The Master of Social Work program at The National Catholic School of Social Service seeks to prepare advanced practitioners who, consistent with their chosen concentrations, act as agents of change to promote individual and societal well-being.
The goals of the M.S.W. program, in keeping with the goals of the school and grounded in the liberal arts, ensure the education of social workers whose practice is rooted in traditional values and theory but is also current with the demands of the changing practice environment. The curriculum is designed so that all students in the M.S.W. program will develop competencies as social work practitioners.
The M.S.W. curriculum is comprised of foundation knowledge (30 credits) and advanced knowledge (30 credits). Its concentrations educate three types of advanced social work practitioners: (1) clinical social workers who will be effective practitioners; (2) those whose indirect practice reflects a depth and breadth of knowledge and skill for advanced policy analysis, planning and management, and community organization; and (3) unique practitioners who are capable of direct and indirect practice and who are also fully licensable as clinicians. M.S.W. students may complete the 60-credit M.S.W. program within a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years. During the graduate program, students complete 12 credits of field placement (two placements over four semesters) and 48 credits of course work.
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