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Master of Social Work - Advanced Standing

Saint Leo University's Advanced Standing Master of Social Work is designed to prepare graduates for leadership roles in the field of social work, focusing on issues of human rights and social justice. Read more about what is required for this online MSW program at Saint Leo University.

Official Program Name:

Advanced Standing Master of Social Work

School Offering Program:

Saint Leo University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

The Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program at Saint Leo University is only available for students living in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia. Applicants should be interested in pursuing careers in social work and have completed a Bachelor of Social Work program within the previous five years. All master's level programs at Saint Leo University require a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program at Saint Leo University is designed to prepare graduates to be leaders in the field of social work. The coursework gives students the opportunity to learn how to work with all segments of society, with the option to take elective courses that focus on aging populations, military personnel, and those in the workforce. The program is designed to emphasize the values, knowledge, and skills necessary to be successful social work practitioners. Students will have the opportunity to learn through both coursework and practicum experience, all of which are designed to teach them how to promote social and economic justice, human rights, and empowering those who experience discrimination or other barriers to success.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

32 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Saint Leo University's financial aid office for more information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for the Advanced Standing Master of Social Work:

Coursework for this Advanced Standing Master of Social Work program is done almost exclusively online, with students participating in scheduled classes via webcam. There is also one weekend seminar where students are required to come to the Saint Leo University campus. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Leo University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses (32 credits)

  • Leadership
  • Advanced Clinical Practice with Individuals
  • Ethical Foundations in Social Work Practice
  • Psychopathology
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Social Work Practice in the Military
    • Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
    • Children's Services
    • Evaluation and Treatment of Trauma-Related Conditions
  • Advanced Clinical Practice with Couples and Families
  • Evidence Based Social Work Research Methods
  • Field Practicum III
  • Students choose one of the following courses:
    • Advanced Clinical Social Work with Older Adults
    • Social Work with Deployed and Re-Deployed Military and Their Families
    • Social Work Practice with Veterans
    • Children's Services
    • Evaluation and Treatment of Trauma-Related Conditions
  • Field Practicum IV

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once students graduate with an Advanced Standing Master of Social Work, they have the option to further their education through various doctoral programs. These programs may offer graduates further career opportunities in areas of social work, psychology, counselling, teaching, or research. Some possible degree options that graduates could consider include:

  • Doctor of Social Work
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

Career Paths:

Those who graduate with an Advanced Standing Master of Social Work from Saint Leo University might be qualified to pursue several careers within the fields of social work and counseling. Graduates of the program may work in a medical settings, in private practice, or public agencies.

Possible careers include:

  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Military social work
  • School social work
  • Substance abuse counselor