Dec 11, 2023
The Department 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. 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 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. 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);
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE);
- 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 (available at www.mtsu.edu/socialwork/msw.php).
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 (27 hours)
Concentration Courses (24 hours)
Electives (6-9 hours)
- 9 credit hours of electives are required for the full program; 6 credit hours are required for the advanced standing program.
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 entry into the program;
- 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.