Two-Year MSW

 Admission Requirements

  • Completed baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completion of 3 courses (5 quarter credits or 3 semester credits each) in liberal arts content, specifically one course in each of the areas: Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science.
  • A G.P.A. of 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale in the last 90 quarter or 60 semester credits (Applicants with a G.P.A. below 3.0 (B) must submit a G.P.A. Explanatory Statement)
  • Completion of a Statistics prerequisite course before enrollment.
  • Criminal Background Check/Criminal Offender Record Information. (Although this is not part of the application process applicants who are offered admission will receive instructions to complete the background check before field placement.)

 Admission Materials

  • Application
  • Admission Essays: Part 1 and Part 2
  • Resume
  • Three Professional Recommendations
  • Undergraduate and Graduate (if any) Transcripts 
    • Submit electronically or mail directly to Graduate Admissions
      • Seattle University
        Office of Graduate Admissions
        901 12th Avenue
        P.O.Box 222000
        Seattle, WA 98122-1090
      • grad-admissions@seattleu.edu
  • Academic Preparation Form
  • Application Fee 

Year One: Generalist Practice Curriculum 

The MSW requires completion of 66-degree credits, which includes a field practicum in each quarter. The program is designed to be full-time and completed in two years. The 2-Year MSW degree begins with a generalist practice curriculum. The generalist practice curriculum is designed to prepare students to practice according to the purpose of the social work profession as articulated by Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). 

Required Courses

  • Generalist Practice I: Social Work Individuals & Families
  • Generalist Practice II: Social Work with Groups
  • Generalist Practice III: Social Work with Organizations and Communities
  • Social Work and Social Justice: Ethical Professional Formation
  • Social Work Foundations-Policy: History and Justice
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Human Development Across the Life Span
  • Social Work Research I: Methods and Design
  • Social Work Research II: Program Evaluation
  • Field Practicum and Seminar I, II, III

Year Two: Specialized Practice Curriculum

The second year of study in the 2-Year MSW degree provides students with the opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in clinical social work. Students are required to take three clinical practice courses covering theory and skills necessary for work with individuals, families, and groups.  Given the central role of advocacy to achieve social and economic justice at all levels of practice, second-year students also take Advanced Social Welfare Policy Practice for Advocacy.  They may specialize within a field of practice through a pairing of an elective and field practicum site.

Required Courses

  • Advanced Practice I: Clinical Social Work with Individuals
  • Advanced Practice II: Clinical Social Work with Families
  • Advanced Practice III: Clinical Social Work with Groups
  • Advanced Social Welfare Policy: Practice for Advocacy
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment and Treatment: Mental Health Disorders
  • Advanced Field Practicum I, II, III

 Electives: Students choose from a variety of course offerings for two electives (6 credits) during the specialized practice year.