May 24, 2022
The purpose of the Master of Social Work program is to prepare students for advanced generalist social work practice with systems of all types and sizes in both rural and urban areas, to prepare knowledgeable and competent professionals, and to provide leadership in the development of social delivery services, especially public social services. The M.S.W. program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Candidates must be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies and must be admitted to the Master of Social Work program. Admission requirements include an earned undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Applicants interested in obtaining advanced standing must have completed a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program and attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 in their undergraduate coursework. Students who hold a baccalaureate degree from a social work program outside the United States must have their transcript reviewed by CSWE for a determination of equivalency.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
Admission to the M.S.W. program is limited and granted for Fall entry only. Review of applications for Fall admission begins on February 1 of each year and continues until capacity is reached. Applicants are encouraged to submit all required documents as early as possible.
- submit application with appropriate fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
- submit a supplementary application that requires the application form, the student contract, an essay, and three letters of recommendation from professionals who can address the applicant’s interest in social work, potential for successfully completing a master’s program, and potential for professional social work practice (application available here).
The Master of Social Work in Social Work with a concentration in Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice requires completion of 60 semester hours.
Candidate must complete this non-thesis program with a capstone course culminating in a written comprehensive examination.
Curriculum: Social Work, Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice
The following illustrates the coursework requirements.
Foundation Courses (27 hours)
Concentration Courses (24 hours)
Electives (6-9 hours)
- SW 5000 - Special Topics 3 credit hours
- SW 6210 - Advanced Practice with Families 3 credit hours OR
- SW 6220 - Advanced Group Practice 3 credit hours
NOTE: 9 credit hours of electives are required for the full program; 6 credit hours are required for the advanced standing program. Electives include children’s mental health, trauma and recovery, neuroscience in social work, grant writing, domestic violence, school social work, child abuse and neglect treatment, community health, evidence-based substance abuse treatment, supervision in social work practice, military social work, child welfare, and aging issues and controversies.
All M.S.W. students will be reviewed for candidacy by the social work faculty prior to beginning their second practicum. Students must obtain a favorable candidacy recommendation to remain in the program.