Master of Social Work (MSW) Program
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.
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Programs of Study
The University of Nevada, Reno, School of Social Work offers two programs of study.
Students who hold a bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program are required to complete a 32 credit program of study within one (full time) or two (part time) years program of study (see forms section below).
Master of Social Work students without a Bachelor of Social Work degree are required to complete a 62 credit program of study through the foundation and concentration level coursework, which can be completed within a two, three or four year program of study (see forms section below).
The admission and retention of students in all programs are subject to the professional judgment of the social work faculty.
Master of Social Work Foundation Goals and Objectives
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:
2.1.2 Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
2.1.3 Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
2.1.4 Engage diversity and difference in practice
2.1.5 Advance human rights and social and economic justice
2.1.6 Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research
2.1.7 Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
2.1.8 Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services
2.1.9 Respond to contexts that shape practice
2.1.10 Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
Master of Social Work Concentration Goals and Objectives
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:
Admission requirements for the 62-credit MSW program of study include:
In addition to applying to the School of Social Work, all applicants to the School of Social Work must also apply to the University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School. All applications to the University of Nevada, Reno, Graduate School must be completed online and with ample time for processing. (Suggested completion date by December 15th.)
Applications for the School of Social Work must be received by January 15th* of each year for enrollment in the following fall semester. Applications will only be processed if GRE** test scores and all other documents are received on time. Applicants may be asked to schedule an interview with a faculty member as part of the screening process for admission to the MSW program.
*Should January 15th fall on a weekend, application packets will be due by the end of business (5:00 pm P.S.T.) the last weekday BEFORE January 15th.
**As of 8/1/2011 GRE reporting dates changed. It is advisable to complete the GRE to meet the December 1st reporting date. (test dates October 16th - November 18th).
The application packet consists of the following documents, which can be found below under FORMS:
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