Social Work- Master of Arts

For information, contact:
Co-Director of Greater Miami Valley Joint MASW Program
Department of Family Science and Social Work
101 McGuffey Hall, 513-529-2323,

Admission Requirements

All prospective graduate students seeking admission to the Greater Miami Valley Joint Master of Art in Social Work (MASW) Program will apply directly to the Miami University Graduate School and the Department of Family Science and Social Work (FSW). Students will need to complete and submit the Miami University graduate application, submit their university transcript(s), submit 3 letters of reference and a personal goal and accomplishment statement. Each of the aforementioned items should be completed and uploaded in the Graduate School application. Students admitted to the 2 year Full-time or 3 year Part-time MASW Program must have an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher, or its equivalent. Students admitted to the Advanced Standing MASW Program must have an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher, or its equivalent as well as an undergraduate degree in social work.

Program Requirements

The Greater Miami Valley MASW Program offered by Miami University and Wright State University seeks to prepare students to become advanced generalist social work professionals who use critical thinking skills, as well as the differential application of advanced social work knowledge, theories, skills, values and ethics. Our program focuses on building social work skills for assessing and interviewing across the micro, mezzo, exo, and macro systems. Through an equitable collaboration between Miami University and Wright State University our graduate program in social work seeks to provide education, knowledge, and skills for professional social workers to successfully empower and support oppressed and disenfranchised populations as well as the professional skills needed to build a successful career.

In addition to the core courses offered in our program, students can take additional courses available across other departments. Emphasis in the graduate social work program is placed on the best practices and skills needed to enrich human diversity, promote social and economic justice, alleviate oppression in urban and rural areas. Our curriculum integrates foundational courses and with field placements and the opportunity to specialize in children and families or the aging population.

Foundation Courses

Collectively the foundation courses provide students with the knowledge, values, and skills required for generalist social work practice:

FSW 611
FSW 612
Social Welfare Policy I
and Social Welfare Policy II
FSW 613Social Work Ethics: Social Work Ethics, Professionalism and Self Care3
FSW 615Cultural Competency3
FSW 617Human Behavior in the Social Environment I3
FSW 621
FSW 622
Social Work Practice I
and Social Work Practice II
FSW 616Graduate Social Work Research I3
FSW 661
FSW 664
Field Education I
and SW Field Education Seminar I
Total Credit Hours27

Concentration Courses

The Concentration for all students admitted to the MASW Program will be Advanced Generalist Practice. Advanced Generalist Practice is grounded in the liberal arts and the person and environment construct that seeks to promote human and social well-being. Students in the program will develop the expertise to use a range of prevention and intervention methods in practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students will also apply ethical principles, critical thinking and build on the strengths and resiliency of all human beings by engaging in research-informed practice.

The Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice Concentration Courses are as follows:

FSW 716
FSW 717
Graduate Social Work Research II
and Social Work Capstone
FSW 621
FSW 622
Social Work Practice I
and Social Work Practice II
FSW 762
FSW 765
Social Work Field Education II
and Social Work Field Education Seminar II
FSW 763
FSW 766
Social Work Field Education III
and Social Work Field Education Seminar III
Total Credit Hours18

Concentration Focus Area Courses

In addition to the Advanced Generalist Concentration, students in the MASW Program are expected to choose between two Concentration Focus Areas that are offered: Gerontology and Child and Family Studies. Effective practice and policy skill development in each of these areas is enhanced and grounded in social work values and ethics that make use of current research knowledge and skills that seek to improve systemic practice, programs and policies. Graduates of the program will be lifelong learners and leaders, contribute to the social work profession, promote diversity and cultural competency, social and economic justice, reduce oppression, and improve the broader human condition.

The concentration focus area courses are as follows:

Concentration Focus Area Practice Course3
Concentration Focus Area Policy Course3
Concentration Elective3
Total Credit Hours9

Field Education

Field education is the signature pedagogy of the MASW Program. All competencies and practice behaviors are applied and practiced in the field placement. Students demonstrate mastery of the practice behaviors by working collaboratively with the course instructors, field instructor, and Masters level social worker who acts as the field supervisor.

The practicum is the place where students apply all of the competencies and foundation practice behaviors. The foundation courses will also have assignments that students apply to their practicum.

Students admitted to the advanced standing MASW program will complete 600 hours of field education whereas students admitted to the 2 year Full-time or 3 year Part-time MASW Program will complete 500 hours of field education. In addition, students will conduct an evaluative culminating research project in their final semester at their field education/practicum agency.

Integration of Courses and Programs

The Greater Miami Valley MASW Program integrates each of the aforementioned areas (foundation courses, concentration courses, concentration focus area courses, and field integration) for students whose interests and career goals include applied work in the field of social work. At the conclusion of the program, students will receive the Master of Arts degree with a major in Social Work from the institution (i.e., MU or WSU) in which they were admitted. They will experience, however, the same nationally accredited curriculum, some of which will be shared through courses provided either as online or hybrid applications  at the Middletown Regional Campus.