Summary of social work graduate programs prepared by Melissa C.F. Becker, MSW, September 2000
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Wayne State University School of Social Work

Identity: Social work in urban settings with vulnerable populations. The School's curriculum infuses considerable content on human diversity and seeks to prepare practitioners who understand how diversity and strengths complement one another.

"The School of Social Work at Wayne State University aims to prepare ethical and excellent practitioners to serve those who are adversely affected by the conditions and problems endemic to urban societies and those oppressed by virtue of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental, emotional and/or physical challenges, religious beliefs, place of national origin, gender or socio-economic status."

Wayne State's School of Social Work has as its mission the teaching of the knowledge, values and skills of the social work profession. Graduates of the School will understand the needs of vulnerable populations and those for whom the quality of life is threatened. Through research, the faculty of the School contributes to the knowledge base of the social work profession, and the faculty and students serve the community by participating in professional societies, civic and community groups, and human service organizations.

Hours: 60 credit hours; semester system. 15 credits each semester.

Pre Reqs: Bachelor’s degree; 30 semester credits in academic work distributed in the social & biological sciences and humanities.

Program Structures: Full time (4 semesters or 2 years); Part time (11 semesters or 4 years). There is limited enrollment in a planned part-time program. Advanced standing (37 credits over 3 semesters or 10 months); Advanced standing part time (37 credits over 6 semesters or 2 years).

Foundation Requirements: 30 credits. The core curriculum of the graduate program emphasizes the integration of content in the five major curricular areas: social work practice, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, research (2 courses), and field education. The core curriculum stresses fundamentals and knowledge of social work practice as they relate to individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities. In field education, theory is translated into practice and includes experiences for students in interpersonal practice and practice in organizations and communities.

Concentrations: 30 credits. The Master of Social Work degree program includes concentrations in community practice and social action; family, children and youth services; health care services; and mental health services. Students must meet the requirements for a concentration by completing a concentration in the curricular areas of human behavior and the social environment, social welfare organization and policy services, and practice methods. Each student also must complete a field education placement in a concentration.

Practicum: 10 credits for 3 days a week in field work. Core MSW students are required to complete 4 semesters of field and a Pre-Candidate Master student with Advanced Standing status completes 2 semesters.


Specialization Options: Certificate programs: infant mental health (Merrill-Palmer Institute); gerontology (WSU Institute of Gerontology); Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies (Addiction Research Institute); developmental disabilities (Developmental Disabilities Institute); and Social Work Practice with Families and Couples (WSU School of Social Work). [Work to complete a graduate certificate program extends beyond the time necessary to fulfill Master of Social Work degree requirements.] School Social Work certification.

Dual Degree Options:

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