Master of Social Work

With a master’s degree in social work, you will acquire the knowledge, skills and compassion to help heal and change countless lives—from recovering addicts to victims of abuse and those suffering from mental and emotional disorders, as well as young children and teens in need of assistance.

Program Overview

Emergency rooms, rehabilitation facilities and youth centers all rely on social workers to treat veterans with PTSD, neglected children, people with chronic illnesses and many others. Our program prepares you for licensure and gives you the tools you’ll need to provide patients with counseling, crisis intervention and access to social welfare and community resources.

You’ll act as a crucial link between patients and their caregivers, ensuring that they are receiving proper attention. Our curriculum emphasizes interprofessional education to familiarize you with a team-based health care approach while also giving you the freedom to tailor your degree to your specialty.

During your field education experiences, you complete 1,000 hours of professional development in environments such as substance abuse treatment centers, mental health clinics, schools and communities for elder care. Whether your career goals include private clinical practice or working in a community-based setting, you’ll graduate not only as a credit to your profession, but also as a true leader in the field of social work.

Curriculum and Requirements

MSW Program of Study

Students can choose among three plans of study for the MSW.

The curriculum for the professional courses in the program are subject to modification as deemed necessary to maintain a high-quality educational experience and keep current with best practices in the profession.

Two-year Full-time MSW

Students in this plan of study enter the MSW program in the fall semester and complete the degree over four terms of study in two academic years. In addition to their classes, students are required to complete foundation and advanced field placements.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
SW 500 Foundation Field Education Practicum I 3
SW 501 Practice I: Individuals and Families 3
SW 504 Social Welfare Policy 3
SW 505 Social Work Research 3
SW 506 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories of Practice 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
SW 502 Foundation Field Education Practicum II 3
SW 503 Practice II: Groups, Organizations, and Communities 3
SW 507 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3
SW 508 Psychopathology 3
SW 509 Interprofessional Education (IPE) Option 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall Semester
SW 600 Advanced Field Education Practicum In Health/Behavioral Health I 4
SW 601 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research for Social Work Programs and Practice 2
Select two electives 1 6
 Credits15
Spring Semester
SW 602 Advanced Field Education Practicum In Health/Behavioral Health II 4
SW 603 Advanced Organizational Social Work Practice: Program Management, Supervision, Career Development and Professional Ethics 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
Select two electives 1 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits60
1

Of the four elective courses, one must be an advanced clinical course and another must support the chosen specialization.

Extended MSW (completed in six semesters with fall admission)

Students are admitted in the fall to complete the foundation curriculum over two years with part-time and full-time terms and then attend classes full time during the last nine months of study (fall and spring) to complete the advanced concentration curriculum. In addition to their classes, students are required to complete foundation and advanced field placements.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
SW 505 Social Work Research 3
SW 506 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories of Practice 3
 Credits6
Spring Semester
SW 507 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3
SW 509 Interprofessional Education (IPE) Option 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
SW 500 Foundation Field Education Practicum I 3
SW 501 Practice I: Individuals and Families 3
SW 504 Social Welfare Policy 3
 Credits9
Spring Semester
SW 502 Foundation Field Education Practicum II 3
SW 503 Practice II: Groups, Organizations, and Communities 3
SW 508 Psychopathology 3
 Credits9
Third Year
Fall Semester
SW 600 Advanced Field Education Practicum In Health/Behavioral Health I 4
SW 601 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research for Social Work Programs and Practice 2
Select two electives 1 6
 Credits15
Spring Semester
SW 602 Advanced Field Education Practicum In Health/Behavioral Health II 4
SW 603 Advanced Organizational Social Work Practice: Program Management, Supervision, Career Development and Professional Ethics 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
Select two electives 1 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits60
1

Of the four elective courses, one must be an advanced clinical course and another must support the chosen specialization.

Extended MSW (completed in five semesters with spring admission)

Students are admitted in the spring semester to complete the foundation curriculum in three semesters (with part-time and full-time terms) and then attend classes full-time during the last nine months of study (fall and spring) to complete the advanced concentration curriculum. In addition to their classes, students are required to complete foundation and advanced field placements.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Spring SemesterCredits
SW 507 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Issues of Diversity and Oppression 3
SW 509 Interprofessional Education (IPE) Option 3
 Credits6
Second Year
Fall Semester
SW 500 Foundation Field Education Practicum I 3
SW 501 Practice I: Individuals and Families 3
SW 504 Social Welfare Policy 3
SW 505 Social Work Research 3
SW 506 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I: Theories of Practice 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
SW 502 Foundation Field Education Practicum II 3
SW 503 Practice II: Groups, Organizations, and Communities 3
SW 508 Psychopathology 3
 Credits9
Third Year
Fall Semester
SW 600 Advanced Field Education Practicum In Health/Behavioral Health I 4
SW 601 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research for Social Work Programs and Practice 2
Select two electives 1 6
 Credits15
Spring Semester
SW 602 Advanced Field Education Practicum In Health/Behavioral Health II 4
SW 603 Advanced Organizational Social Work Practice: Program Management, Supervision, Career Development and Professional Ethics 3
SW 605 Integrative Seminar/Capstone Project 2
Select two electives 1 6
 Credits15
 Total Credits60
1

Of the four elective courses, one must be an advanced clinical course and another must support the chosen specialization.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible to apply for admission, applicants to the Quinnipiac University MSW Program need an earned bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting association with a preferred minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least 20 semester credits in liberal arts and a course in statistics (with a grade of C or higher).  Admission is selective and not guaranteed.

Applications are made online through the graduate admissions office.  A resume, an autobiographical statement indicating reasons for choosing the MSW degree, transcripts of all college study, and two letters of recommendation are part of the application.  Standardized tests scores are not required. The MSW program at Quinnipiac University does not give credit for life or work experience.

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester full time, application deadline is March 15th; Fall semester part time study, application deadline is July 15th

Spring Semester part time study, application deadline is Nov. 15th

Learning Outcome Report and Accreditation

EPAS Report

 

Master of Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Download the 2014 report (PDF) - last completed Sept. 3, 2014

Download the 2015 report (PDF) - last completed June 3, 2015

Download the 2016 report (PDF) - last completed June 27, 2016

Form AS 4 (M) Duplicate and expand as needed. Provide table(s) to support self-study narrative addressing the accreditation standards below. This form is used to assist the COA in the evaluation of the program's compliance with the accreditation standards below:

4.0.2 The program provides summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of its competencies, identifying the percentage of students achieving the benchmark.

4.0.4 The program uses Form AS 4 (B) and/or AS 4 (M) to report assessment outcomes to its constituents and the public on its website and routinely up-dates (minimally every 2 years) these postings.

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice that all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

 

Accreditation

The MSW degree meets the academic requirements for licensure as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).  The MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (www.cswe.org).  Initial accreditation was granted in March 2016.