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Master of Social Work - Military Social Work

Walden's online Master of Social Work with a specialization in Military Social Work program can prepare students to provide services to military members and their families. Learn more about Walden's MSW program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Social Work with a specialization in Military Social Work

School Offering Program:

Walden University

Program Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Students thinking of applying to this MSW program should have an interest in working with military personnel. They should also be able to communicate effectively and think critically. Students with a 3.0 GPA in master's level coursework or a bachelor's degree with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible to enroll. All applicants to Walden University must have a high school diploma; some programs may have additional admission requirements.

Program Description:

Walden's online Master of Social Work with a specialization in Military Social Work program offers students the chance to explore military culture and methods for supporting the needs of the military corps and their families. Students may learn how to work with military veterans, active personnel, and families from different cultural backgrounds and practice integrating clinical social services into their lives to create effective interventions. The courses also aim to help students understand the impacts of post-traumatic stress from wartime experiences on military families and personnel. The curriculum includes topics such as social work theory and practice, psychopathology, and human behavior. Students can apply skills learned through a supervised social service practicum, and there are three curriculum track options leading to graduation.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

55 or 92 credits.

Financial Aid:

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

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Required Courses for the Master of Social Work with a Specialization in Military Social Work:

Prospective students to the online Master of Social Work program with a specialization in Military Social Work at Walden University are asked to complete 15 credits in concentration courses as well as a social work foundation course that introduces learners to the profession. Students entering the program who have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with a 3.0 GPA from an accepted university could be admitted to the advanced standing program curriculum. The advanced-standing students can skip the social work introductory courses and start their studies with advanced master's social work classes. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Foundation Course (3 credits)

  • All curriculum tracks include the following course:
    • Changing Lives, Changing Society: Introduction to Social Work

Core Courses (30 or 60 credits)

  • Only standard and accelerated curriculum tracks include the following courses:
    • Essential Skills for Social Work Practice
    • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
    • Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice
    • Social Policy, Welfare, and Change
    • Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
    • Social Work Practice Research I
  • All curriculum tracks include the following courses:
    • Social Work Theory and Practice
    • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice I
    • Social Policy: Analysis and Advocacy
    • Social Work Practice Research II
    • Psychopathology and Diagnosis for Social Work Practice
    • Supervision, Leadership, and Administration in Social Work Organizations

Concentration Courses (15 credits)

  • All curriculum tracks include the following courses:
    • Military Culture for Social Workers
    • Social Work in Trauma, Crises, and Stress With Military Personnel
    • Advanced Social Work Practice With Military Populations

Field Experience (6 or 12 credits)

  • Only students enrolled in the standard and accelerated curriculum track take the following:
    • Social Work Field Education I
    • Social Work Field Education II
  • All curriculum tracks will take the following courses:
    • Social Work Field Education III
    • Social Work Field Education IV

Skills Lab Requirements (1 or 2 credits)

  • Only standard and accelerated curriculum tracks include the following:
    • Social Work Skills Lab I
  • All curriculum tracks include the following course:
    • Social Work Skills Lab II

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students with a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Military Social Work from Walden may want to further their studies to prepare for academic or leadership roles. Graduates may want a doctorate in such areas as clinical administration or crises intervention. Some doctoral opportunities include:

  • Doctor of Social Work in Social Work Administration
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Human and Social Services with a specialization in Military Families and Culture
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work with a specialization in Disaster, Crises, and Intervention

Career Paths:

Students who complete the Master of Social Work online program with a specialization in Military Social Work could apply social and human service skills to aid military families, spouses, active troops, and veterans. Students may also choose to seek licensure and become a professional clinical social worker. Graduates may be interested in the following career paths:

  • Mental health counselor for military veterans' organizations
  • Military social worker
  • Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW)

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