New Master of Social Work Degree Offered

Written by Bruce Decker
August 6, 2015

The College of Arts and Sciences is offering a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree beginning September 2016. The MSW includes 1120 field practicum hours and can be completed within 2 years. An Advanced Standing MSW degree designed for individuals who have a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) from an accredited program will be implemented in August 2017.

"The MSW builds on our strong BSW degree program and meets a growing demand for social workers with advanced degrees," said College of Arts and Sciences Dean David Powers.

The MSW prepares students to work with children, youth, adults of all ages, families, and groups dealing with difficulties and social problems including mental illness, poverty, oppression, homelessness, complicated aging, and physical illness.

"Our curriculum is infused with social justice content, and our students serve in placements with the surrounding area?s most vulnerable populations," said Professor Mary Kay Brennan, Social Work program director.

The MSW program offers practicum placements in more than 40 community sites, including Ryther Child Center, Asian Counseling and Referral Service, Sound Mental Health, Childhaven, Harborview Medical Center, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, and Swedish Hospital.

The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 80 undergraduate degrees and 7 master's degrees.