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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 program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and is centered on the principle that responsible social workers are agents of peace, social change and justice.
Seats Are Limited For 2024 Start Terms.
Note: Graduate students from other accredited two-year MSW programs may transfer to Spalding's advanced standing program if they have completed the foundation content with a 3.20 GPA and have positive recommendations from the first-year practicum instructor. Up to 5 graduate credits earned in other graduate programs may be accepted in place of Spalding MSW electives. Students in the Master of Social Work program who have completed social work foundation courses in another accredited social work program may transfer up to 18 credit hours of coursework plus practicum hours. Academic credit is not awarded for previous work or life experiences in lieu of any coursework in the social work program.
Integrative Social Work Foundations
Understand how social change occurs, what roles social workers can play in change processes, and how social workers engage diversities and differences across systems.
Advancing Social Justice
Build the tools to promote social and economic equity through examination of social justice frameworks and policy analysis.
Critical Thinking and Reflective Practice
Apply theory and skills essential to well-reasoned, justice-promoting decisions as a social work practitioner.
Congruent with the profession’s purpose and the Spalding University School of Social Work mission, the MSW program engages a learning community model to prepare competent advanced generalist practitioners. Our graduates are equipped to use an integrative approach and global perspective in multi-faceted roles and contexts to promote sustainable social justice, peace, well-being and human rights.
We inspire and prepare social work practitioners to meet the needs of the times by promoting peace and justice, ethical practice and service to the most vulnerable members of society.
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)
Dr. Bell’s interests are school-based behavior interventions, racial disparities in education and access to mental health care.
Dr. Borders’ interests include advocacy with older adults, community and organizational practice, program evaluation and effective teaching.
Professor Cairo’s teaching interests include social justice, policy and program development, direct social work practice and research.
Professor Helm’s areas of interest are public child welfare, LGBTQ+ issues, diversity and inclusion, social justice and more.
Professor Littrell’s interests include women’s and gender studies, music, building solidarity, social movements and more.
Dr. Phillips’ areas of interests are women’s issues, teen advocacy, trauma-informed services and accessible mental health care.
View the full course curriculum and learn more information to determine if this program is a good fit for you.
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.
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.
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 $20,460. 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.
Accelerated Master of Social Work (MSW) programs turn motivated and compassionate students into social workers in less time than traditional programs.
In order for social workers to make a real, positive impact in their communities, they need practice models that empower them to champion the oppressed and advocate for fairness, equality and inclusion. One such social work theory is Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP).
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