for delivering integrative care to diverse populations
  • Enhance the relationship between social work education and practice through mutually beneficial partnerships with community-based organizations.
  • Implement and evaluate the Student Unit Model of field education and disseminate outcomes to the Social Work education community

STATEMENT ON PROGRAM ACCREDITATION AND STATE SOCIAL WORK LICENSURE

The University of Saint Joseph Masters in Social Work program was granted Full Initial Accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) at the October, 2016 meeting of the Commission on Accreditation. The initial accreditation is for four years until 2020.

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