Sep 24, 2017
Kathleen Darby, Program Director
The Departament of Social Work offers the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) with a concentration in Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice. The M.S.W. is offered through a partnership among MTSU, Austin Peay State University, and Tennessee State University. Applicants holding a B.S.W. from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may be eligible for admission to advanced standing.
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.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Candidates must be admitted to the graduate college of their home campus (MTSU, APSU, or TSU) and must also be admitted to the Mid-Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work program. Admission requirements include
- an earned undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75;
- a bachelor of social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (for admission to advanced standing).
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 March 1 of each year and continues until the 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.shtml);
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE);
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
- submit a supplementary application which includes an essay and resume (available at www.mtsu.edu/socialwork/msw.shtml);
- submit 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.
The M.S.W. degree is a 60-hour program as outlined below, including 30 hours of foundation courses and 30 hours of concentration courses. There are 9 hours of electives (3 from foundation courses and 6 from concentration courses). This is a non-thesis program with a capstone course culminating in a written comprehensive examination.
Curriculum: Social Work, Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice
Candidate must complete 60 hours in the following course of study:
Foundation Courses (30 hours)
Concentration Courses (30 hours)
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.
- file a degree plan with the College of Graduate Studies prior to the completion of 21 semester hours;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which they intend to graduate.