MSW Curriculum & Degree Requirements

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree has two programs, the regular program and the advanced standing program. Both are available in a full-time or part-time track. The regular program is also available in a hybrid part-time to full-time track.

  • Regular Program (60 credits)
    • Full-Time – 2 year program
    • Part-Time – 4 year program
    • Hybrid Option (Part-Time to Full-Time) – 3 year program (2 years part-time + 1 year full-time)
  • Advanced Standing Program (30 credits)
    • Full-Time – 1 year program
    • Part-Time – 2 year program

Full-time students take 15 credits each semester, which includes coursework within the classroom and a field practicum. Part-time students typically take 6 credits per semester, including coursework within the classroom and field practicum in certain semesters.

The regular 60-credit program consists of the Foundation Year Curriculum (30 credits) and the Concentration Year Curriculum (30 credits).

The Advanced Standing Program consists of the Concentration Year Curriculum (30 credits).

Students designate the program for which they are applying. Requests for changes after being admitted must be made in writing and approved by the MSW program coordinator. Program options and associated academic progression are configured as follows:

Regular Program Tracks

TWO-YEAR    

FULL-TIME REGULAR PROGRAM   

FIRST YEAR – FOUNDATION
FALL SEMESTER

SOW 6404 – Social Work Research

SOW 6105 – Human Behavior and Social Environment I

SOW 6106 – Human Behavior and Social Environment II

SOW 6305 – Generalist Practice with Individuals

SOW 6532 – Foundation Field Instruction & Seminar I (Includes IPED and SAGE*)

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW 6324 – Generalist Practice with Families and Groups

SOW 6306 – Generalist Practice with Organizations

SOW 6235 – Social Welfare History and Policy

SOW 6125 – Psychopathology

SOW 6533 – Foundation Field Instruction & Seminar II (Includes IPED and SAGE*)

SECOND YEAR – CONCENTRATION
FALL SEMESTER

SOW 6348 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Adults and Families

SOW 6535 – Advanced Year Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar I

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

and

SOW 6646 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Elders and Families

or

SOW 6655 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents and Families

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW 6605 – Advanced Context of Social Work Practice in Health Care

SOW 6536 – Advanced Year Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar II

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

and

SOW 6646 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Elders and Families

or

SOW 6655 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents and Families

 

FOUR-YEAR    

PART-TIME REGULAR PROGRAM   

FIRST YEAR – FOUNDATION
FALL SEMESTER

SOW 6404 – Social Work Research

SOW 6106 – Human Behavior and Social Environment II

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW 6235 – Social Welfare History and Policy

SOW 6125 – Psychopathology

 

SUMMER SEMESTER

SOW 6105 – Human Behavior and Social Environment I

 

SECOND YEAR – FOUNDATION
FALL SEMESTER

SOW 6305 – Generalist Practice with Individuals

SOW 6532 – Foundation Field Instruction & Seminar I (Includes IPED and SAGE*)

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW 6324 – Generalist Practice with Families and Groups

SOW 6306 – Generalist Practice with Organizations

SOW 6533 – Foundation Field Instruction & Seminar II (Includes IPED and SAGE*)

 

THIRD YEAR – CONCENTRATION
FALL SEMESTER

SOW Elective

SOW Elective

 

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW Elective

and

SOW 6646 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Elders and Families

or

SOW 6655 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents and Families

 

SUMMER SEMESTER

SOW 6348 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Adults and Families

SOW Elective

 

FOURTH YEAR – CONCENTRATION
FALL SEMESTER

SOW 6535 – Advanced Year Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar I

and

SOW 6646 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Elders and Families

or

SOW 6655 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents and Families

 

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW 6605 – Advanced Context of Social Work Practice in Health Care

SOW 6536 – Advanced Year Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar II

 

 

THREE-YEAR

HYBRID OPTION REGULAR PROGRAM (TWO YEARS PART-TIME + ONE YEAR FULL-TIME)   

FIRST YEAR – FOUNDATION
FALL SEMESTER

SOW 6404 – Social Work Research

SOW 6106 – Human Behavior and Social Environment II

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW 6235 – Social Welfare History and Policy

SOW 6125 – Psychopathology

 

SUMMER SEMESTER

SOW 6105 – Human Behavior and Social Environment I

 

SECOND YEAR – FOUNDATION
FALL SEMESTER

SOW 6305 – Generalist Practice with Individuals

SOW 6532 – Foundation Field Instruction & Seminar I (Includes IPED and SAGE*)

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW 6324 – Generalist Practice with Families and Groups

SOW 6306 – Generalist Practice with Organizations

SOW 6533 – Foundation Field Instruction & Seminar II (Includes IPED and SAGE*)

 

THIRD YEAR – CONCENTRATION
FALL SEMESTER

SOW 6348 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Adults and Families

SOW 6535 – Advanced Year Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar I

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

and

SOW 6646 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Elders and Families

or

SOW 6655 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents and Families

 

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW 6605 – Advanced Context of Social Work Practice in Health Care

SOW 6536 – Advanced Year Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar II

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

and

SOW 6646 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Elders and Families

or

SOW 6655 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents and Families

 

*IPED/ SAGE—A Field/Internship Education Requirement

The purpose of IPED (Inter-Professional Education Development) is to promote inter-professional education among health care professionals to enhance patient/client-centered  quality of care and quality of life.

Foundation-level MSWs, as part of their Foundation Field experience (SOW 6532 and SOW 6533), will participate in IPED with FAU Nursing and Medical students.

IPED includes 3 collaborative seminars with focus on roles, communication and health policy. These mandatory seminars will be held on a Tuesday afternoon from 1-4pm in September, October and March.

The purpose of SAGE (Senior Aging and Geriatric Educator) is to introduce students to benefits of working on interdisciplinary teams. Students will visit either Abbey Delray retirement community or Ruth Rales Weisman Center for this experiential learning experience with volunteer senior mentors who live there.

Foundation-level MSWs, as part of their Foundation Field experience (SOW 6532 and SOW 6533), will participate in SAGE with FAU Nursing and Medical students.

SAGE includes 3 mandatory visits to Abbey Delray retirement community or Ruth Rales Weisman Center on a Tuesday afternoon from Noon-4pm  in November, January and February.

 

Advanced Standing Program Tracks

ONE-YEAR    

FULL-TIME ADVANCED STANDING PROGRAM    

FALL SEMESTER

SOW 6348 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Adults and Families

SOW 6535 – Advanced Year Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar I

SOW 6125 – Psychopathology

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

and

SOW 6646 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Elders and Families

or

SOW 6655 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents and Families

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW 6605 – Advanced Context of Social Work Practice in Health Care

SOW 6536 – Advanced Year Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar II

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

and

SOW 6646 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Elders and Families

or

SOW 6655 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents and Families

 

TWO-YEAR    

PART-TIME ADVANCED STANDING PROGRAM   

FIRST YEAR
FALL SEMESTER

SOW 6125 – Psychopathology

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

and

SOW 6646 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Elders and Families

or

SOW 6655 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents and Families

 

SUMMER SEMESTER

SOW 6348 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Adults and Families

SOW Elective (Can be taken in preceding summer semester)

 

SECOND YEAR
FALL SEMESTER

SOW 6535 – Advanced Year Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar I

and

SOW 6646 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Elders and Families

or

SOW 6655 – Advanced Theory and Social Work Practice with Children, Adolescents and Families

SPRING SEMESTER

SOW 6605 – Advanced Context of Social Work Practice in Health Care

SOW 6536 – Advanced Year Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar II

Additional Requirements & Information

Attendance on First Day of Class

All students enrolled in the MSW program are required to attend the first class in all MSW courses.

Time Limitation

Candidates for the MSW degree must complete all degree requirements within five (5) consecutive years after initial registration.

Academic and Professional Standards

Continuation in the MSW program requires satisfactory progress toward degree completion. This includes registering for courses from the approved curriculum, following the proper program structure, earning grades of at least “B-” or above in all courses (except as noted below), maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA and adhering at all times to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.

Depending upon the program entered (Regular or Advanced Standing), individual course grades of “C+” or “C” are allowed to fulfill degree requirements as described in the Additional Academic Standards sections below. Students who receive one grade of “C-“or below may be recommended for dismissal regardless of their cumulative GPA. Students who receive a grade of “C+” or below are not automatically permitted to retake the course. Under exceptional circumstances, and only with prior permission from the MSW faculty committee, are students permitted to retake the course.

Students who fail to meet the academic standards of the program or violate the NASW Code of Ethics may be recommended for dismissal.

Additional Academic Standards for Regular Program

Students admitted to the 60 credit regular program are allowed a maximum of two “C+” or “C” grades. Students who receive more than two “C+” or “C” grades may be recommended for dismissal regardless of their cumulative GPA.

Additional Academic Standards for Advanced Standing Program

Students admitted to the 30 credit advanced standing program are allowed a maximum of one “C+” or “C” grade. Students who receive more than one “C+” or “C” grade may be recommended for dismissal regardless of their cumulative GPA.

Plan of Study

The College for Design and Social Inquiry requires all graduate students in the college to have an approved Plan of Study (POS) on file by the end of the second semester in the graduate program. This deadline is different than the Graduate College’s recommendation of submission by mid-program, but no later than the semester before graduation. Individual academic colleges reserve the right to enforce stricter deadlines for this university-wide graduate student requirement.

Grades below “C”

Grades below “C” (e.g. “C-” to “F”) reflect unsatisfactory progress toward the degree. Students earning such grades are therefore recommended for dismissal from the MSW degree program. Students dismissed from the MSW program subject to University Regulation 4.001 for academic and/or behavioral reasons shall not be permitted to enroll in the Bachelor of Social Work program. Students may also be dismissed at any time if they are not making satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree.

Course Scheduling

The School of Social Works endeavors to schedule classes to accommodate full-time and part-time students. Note that the School of Social Work makes no guarantees regarding class meeting times or days.

Enrollment in MSW Courses

MSW courses are limited to those students who have been fully admitted to the MSW program. The School of Social Work closely manages its accredited, licensed graduate program to ensure that its students are functioning within cohorts based upon admission year and program type. Non-matriculated students who register for an MSW course will be instructed to withdraw from the course. It is the student’s responsibility to seek any associated fee refunds through other University channels.