Choices. We all like choices in life. And our MSW program gives you many good career options to choose from.
MSW Program Description
The Master‘s degree provides specialized study for advanced social work practice. Degree candidates take foundation and advanced coursework in the areas of human behavior and the social environment, social work methods, policy, research, and field education.
The MSW degree requires a total of 64-72 hours of foundation and advanced coursework, which includes field education. Once students demonstrate mastery of foundation content in each area of the curriculum, they may enroll in advanced and specialized courses. Upon successful completion of all courses required by a chosen concentration, students may then enroll in a two semester consecutive field practicum and concurrent online field seminars.
The Advanced Standing MSW degree requires a total of 44 hours of advanced coursework, which includes field education. Upon entry into the Advanced Standing MSW program, students are required to demonstrate competency in required foundation content in each area of the curriculum: practice methods, policy, research, human behavior in the social environment, and field education. These foundation courses must have been completed within the past 7 years from an accredited CSWE program. Upon successful completion of all courses required by a chosen concentration, students may then enroll in a one semester consecutive field practicum and concurrent online field seminar.
In addition, all students must meet a statistics requirement. A college level statistics course must have been taken within the past 7 years with a grade of a 'C‘ or better.
We offer three programs
1. Advanced Standing Program – Allows you to enroll directly in advanced and concentrated coursework if you meet certain criteria, including receiving a bachelor’s degree in social work within the past 7 years. The Advanced Standing Program is offered in the MSW Campus and Outreach Programs.
2. MSW Campus Program – Offers full- or part-time coursework on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The MSW Campus Program is open to Advanced Standing students as well as students with undergraduate degrees in other fields.
3. MSW Outreach Program – Enables you to work full-time while pursuing your graduate degree through blended and online coursework, and eventually through a one-semester commitment (typically one day a week) on campus and a two-semester internship in your home community. The MSW Outreach Program is open to Advanced Standing students as well as students with undergraduate degrees in other fields.
Visit the Enrollment Options page for a more detailed description of these programs - http://socialwork.illinois.edu/academics/master-of-social-work/enrollment-options/
Five areas of concentration
Our MSW program prepares you for advanced social work practice and for research in public and private agencies in five areas of concentration:
1. Leadership and Social Change 2. Children, Youth, and Family Services 3. Mental Health 4. Health Care 5. School Social Work
A total of 9 to 14 courses plus an internship are required for the Master of Social Work. Each class is worth four hours of graduate credit. If you have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from an accredited social work program within the past seven years, you are considered to have met the foundation coursework requirements and, therefore, have 9 courses to complete and a one semester internship. For students who do not have a BSW, there is a 14 course requirement and a two-semester internship. The internship occurs near the end of the program and must be completed in your area of concentration.
Complete information on all degree requirements for our graduate programs is listed on the UIUC Programs of Study website - http://provost.illinois.edu/ProgramsOfStudy/2014/fall/programs/graduate/social_work.html
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university - Evidence of personal attributes that are suitable for the profession of social work - A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better for the last sixty (60) semester hours or ninety (90) quarter hours of coursework - Experience in human services (paid, volunteer, research and/or internship) - Twenty hours of social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and biological sciences
International Applicants Must Also Include:
- TOEFL score of at least 611 Toefl PBT; 254 Toefl CBT; 103 Toefl iBT; 7.0 in all areas IELTS - Declaration of Finances Form
NOTE: Meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission.
SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM
The School of Social Work has a competitive financial aid program which results in several of our students receiving some type of aid that does not have to be repaid. Included in the possibilities are grants, assistantships, fellowships, stipends, tuition waivers, and endowed awards. Financial aid is available on the basis of academic merit and experience and not financial need. Some awards are for first-year students exclusively, while other forms are reserved for current students. Only full-time students on campus are eligible for financial aid.