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Graduate Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Social Work, M.S.W.


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MSW Admission Requirements

The MSW Program provides two levels of admission: Regular (Two-Year) Placement and Advanced Placement. Students who are accepted into Regular Placement (59 credits) may complete the program with full-time enrollment over two years, or part-time over three or four years. Students who are accepted into Advanced Placement (31 credits) complete the program in three semesters over 12 months with full-time enrollment, or in 24 months on a part-time basis. Applicants seeking admission to the MSW Program must meet the basic requirements stipulated by the School of Social Work as follows:

Regular Two-Year MSW Placement

Applicants to the MSW Regular Placement Program must:

  1. Complete a graduate application.
  2. Have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Provide an official transcript that demonstrates coursework with a strong liberal arts background.
  4. Possess an overall GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate coursework. Any lower GPA will require that the student be considered for provisional admission status
  5. Submit two professional reference forms from college professor, work supervisor, or field instructor. Should the Admissions Committee have further questions about aptitute for a career in social work, they may request a personal interview, third reference and/or other information.
  6. Submit a personal statement describing applicant’s aptitude for and interest in the field of social work.  Past practice experience strengthens all MSW applications.

Advanced Placement

Students seeking admission into Advanced Placement standing must:

  1. Complete a graduate application.
  2. Complete a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from a recognized college or university program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  3. Provide transcripts that demonstrate coursework with a strong liberal arts background.
  4. Possess an overall GPA of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate coursework with no more than one “C” in a core social work course. Any lower GPA will require that student be considered for provisional admission status.
  5. Submit two professional reference forms from college professor, work supervisor, or a field instructor.  Should the Admissions Committee have further questions about aptitude for a career in social work, they may request a personal interview, third reference and/reflecting past satisfactory practice experience from the applicant’s field placement faculty liaison, field instructor, or current human service job supervisor.
  6. Submit a personal statement describing applicant’s aptitude for and interest in the field of social work.  Past practice experience strengthens all MSW applications.

MSW Admission Procedures

Inquiries about the MSW program come to the Graduate Studies Office. From either office or online, the applicant receives an admissions packet specifically designed for MSW applicants. The Graduate Studies Office collects all application materials, verifies the transcripts, and sends the materials to the School of Social Work. After receiving the application materials, the School of Social Work’s Admission Committee makes a determination of the type and level of acceptance and notifies the Graduate Studies Office of their findings.

The MSW admissions procedures were designed to interface with existing university graduate admissions protocols. When the Graduate Studies Office and/or the School of Social Work receives the applicant’s package, they will:

  1. Determine whether required admission documentation is complete.
  2. Establish whether the applicant meets the requirements for advanced, two-year program, and/or provisional admission.
  3. Attach the application content analysis cover sheet.

The School of Social Work’s Admissions Coordinator completes an admissions evaluation form using the quantitative and qualitative information such as transcript, GPA, and score of the professional statement among other admissions eligibility resources. The Admissions Coordinator creates a program applicant file and circulates the qualitative materials for evaluation by two faculty members from the Admissions Committee. These materials include the applicant’s official transcript(s), and personal statement, and the required recommendations. These files are then returned to the Admissions Coordinator who schedules a full applicant review with the Admissions Committee, where an admission decision is made. Finally, the MSW Program Leadership Team sends a letter informing the applicant of his/her acceptance or denial. An applicant denied admission to the MSW program may reapply or may appeal the denial decision in person and/or in writing to the Admission Committee within two weeks of the date of the letter.

Non-refundable Deposit

A non-refundable deposit of $250 is required once the applicant is accepted into the MSW program. This money is credited to the student’s account once school is in session.

Application Notification

Students are notified of their acceptance status within three weeks of the School of Social Work receiving their completed application materials. The student will be notified by email followed by a posted letter.

Time Limit

The time limit for completing the program will be five years.

Reapplication

In the event an applicant is not granted admission to the program, he or she may reapply after 12 months.

Admission Cycle

The MSW program will use a rolling admission process until a cohort of up to 25 graduate students in each admission level has been selected out of the pool of applicants over each academic year.

Transfer Students

Students/applicants wishing to transfer to the Southern MSW program from another accredited college or university must follow the same application procedure for program acceptance as other students. Transfer graduate students must complete 75% of the Advanced Placement requirements at Southern. Transfer grades must be “B” or higher. Southern does not transfer “P” grades. If the student would like to transfer credit for a core social work course, it must be from a CSWE accredited graduate program to be considered. Transfer students may be required to extend their program because some social work courses are taken in sequence, following a prescribed timeline.

Academic Credit for Life Experience

Field experience courses are required of every social work student and no academic credit is given for life experience or previous work experience. No course credit in the professional foundation or advanced curriculum is waived because of previous employment.

MSW Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete Graduation Contract, to be filed in the Records and Advisement office, a minimum of two months prior to expected graduation date. Form is on the Southern Records website www.southern.edu/records
  2. Complete all coursework with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.00, including no more than one class with a grade below “B-“. Classes with a grade of “C-“or below will not be counted for credit toward the master’s degree.

Courses for the Master of Social Work


Foundational Subtotal 28


Subtotal 31


Foundational Subtotal 28


Total 59


One of the following specializations is to be selected:


  • Child and Family Advocacy and Treatment
  • International Social Work
  • Marital Therapy and Stability
  • Older Adult Enrichment
  • Trauma and Emergency Response

Suggested Schedule for Two-Year Regular Placement


Suggested Schedule for Advanced Placement


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