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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Social Work (SOK)

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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)
CIP Code: 44.0701
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 35

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Social Work Department (SOK)
13301 Bruce B Downs Blvd MHC1400
Tampa FL  33612

Program Director or Coordinator:
Alicia Mendoza
Phone: 813-974-2063
Email: astinson@usf.edu

Website: http://socialwork.cbcs.usf.edu/masters/


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List


Program Information

The School of Social Work offers a program leading to a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. A dual-degree program is available with Public Health/Maternal and Child Health or Behavioral Health. The primary objective of the program is preparation of the graduate for professional social work practice through acquisition of specialized knowledge and skills necessary for clinical practice with individuals, families, and groups. The secondary objectives of the M.S.W. program are:

  1. to prepare students academically for pursuit of doctoral education in social work or related human service disciplines or professions;
  2. to contribute to the needed supply of professionally educated clinical social workers in the Tampa Bay area, the state, the region, and the nation.

The M.S.W. program offers a specialized course of study in direct clinical practice. The program offers students a core curriculum, plus electives, and a supervised field experience designed to produce professionals with individual, family, and group practice skills. M.S.W. graduates are prepared to engage in advanced clinical social work practice. As such, it is our goal that by completion of the program, students will be prepared:

  1. To become advanced social work practitioners who integrate the knowledge, skills , and values of the profession so they are able to conduct evidence-informed practice effectively and ethically with individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities ranging from local to global levels.
  2. To engage in addressing the needs of vulnerable, oppressed, and underserved populations and to promote university-community partnerships that strengthen communities and further social and economic justice.
  3. To further the development of social policies and social service delivery systems that are effective in meeting the needs of individuals and communities at local-global levels and that are in concert with values of the social work profession.
  4. To contribute to the body of knowledge regarding theory and skills that is critical to the practice of effective social work and the vitality of the profession.
  5. To engage in the pursuit of professional life-long learning, which may include advanced education preparation necessary to sustain professional competency.

The M.S.W. program places great emphasis on standards of professional behavior and ethics in the practice of social work. Entrance into the M.S.W. program does not guarantee graduation from the program. Students admitted to the M.S.W. program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, in all social work courses, with no grade below “B-” counting toward graduation. Failure to maintain the specified GPA or to exhibit responsible professional behavior determined by the School may result in suspension or dismissal from the program. Courses with grades below “B-” must be repeated before progressing to the next sequence. Students must pass the comprehensive paper during the last semester in order to graduate from the program.

Students may pursue the M.S.W. program on either a full- or part-time basis. Both programs consist of 60 semester hours of study. Students should check directly with the School of Social Work for applications and timelines. The full-time program takes four semesters to complete; the part-time program lasts for 8 consecutive semesters. The program offers graduates from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited BSW program (within 5 years) the option of applying for advanced standing.  Students qualify by receiving “B” or better grades in the undergraduate social work courses that equate to the MSW foundation courses.  (Students do not qualify with “B-” grades in these courses). Both the full- and part-time programs are heavily sequenced and students must stay in sequence.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools and Council of Social Work Education.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: February 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: January 15

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • School of Social Work Application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • 500-word personal statement and a 500-word essay describing a social problem
  • Liberal arts pre-requisites; to be eligible for admission to the MSW Program, students must have taken courses with a liberal arts perspective. Liberal Arts perspective is defined as 12 credits which include three credits of biology with human content and a minimum of three credits of social and behavioral sciences. The remaining credits may be completed through additional social and/or behavioral sciences, humanities and fine arts classes. (One statistics course may also be used in completing this requirement.) Liberal Arts requirements may be waived at the discretion only of the MSW chair in consultation with the Director.
  • Interview may be required; experience in the field preferred.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Program Degree Requirements

Total Minimum hours: 60 (non-BSW students)
35 (BSW students)

Non BSW Students 60 hour minimum

Program Requirements (non-B.S.W. students) 60 hours minimum
Summary
Foundations Courses       17 hours
(ex: SOW 6105, SOW 6305, SOW 6235, SOW 6405, SOW 6348, SOW 6xxx)
Advanced Courses       20 hours
Field Courses       13 hours
Electives       9 hours
Capstone Project      1 hour
Total       60 hours for non-BSW students

Core Requirements - 37 hours

Human Behavior and Social Environment Courses - 8 hours
SOW 6105 (3) Foundations of Human Behavior
SOW 6124 (3) Psychopathology
SOW 6126 (2) Health, Illness, and Disability

Social Work Practice Courses - 17 hours
SOW 6342 (3) Social Work Practice With Individuals
SOW 6305 (3) Foundations of Social Work Micro Practice
SOW 6348 (3) Diversity and Social Justice
SOW 6362 (3) Social Work Practice With Couples and Families
SOW 6368 (3) Social Work Practice With Groups
SOW 6186 (3) Foundations of Social Work Macro Practice

Policy and Services Courses - 6 Hours
SOW 6235 (3) Foundations of Social Welfare Policy
SOW 6236 (3) Social Welfare Policy Development and Analysis

Social Work Research Courses - 6 hours
SOW 6405 (3) Foundations of Social Work Research and Statistics
SOW 6438 (3) Evaluation of Clinical Practice in Diverse Settings

Supervised Field Experience - 13 hours
For full-time students:
SOW 6534 (1) Field Instruction I
SOW 6535 (4) Field Instruction II
SOW 6536 (4) Field Instruction III
SOW 6539 (4) Field Instruction IV

For part-time students:
SOW 6534 (1) Field Instruction I
SOW 6553 (2) Field Instruction Sequence IIPart-time
SOW 6554 (2) Field Instruction Sequence II:Part-Time
SOW 6555 (2) Field Instruction Sequence III:Part-Time
SOW 6556 (2) Field Instruction Sequence III:Part-Time
SOW 6557 (2) Field Instruction Sequence IV:Part-Time
SOW 6558 (2) Field Instruction Sequence IV: Part-Time

Electives - 9 hours
All MSW students are required to take 9 clinical elective credit hours. All clinical electives must be taken in the School of Social Work. Students may take clinical electives during any semester including summer sessions. However, part-time students should check the program course schedule for the recommended semesters for electives.

Comprehensive Exam - 1 hour
Captstone Project - In lieu of the Comprehensive exam, students wil complete a Capstone Project involving the content from across the curriculum. It will be completed in the final semester. It is worth 1 credit hour and meets the requirement for the Comprehensive Exam.
SOW 8907 (1) Capstone Project

BSW Students (Advanced Standing Students) 35 hour minimum

The program offers graduates from a CSWE accredited BSW program (within 5 years) the option of applying for advanced standing.  Students qualify by receiving  “B” or better grades in the undergraduate social work courses that equate to the MSW foundation courses.  (Students do not qualify with “B-” grades in these courses).
Program Requirements (B.S.W. students) 35 hours minimum
Summary
Core requirements      20 hours
Field Experience       8 hours
Electives       6 hours
Capstone Project      1 hour
Total       35 hours for BSW students

Core requirements for advanced standing students - 20 hours

Human Behavior and Social Environment Courses - 5 hours
SOW 6124 (3) Psychopathology
SOW 6126 (2) Health, Illness, and Disability

Social Work Practice Courses - 9 hours
SOW 6342 (3) Social Work Practice With Individuals
SOW 6362 (3) Social Work Practice With Couples and Families
SOW 6368 (3) Social Work Practice with Groups

Policy and Service Courses - 3 hours
SOW 6236 (3) Social Welfare Policy Development and Analysis

Social Work Research Courses - 3 hours
SOW 6438 (3) Evaluation of Clinical Practice in Di verse Setting

Supervised Field Experience - 8 hours
For full-time students :
SOW 6536 (4) Field Instruction III
SOW 6539 (4) Field Instruction IV

For part-time students:
SOW 6555 (2) Field Instruction Sequence II:Part-Time
SOW 6556 (2) Field Instruction Sequence III:Part-Time
SOW 6557 (2) Field Instruction Sequence IV:Part-Time
SOW 6558 (2) Field Instruction Sequence I V:Part-Time

Electives - 6 hours
Students are required to take 6 hours of clinical electives. All clinical electives must be taken in the School of Social Work. Students may take clinical electives during any semester including summer sessions. However, part-time students should check the program course schedule for the recommended semesters for electives.

Comprehensive Exam - 1 hour
Capstone Project - In lieu of the Comprehensive exam, students complete a Capstone Project involving the content from across the curriculum will be completed in the final semester. It is worth 1 credit hour and meets the requirement for the Comprehensive Exam.
SOW 8907 (1) Capstone Project


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Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

SOW6105, SOW6305, SOW6235, SOW6405, SOW6105, SOW6114, SOW6124, SOW6126, SOW6342, SOW6305, SOW6348, SOW6362, SOW6368, SOW6375, SOW6235, SOW6236, SOW6405, SOW6438, SOW6534, SOW6535, SOW6536, SOW6553, SOW6555, SOW6557, SOW6559, SOW6554, SOW6556, SOW6558, SOW6126, SOW6114, SOW6124, SOW6126,