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Curriculum - Master of Social Work (MSW)

Program Options

Advanced-Standing Program (Requires a BSW)

The Advanced-Standing Program is a 42-credit-hour program for only those who hold a CSWE-accredited BSW. It can be completed in three semesters when pursued full-time. One cohort of advanced-standing students begins every year in late May or early June and another cohort begins every year in January. All classes 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 face-to-face skills labs will be determined based on enrollment.

60-Credit-Hour Program

The 60-credit-hour program is for those who do not currently hold a CSWE-accredited BSW. It can be completed in two years when pursued full-time. One cohort of 60-credit-hour program begins every year in late May or early June and another cohort begins every year in August. The first-year and second-year classes will be primarily online, with face-to-face skills labs held on selected Saturdays at regionally convenient locations across the state of Alabama. Locations for the face-to-face skills labs will be determined based on enrollment.

Available Concentrations

Children, Adolescents and their Families

This concentration is designed for students interested in working with children, adolescents, and their families, especially in child welfare and mental health settings.  Graduates may practice and take leadership roles in the areas of child welfare, family services, mental health, health care, substance abuse treatment, behavioral health, and other social service fields.

Adults and their Families

This concentration prepares students to work with adults and their families, especially in geriatric services and adult mental health settings.  Graduates may practice and take leadership roles in the areas of geriatric services, family services, mental health, health care, substance abuse treatment, behavioral health, and other social service field.