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Application Deadline: December 2, 2022
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If you have a bachelor’s in social work, you can pursue your online Master of Social Work (MSW) from Spalding University and advance your career at an accelerated pace with our Advanced Standing program. Our CSWE-accredited program is centered on the principle that responsible social workers are agents of peace, social change and justice.
The curriculum is fast and flexible and can be earned on a part- or full-time basis so you can manage your current job responsibilities and personal commitments. This versatile degree prepares you for a variety of organizational roles in social services. You’ll learn from and be inspired by an academic community of educators who are actively involved in the pursuit of an equitable, diverse society.
You’ll benefit from Spalding’s inclusive curriculum that integrates relevant social issues and theory with hands-on field practice. Concurrent coursework and fieldwork connect theory to practice in real-time. Placement services to help you secure local field experiences in your area of interest are built into the cost of the program.
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Your fieldwork experience will be one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of earning your degree. Your Field Placement Coordinator will help you find the right fit for your field education placement site. This service is included in the program cost and allows you more time to focus on your coursework.
This course builds upon the knowledge gained in other courses offered in the foundation year. Field Practica and Integrative Practice link with this course, offering important context for practice at all levels. No matter what form of practice social workers choose, they are subject to national, state and local policies that are endorsed by government actions. Social Workers must know how to advocate for their clients at all levels. At the end of this course, learners should be able to understand and analyze social policies in light of economic, political, bio-psycho-social, cultural and global trends. (2 credits)
This course provides an understanding of the causes and dynamics of family violence and its effects on each member of the family as well as the community as a whole. Emphasis will be placed on examining the societal response to children and families at risk from the legal, social service, education, health and mental health systems, in an attempt to define how those responses work to protect and empower, or further endanger and disempower, children and families. Students will explore the changes needed across systems to more effectively intervene with families in need as well as changes needed to prevent abuse and neglect. (3 credits)
This course offers the opportunity for MSW students to strengthen their critical thinking skills. Students will understand the way the human brain operates in order to apply these strategies to social work practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels. Students will also analyze and create frameworks for reflective practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels which will give them the skills to be able to evaluate various social work practice theories and models. (2 credits)
In this course, students analyze and evaluate current frameworks of social justice for their applicability in social work practice. Students will use these questions (Will social workers play an integral role in the process of promoting and facilitating social justice? Or will social workers impede those involved in social justice activities by ignoring, depreciating or blocking the efforts of marginalized persons seeking their own empowerment or their fair share of societal resources? How can social justice be incorporated at all practice levels?), to guide them to create their own definitions and social justice frameworks for social work practice at the micro, mezzo and macro levels. (2 credits)
Earning your MSW affords you a wide variety of career options. According to the CSWE, examples of careers for MSW graduates include agency executive director or administrator, school social worker, youth services advocate, medical social worker, family social worker, substance abuse counselor and clinical social worker. The CSWE reports that 9 in 10 social workers recommend a social work degree to others.
If you don’t find the answers to your questions here, contact your enrollment advisor and schedule a time to talk that’s convenient for you.
Spalding University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The MSW program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE).
This program is designed to be flexible for working professionals. It can be completed on a full-time basis in 2 semesters (8 months) or part-time in 4 semesters (16 months).
Our online MSW program costs $660 per credit hour, for a total program investment of $19,800. Financial aid may be available to our online students.
You will learn and gain insight and inspiration from licensed social work practitioners who are actively involved in the pursuit of an equitable, diverse society.
Yes. Field placement services are built into the cost of the program. You will be paired with a dedicated Field Placement Coordinator who will identify an appropriate site within your local community so you can focus on your coursework and the core competencies you need to succeed.
Spalding was the first university to be certified as a Compassionate College in the Charter for Compassion. Its Catholic heritage welcomes all and emphasizes the cultural understanding, diversity and dignity of everyone.
Develop as a compassionate practitioner with a focused concern for marginalized and disempowered individuals and communities.
Learn from and be inspired by an academic community of educators who are actively involved in the pursuit of an equitable, diverse society.
We created this accelerated program to develop practitioners who are committed to an integrative approach to social work practice to promote sustainable social justice, peace, well-being and human rights.
Getting a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree is a career-building strategy that appeals to many people.
To proceed with either the BSN to MSN FNP or the BSN to DNP FNP, you are required to have a bachelor’s degree and hold your RN license.
If you don’t meet these requirements but would still like further information, please contact us.
To proceed with the EdD in Educational Leadership and Organizational Leadership, you are required to have a master’s degree.
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