Social Work: MSW
The MSW degree is built on the advanced generalist philosophy and framework, which allows graduates to practice as social workers in a wide variety of environments. This means that rather than being limited to a specific type of graduate social work program, such as medical social work or child and family social work, students are able to use their degree to work in many different areas. Accordingly, the program instills in students the advanced generalist practice knowledge and skills essential to promoting social welfare, especially among vulnerable populations, in institutions such as education, health, employment, housing, and criminal justice. The department’s conceptualization of advanced generalist social work education emphasizes direct practice skills.
The advanced generalist model was adopted at USU for several reasons:
- It fits well with Utah State University’s land-grant heritage and mission that mandates providing educational access to diverse statewide communities
- Many of Utah’s communities are rural, where the need for MSW-level social workers is particularly acute, but access to MSW programs is severely limited
- Studies have supported the efficacy of the generalist and advanced generalist curriculum not only for rural practice, but for practice in other settings as well.
USU Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology:
MSW Part-Time (3-year) Program Information
Social Work - MSW
Master's Degree Plan Option(s)
Students receiving the MSW must complete this plan option:
- The Plan C option, which consists of coursework and two practicum experiences; there is no thesis requirement.
Students from any undergraduate major can apply to this program. However, they must have completed at least 21 credits of coursework in the social/behavioral sciences.
- Complete the online application
- Pay the application fee
- Score at or above the 40th percentile on the GRE or MAT
- Provide transcripts of all college/university credits
- Provide three contacts for letters of recommendation
- Provide a personal statement – The statement will be used to assess your creativity, critical thinking, self-awareness, and writing skills; instructions for completing this form can be found at the program website
- Provide a resume
- Additional reference letters – In addition to the reference contacts required by the School of Graduate Studies, the department requires that an additional form be completed by two academic sources and one current/recent supervisor; information is available at the department website
- Complete the MSW Supplemental Application form, which can be found on the department website
- Work experience is highly desirable but not required
International students have additional admissions requirements.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
- The MSW program admits students to the part-time Regional campus program every three years. Those interested in applying for one or more of these programs should contact the social work office to learn when the next application cycle begins.
Contact the Social Work Program for more details.
Students apply for program financial assistance after they have been admitted. Limited financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships, stipends, and research assistantships.
A variety of additional funding opportunities are available, including fellowships, scholarships, tuition awards, and travel support. Additionally, students may be eligible for subsidized health insurance through qualifying assistantships.
This degree is offered through Utah State University Regional Campuses and follows the USU Regional Campus tuition schedule. See Tuition & Payment for more information.
A MSW is necessary to provide clinical services (e.g., psychotherapy) and for advancement to supervisory or administrative positions.
With an MSW, you will be able to work in the following areas:
- Public welfare (administration and planning, case management, program evaluation, policy setting, public interest groups)
- Criminal justice/corrections (counseling/therapy, rehabilitation, probation, parole, youth services, victim assistance, courts)
- School social work (clinical social work, pupil personnel services, student advocacy, instruction)
- Child welfare (case management, advocacy, intervention)
- Family Services (adoption agencies, foster care organizations, etc.)
- Private Practice (or private social service agencies)
- Gerontology (advocacy/intervention, counseling, case management, programming, public policy)
- Clinical (counseling, therapy, community mental health centers, community residential homes, residential treatment centers, substance abuse treatment programs)
- Administration (management, policy development, planning)
- Local, State, and Federal Government (courts, school systems, etc.)
- Occupational (counseling, education, wellness promotion, employee assistance, organizational development, human resources, labor unions, health maintenance organizations (HMOs))
- Developmental disabilities (case management, program planning and evaluation, policy development)
- Health care (case management, counseling, program development, administration, research)
- Community organization (program and community development, advocacy, politics, education, planning)
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