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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

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Program Information

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The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) at Rowan University prepares students for social work licensure and work in a variety of settings. The program provides specialized practice in mental health, equity and well-being. This is a full time two-year, or three-year extended program requiring a minimum of 59 credits with a minimum of 900 hours of field work/clinical practicum experience. Additional Certificates of Graduate Study (C.O.G.S.) options further transdisciplinary learning and practice. Graduates from accredited Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) programs can earn Advanced Standing waiving many of the first year generalist courses.

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The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) is a full-time or part-time program offered in a hybrid format. It requires the completion of a minimum of 59 graduate semester hours and minimum of 900 hours of field work/clinical practicum. The Master of Social Work is currently in Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Pre-Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has submitted an application to be reviewed for Candidacy and had its Benchmark I approved in draft form to move forward with Candidacy review within one year. A program that has attained Pre-Candidacy has not yet been reviewed by the Commission on Accreditation or been verified to be in compliance with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Students who enter programs in Pre-Candidacy that attain Candidacy in the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. The Candidacy Process is typically a three-year process and there is no guarantee that a program in Pre-Candidacy will eventually attain Candidacy or Initial Accreditation.

Candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation applies to all locations and delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.

  • 17 Courses / 59 Semester Hours
  • Foundation Courses: No
  • Graduation / Exit / Thesis Requirements: No
Course Number Title S.H. (Credits)
Required Courses: 30 S.H.
SWK 01510 Research Methods in Social Work 3
SWK 01515 Disparity, Systemic Inequality and Social Work Ethics 3
SWK 01525 Intro to Generalist Social Work Practice 3
SWK 01530 Social Policy, Advocacy, and Practice 3
SWK 01540 Mental Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3
SWK 01545 Advanced Social Work Practice 3
SWK 01610 Advanced Social Work Research, Evaluation, Assessment, and Planning 3
SWK 01620 Social Work Supervision and Leadership 3
SWK 01550 Generalist Field Experience and Seminar I 3
SWK 01551 Generalist Field Experience and Seminar II 3
Specialization Coursework: Fields: 20 S.H.
SWK 01630 Mental Health and Healthcare Policy 3
SWK 01660 Emerging Approaches to Integrative Health and Well Being 3
SWK 01670 Transdisciplinary Social Work and Integrated Care 3
SWK 01650 Advanced Field 1 4
SWK 01651 Advanced Field 2 4
SWK 01640 Impact and Intersections of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Trauma 3
Elective Fields: 9 S.H. Required
  Thematic Fields 9
  Public Policy Certificate of Graduate Study 9
  Diversity and Inclusion Certificate of Graduate Study 12
  Wellness and Coaching Certificate of Graduate Study 12
  Criminal Justice Field 9
  Emergency Management Field 9
  Holocaust and Genocide Education Certificate of Graduate Study 12

 The courses listed above are not official and are subject to change. For an official list of available courses please visit the Rowan Global section tally.

Admission Requirements
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The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional actions or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below, a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or will indicate any missing items.

  • Completed Application Form
  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee
  • Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned)
  • Current professional resume
  • Typewritten statement of professional objectives (Two - 4 pages)
    • Provide reasons for pursuing this program. Describe how you might use this program to advance your career (educational goals beyond the master’s level, if applicable, are also relevant).
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Letters are required to be from past or current supervisors or professors/instructors that can speak to your profession or academic work, work ethic, character and potential for becoming a great social worker.
  • All MSW applicants will be required to go through a virtual screening that will be conducted by a social work professor, a Rowan employee related to the social work program or community advisory board member. An interview may also be required by the Program Director and Field Education Director.
  • Interview (Applicants will be contacted directly by the Faculty Admission Committee regarding the interview. The interview can be in person or via telephone.)
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