Master of Social Work Program

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Grand View is in the process securing approval from the Council on Social Work Education and the Higher Learning Commission to launch a Master of Social Work (MSW) program in May 2022. The MSW program will prepare students for professional practice with diverse systems, emphasizing the provision of competent, ethical services based on the core competencies of social work. Students will be prepared to carry out inclusive practice with diverse and vulnerable groups in society through a variety of professional settings. Students will develop the skills needed to take an active role in addressing social problems and challenging social, economic, and environmental injustice. 

While applications are not yet being taken for the program, students who are considering applying may choose from a part-time, full-time, or accelerated schedule, and will be eligible for either advanced or regular standing, depending on the degree obtained at the bachelor level. 

Advanced Standing - 35 credits
Students eligible for advanced standing have completed a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Coursework may be completed in an accelerated schedule (Summer, Fall, Spring) or 2-year non-accelerated schedule (Fall, Spring, Summer, Fall, Spring). Coursework may also be completed on a 4-year part-time schedule or a customized plan of study beyond the 4 years of part-time schedule. 

Regular Standing - 59 credits
Students enrolling with regular standing program do not have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students must complete foundation courses and field placements prior to taking courses toward the MSW. Coursework may be completed in a 2-year accelerated schedule, with foundation course work in Year One (Fall, Spring) and advanced coursework in Year 2 (Summer, Fall, Spring). Coursework may also be completed in a 3-year non-accelerated schedule (foundation coursework in Year 1 and advanced coursework in Year 2 and 3), as well as on a 4-year part-time schedule. Coursework may also be completed on a 4-year part-time schedule or a customized plan of study beyond the 4 years of part-time schedule. 

Specialty Area
All students choose a specialty area, which includes three courses in addition to courses required for all students. Students in each specialty area choose from electives, although the number of credits for electives depends on the chosen specialty. Proposed specialty areas are clinical social work, school social work, or administration and leadership.

Certificate (also pending HLC approval)
Students may elect to complete a certificate (12 cr.) in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Students are not required to be enrolled in the MSW program to complete the certificate.

The full-time advanced-standing accelerated program is slated to begin May 2022, and the regular standing program will begin in August 2022. Classes will be in the evening and online the first year, with the addition of a day schedule in fall 2023. The Grand View MSW program will begin taking applications for enrollment upon approval from the Higher Learning Commission and the Council on Social Work Education as to pre-candidacy status. Watch this page for updates!

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