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Coursework

Course Requirements

Foundational Coursework30 units
SOCW 511
Introduction to the Social Work Profession
2
SOCW 512
Social Welfare Policy and Policy Practice
3
SOCW 513
Micro-theory and Human Development
3
SOCW 514
Practice I: Interviewing and Assessment
3
SOCW 515
Field Seminar I
1
SOCW 516
Field I
3
SOCW 521
Introductory Research Methods
2
SOCW 522
Diversity and Social Justice
3
SOCW 523
Macro-theory and Practice with Communities and Organizations
3
SOCW 524
Practice II: Intervention and Evaluation
3
SOCW 525
Field Seminar II
1
SOCW 526
Field II
3
Concentrations30 units

The MSW offers students the choice of two concentrations:

Program Total60 units

Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families Concentration

This concentration prepares students for clinically oriented practice with individuals and families in contexts such as mental health clinics, managed care facilities, shelters, group homes, child welfare, hospice, schools, correctional institutions, and other settings where personal helping relationships are developed. Specific emphasis is placed on advanced clinical practice skills with children, adolescents, families, older adults, group therapy skills, and policies specific to health and mental health concerns.

SOCW 534
Field Seminar III
1
SOCW 536
Adv. Clinical Practice I: Adult Mental Health
3
SOCW 537
Children and Adolescents
3
SOCW 538
Clinical Practice with Groups
2
SOCW 539
Field III: Clinical Practice
3
SOCW 541
Capstone Leadership Project
3
SOCW 544
Field Seminar IV
1
SOCW 546
Advanced Clinical Practice II
3
SOCW 547
Social Welfare Policy and Health/Mental Health Care
2
SOCW 548
Field IV: Clinical Practice
3
SOCW XXX
Elective
3
SOCW XXX
Elective
3
Total30 units

Community Practice and Partnerships Concentration

This concentration prepares students to provide leadership in a variety of local and global contexts such as nonprofit agencies, government programs, and policy and advocacy organizations. Drawing on the significant cultural diversity characterizing the Los Angeles area, and the expertise of faculty, the curriculum prepares students to be proactive leaders and to collaborate with communities to improve the complex local, national, and international social problems they encounter. Topics in the curriculum include organizational behavior and management, local and global social policy, fundraising and grant writing, program development, and human rights issues.

SOCW 531
Human Rights and Sustainable Development
2
SOCW 532
Advanced Community Practice
3
SOCW 533
Organizational Behavior and Management
3
SOCW 534
Field Seminar III
1
SOCW 535
Field III: Community Practice
3
SOCW 541
Capstone Leadership Project
3
SOCW 542
International Social Work Policy and Practice
2
SOCW 543
Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Fiscal Decision Making
3
SOCW 544
Field Seminar IV
1
SOCW 545
Field IV: Community Practice
3
SOCW XXX
Elective
3
SOCW XXX
Elective
3
Concentration Total30 units

Full-Time, Part-Time,
and Advanced Standing Options

The full-time program (2 years) includes classes two days per week and approximately 16 hours per week of supervised internship. All students take the same first-year foundation courses. Concentration courses are taken in the second year of the program.

The part-time program (4 years) includes classes one evening per week (two classes per semester, scheduled back-to-back). In addition, there are four weekend-intensive courses throughout the program. All students take the same foundation courses in the first and second years. Concentration courses are taken in the third and fourth years of the program. Supervised internships requiring approximately 16 hours per week occur in the second and fourth years.

The advanced standing program (9 months) allows graduates of CSWE-accredited BSW programs to receive their MSW degree in 9 months. Students complete two three-hour advanced standing bridge courses during a three-week summer session prior to their start of the concentration curriculum, in which they join existing full-time MSW students for the remaining two semesters (30 curriculum hours) of the MSW program. Advanced-standing student field internships require 20 hours per week for fall and spring semesters. The two bridge courses are: 1) SOCW 550 Advanced Standing: Intermediate Praxis and 2) SOCW 551 Advanced Standing: Intermediate Research and Evidence-based Practice.

The part-time advanced standing program (2 years) allows graduates of CSWE-accredited BSW programs to receive their MSW degree over the course of two years. Students complete two three-hour, advanced-standing bridge courses during a three-week summer session prior to their start of the concentration curriculum, in which they join the existing part-time MSW students for the remaining two years (30 curriculum hours) of the part-time MSW program. Part-time, advanced-standing student field internships require 20 hours per week for fall and spring of the second year of the program.

Full-Time Schedule

Year 1: Fall
SOCW 511
Introduction to the Social Work Profession
2
SOCW 522
Diversity and Social Justice
3
SOCW 513
Micro-theory and Human Development
3
SOCW 514
Practice I: Interviewing and Assessment
3
SOCW 515
Field Seminar I
1
SOCW 516
Field I
3
Year 1: Spring
SOCW 521
Introductory Research Methods
2
SOCW 512
Social Welfare Policy and Policy Practice
3
SOCW 523
Macro-theory and Practice with Communities and Organizations
3
SOCW 524
Practice II: Intervention and Evaluation
3
SOCW 525
Field Seminar II
1
SOCW 526
Field II
3
Year 2: Fall
Community Practice Concentration
SOCW 531
Human Rights and Sustainable Development
2
SOCW 532
Advanced Community Practice
3
SOCW 533
Organizational Behavior and Management
3
SOCW 534
Field Seminar III
1
SOCW 535
Field III: Community Practice
3
SOCW XXX
Elective
3
Clinical Practice Concentration
SOCW 536
Adv. Clinical Practice I: Adult Mental Health
3
SOCW 537
Children and Adolescents
3
SOCW 538
Clinical Practice with Groups
2
SOCW 534
Field Seminar III
1
SOCW 539
Field III: Clinical Practice
3
SOCW XXX
Elective
3
Year 2: Spring
Community Practice Concentration
SOCW 541
Capstone Leadership Project
3
SOCW 542
International Social Work Policy and Practice
2
SOCW 543
Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Fiscal Decision Making
3
SOCW 544
Field Seminar IV
1
SOCW 545
Field IV: Community Practice
3
SOCW XXX
Elective
3
Clinical Practice Concentration
SOCW 541
Capstone Leadership Project
3
SOCW 546
Advanced Clinical Practice II
3
SOCW 547
Social Welfare Policy and Health/Mental Health Care
2
SOCW 544
Field Seminar IV
1
SOCW 548
Field IV: Clinical Practice
3
SOCW XXX
Elective
3

Note: Field internship (Field I–IV) is 16 hours per week, to be arranged with agency.

Part-Time Schedule

The part-time program (four years) includes classes one evening per week (two classes per semester, scheduled back-to-back). In addition, there are four weekend-intensive courses throughout the program (Saturday 8 a.m.–6 p.m.).

All students take the same foundation courses in the first and second year. Concentration courses are taken in the third and fourth years of the program. Supervised internships requiring approximately 16 hours per week occur in the second and fourth years.

Year 1: Fall
SOCW 511
Introduction to the Social Work Profession
2
SOCW 522
Diversity and Social Justice
3
SOCW 513
Micro-theory and Human Development
3
Year 1: Spring
SOCW 521
Introductory Research Methods
2
SOCW 512
Social Welfare Policy and Policy Practice
3
SOCW 523
Macro-theory and Practice with Communities and Organizations
3
Year 2: Fall
SOCW 514
Practice I: Interviewing and Assessment
3
SOCW 515
Field Seminar I
1
SOCW 516
Field I
3
Year 2: Spring
SOCW 524
Practice II: Intervention and Evaluation
3
SOCW 525
Field Seminar II
1
SOCW 526
Field II
3
Year 3: Fall
Community Practice Concentration
SOCW 531
Human Rights and Sustainable Development
2
SOCW 532
Advanced Community Practice
3
SOCW 533
Organizational Behavior and Management
3
Clinical Practice Concentration
SOCW 536
Adv. Clinical Practice I: Adult Mental Health
3
SOCW 537
Children and Adolescents
3
SOCW 538
Clinical Practice with Groups
2
Year 3: Spring
Community Practice Concentration
SOCW 543
Fundraising, Grant Writing, and Fiscal Decision Making
3
SOCW 542
International Social Work Policy and Practice
2
SOCW XXX
Elective
3
Clinical Practice Concentration
SOCW 546
Advanced Clinical Practice II
3
SOCW 547
Social Welfare Policy and Health/Mental Health Care
2
SOCW XXX
Elective
3
Year 4: Fall
Community Practice Concentration
SOCW XXX
Elective
3
SOCW 534
Field Seminar III
1
SOCW 535
Field III: Community Practice
3
Clinical Practice Concentration
SOCW XXX
Elective
3
SOCW 534
Field Seminar III
1
SOCW 539
Field III: Clinical Practice
3
Year 4: Spring
Community Practice Concentration
SOCW 541
Capstone Leadership Project
3
SOCW 544
Field Seminar IV
1
SOCW 545
Field IV: Community Practice
3
Clinical Practice Concentration
SOCW 541
Capstone Leadership Project
3
SOCW 544
Field Seminar IV
1
SOCW 548
Field IV: Clinical Practice
3

Note: Field internship (Field I–IV), taken in second and fourth years, is 16 hours per week and to be arranged with agency.

Note: Weekend-intensive courses meet 3–5 Saturdays per month (8 a.m.–6 p.m.), depending on unit load.

Academic Probation and Disqualification

Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to continue in the MSW program. In the event the GPA drops below the minimum, the student will be placed on academic probation and given one enrollment period to raise it to the satisfactory level. A 3.0 GPA is also required for continued financial aid.

Continuation in the MSW program requires a demonstration of academic ability. A student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and must pass all required social work courses with a B- or higher. Field and field seminar courses require B or higher grade. If a student does not obtain a passing grade, the course must be repeated. A course may only be attempted twice. If the second attempt results in a failing grade, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.