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MSW - Master of Social Work (Traditional Program)

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Introduction

A degree in social work will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and practical skills to make a positive impact on patients’ lives. Your training will extend from treating mental and emotional disorders to addiction recovery and beyond.

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 traditional MSW 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.

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Carol Soto sits as she speaks into a microphone

First-hand experiences

Carol Soto, who inspired the character "Yoga Janet" and "Yoga Jones" in "Orange is the New Black," spoke with members of #BobcatNation about the state of the health care system in America’s prisons at two events on our Mount Carmel and North Haven campuses.

The Real Orange is the New Black panel discussion story

Formerly incarcerated women urge students to be agents of change

Three formerly incarcerated women shared their health care experiences in state and federal prisons during emotional discussions on our Mount Carmel and North Haven campuses.

Beatrice Codianni and Carol Soto, who were incarcerated at the same time as Piper Kerman, author of "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison," discussed their experiences at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut. The women explained how their access to and experiences of the health care system impacted them during their time inside.

They were joined by Jaclyn Lucibello, a woman incarcerated for three years in the York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Connecticut, the state's only female correctional facility, giving birth during her time there. 

There were 215,332 women in jails and prisons in the United States in 2014, according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Ashley Appleby ’17 hugs speaker Beatrice Codianni, who served time at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institute, following a panel discussion focusing on health care for incarcerated women in the United States.

Embracing different perspectives

Ashley Appleby ’17 hugs speaker Beatrice Codianni, who served time at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institute, following a panel discussion focusing on health care for incarcerated women in the United States.

“The number of women behind bars has grown rapidly. Over the past 30 years, the rate of women in prison has increased by more than 700%.”
Amber Kelly
Assistant professor of social work

Advanced Standing MSW Program Option

Make a difference. Faster.

If you have completed your bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW), our MSW Advanced Standing Program could be for you. To qualify, students must have a BSW degree conferred from a CSWE accredited program prior to the beginning of the advanced standing MSW program in early July. 

The summer session is an intensive five week session where students will complete 6 credits.  After successful completion of the summer session, students will join the specialized curriculum where they will complete 30 credits of coursework over two semesters, including 700 hours of field education (total of 36 credits). Students may complete this curriculum in one academic year if they wish to study full time, or those wishing to study part time will be able to complete the specialized curriculum in 2 years. 

Student graduates from the MSW Advanced Standing Program are eligible to sit for the LMSW license exam and are prepared for jobs in a full range of clinical social work positions including jobs in aging services, health/mental/substance abuse, child and family welfare and justice, or school 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 Generalist 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 Generalist 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 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/ Behavioral Health I 4
SW 601 Specialized Clinical Social Work Practice (Practice III) 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research for Social Work Programs and Practice 2
Select two electives 1 6
 Credits15
Spring Semester
SW 602 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/ Behavioral Health II 4
SW 603 Specialized Organizational Social Work Practice: Program Management, Supervision, Professional Ethics and Career Development (Practice IV) 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 Generalist Field Education Practicum I 3
SW 501 Practice I: Individuals and Families 3
SW 504 Social Welfare Policy 3
 Credits9
Spring Semester
SW 502 Generalist 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 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/ Behavioral Health I 4
SW 601 Specialized Clinical Social Work Practice (Practice III) 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research for Social Work Programs and Practice 2
Select two electives 1 6
 Credits15
Spring Semester
SW 602 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/ Behavioral Health II 4
SW 603 Specialized Organizational Social Work Practice: Program Management, Supervision, Professional Ethics and Career Development (Practice IV) 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 Generalist 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 Generalist 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 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/ Behavioral Health I 4
SW 601 Specialized Clinical Social Work Practice (Practice III) 3
SW 604 Evaluation Research for Social Work Programs and Practice 2
Select two electives 1 6
 Credits15
Spring Semester
SW 602 Specialized Practice Field Education Practicum in Health/ Behavioral Health II 4
SW 603 Specialized Organizational Social Work Practice: Program Management, Supervision, Professional Ethics and Career Development (Practice IV) 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.

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Admissions Requirements

Admission requirements


To be eligible to apply for admission, applicants to the Quinnipiac University Traditional 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.

Application deadlines


March 15: Fall semester, full-time study

July 15: Fall semester, part-time study

Required documents


  • A completed application
  • A resume
  • An autobiographical statement indicating reasons for choosing the Traditional MSW degree
  • Transcripts of all college study
  • Two letters of recommendation

Standardized tests scores are not required. The Traditional MSW program at Quinnipiac University does not give credit for life or work experience.

If you have any questions with requirements, program options or any of the above information, please reach out to us.

Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Email: graduate@qu.edu
Fax: 203-582-3443

Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions - NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940

Learning Outcome Report and Accreditation

Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards

Master of Social Work Program Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes


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.

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Accreditation


The MSW 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. Initial accreditation was granted in March 2016.