Social Work students who are interested in working with children (up to age 18) and their families will find the Child and Family Practice sequence most suited to their needs.
Students will specialize in agency-based practice with and on behalf of children and families at risk. It emphasizes the development, delivery, and management of services to meet the specific needs of children and families. The curriculum prepares graduates for advanced practice across an array of settings including mental health centers and institutions, public and private child welfare agencies, substance abuse programs, youth centers, prevention agencies, hospitals, homeless programs, domestic violence centers, courts, and community centers. This concentration gives special emphasis to four key social problems affecting children and families: poverty, mental illness, domestic violence, and substance abuse. Understanding these social problems is central to serving at-risk clients.
Student experience and specialized knowledge are expanded through the selection of practicum sites and electives concerning special populations and specific social problems, and the related practice methodologies. These include, but are not limited to: foster care and special needs adoption, substance abuse, family violence, sexual abuse, physical and mental illness, agency administration and program planning, and supervision.
A student applying to a master's program must:
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
A student applying to this program must:
Advanced Standing Applicants: you must provide one academic reference and one reference from a field instructor. If you have not begun your advanced field practicum, you may provide one reference from a professional or volunteer social service/human service experience.
Full Program Applicants: You must provide at least one academic reference if graduating within a year of applying to the MSW program and one reference from paid or volunteer experience in social service/human services. Applicants who are currently working full-time must provide one reference from a social service/human service supervisor, one reference from a professional colleague or former supervisor and one reference from paid or volunteer experience in social service/human services (especially for candidates who are changing careers).
Please provide the following guidelines to your recommender for completion of a letter of recommendation on behalf of an applicant:
The questions that need to be addressed are:
|Fall (August)||March 22 for full program applicants only|
|Spring (January)||No admission|
|Summer (May/June)||No admission|
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,
Graduate assistants receive
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.
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