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Master of Social Work

(MSW)

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Your life has a calling.

How will you answer it? 

Transform the lives of others

Ready to take your social work skills further than you ever thought possible? Make a lasting impact with a Master of Social Work degree from SEU.

About This Degree

The Master of Social Work program at Southeastern University equips students to become competent clinical social work practitioners, who will model Christ’s example of compassion in any practice setting. Master of Social Work (MSW) practitioners are employed in a variety of settings. These may include private practices, family and mental health counseling centers, schools, military and veteran centers, substance abuse and rehabilitation treatment programs, employee assistance programs, or child welfare agencies. Social workers are also integral members of healthcare organizations such as hospitals, hospices, and nursing homes. Our MSW faculty use creative teaching modalities, including experiential, hands-on activities and collaborative discussions, which encourage active learning. 

The MSW program at Southeastern University has a clinical specialization, so you will gain the counseling and psychotherapy skills to intervene with diverse clients, including individuals, families, and groups. To better equip you for future leadership positions, the program also includes content in social work administration. Courses are offered two evenings per week in 8-week sessions, enabling you to focus on two courses at a time. You will also complete a supervised internship, to strengthen your integration of content as you apply the skills you are learning in practice. Our Field Education Coordinator coordinates each internship experience to align with your professional goals.

The Master of Social Work program at Southeastern University is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Program Details

Credit Hours:
Advanced Standing—32-33
Traditional program—65

Degree Delivery: On-Campus 

Est. Program Length:
Advanced Standing—2 semesters
Traditional program—5 semesters

Practicum Hours: 
Advanced Standing – 500 hours
Traditional – 400 hours

Tuition: See rates

Career Ideas

Master of Social Work (MSW) practitioners are employed in a variety of settings, including roles as:

  • Mental Health Providers, Counselors and Therapists 
  • Case Managers
  • Program Directors
  • Educators
  • Healthcare and Treatment Team members

The Master in Social Work degree is a prerequisite requirement for those who wish to become Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs). In order to obtain such licensure, candidates must apply and meet full requirements of the Board of Licensed Clinical Social Work, Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy of the state of Florida.

Traditional MSW Qualifications

  • A baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Submit satisfactory admission documents listed below
  • Completion of the following required prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better: Introduction to Psychology, English Composition, and Statistics/Research




Advanced Standing MSW Qualifications

  • A baccalaureate degree in social work (BSW) from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Submit satisfactory admission documents listed below
  • Applicants who completed the BSW more than 10 years ago must submit a one-to-two page letter explaining how they have remained current on professional knowledge (e.g. professional social work practice and/or completion of continuing education)
  • Grade of “B-” or higher in all BSW practice and field education/seminar courses

Specific Requirements

To be considered for admission into the Traditional MSW program at Southeastern University, applicants must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • A baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited liberal arts institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Completion of the following required prerequisite courses with a grade of “C” or better:
    • Introduction to Psychology 
    • Statistics or Research Methods
    • English Composition
  • Two recommendation forms/letters
    • One academic reference (may be replaced by a professional work reference if undergraduate degree was completed more than five years ago)
    • One professional/volunteer/work-related reference
  • Academic and Professional Writing Sample
    A personal statement, 12-point font, double-spaced addressing each of the following questions. Each answer should be 400-500 words in length.
    • Question 1: Social Work Goals
      How will attending the MSW Program at Southeastern University help you accomplish your professional goals? In your response, identify specific career goals. Describe how your personal, professional, and/or academic experiences support the goals.
    • Question 2: Diversity and Values
      Discuss your interaction with someone who was different or shared a different viewpoint from you. How did you handle the situation? What was the outcome? Based on this interaction, explain how you practiced the core values of the social work profession.
      Note: Your response must include a reference citation and reference list related to the core values of the social work profession. APA (American Psychological Association) formatting is required. The best place to reference the social work core values is in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics found at https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics
    • Question 3: Professional Self-Awareness
      How will you use your professional and personal strengths to balance the academic coursework and field placement hours with your personal and professional commitments? In your response, discuss how you plan to use your strengths to meet the MSW Program expectations. In addition, identify personal or professional limitations or commitments, which may create barriers in meeting the MSW Program requirements. Describe a plan about how you will use your strengths to reduce barriers in successfully completing the MSW Program.
  • A notarized Florida Department of Children and Families “Affidavit of Good Moral Character” form.
    • While past convictions do not necessarily preclude admission to the MSW Program, they may affect availability of internship placements and future employability.
    • Individuals with felony convictions might not be eligible for licensure as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida.
  • Updated resume
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended.

 

Other Policies

Transfer Credits
Incoming transfer students discuss transfer credits with both the Registrar and the MSW Program Director. The Social Work Program’s policy concerning transfer credits also includes the policy on credit for life experience.

This policy is intended to:

  1. Avoid academic redundancy by recognizing prior achievement.
  2. Promote the integrity of the MSW Program by assuring transfer students meet or exceed the Southeastern Program standards.

The MSW program provides students an opportunity to transfer certain course work credit completed at another CSWE- accredited institution. The Program does NOT accept the transfer of MSW courses from social work programs not accredited by the CSWE. Credit for life experience is NOT given in part or in whole in lieu of the Field Experience/ Seminar or any other core social work courses. Field Experience and/or Field Seminar courses cannot be transferred from either accredited or non-accredited programs.

Provisional Status
Applicants who score within a lower “provisional” range on the rubric for various reasons, which may include an undergraduate GPA below 3.0, may be accepted on a provisional basis if program faculty finds that students provide or display evidence suggesting that they will be successful in graduate work by virtue of their performance in the entire evaluation process.

Additional Degree Requirements
In addition to successful completion of the coursework requirements, students are required to successfully complete the required hours of field experience while concurrently enrolled in the appropriate course/seminar (Advanced standing – 500 hours; Traditional – 400 hours).

For those with an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

  • Total Credits – 32-33 credit hours
    • Core and Elective Courses – 24-25 credit hours
    • Field Experience – 8 credit hours (with 500 hours of supervised internship experience)
  • Program Length – 9-months (2 semesters)
  • Program Delivery – Each semester includes 4 courses offered in two consecutive 8-week sessions in face-to-face format, 2 evenings per week (one course session each evening)

 

Entrance Requirements

Advanced-Standing MSW

*SEU BSW/MSW Combined Program Candidates

Students who opted for the BSW/MSW Combined Program when applying for the social work major as an undergraduate student of SEU were accepted into the major/program, were also granted MSW Candidacy at that time. SEU MSW candidates are automatically accepted into the MSW program, provided they:

  • Complete SEU’s BSW Program with at least a 3.0 overall GPA;
  • Have earned at least a B- in every social work course in the BSW program;
  • Provide favorable recommendations from the appropriate field faculty and the BSW Program Director to the MSW Program Director

 

To be considered for admission into the Advanced-Standing MSW program at Southeastern University, applicants must have the following minimum qualifications:

  • A baccalaureate degree in social work from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)*
  • Applicants who completed the BSW more than 10 years ago must submit a 1-2 page letter demonstrating ways in which they have remained current on professional knowledge via completion of continuing education and/or professional social work practice experience
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Grade of “B-” or higher in all BSW practice and field education/seminar courses
  • Two recommendation forms/letters 
    • One academic reference (may be replaced by a professional work reference if undergraduate degree was completed more than five years ago)
    • One professional/volunteer/work-related reference
  • Academic and Professional Writing Sample
    A personal statement, 12-point font, double-spaced addressing each of the following questions. Each answer should be 400-500 words in length.
    • Question 1: Social Work Goals
      How will attending the MSW Program at Southeastern University help you accomplish your professional goals? In your response, identify specific career goals. Describe how your personal, professional, and/or academic experiences support the goals.
    • Question 2: Diversity and Values
      Discuss your interaction with someone who was different or shared a different viewpoint from you. How did you handle the situation? What was the outcome? Based on this interaction, explain how you practiced the core values of the social work profession.
      Note: Your response must include a reference citation and reference list related to the core values of the social work profession. APA (American Psychological Association) formatting is required. The best place to reference the social work core values is in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics found at https://www.socialworkers.org/About/Ethics/Code-of-Ethics.
    • Question 3: Professional Self-Awareness
      How will you use your professional and personal strengths to balance the academic coursework and field placement hours with your personal and professional commitments? In your response, discuss how you plan to use your strengths to meet the MSW Program expectations. In addition, identify personal or professional limitations or commitments, which may create barriers in meeting the MSW Program requirements. Describe a plan about how you will use your strengths to reduce barriers in successfully completing the MSW Program.
  • A notarized Florida Department of Children and Families “Affidavit of Good Moral Character” form.
    • While past convictions do not necessarily preclude admission to the MSW Program, they may affect availability of internship placements and future employability.
    • Individuals with felony convictions might not be eligible for licensure as a clinical social worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida.
  • Updated Resume
  • Transcripts from all academic institutions attended.

 

Other Policies

Transfer Credits
Incoming transfer students discuss transfer credits with both the Registrar and the MSW Program Director. The Social Work Program’s policy concerning transfer credits also includes the policy on credit for life experience.

This policy is intended to:

  1. Avoid academic redundancy by recognizing prior achievement.

  2. Promote the integrity of the MSW Program by assuring transfer students meet or exceed the Southeastern Program standards.

The MSW program provides students an opportunity to transfer certain course work credit completed at another CSWE- accredited institution. The Program does NOT accept the transfer of MSW courses from social work programs not accredited by the CSWE. Credit for life experience is NOT given in part or in whole in lieu of the Field Experience/ Seminar or any other core social work courses. Field Experience and/or Field Seminar courses cannot be transferred from either accredited or non-accredited programs.

Provisional Status
Applicants who score within a lower “provisional” range on the rubric for various reasons, which may include an undergraduate GPA below 3.0, may be accepted on a provisional basis if program faculty finds that students provide or display evidence suggesting that they will be successful in graduate work by virtue of their performance in the entire evaluation process.

Additional Degree Requirements
In addition to successful completion of the coursework requirements, students are required to successfully complete the required hours of field experience while concurrently enrolled in the appropriate course/seminar (Advanced standing – 500 hours; Traditional – 400 hours).