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Curriculum

In Merrimack’s Master of Social Work, you will learn both in the classroom and in real-world settings while thoroughly preparing for your initial social work license exam.

The MSW is a 56 credit program, or 36 credits for advanced standing students. The regular full-time program is completed in 2 years over 6 semesters, while the advanced standing program may be completed in just 4 semesters.

If you are a Master of Social Work student with regular standing,  you will complete 48 core credits, including those for the field education experience. If you are a student with advanced standing, there are 28 core credits required.

You will also take a minimum of 8 credits of electives, and depending on specialization may need to take more.

Students enrolled in the full-time and part-time programs will complete 16 clock hours a week in the first year of their field education placements and 24 clock hours their second year. Advanced standing students will complete 24 clock hours a week.

Regular Standing - Core Courses (48 Credits)

  • MSW 5000 Introduction to Social Welfare Policy and The Social Work Profession
  • MSW 5001 Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice
  • MSW 5002 Introduction to Social work Research and Evidence-based Practice
  • MSW 5003 Evaluation of Social Work Practice
  • MSW 5004 Integrated Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice I
  • MSW 5005 Integrated Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice II
  • MSW 5006 Contemporary Social Welfare Policy: Development, Analysis, and Advocacy
  • MSW 5007 Advanced Generalist Micro and Mezzo Social Work Practice: Assessment and Intervention
  • MSW 5008 Advanced Generalist Macro Social Work Practice
  • MSW 5010 Integrative Capstone Seminar
  • MSW 6001 Generalist Field Education 1
  • MSW 6002 Generalist Field Education 2
  • MSW 6003 Advanced Generalist Field Education 3
  • MSW 6004 Advanced Generalist Field Education 4

Advanced Standing - Core Courses (28 Credits)

  • MSW 5009 Advanced Standing Integrated Theory and Practice Seminar
  • MSW 5003 Evaluation of Social Work Practice
  • MSW 5006 Contemporary Social Welfare Policy: Development, Analysis, and Advocacy
  • MSW 5007 Advanced Generalist Micro and Mezzo Social Work Practice: Assessment and Intervention
  • MSW 5008 Advanced Generalist Macro Social Work Practice
  • MSW 5010 Integrative Capstone Seminar
  • MSW 6003 Advanced Generalist Field Education 3
  • MSW 6004 Advanced Generalist Field Education 4

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