Summary of social work graduate programs prepared by Melissa C.F. Becker, MSW, September 2000
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University of Wisconsin-Madison (public)

Identity: The master's degree program focuses on advanced practice, striving to produce "the autonomous social worker," a philosophical concept of professional self-reliance. The focus of the master's program curriculum stresses a problem-centered, multi-method approach to social work practice. Focus on building a capacity to use a multi-method approach.

Hours: 64; Semester system; 2-3 credit classes.

Pre Reqs: BA/BS; completion of 30 credits of social science courses; an approved statistics course with a grade of C or better, taken within seven years of entrance; and a course in human biology. Applicants from CSWE-accredited undergraduate programs are assumed to have met the human biology prerequisite.

Program Structure: Full time (4 semesters, 16 hours per semester). Part-time master's candidates must enroll for a minimum of two courses each semester and complete one full time semester of at least 8 credits. Advanced Standing.

Foundation: First year candidates must complete Professional Foundation courses: Field Practice and Integrative Seminar I; Field Practice and Integrative Seminar II; Theory and Practice of Social Work I; Interpersonal Skills Development for Social Workers; The Field of Social Work; Social Policy; Social Work with Ethnic and Racial Groups; Methods of Social Work Research; and Human Behavior and the Environment. Students must also complete one course from the following list: Social Work with the Person; Social Work with the Family; Social Work with the small group; Social Work with the Community; or Affecting Change in Social Agencies.

Concentration: 5 Concentrations: Aging; Children, Youth, and Families; Developmental Disabilities; Health; and Mental Health. There are also two subconcentrations: child welfare, in the children, youth, and families concentration; and adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses in the mental health concentration. Second Year or Advanced Placement students must complete one advanced practice course; one problems/issues course; one concentration elective; Field practice & Integrative Seminar III & IV in a concentration area; SW elective; and two other electives.

Practicum: Four semesters. The field program is organized into approximately 16 "field units" that are developed around various social problem areas, specific populations, major practice settings, or particular intervention methodologies. Foundation Year: minimum 16 hours a week including the integrative field unit seminar. Concentration Year: minimum 20 hours a week including the integrative field unit seminar.

Electives: 4 electives.

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