School of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program has an emphasis in advanced generalist practice and is designed for people who are interested in entering the social work profession at an advanced professional level.

MSW Program Mission

The mission of the Master of Social Work program at Wichita State University is to prepare graduates for autonomous advanced generalist practice. This mission is accomplished through the preparation of advanced social workers capable of practice in complex, diverse and ever-changing environments. Emphasis is placed on developing evidence-based knowledge and skills for ethical, culturally competent, socially just and empowering interventions on all practice levels.

Applied Learning

MSW Regular Program (first year): Students in the MSW regular program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing a practicum experience in SCWK 720 and SCWK 721. These classes have both an on-campus seminar that reflects on experiences in the 480 hours combined of required supervised placement in a social service agency in the Wichita community, or the student's own community if possible. Each student must meet with a field instructor at the agency for supervision and attend a university class with a field liaison that provides the reflective feedback for the educational tie to the Council on Social Work Education's — Education Policy and Accreditation Standards.

MSW Advanced Standing Program and Regular Program (second year): Students in the MSW advanced standing program and the regular program (second year) are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. The requirement can be met by completing a practicum experience in SCWK 822 and SCWK 823. These classes have both an on-campus seminar that reflects on experiences in the 700 hours combined of required supervised placement in a social service agency in the Wichita community, or the student's own community if possible. Each student must meet with a field instructor at the agency for supervision and attend a university class with a field liaison that provides the reflective feedback for the educational tie to the Council on Social Work Education's — Education Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Accreditation Status

The MSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Licensure

Graduates of the MSW program are eligible for licensure. Contact the School of Social Work or the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for further information.

Programs in the School of Social Work

Courses in the School of Social Work