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Master of Social Work

Individuals who want to prepare for specialized social worker positions and be a positive force in the lives of others in their communities or the world at large might look into Winthrop University's online Master of Social Work. Continue reading for more information on this online MSW program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Social Work

School Offering Program:

Winthrop University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Active listening skills and empathy are vital for applicants to Winthrop University's online Master of Social Work program. They should also possess organizational and persuasive abilities as well as be able to show experience in a helping profession. All applicants will need a bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA on their last 60 credit hours (or at least a 2.8 overall GPA); however, applicants to the advanced standing program will need a bachelor's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited institution. All applicants to Winthrop University's graduate programs should have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Winthrop University's online Master of Social Work program is accredited by the CSWE and is based on empowerment practice and the promotion of well-being. Focusing on social work policy, systems, and research, the program's curriculum follows the NASW Code of Ethics. Program participants could be able to learn about intervention and assessment techniques for assisting vulnerable and oppressed groups, families, and individuals. The program will aim to outline the policies that impact diverse communities and also present students with effective interviewing strategies. This MSW program has two tracks: the Advanced Standing Program is for those who have a bachelor's degree in social work and can be be completed in two years, while the Traditional track is for those with a bachelor's degree in another field.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

39 or 60 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for a Master of Social Work

Winthrop University's online Master of Social Work program has two options. The Traditional program requires 60 credits for completion, whereas the Advanced-Standing option requires 39 credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Winthrop University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Traditional Program Courses (60 credit hours)

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Generalist Social Work Practice
  • Interpersonal Helping Skills
  • Social Work Research
  • Field Instruction I (Generalist)
  • Generalist Social Work Practice II
  • Generalist Social Work Practice III
  • Social Welfare Policy II
  • Empowerment Practice Concepts
  • Psychopathology and Empowerment Practice
  • Advanced Social Work Research
  • Advanced Practice: Micro Systems
  • Field Instruction II
  • Advanced Practice: Macro Systems
  • Field Instruction III
  • Leadership and Empowerment Practice
  • Field Instruction III
  • Advanced Practice: Capstone

Advanced-Standing Program Courses (39 credit hours)

  • Social Work Foundation Review
  • Social Welfare Policy II
  • Empowerment Practice Concepts
  • Psychopathology and Empowerment Practice
  • Advanced Social Work Research
  • Advanced Practice: Micro Systems
  • Field Instruction II
  • Advanced Practice: Macro Systems
  • Field Instruction III
  • Leadership and Empowerment Practice
  • Field Instruction III
  • Advanced Practice: Capstone

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Upon graduating from Winthrop University's online MSW program, students may shift their focus to a doctoral degree program. Obtaining a terminal degree could allow them to pursue opportunities as practitioners, collegiate-level teachers of social work, or academic researchers. With that in mind, graduates might consider these programs:

  • Doctor of Social Work
  • Ph.D. in Social Work
  • Doctor of Clinical Social Work

Career Paths:

When they have completed Winthrop University's Master of Social Work program, students might have developed the practical skills and sound knowledge of social work intervention approaches. Graduates might aim to practice work as a social worker in a variety of environments, such as in schools, hospitals, or private practices. They might also choose a specialty area of focus, such as:

  • Aging
  • Mental health
  • Substance abuse
  • Ethnicity
  • Child welfare