MSW Curriculum and Model Program

The curriculum is designed for students to gain a generalist perspective on social work. This perspective is essential to 1) assess and address social needs, and 2) to help individuals, families, groups, and communities develop and function effectively. The generalist perspective includes:

- An eclectic theoretical grounding within a systems framework for assessing multiple points and levels for potential intervention.

- The need for effective multi-level interventions that focuses simultaneously on individuals, families, groups, communities, or organizations and society.

- Multi-system and multi-level interventions, using an evidence-based and outcomes oriented planned change model.

The curriculum begins with generalist foundation courses required of all students.

Required Generalist Courses for All Students (31 credits)

Core Requirements:

SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy and Services I (3);
SSW 610 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3);
SSW 611 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3);
SSW 620 Micro Practice in Social Work I (3);
SSW 621 Micro Practice in Social Work II (3);
SSW 630 Macro Practice in Social Work I (3);
SSW 631 Macro Practice in Social Work II (3);
SSW 650 Field Instruction I (3);
SSW 651 Field Instruction II (4);
SSW 660 Introductory Research Methodology  (3).

Exemption Examinations

Exemption examinations may be taken for the courses SSW 600, 610, 611, and 660. Passing of these exams exempts the student from taking the course, but no credit is given. In place of the exempted course(s), electives must be taken to fulfill the required amount of credits. Exemption examinations are given prior to the start of the fall semester.

Advanced Requirements for Students in MACRO Concentration (29 credits)

SSW 665 Research Methods in Social Welfare Management (3);
SSW 752 Field Instruction III (4);
SSW 753 Field Instruction IV (4);
SSW 790 Human Service Organizations in a Changing Environment (3);
SSW 791 Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations (3);
SSW 792 Community Building (3):
One course designated as Advanced MACRO elective (like SSW 730-Interprofessional Leadership) (3);
One Elective (3);
One Advanced Policy Course (3);

Advanced Requirements for Students in Clinical Concentration (29 credits)

SSW 661 Evaluation of Clinical Practice (3);
SSW 752 Field Instruction III (4);
SSW 753 Field Instruction IV (4);
Three courses designated as Advanced Practice (9);
One course designated as Advanced Policy (3);
Electives per advisement to total 60 credits.

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MODEL PROGRAMS

Full-Time Program

Part-Time Program

Advanced Standing Program

Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Criminal Justice (M.A.) -- Clinical Concentration

Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Criminal Justice -- MACRO

Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Law (J.D.) with Albany Law School -- Clinical Concentration

Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Law (J.D.) with Albany Law School -- MACRO Concentration

Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Public Health

Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Bioethics with Union Graduate College

Joint M.S.W./Ph.D. Program

Internships in Aging Project

Full-Time

 
First Semester (Fall) Credits
SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)  
SSW 610 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3)  
SSW 620 Micro Practice in Social Work I (3)  
SSW 630 Macro Practice in Social Work I (3)  
SSW 650 Field Instruction I (3)  
Second Semester (Spring)  
SSW 611 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3)  
SSW 621 Micro Practice in Social Work II (3)  
SSW 631 Macro Practice in Social Work II (3)  
SSW 660 Introductory Research Methodology (3)  
SSW 651 Field Instruction II (4)  
Second-Year Clinical Model Program  
Third Semester (Fall)  
SSW xxx Advanced Practice (3)  
SSW xxx Advanced Practice (3)  
SSW 661 Evaluation of Clinical Practice (3)  
SSW xxx Elective (3)  
SSW 752 Field Instruction III (4)  
Fourth Semester (Spring)  
SSW 7xx Advanced Policy (3)  
SSW 7xx Advanced Practice (3)  
SSW xxx Elective (3)  
SSW 753 Field Instruction IV (4)  
Second-Year MACRO Model Program  
Third Semester (Fall)  
SSW 665 Research Methods in SW Management (3)  
SSW 752 Field Instruction III (4)  
SSW 790 Human Service Organization in a Changing Environment (3)  
SSW 792 Community Building (3)  
SSW 7xx Advanced MACRO course (3)  
Fourth Semester (Spring)  
SSW 753 Field Instruction IV (4)  
SSW 791 Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations (3)  
SSW 7xx Advanced Policy** (3)  
SSW xxx Elective (3)  

 

 

 

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Electives may be chosen from any courses classified as an Advanced MACRO, Advanced Practice, Advanced Policy, Electives, or any graduate level course in another department. Clinical Concentration students may also take MACRO Core Courses as Electives.  

Part-Time Program for the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)**

Foundation for All Students

Fall 1
SSW 610 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3)
SSW 630 Macro Practice in Social Work I (3)
Spring 1
SSW 611 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3)
SSW 631 Macro Practice in Social Work II (3)
Summer 1
SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)
Fall 2
SSW 620 Micro Practice in Social Work I (3)
SSW 650 Field Instruction I ** (3)
Spring 2
SSW 621 Micro Practice in Social Work II (3)
SSW 651 Field Instruction II ** (4)
Summer 2
SSW 660 Introductory Research Methodology (3)
Advanced Requirements in the Clinical Concentration
Fall 3
SSW 7xx Advanced Practice (3)
SSW xxx Elective (3)
Spring 3
SSW 7xx Advanced Practice (3)
SSW 7xx Advanced Policy** (3)
Summer 3
SSW xxx Elective (3)
Fall 4
SSW 661 Evaluation of Clinical Practice (3)
SSW 752 Field Instruction III ** (4)
Spring 4
SSW 7xx Advanced Practice (3)
SSW 753 Field Instruction IV ** (4)
Advanced Requirements in the MACRO Concentration (Effective Fall 2000)
Fall 3
SSW 790 Human Service Organizations in a Changing Environment (3)
SSW 792 Community Building (3)
Spring 3
SSW 791 Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations (3)
SSW 7xx Advanced Policy** (3)
Summer 3
SSW 7xx Advanced MACRO course (3)
Fall 4
SSW 665 Research Methods in Social Work Management (3)
SSW 752 Field Instruction III ** (4)
Spring 4
SSW xxx Elective (3)
SSW 753 Field Instruction IV ** (4)

 

 

 

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Electives may be chosen from any courses classified as an Advanced MACRO, Advanced Practice, Advanced Policy, Electives, or any graduate level course in another department. Clinical Concentration students may also take MACRO Core Courses as Electives.

** - FIELDWORK REQUIREMENTS: Students MUST work a 500 hour internship each academic year. This equals 2 days per week for 2 semesters. This fieldwork will occur in your second and fourth year.


Advanced Standing Curriculum

For Students who graduated not more than six years ago from a baccalaureate degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

 
Students receive advanced standing credit for up to 21 credits (must have B or better in comparable undergraduate courses). Courses are:

May receive credit for:

SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy
SSW 610 Human Behav Soc Env 1
SSW 620 Micro Practice 1
SSW 630 Macro Practice 1
SSW 650 Field Instruction 1
SSW 660 Research 1
SSW xxx Elective (3)

 

Summer (10)

SSW 611 Human Behavior and Social Environment II
SSW 621 Micro Practice II
SSW 651 Field Instruction II

CLINICAL CONCENTRATION

FALL (16)

 

 

SSW 631 Macro Practice II
SSW 661 Evaluation of Clinical Practice
SSW 7xx Advanced Practice
SSW 7xx Advanced Practice
SSW 752 Field Instruction III
Spring (13)
SSW xxx Elective (3)
SSW 7xx Advanced Policy**
SSW 7xx Advanced Practice
SSW 753 Field Instruction IV

Electives may be chosen from any courses classified as an Advanced MACRO, Advanced Practice, Advanced Policy, Electives, or any graduate level course in another department. Clinical Concentration students may also take MACRO Core Courses as Electives.

In the Fall and Spring, classes are two or three days a week, field placement two days a week.

MACRO CONCENTRATION

Fall (16)
SSW 631 Macro Practice II
SSW 665 Research Methods in Social Welfare Management
SSW 790 Human Service Organizations in a Changing Environment
SSW 792 Community Building
SSW 752 Field Instruction III
Spring (13)
SSW 791 Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations
SSW 7xx Advanced Policy*
SSW xxx Elective

SSW 753

 

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Field Instruction IV

Dual Degrees

Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Criminal Justice -- Clinical Concentration

Program of Study (70 graduate credits, including at least 63 credits in required courses)

Social Welfare

Students must complete:
  • SSW 600, 610, 611, 620, 621, 630, 631, 650, 651, 752, 753
  • Three Advanced Practice Courses
  • One Advanced Policy Course per field of study or advisement

Criminal Justice

Students must complete:

  • Area requirements by taking one course in three of the four following substantive areas:
    Nature of Crime: CRJ 601, 602, 606, or 607
    Law and Social Control: CRJ 620, 623, 626, or 629
    Administration of the Criminal Justice Process: One graded course from the administration sequence in either of the two series: CRJ 540 - 559 or 640 - 659

    or

    Planned Change: CRJ 560 or 561
  • Course requirements in support sequence: CRJ 504 or CRJ 679 or CRJ 681 and CRJ 682
  • Electives (7 credits minimum) from Criminal Justice to total 70 credits

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  • Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Criminal Justice -- MACRO

    Program of Study (70 graduate credits, including at least 57 credits in required courses)

    Social Welfare

    Students must complete:
    • SSW 600, 610, 611, 620, 621, 630, 631, 650, 651, 752, 753, 790
    • Either SSW 791 or 792 as advised
    • SSW 665 or CRJ 691
    Criminal Justice

    Students must complete:
    • Area requirements by taking one course in two of the three following substantive areas:

      Nature of Crime: CRJ 601, 602, 606 or 607
       
      Law and Social Control: CRJ 620, 623, 626, or 629

    OR

      Administration of the Criminal Justice Process: One graded course from the Administration Sequence in either of the two series: CRJ 540 - 559 or CRJ 640 - 659

  • Course requirements in support sequence: CRJ 504 or CRJ 679 or CRJ 681 and CRJ 682, CRJ 691 or SSW 665
    • Electives (13 credits minimum) including at least three credits from each of the substantive area groupings in Criminal Justice

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  • Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Law (J.D.) with Albany Law School -- Clinical Concentration

    First Year

    Full-time Albany Law School: 31 Credits
    School of Social Welfare: 0 Credits
    First Semester (Fall) Credits
    Legal Methods (1)
    Contracts (3)
    Property I (3)
    Introduction to Lawyering (2)
    Introduction to Civil Procedure (3)
    Torts (4)
    Second Semester (Spring)
    Contracts (3)
    Property II (3)
    Criminal Law (3)
    Introduction to Lawyering (2)
    Constitutional Law (4)
    Second Year
    Full-time School of Social Welfare: 31 Credits
    Albany Law School: 0 Credits
    Third Semester (Fall) Credits
    SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)
    SSW 610 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3)
    SSW 620 Micro Practice in Social Work I (3)
    SSW 630 Macro Practice in Social Work I (3)
    SSW 650 Field Instruction I (3)
    Fourth Semester (Spring)
    SSW 611 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3)
    SSW 621 Micro Practice in Social Work II (3)
    SSW 631 Macro Practice in Social Work II (3)
    SSW 660 Introductory Research Methodology (3)
    SSW 651 Field Instruction II (4)
    Third Year
    School of Social Welfare: 20 Credits
    Albany Law School: 10 Credits
    Fifth Semester (Fall) Credits
    SSW 7xx Advanced Practice (3)
    SSW 7xx Advanced Practice (3)
    SSW 7xx Advanced Practice (3)
    SSW 661 Evaluation of Clinical Practice (3)
    SSW 752 Field Instruction III (4)
    Sixth Semester (Spring)
    SSW 753 Field Instruction IV (4)
    Albany Law School Electives (10)
    Fourth Year
    Full-time Albany Law School: 33 Credits
    School of Social Welfare: 0 Credits
    Credits
    Professional Responsibility* (3)
    Electives* (30)

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    May be taken as a summer course.

    Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Law (J.D.) with Albany Law School -- MACRO Concentration

    First Year

    Full-time Albany Law School: 31 Credits
    School of Social Welfare: 0 Credits
    First Semester (Fall) Credits
    Legal Methods (1)
    Contracts (3)
    Property I (3)
    Introduction to Lawyering (2)
    Introduction to Civil Procedure (3)
    Torts (4)
    Second Semester (Spring)
    Contracts (3)
    Property II (3)
    Criminal Law (3)
    Introduction to Lawyering (2)
    Constitutional Law (4)
    Second Year
    School of Social Welfare: 31 Credits
    Albany Law School: 3 Credits
    Third Semester (Fall) Credits
    SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)
    SSW 610 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3)
    SSW 620 Micro Practice in Social Work I (3)
    SSW 630 Macro Practice in Social Work I (3)
    SSW 650 Field Instruction I (3)
    Fourth Semester (Spring)
    SSW 611 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3)
    SSW 621 Micro Practice in Social Work II (3)
    SSW 631 Macro Practice in Social Work II (3)
    SSW 660 Introductory Research Methodology (3)
    SSW 651 Field Instruction II (4)
    ALS Legal Profession/Professional Responsibility* (3)
    Third Year
    School of Social Welfare: 20 Credits
    Albany Law School: 11 Credits
    Fifth Semester (Fall) Credits
    SSW 665 Research Methods in Social Work Management (3)
    SSW 790 Human Service Organizations in Changing Environment (3)
    SSW 792 Community Building (3)
    SSW 7xx Advanced MACRO course (3)
    SSW 752 Field Instruction III (4)
    Sixth Semester (Spring)
    SSW 753 Field Instruction IV (4)
    Albany Law School Electives (once course from Finance Options) (11)
    Fourth Year
    Full-time Albany Law School: 29 Credits
    School of Social Welfare: 0 Credits
    Credits
    Albany Law School Electives (3)

    May be taken during spring or summer.

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    Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Public Health

     

    Dual Degree Program in Social Work (M.S.W.) and Bioethics with Union Graduate College

     


    Joint M.S.W./Ph.D. in Social Welfare

    The School offers a joint M.S.W./Ph.D. program, that enables students to obtain both degrees in approximately one less semester than would be required if the degrees were pursued independently. The student receives the M.S.W. and can complete the Ph.D. with an additional 24 hours of course work plus other requirements outlined for the Ph.D. Program. Students can apply to both programs simultaneously or they may enter the Ph.D. program after acceptance into the M.S.W. program. Students must be accepted into the Ph.D. program no later than the semester prior to receiving the M.S.W. degree.Students currently enrolled in a joint program at the master's level, including advanced standing students, should consult with the Program Chair regarding their eligibility before applying. Requirements for the joint program are outlined below.


    M.S.W./Ph.D. Joint Program -- 84 credits (minimum)

    All students are expected to enroll in the following required courses (46):

    SSW 600 Social Welfare Policy and Services (3)

    SSW 610 Human Behavior and Social Environment I (3)

    SSW 611 Human Behavior and Social Environment II (3)

    SSW 620 Micro Practice in Social Work I (3)

    SSW 621 Micro Practice in Social Work II (3)

    SSW 630 Macro Practice in Social Work I (3)

    SSW 631 Macro Practice in Social Work II (3)

    SSW 650 Field Instruction I (3)

    SSW 651 Field Instruction II (4)

    SSW 823 Social Welfare Practice Theory (Proseminar) (3)

    SSW 826 Social Welfare Policy (Proseminar) (3)

    SSW 862 Social Welfare Research (Proseminar) (3)

    SSW 863 Application of Advanced Methods in Social Welfare Research (Proseminar) (3)

    Plus two courses in Statistics (6)

    Required Courses for Students in MACRO Concentration (20):

    SSW 753 Field Instruction III (4)

    SSW 754 Field Instruction IV (4)

    SSW 790 Human Service Organizations in a Changing Environment (3)

    SSW 791 Managing Systems in Human Services Organizations (3)

    SSW 792 Community Building (3)

    One Elective (3)

    Required Courses for Students in Clinical Concentration (20):

    SSW 752 Field Instruction III (4)

    SSW 753 Field Instruction IV (4)

    Three courses designated as Advanced Practice (9)

    Plus a minimum of 3 credits of Elective graduate courses related to direct practice

    You may select your second-year concentration (Clinical or MACRO) during your first year of enrollment.

    Supporting and Elective Courses required for all students: appropriate courses totaling at least 18 graduate credits to complete the master's concentration and to develop the doctoral social welfare problem and practice intervention area of study.

    Additionally, all students must:

    a) Have a satisfactory record in all course and seminar study;

    b) Complete satisfactorily the language or computer proficiency requirement;

    c) Complete satisfactorily the qualifying examination;

    d) Complete satisfactorily the University residence requirements;

    e) Complete satisfactorily the predissertation research requirement;

    f) Complete satisfactorily the doctoral essay;

    g) Submit an acceptable dissertation based on independent research; and

    h) Complete at least two acceptable substantive courses outside of the School of Social Welfare

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    *Advanced MACRO courses may be selected from the following approved courses: SSW 793 Leadership in Human Services, SSW 794 Community Economic Development, SSW 795 Development (Fundraising, Marketing, Grants), SSW 796 Action Research, SSW 7xx Interprofessional Leadership for School, Family, and Community Partnerships, or SSW 7xx Managed Care and Social Work.

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    **Although you may take an advanced policy course from any of the advanced policy options, SSW 782 International Social Work is dedicated to MACRO issues.

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    Social Welfare Certificate Programs at UAlbany-SUNY

    Through UAlbany-SUNY certificate programs, social work students improve their cultural competence and leadership skills while gaining in-depth insight into specific areas of social work. These programs include:

    * Only MSW graduates with a concentration in MACRO (Management Efficiency, Advocacy and Empowerment, Community Building, Resource Development, and Outcome Evaluation) are eligible to earn this certificate.