Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Purpose

The mission of the Liberty University Social Work Master’s Program is to prepare healthy advanced generalist social workers to be servant leaders who follow the example of Christ and will influence the world by enhancing the lives of all individuals, families, and communities through research informed knowledge, values, and skills consistent with the purpose of the profession.

Program Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  • Engage diversity and difference in practice.
  • Advance human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.
  • Engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  • Engage in policy practice.
  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Assess individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Intervene with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Evaluate practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Program Specific Admission Procedures

In addition to the General Admission Procedures outlined in this Catalog, applicants to the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) must have:

  1. An earned baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (e.g., SACSCOC, TRACS, ABHE, etc.); Official transcripts must be provided before admission. Mail official college transcripts (sealed, unopened copy).
  2. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (on a 4.00 scale).
  3. Recommendations: Two (2) reference names and contact information including phone number.
  4. Statement of Purpose: 400 minimum word statement of purpose.
  5. Complete Questionnaire
  6. Department/Faculty Admission Decision Required Review

Transfer of Credit

Students may transfer up to 31-32 hours from an accredited institution subject to department approval. In order to transfer credit, students must have earned the minimum grade of B-, and courses must have been completed within 7 years of the start date of the program. Credits from a prior degree on the same academic level earned through Liberty University are considered transfer credits.

Course Requirements

Students must earn a minimum grade of ‘B-‘ in SOWK 670 to meet the requirements for graduation.

Administrative Dismissal

Students will be eligible for Administrative Dismissal from the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) if any of the following are true:

  1. It will be mathematically impossible for them to raise their cumulative Graduate GPA to 3.00 with their remaining required courses.
  2. They do not have a cumulative Graduate GPA of at least 3.00 when enrolled in SOWK 665 (Advanced Generalist  Field Enrollment)
  3. They have three (3) grades or three (3) courses of C+/C/C- applying to their degree and they have applied the repeat policy for the maximum allowed nine (9) hours or three (3) courses, and they earn two (2) or more additional grades or courses of C+ or lower.
  4. They earn two (2) grades of D+ or lower.
  5. They did not disclose criminal history in their application to the Master of Social Work.

Full-Time Course Sequence

Social Work (M.S.W.) - Advanced Generalist - General

The full-time plan of study for the Master of Social Work Traditional Program is designed so that students can complete the program within two calendar years.
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
SOWK 501 Generalist Social Work Concepts 4
SOWK 530 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
SOWK 555 Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SOWK 570 Generalist Social Work Communication and Ethics 3
 Hours13
Second Semester
SOWK 545 Generalist Field Enrollment 0
SOWK 550 Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families 3
SOWK 580 Generalist Social Work Statistics, Research, and Ethics 3
SOWK 510 Generalist Social Work Macro Practice 3
 Hours9
Third Semester
SOWK 588 Generalist Comprehensive Exam 0
Generalist Field Experience & Seminar Elective 1,2 8
 Hours8
Second Year
Fourth Semester
SOWK 625 Social Policy, Justice, and Advocacy 3
SOWK 650 Diversity and Cultural Humility 3
SOWK 655 Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice 3
 Hours9
Fifth Semester
SOWK 665 Advanced Generalist Field Enrollment 0
SOWK 610
Advanced Social Work Macro Practice
or Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice
3
SOWK 680 Applied Research and Ethics 3
Social Work Elective 3 3
 Hours9
Sixth Semester
Advanced Generalist Field Experience & Seminar Elective 4,5,6 9
SOWK 688 Advanced Generalist Comprehensive Exam 0
Social Work Elective 3 3
 Hours12
 Total Hours60
1

Choose from the following: SOWK 590, or SOWK 560 and SOWK 5652

2

If the student chooses to take the SOWK 560 and SOWK 565 option, the student should take SOWK 545 during their First Semester, SOWK 560 during their Second Semester, and should take SOWK 565 during their Third Semester. Students should contact their Academic Advisor regarding any questions.

3

Choose one of the following courses: MGMT 602, SOWK 612, SOWK 643, SOWK 644, SOWK 645, SOWK 647, or SOWK 697

4

Minimum grade of B- required

5

Choose from the following: SOWK 670, or SOWK 675 and SOWK 6776

6

If the student chooses to take the SOWK 675 and SOWK 677 option, the student should take SOWK 665 during their Fourth Semester, SOWK 675 during their Fifth Semester, and should take SOWK 677 during their Sixth Semester. Students should contact their Academic Advisor regarding any questions.

Social Work (M.S.W.) - Advanced Generalist - Individual & Family Clinical

The full-time plan of study for the Master of Social Work Traditional Program is designed so that students can complete the program within two calendar years.
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
SOWK 501 Generalist Social Work Concepts 4
SOWK 530 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
SOWK 555 Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SOWK 570 Generalist Social Work Communication and Ethics 3
 Hours13
Second Semester
SOWK 545 Generalist Field Enrollment 0
SOWK 550 Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families 3
SOWK 580 Generalist Social Work Statistics, Research, and Ethics 3
SOWK 510 Generalist Social Work Macro Practice 3
 Hours9
Third Semester
SOWK 588 Generalist Comprehensive Exam 0
Generalist Field Experience & Seminar Elective 1,2 8
 Hours8
Second Year
Fourth Semester
SOWK 625 Social Policy, Justice, and Advocacy 3
SOWK 650 Diversity and Cultural Humility 3
SOWK 655 Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice 3
 Hours9
Fifth Semester
SOWK 665 Advanced Generalist Field Enrollment 0
SOWK 641 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 3
SOWK 645 Psychopathology and Addictions 3
SOWK 680 Applied Research and Ethics 3
 Hours9
Sixth Semester
Advanced Generalist Field Experience & Seminar Elective 3,4,5 9
SOWK 688 Advanced Generalist Comprehensive Exam 0
SOWK 643 Child and Family Social Work Clinical Practice 3
 Hours12
 Total Hours60
1

Choose from the following: SOWK 590, or SOWK 560 and SOWK 5652

2

If the student chooses to take the SOWK 560 and SOWK 565 option, the student should take SOWK 545 during their First Semester, SOWK 560 during their Second Semester, and should take SOWK 565 during their Third Semester. Students should contact their Academic Advisor regarding any questions.

3

Minimum grade of B- required

4

Choose from the following: SOWK 670, or SOWK 675 and SOWK 6776

5

If the student chooses to take the SOWK 675 and SOWK 677 option, the student should take SOWK 665 during their Fourth Semester, SOWK 675 during their Fifth Semester, and should take SOWK 677 during their Sixth Semester. Students should contact their Academic Advisor regarding any questions.

Part-Time Course Sequence

Social Work (M.S.W.) - Advanced Generalist - General

The part-time plan of study for the Master of Social Work Traditional Program is designed so that students can complete the program within four calendar years.
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
SOWK 501 Generalist Social Work Concepts 4
SOWK 530 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
 Hours7
Second Semester
SOWK 555 Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SOWK 570 Generalist Social Work Communication and Ethics 3
 Hours6
Second Year
Third Semester
SOWK 545 Generalist Field Enrollment 0
SOWK 550 Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families 3
SOWK 510 Generalist Social Work Macro Practice 3
 Hours6
Fourth Semester
SOWK 560 Generalist Field Experience and Seminar A 4
SOWK 580 Generalist Social Work Statistics, Research, and Ethics 3
SOWK 588 Generalist Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours7
Third Year
Fifth Semester
SOWK 565 Generalist Field Experience and Seminar B 4
SOWK 625 Social Policy, Justice, and Advocacy 3
 Hours7
Sixth Semester
SOWK 650 Diversity and Cultural Humility 3
SOWK 655 Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice 3
 Hours6
Fourth Year
Seventh Semester
SOWK 680 Applied Research and Ethics 3
SOWK 665 Advanced Generalist Field Enrollment 0
Social Work Elective 1 3
 Hours6
Eighth Semester
SOWK 675 Advanced Generalist Field Experience and Seminar A 2 4
Social Work Elective 1 3
 Hours7
Ninth Semester
SOWK 677 Advanced Generalist Field Experience and Seminar B 2 5
SOWK 688 Advanced Generalist Comprehensive Exam 0
SOWK 610
Advanced Social Work Macro Practice
or Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice
3
 Hours8
 Total Hours60
1

Choose one of the following courses: MGMT 602, SOWK 612, SOWK 643, SOWK 644, SOWK 645, SOWK 647, or SOWK 697

2

Minimum grade of B- required

Social Work (M.S.W.) - Advanced Generalist - Individual & Family Clinical

The part-time plan of study for the Master of Social Work Traditional Program is designed so that students can complete the program within four calendar years.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
SOWK 501 Generalist Social Work Concepts 4
SOWK 530 Human Behavior and the Social Environment 3
 Hours7
Second Semester
SOWK 555 Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SOWK 570 Generalist Social Work Communication and Ethics 3
 Hours6
Second Year
Third Semester
SOWK 545 Generalist Field Enrollment 0
SOWK 550 Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families 3
SOWK 510 Generalist Social Work Macro Practice 3
 Hours6
Fourth Semester
SOWK 560 Generalist Field Experience and Seminar A 4
SOWK 580 Generalist Social Work Statistics, Research, and Ethics 3
SOWK 588 Generalist Comprehensive Exam 0
 Hours7
Third Year
Fifth Semester
SOWK 565 Generalist Field Experience and Seminar B 4
SOWK 625 Social Policy, Justice, and Advocacy 3
 Hours7
Sixth Semester
SOWK 650 Diversity and Cultural Humility 3
SOWK 655 Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice 3
 Hours6
Fourth Year
Seventh Semester
SOWK 680 Applied Research and Ethics 3
SOWK 665 Advanced Generalist Field Enrollment 0
SOWK 645 Psychopathology and Addictions 3
 Hours6
Eighth Semester
SOWK 675 Advanced Generalist Field Experience and Seminar A 1 4
SOWK 641 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 3
 Hours7
Ninth Semester
SOWK 677 Advanced Generalist Field Experience and Seminar B 1 5
SOWK 688 Advanced Generalist Comprehensive Exam 0
SOWK 643 Child and Family Social Work Clinical Practice 3
 Hours8
 Total Hours60
1

Minimum grade of B- required

  • Program Development
  • Medical social work
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Supervisor
  • Agency Director working internationally or nationally

For some positions, a social work license may be required. Each state has specific tasks to complete to obtain a social work license.

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