The College of Social Work offers five Master of Social Work degree pathways:
Full-time in Columbia - 60 hours over two years.
Advanced Standing in Columbia - 42 hours over 11 months.
Part-time program in Columbia - 60 hours over three years.
Part-time program in Charleston or Greenville with one specialization - 60 hours over three years.
Part-time program in Korea with one specialization - 60 hours
MSW students must select one of the following specialization options in the Advanced Year:
Children, Youth, and Families
Health and Mental Health
Community, Social, and Economic Development
Foundation Year Courses (30 hours):
Full-time and Part-time students must successfully complete the following courses in order to move to the Advanced Year:
SOWK 712 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
SOWK 714 - Diversity and Social Justice Issues for Social Work Practice
SOWK 716 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
SOWK 722 - Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Small Groups
SOWK 732 - Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities
SOWK 742 - Social Welfare Policy Analysis
SOWK 777 - Advanced Theory for Social Work Practice*
SOWK 781 - Field Instruction I: Generalist Social Work Practice
SOWK 782 - Field Instruction II: Generalist Social Work Practice
SOWK 791 - Social Work Research Methodologies
*While SOWK 777 is considered to be an Advanced Year course, it is offered during the Foundation Year.
Advanced Standing Bridge Term Courses (12 hours):
Advanced Standing Students must successfully complete the following courses in order to move to the Advanced Year:
SOWK 701- Professional Development Bridge
SOWK 702 - Writing for Professional Social Work Practice*
SOWK 777 - Advanced Theory for Social Work Practice
*Students who successfully complete the online Professional Writing Skills Assessment as part of the application to the MSW Program are not required to take SOWK 702. Rather, they are required to take an elective course.
Advanced Year Courses (30 hours):
Full-time, Part-time, and Advanced Standing students must successfully complete the following courses:
SOWK 718 - Systems Analysis of Social Work Practice
SOWK 778 - Advanced Analysis of Social Policy, Programs, and Services
SOWK 779 - Advanced Social Work Interventions
SOWK 783 - Field Instruction III: Advanced Social Work Practice
SOWK 784 - Field Instruction IV: Advanced Social Work Practice
Students must choose one of the following two courses:
SOWK 792 - Evaluation of Social Work Practice
SOWK 793 - Evaluation of Social Work Programs (not offered in the Part-time MSW Program option)
12 hours of Electives (of which at least 3 credits must be face-to-face Practice Elective hours)