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MSW - Master of Social Work Degree

Put your compassion to work for those who need it with an affordable MSW degree — either fully online or hybrid. Learn by doing through hands-on field work at a service agency in your area as you prepare for licensure in many states, including California and Washington.

An MSW Degree Made for Advocates Pursuing Licensure

Put your compassion and problem-solving skills to work and change others’ lives for the better. Our practical master’s in social work curriculum equips you with the knowledge and experience you need to make an impact in a rewarding field. Through hands-on skill and knowledge building, you can take what you learn and use it to make an immediate impact on your community. 

Prepare to make a difference across a spectrum of settings, including master of social work jobs in:

  • Child protective services agencies
  • Criminal justice, legal service and military organizations
  • Local, state and federal agencies
  • Home and school-based programs
  • Hospitals and other health care settings
  • Mental health and substance abuse treatment programs
  • Non-profit, human rights and advocacy organizations

**Based on the average full-time advanced standing and regular program students who successfully progress through the program.

**Subject to approval.


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Finish your MSW degree in as little as one year. Choose from six start times per year to fit your busy schedule. Classes are available fully online or hybrid (both online and on campus). There are two pathways to complete the Master of Social Work degree: advanced standing and standard. If you qualify for the advanced standing pathway, you may complete the MSW degree in as little as a year. If you take the standard path, you may complete your program in two years.*


Prepare for your career alongside fellow change makers. Whether learning online or in a hybrid setting, you get the benefit of practicum experiences – enriching the impact you have on the people you’ll serve with real field experience. In the Brandman master’s degree in social work program, you’ll receive support in applying for and completing your field placement practicum in conveniently located services agencies near you.**

*Based on the average full-time advanced standing and regular program students who successfully progress through the program.

**Subject to approval.


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    WSCUC

    Brandman University is accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

    CCNE

    Brandman University's Master in Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

    Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

    All Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies that comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. All social work students are expected to master these competencies of social work practice during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work program for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of a competency. This form is used to assist the CSWE in the evaluation of the program's compliance with the accreditation standards below:

    4.0.2: The program provides its most recent year of summary data and outcomes for the assessment of each of the identified competencies, specifying the percentage of students achieving program benchmarks for each program option.
    4.0.4: The program uses Form AS 4 (B) and/or AS 4 (M) to report assessment outcomes to its constituents and the public on its website and routinely updates (minimally every 2 years) it's findings. 

    Licensure

    Social work licensure requirements are determined by each state. Please contact your state licensing board for the specific academic requirements or review this website for further information. While Brandman University’s MSW program has been designed to satisfy all academic requirements for licensure in California and Washington, and many or all academic requirements for licensure in other states, it is the student’s responsibility to identify and comply with the licensing requirements in any state in which they plan to seek licensure. Brandman University does not guarantee that completion of its program will result in a student achieving licensure.

     

    Have questions about pursuing the Master of Social Work degree?
    • The online and hybrid curriculum is built to equip you with the knowledge you need to pursue social work licensure in your state. Our MSW degree curriculum has been designed to satisfy all academic requirements for licensure in California and Washington and many or all academic requirements for licensure in other states.

    • Courses prepare you to understand the issues, services and policies that will be most relevant to the people you serve. Select four courses from a variety of electives to customize your Master of Social Work degree with the topics that you are most passionate about.

       

    Program Curriculum

    • SOWK 501 Human Behavior and the Social Environment

      3

      SOWK 502 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families

      3

      SOWK 503 Social Work Practice with Groups, Communities, and Organizations

      3

      SOWK 504 Diversity and Social Justice

      3

      SOWK 505 Social Welfare Policy Analysis

      3

      SOWK 506 Social Welfare Policy Practice and Advocacy

      3

      SOWK 507 Social Work Research

      3

      SOWK 593 Social Work Practicum Seminar l

      3

      SOWK 594 Social Work Practicum Seminar ll

      3

      *SOWK 595 Social Work Practicum Seminar lll

      3

      Foundational Core Subtotal

      30

      * If a student does not complete the required 400 practicum hours during the SOWK 593, 594, 595 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required SOWK 597 Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Practicum Continuation fee, per each course and session, until the student completes the total required hours and receives a P in the SOWK 593, 594, 595 courses. Students will accumulate hours toward their practicum requirements only when enrolled in SOWK 593, 594, 595, or 597.

       

    • SOWK 601 Family Violence

      3

      SOWK 602 Social Work Law and Ethics

      3

      SOWK 603 Social Work and Human Sexuality

      3

      SOWK 622 Advanced Generalist Practice

      3

      SOWK 625 Practice Evaluation

      3

      SOWK 693 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar I

      3

      SOWK 694 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar II

      3

      SOWK 695 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar III

      3

      *SOWK 696 Advanced Social Work Practicum Seminar IV

      3

      Advanced Generalist Core Subtotal

      27

      * If a student does not complete the required 600 practicum hours during the SOWK 693, 694, 695, 696 course series, s/he will be enrolled in a required SOWK 697 Advanced Practicum Continuation course (0 credits) and required to pay a Practicum Continuation fee, per each course and session, until the student completes the total required hours and receives a P in the SOWK 693, 694, 695, 696 courses. Students will accumulate hours toward their advanced practicum requirements only when enrolled in SOWK 693, 694, 695, 696, or 597.

       

    • Select four from the following:

       

      SOWK 630
      Child Welfare

      3

      SOWK 631
      Social Work Practice with Adolescents

      3

      SOWK 632
      Prevention and Intervention in Child Abuse and Neglect

      3

      SOWK 633
      Children and Adolescent Policy

      3

      SOWK 634
      Family Policy

      3

      SOWK 650
      Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response

      3

      SOWK 651
      Social Work Response to Disasters

      3

      SOWK 652
      Military/Veteran (SMVF) Social Work

      3

      SOWK 653
      Social Work Practice with SMVF populations

      3

      SOWK 654
      Death, Loss, & Grief

      3

      SOWK 655
      Substance Abuse

      3

      SOWK 656
      Sexual Abuse

      3

      SOWK 657
      Mental Health and Mental Illness

      3

      SOWK 658
      Healthcare Social Work I: Integrated Health Care Policy and Services

      3

      SOWK 659
      Healthcare Social Work II: Social Work Practice in Integrated Health

      3

      Social Work Electives Subtotal

      12

      Total Credits

      69

    Master of Social Work Admission Requirements

    Applicants for the MSW degree must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

    • Completed application
    • personal narrative
    • View the MSW Program Introduction Video
    • GPA: Meet 1 of these 4 GPA options for admission
    • Two recommendation forms
    • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions where baccalaureate and/or post-baccalaureate coursework was completed or attempted
    Residency Restrictions

    This program is not available to residents of all states. Please contact a University Enrollment Coach for details.

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