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School of Social Work

Social Work

FAQ

Q: What if my undergraduate degree is not in social work?

A: We encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply to our program.  Our 62-credit program is designed specifically for students without a Bachelor's degree in social work.

Q: What if I do not have social service experience?

A: Social service experience can refer to a broad range of experiences that includes but is not limited to community service, volunteer work, and civic involvement.   We highly recommend such experiences because they provide the basis for a recommendation that is relevant to the social work profession and a way for prospective students to gauge their compatibility with the profession.

Q: What is the typical background of an admitted student?

A: Our admitted students typically have a strong liberal arts foundation and interests that are similar to that of social work,  such as serving the under privileged and advocating for social and economic justice.  We seem to attract applicants from a broad range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science and journalism.

Q: I'm interested in clinical social work and/or having a private practice.  Is this program a good fit?

A: Yes, the Advanced Generalist Program prepares students who are committed to evidence-informed practice across levels of practice settings, including clinical. Upon graduation, students are prepared for entry-level practice in clinical settings, and are eligible to test for a clinical license (LCSW) after completing a 3000 hour supervised internship. Graduates with an LCSW are qualified to maintain a private practice as a clinical social worker.

Q: In what areas can I find employment with an MSW degree?

A: Our MSW graduates enjoy a wide range of jobs opportunities that include but are not limited to community organizing, research and evaluation, medical social work, public service agencies, family and children services, geriatrics and mental health services.

Q: What is the difference between social work and psychology? I am a psychology major and I want a career in counseling.  Is social work right for me?

A: One of the major strengths of an MSW degree is its versatility. An MSW is a terminal professional degree that enables graduates to apply for licensure and enter a wide range of professional settings upon graduation-including counseling, community organizing, and advocacy positions. Social work differs from other practice disciplines in being grounded in a person-in-environment perspective and in a focus on client strengths. Regardless of practice setting, social workers are deeply committed to the advancement of human rights and social and economic justice.