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60-Credit Hour Program - Master of Social Work (MSW)

Courses in the DL program are primarily online, with face-to-face skills labs held on selected Saturdays at regionally convenient locations across the state of Alabama. Locations for the skills labs will be determined based on enrollment. Courses with skills labs are asterisked.

Foundation Year

Summer Semester
SW 500  Social Welfare Policy
SW 510 Human Behavior and Social Environments I
SW 540  Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families*
Total Semester Hours = 9

Fall Semester
SW 541 Social Work Practice with Groups*
SW 542 Social Work Practice with Communities*
SW 570 Research - Informed Practice
Total Semester Hours = 9

Spring Semester
SW 511  Human Behavior and Social Environments II (2 hours)
SW 534 Integrative Seminar (1 hour)
SW 590 Field Education (9 hours)
Total Semester Hours = 12

Summer Semester
SW 501 may be offered
SW 525 may be offered

Electives will be offered

Concentration Year
(Concentration courses are offered primarily online with face-to-face skills lab)
Concentrations Available:
Social Work with Children, Adolescents and their Families
Social Work with Adults and their Families

Fall Semester
SW 532  Models and Methods of Social Work Practice with Adults in Mental Health*
SW 533 Models and Methods of Gerontological Social Work Practice*
SW 564 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents in Mental Health*
SW 565 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice in Child Welfare and Family Services*
SW 525 Evaluation Research or an Elective
Elective (3 hours)
Total Semester Hours = 15

Spring Semester
SW 525 Evaluation Research or an Elective
SW 501  Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis or an Elective
SW 590 Field Education - 500 clock hours (9 hours)
Total Semester Hours = 15

Notes: SW 525 is required; it may be taken any term after successful completion of SW 570; regardless of when SW 525 is taken, a total of three elective courses must be completed before graduation.
SW 501 is required; it may be taken any term after successful completion of SW 500; regardless of when SW 501 is taken, a total of three elective courses must be completed before graduation.

*Courses with skills labs

This program requires a field placement component and it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site for the field placement.