Master of Social Work Program

This page contains resources for current students in the MSW program. Tricia Foster, the graduate enrollment counselor, is standing by to answer any questions you may have about the program.

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2017-2018 Class Dates

August
               20 – MSW Orientation (Required for all students)
               27 – MSW Classes

September

               10 – MSW Classes
               24 – MSW Classes

October
                 8 – MSW Classes
                 8 – MSW Information Session
               22 – MSW Classes

November
                 5 – MSW Classes
               19 – MSW Information Session
               19 – MSW Classes

December 
                 3 – MSW Final Semester Classes

January
                 7 – MSW Orientation for January Starters
               14 – MSW Information Session
               28 – MSW Classes

 February
               11 – MSW Classes
               11 – MSW Information Session
               25 – MSW Classes

March
               11 – MSW Classes
               11 – MSW Information Session
               25 – MSW Classes

 April
                8 – MSW Classes
                8 – MSW Information Session
              22 – MSW Final Semester Classes

 May
               14-16 – MSW Intensive Part I (Advanced standing students)
               17-18, 20 – MSW Intensive Part II (Advanced standing students)
            

Licensure resources

The MSW program is fully accredited by Council on Social Work Education and graduates are qualified to apply for LMSW master social worker (LMSW) and clinical social worker (LCSW) licensing. You are responsible for fulfilling the licensure requirements for the state to which you are applying.

 

Typical plan of study

Foundation placement. Students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline (or from a non-accredited BSW program) take the foundation curriculum before advanced placement courses. Full-time students typically can complete the entire program in six semesters.

  • View FOUNDATION courses by semester, 28 hours 

Fall (12 credit hours)
SOCW 509 Social Work Practice With Individuals and Families (3)
SOCW 511 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I - Biological and Psychological Development (Online) (3)
SOCW 513 Foundation Portfolio Seminar l (1)
SOCW 541 Integration of Faith and Foundation Practice Seminar I (1)
SOCW 547 Foundation Practicum I (1)
SOCW 597 Research Methods (3) 

Winter (12 credit hours)
SOCW 512 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II - Sociological and Spiritual Development (Online) (3)
SOCW 514 Social Work Practice with Groups, Organizations and Communities (3)
SOCW 516 Foundation Portfolio Seminar II (1)
SOCW 533 Social Welfare Issues and Policies (3)
SOCW 542 Intergration of Faith and Foundation Practice: Seminar II (1)
SOCW 547 Foundation Practicum (1) 

Summer (5 credit hours)
SOCW 547 FoundationPracticum II (5) 

Advanced placement. With a bachelor's degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited institution within the past six years, qualifying students can typically complete the master’s program in 12 months (three semesters) on a full-time basis.

  • View ADVANCED courses by semester, 33 hours

Fall (12 credit hours)
SOCW 608 Advanced Social Policy (Online) (3) 
SOCW 611 Advanced Clinical Practice: Clinical Interventions (3)
SOCW 612 Advanced Administrative Practice: Program Development (3)
SOCW 620 Advanced Portfolio Seminar I (1)
SOCW 641 Integration of Faith and Advanced Practice: Seminar I (1) 
SOCW 647 Advanced Practicum (1)

Winter (12 credit hours)
SOCW 617 Advanced Clinical Practice: Clinical Assessment, Psychopathology and Psychotherapeutic Skills (3)
SOCW 618 Advanced Administrative Practice: Administration and Leadership (3)
SOCW 621 Advanced Portfolio Seminar II (1)
SOCW 642 Advanced Specialist Integrative Seminar II (1)
SOCW 647 Advanced Practicum (1)
SOCW ___ Select Advanced Foundation Course of Emphasis (Online) (3)

Summer (9 credit hours)
Electives: 
SOCW ___ Part 1  of Advanced Emphasis (3 day intensive) (3)
SOCW ___ Part 2 of Advanced Emphasis  (3 day intensive) (3) 
SOCW 647 Advanced Practicum (3)

 

Questions & Answers

What do social workers do?

There are numerous definitions of social work explaining its fundamental mission. One of these definitions is adopted by the NASW Board of Directors: "Social work is the professional activity of helping individuals, groups, or communities to enhance or restore their capacity for social functioning and to create societal conditions favorable to their goals." (Morales and Sheafor, 1995, p.39). This definition clearly identifies the profession's dual focus on person and environment. For more information visit the following websites at: www.naswdc.org or www.helpstartshere.org

Tell me about social work education at Southern Adventist University?

The School of Social Work is designed to advance inclusive and innovative education that impacts not only Tennessee but our world today and for eternity. The MSW program prepares practitioners in a Christian learning environment for excellence and leadership across systems, and in advanced autonomous social work practice.

Tell me about MSW accreditation.

The Commission on Accreditation (COA) from the Council on Social Work Education has granted full accreditation to Southern Adventist University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Southern Adventist University maintains compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) policies through the appropriate and timely reporting on areas of substantive change.

Additionally, Southern maintains compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). For more information about Southern’s accreditation click here.

Is the GRE required?

 We do not require the GRE test for admission into the MSW program.

After graduating can I apply for my LMSW or my LCSW?

Southern's MSW program is fully accredited which qualifies you to apply for your LMSW and LCSW.

How diverse is your school and student body?

During a recent CSWE site visit, the site visitor had to say this about Southern's Social Work Program in regards to diversity: "The program works hard to be a leader in the area of diversity, contributing greatly to the campus context related to diversity, in hiring practices, teaching methods, student recruitment and campus activities that often get their start through members of the program’s suggestions in committees, etc. Experiences that will enhance experience with diversity of all types are carefully chosen for the students and student interests related to diversity are creatively encouraged."

I am finishing my undergraduate degree this year, so my transcript doesn’t include my final courses. Do I have to wait to apply?

No. We recommend that you apply now and include an official transcript from universities/colleges you have attended. We will render a conditional admission decision. Please send us a second official transcript that indicates your final grades and your conferred degree as soon as it becomes available. 

Should I still apply to the MSW if my undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0?

Yes. We look at the quality of the entire application in addition to your GPA. If your GPA is below 3.0, we encourage you to write about your undergraduate academic circumstances in your personal statement. You may have to enter the program on provisional status, but you should still apply.

How long will it be until I hear about the decision of admission into the MSW program?

Applicants are notified of their acceptance status via email approximately three weeks after all application materials are submitted to the School of Social Work. 

How long do I have to complete the MSW program?

The time limit for completing the program will be four years for full-time students and up to six years for part-time students.

Can I transfer credits from another social work program?

If the student would like to transfer credit for a core social work course it must be from a CSWE accredited program to be considered. Transfer graduate students must complete 75% of their degree at Southern. Transfer grades must be “B” or higher. Southern does not transfer “P” grades.

What if I start the full-time MSW program and find that it is too much for me, can I transfer to the part-time program?

Yes. We encourage you to discuss your schedule and possibly changing programs with your academic adviser.

What are some resources for social work networking?

You may have questions that we did not address. If so, please contact the MSW Program Director Lorri Merchant. She can be reached at lmerchant@southern.edu or 423.236.2641. 

 

MSW Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education has granted full accreditation to Southern Adventist University’s Master of Social Work program. Southern Adventist University maintains compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the Council on Social Work Education policies through the appropriate and timely reporting on areas of substantive change.

Additionally, Southern maintains compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The Master of Social Work program utilizes multiple measures to assess student competency in advanced generalist social work practice.

View the outcome data for the 2016 MSW graduates »