Master of Social Work

General

Program Description

The Department of Social Work’s Masters of Social Work (MSW) program's mission is to prepare advanced generalist social work practitioners who demonstrate the application of professional social work knowledge, values, and skills to practice situations to promote human and community well-being.

The program endeavors to train advanced generalist practitioners to utilize theoretical frameworks in the application of therapeutic skills in the engagement, assessment, and intervention of/with diverse clients and constituencies in various agencies and social services settings.  A focus of the program is to enhance the preparation of advanced generalist practitioners to promote and advocate for human rights and social/economic justice in a purposeful, intentional, and professional manner in rural to metropolitan communities incorporating the impact of global perspectives.

The MSW degree is a completely online program. A supervised field internship in a professional local, state, or regional social services agency is required. 

MSW Course Requirements

The following course requirements can be used by social work students who are under the Fall 2020-21 Catalog/Bulletin (or later, subject to future revision). 

MSW students must complete:

Major Core Requirements - Advanced Standing:

30

Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis: Development and Evaluation (SW 605)

3

Advanced Generalist Practice with Children, Adolescents, and Families (SW 661)

3

Field Internship and Seminar for Social Work Practice (SW 630, 631, 632, 633)

4

Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Psychopathology (SW 610)

3

Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups (SW 665)

3

Advanced Generalist Practice with Communities and Organizations (SW 662)

3

Social Service Program Evaluation: Practice Implications (SW 670)

3

Non-Profit Management and Agency Administration (SW 680)

3

Social Work Licensure for Workforce Readiness (SW 600)

2

Elective (see below) 

3

Course Requirements - Two-Year MSW Program: First Year 

30

Foundations of Social Work History, Policy, and Philosophy (SW 503)

3

Human Behavior I (SW 515)

3

Field Internship and Seminar for Social Work Practice (SW 530, 531, 532, 533)

4

Human Behavior II (SW 516)

3

Foundations of Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families (SW 561)

3

Foundations of Generalist Practice with Groups (SW 565)

3

Social Justice, Human Rights, Advocacy and Sustainability (SW 524)

3

Foundation Research Methods (SW 570)

3

Social Work Licensure for Workforce Readiness (SW 500)

2

Elective (see below)

3

Course Requirements - Two-Year MSW Program: Second Year 

30

Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis: Development and Evaluation (SW 605)

3

Advanced Generalist Practice with Children, Adolescents, and Families (SW 661)

3

Field Internship and Seminar for Social Work Practice (SW 630, 631, 632, 633)

4

Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Psychopathology (SW 610)

3

Advanced Generalist Practice with Groups (SW 665)

3

Advanced Generalist Practice with Communities and Organizations (SW 662)

3

Social Service Program Evaluation: Practice Implications (SW 670)

3

Non-Profit Management and Agency Administration (SW 680)

3

Social Work Licensure for Workforce Readiness (SW 600)

2

Elective (see below)

3

Total: 42

Electives: 3 credits

  • SW 540: Family Violence: Social Work Strategies for Prevention and Intervention
  • SW 541: Grant Writing Skills for Social Services
  • SW 542: Advanced Social Work Practice in Health Settings
  • SW 543: Global Social Work: Issues and Opportunities

MSW Application Requirements

  1. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.85 for the two-year program and 3.25 for the advanced standing.  If a student is below these criteria, the GPA for the last 60 hours of their undergraduate work may be considered.
  2. Undergraduate transcript.
  3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Essay related to advanced social work studies (see below for details)
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
    1. Please provide three letters of recommendation that speak to your character, integrity, maturity, and readiness for graduate Social Work training.
      1. At least one letter must be from an academic source such as a current or previous professor.
      2. At least one letter must be from a work or volunteer site supervisor.
      3. The third letter can be from academic or professional contact.
  6. No GRE or other tests required.

Personal Narrative Essay Outline

Limit your essay to 2,000 words with Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, and number your responses to correlate with the questions below. Be sure to abide by the word limit and the above-stated guidelines. 

  1. Describe your long-term goals upon completion of the MSW program. 
  2. What are your reasons for pursuing an MSW? Please describe your professional experience, other work-related or volunteer experience that contributed to your choice of social work as a profession. 
  3. The NASW Code of Ethics identifies six core values of the social work profession, describing them as “the foundation of social work's unique purpose and perspective.” How are your personal and professional values compatible with these six core values? (give specific examples) 
  4. It is imperative that social workers become culturally competent and exemplify sensitivity to ethnicities, religions, beliefs, and lifestyles that may differ from their own. Briefly describe your definition of diversity in our society. Describe any experiences you have had that will strengthen your ability to work proficiently with diverse clients. 
  5. Identify one social problem that interests you, and briefly explain how you think social workers might address this issue. 
  6. The admissions committee is seeking a diverse group of students who can enrich the overall classroom learning experience. What special attributes or personal characteristics do you have that you believe will advance the scholarship and professional experience of your peers in the social work program? 
  7. Signature and date.

Career Opportunities

Undergraduate students who major in Social Work have a variety of academic or career opportunities available after graduation.  Some graduates choose to further their education by obtaining a Masters in Social Work (MSW).  Students who do not continue their academic career are eligible to become licensed at the Bachelor's Level (LBSW in the State of Alabama). 

Graduate students who have completed the MSW program at UNA are eligible to become licensed at the Masters Level (LMSW or LCSW in the State of Alabama).  There are other licensure opportunities in other states.

 Our graduates work in diverse settings such as:

  • Department of Human Resources
  • Safeplace
  • One Place of the Shoals
  • Riverbend Center for Mental Health
  • Colbert County Schools
  • NACOLG
  • Easter Seals
  • Bradford Health Services
Last updated Jul 2020

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