The M.S.W. curriculum is comprised of courses that constitute 60 semester credit hours of study. The first 30 semester hours of study in the M.S.W. program introduces the student to the area of generalist social work practice. The remaining 30 semester hours focus on clinical practice.
The M.S.W. program at George Williams College offers three program completion options: full-time, part-time and advanced standing. The full-time program is completed in two years. Part-time students typically complete the program in three years, and students with advanced standing may select to complete the program full-time in one year, or part-time in two years.
Traditional full-time students complete course work during fall, spring and summer semesters (Tuesday and Thursday evenings). Full-time students with advanced standing complete courses during the day, attending classes two days per week. Course work is completed in fall and spring semesters. Part-time students complete courses on weekends during the fall, spring and summer semesters (Friday evening and Saturday morning).
MSW degree options
- Two-year full-time traditional MSW program
- Three-year traditional part-time MSW program
- Advanced standing full-time MSW program
- Advanced standing part-time MSW program
M.S.W. program requirements
- Statistics (complete a basic statistics course with a grade of "C" or better prior to enrollment in the M.S.W. program)
- Completion of mandatory orientation
Foundation curriculum (30 semester hours)
Social welfare (3 semester hours)
SWK6140 Social Welfare Policy and Institutions
Human behavior and social environment (6 semester hours)
SWK6150 HBSE I: Theories of Human Development: Infancy to Adolescence
SWK6160 HBSE II: Theories of Human Development: Adult Lifespan
Social work practice theory and methods (15 semester hours)
SWK6370 Social Work Practice I: Individuals and Families
SWK6381 Social Work Practice II: Group Work
SWK6382 Social Work Practice II: Community Practice
SWK6390 Social Work Practice with Diverse & Vulnerable Populations
SWK6500 Social Work Perspectives on Psychopathology
Research (3 semester hours)
SWK6250 Research I: SW Research Methods
Field instruction (6 semester hours)
SWK6730 Field Instruction I: Beginning Internship
SWK6740 Field Instruction II: Beginning Internship
Concentration curriculum (30 semester hours)
Social work practice and policy (9 semester hours)
SWK 6533: Advanced Macro Practice
SWK6511 Social Work Practice III: Clinical Theory & Methods
SWK6521 Social Work Practice IV: Clinical Adv. Clinical Knowledge & Application
SWK6512 Social Work Practice III: Leadership & Community Practice Theory & Methods
SWK6522 Social Work Practice IV: Leadership & Community Practice Knowledge & Application
Research (3 semester hours)
SWK6283 Practice & Program Evaluation
Social work electives (9 semester hours)
Advanced field instruction (6 semester hours)
SWK6750 Field Instruction III: Advanced Internship
SWK6760 Field Instruction IV: Advanced Internship
Total required to graduate: 60 semester hours
Advanced Clinical Social Work
This new graduate advanced clinical social work specialization will prepare the advanced MSW student to do clinical practice in psychotherapy settings such as mental health agencies, family service agencies, youth programs, community-based clinical agencies and private practice. The specialization will consist of three required courses: a foundational course on the basics of the advanced clinical social work therapeutic relationship and two free electives in clinical practice. This specialization will include advanced MSW field placement in a clinical social work setting.
Experiential Therapeutic Milieu
Experiential therapeutic milieu specialization (ETMS) is an interdisciplinary program that is rooted in a holistic conception of what it means to truly be a member of a community. The ETMS will draw from many different theoretical concepts such as existentialism, transpersonalism, humanism, psychodynamic, as well as understanding each individual’s phenomenological and ontological perspective.
The course of instruction is designed to direct the individual’s attention toward growth-oriented dimension of personality and human interaction, as well as the role of higher states of consciousness in achieving interpersonal balance and transformation. Supplementing the typical courses, which focus on theoretical and applied behavioral and cognitive understanding, students will engage in a total Gestalt approach of having the ability to embark on the full spectrum of insight from self-actualization to pathologic. Following best practices through the social work code of ethics, our training addresses mental health, treatment, organizational analysis and design, as well as the facilitation of specialized therapeutic experiential adventure activities and technical skills, and the integration of these in a clinical context.
Health Care (Gerontology)
The health care specialization exposes students to the rapidly growing and ever changing field of health care in the United States, and the myriad roles of social workers in the light of health care reform. One core course with two related electives and a health care specific internship provides students with the basic understanding of the medical field and its terminology, the complexities of brief and chronic illness and respective treatments, ethical considerations, insurance issues and public policy, all of which affect today’s consumers. The MSW graduate will be able to recognize present health care disparities and work towards the equitable and fair provision of services to all populations. Required work includes core course 6810 Medical SWK with both gerontology courses and the gerontology-specific internship.
School Social Work
Before acceptance into the specialization, students must successfully pass the IL Test of Academic Proficiency (400) or obtain an Illinois State Board of Education waiver received by July 1, prior to advanced coursework and school social work internship. Students must also pass the IL School Social Work Exam (184) prior to the end of their first semester of SWK 6410. Please note that the school social work specialization must begin in August and ends at the conclusion of school placement in late May or early June.