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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Curriculum

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/socialwork/graduate/curriculum.html

MSW Curriculum Map

The MSW Curriculum has been carefully developed based upon our mission, goals, and objectives with particular attention given to the requirements of our accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the College and University's missions. We have taken into account the perceived needs of graduate students as adult learners, as well as requirements for graduate education at our institution. Students will be required to proceed through the curriculum as it is sequenced below. Courses are offered once per year. The program is based upon a full-time graduate credit load and does not have a part-time option.

Students in the Traditional (TR) MSW program are required to complete 59 credits spread over two calendar years (6 semesters). Students in the TR program take courses in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. The TR program includes 39 credit-hours of classes and two field education placements totalling 20 credit hours, in a supervised practicum setting. The practicums will run each year from January to July. (See the Field Education section of the website for more information.)

Students in the Advanced Standing (AS) MSW program take 34 credits spread over 4 semesters, beginning with a 3-credit seminar in the summer, followed by 9 credits in the fall semester, 11 credits in the spring semester, 8 credits in the final summer semester, and a 3 credit elective. The AS program includes 24 credit hours of classes and one 10-credit field education placement in a supervised practicum setting, which runs from January to July. (See the Field Education section of the website for more information.)

All students will complete their Concentration/Advanced Field Practicum and Seminar with an individualized Field Education Learning Plan as their "Capstone Experience," rather than a thesis, as a comprehensive and integrative demonstration of their learning. A series of student learning outcomes, competencies, and practice behaviors are met through this process. If students wish, they can carry out research and evaluation projects in conjunction with the Concentration/Advanced field practicum. 

Foundation Year (Traditional, 2-year)

Foundation year courses for those in the Traditional Program constitute 28 credits of study, which includes 10 credits of Field Education in a supervised field education practicum during Spring and Summer semesters. Courses are taken fall, spring and summer. Click on course numbers for descriptions. Some, but not all, courses are offered in a hybrid (partically online instruction) format.

Fall (9 course credits)

Spring ( 6 course credits + 5 field education = 11 credits)

  • SOWK 603 – Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3 credits) (Spring)
  • SOWK 611 – Macro Social Work Practice and Theory (3 credits) (Spring)
  • SOWK 615 – Foundation Practicum & Seminar I (18-20 hours/week) (5 credits) (Spring)

Summer (3 course credits + 5 field education = 8 credits) (11 credits, if elective taken)

  • SOWK 625 – Foundation Practicum & Seminar II (18-20 hours/week) (5 credits) (Summer, continuation of SOWK 615)
  • SOWK 629 – Applied Social Work Research (3 credits) (Summer) 
  • Elective Course (3 credits) (May be taken anytime)

Summer (Advanced Standing Students Only - 1st summer)

  • SOWK 650 – Advanced Standing Preparation Seminar (3 credits) (Summer)
  • Elective Course (May be taken anytime)

Concentration Year (All students)

Students in both the Traditional and Advanced Standing Programs take 31 credits in the concentration year of the program, which includes 10 credits of Field Education in a supervised practicum and a 3 credit elective, if not already completed. Courses are taken in fall, spring, and summer terms. Some, but not all, courses are offered in a hybrid format. The elective may be taken when it best fits the student's schedule. Click on course numbers for description.

Fall (9 course credits req.) (12 credits if elective taken)

  • Elective – Graduate level (500 or 600 level) (3 credits) May be taken anytime.
  • SOWK 669 – Advanced Social Work Evaluation (3 credits) (Fall)
  • SOWK 651 – Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals (3 credits) (Fall)
  • SOWK 663 - Advanced Practice with Groups (3 credits) (Fall)

Spring (6 course credits + 5 field education = 11 credits)

  • SOWK 655 – Social Welfare Policy Practice (3 credits) (Spring)
  • SOWK 660 – Advanced Practice with Couples and Families (3 credits) (Spring)
  • SOWK 665 – Advanced Practicum and Seminar I (18-20 hours/week) (5 credits) (Spring)

Summer (3 course credits + 5 field education = 8 credits; 11 if additional elective taken)

  • SOWK 661 – Advanced Social Work Practice Administration (3 credits) (Summer)
  • SOWK 675 – Advanced Practicum and Seminar II (18-20 hours/week) (5 credits) (Summer, continuation of SOWK 665)