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Graduate Bulletin Homepage |School of Social Welfare | Social Welfare Joint M.S.W./Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare

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

The joint M.S.W./Ph.D. program permits exceptionally qualified students "with a high level of demonstrated academic competence, leadership potential, and a strong interest in scholarship in social welfare research" to reduce the 96 serial credits required for the M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs in Social Welfare to 84 credits.

Program of Study

54 graduate credits, minimum, including the following:

Required courses for all M.S.W./Ph.D. students:

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 I (3);
Ssw 621 Micro Practice II (3);
Ssw 630 Macro Practice I (3);
Ssw 631 Macro Practice II (3);
Ssw 650 Field Instruction I (3);
Ssw 651 Field Instruction II (4);
Ssw 752 Field Instruction III (4);
Ssw 753 Field Instruction IV (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 Applications of Advanced Methods in Social Welfare Research (Proseminar) (3);

Plus two courses in statistics.

Required Courses for Students Concentrating in Social Welfare MACRO:

Ssw 790 Human Service Organizations Within a Changing Environment (3);
Ssw 791 Managing Systems in Human Service Organizations (3);
Ssw 792 Community Building (3):

One course designated MACRO elective as advised (3):

Ssw 752 Field Instruction 3 (4)
Ssw 753 Field Instruction 4 (4)

Required Courses for Students Concentrating in Direct Practice:

An advanced Human Behavior course (e.g., Ssw 733 Adult Disorders);
An advanced Practice course (e.g., Ssw 741 Practice with Mature and Aging Adults);
A second Advanced Practice course;
Plus a minimum of 3 credits of elective graduate courses related to direct practice.

Supporting and Elective Courses Required for All Students:

Appropriate courses totaling at least 22-25 graduate credits to complete the master’s concentration and to develop the doctoral social welfare problem and practice intervention area of study.

Additional Requirements

  1. Additionally, all students must:
    1. Have a satisfactory record in all course and seminar study;
    2. Complete satisfactorily the research tool requirements;
    3. Complete satisfactorily the qualifying examination;
    4. Complete satisfactorily the University residence requirements;
    5. Submit an acceptable dissertation based on independent research; and
    6. Complete at least two acceptable substantive courses outside of the School of Social Welfare.

Last updated on 7/10/2008