We are very proud of our fully accredited graduate program. Advanced generalist practice means you will learn a full range of skills that will enable you to become a professional social worker, ranging in areas from direct practice with children and families to program building and advocacy. Students do extensive fieldwork in schools, hospitals, state agencies and other social work settings, and combine this field experience with classroom studies and the latest research and practice techniques. Our graduate classes are relatively small, 20-30 students in each. We think you will enjoy interacting with our energetic, collegial, and nationally known faculty.
The overarching goal of the MSW program at the foundation level is to introduce students to the social work perspective.
Students completing the foundation curriculum are not yet autonomous social work practitioners. They do have the skills, knowledge base, and perspective to pursue further studies in the concentration curriculum.
At the completion of the foundation year, MSW students will be able to:
The overarching goal of the MSW program's concentration year is to prepare competent, advanced generalist practitioners of social work. The concentration year builds upon the generalist perspective and foundation content of the first year to prepare graduates who are 1) able to apply AGP principles across diverse levels, populations, and contexts, and 2) able to practice with a high degree of autonomy and proficiency. Briefly stated, advanced generalist practice (AGP) represents a holistic, complex, and dynamic view of social work practice. It is holistic because client systems, regardless of size, are viewed as multi-dimensional wholes in the context of their own social environments. It is complex because practitioner judgments are based on the synthesis of a depth of social work knowledge, values, and skills and applied to a specific client population. It is dynamic because knowledge about practice models, client issues and programs, as well as policies requires ongoing policy analysis and action, along with research relevant to clients.
Graduates of the University of Nevada's MSW program will be able to: