Social Work- Master of Arts

For information, contact:
Department of Family Science and Social Work
101 McGuffey Hall, 513-529-2323,

Admission Requirements

All prospective graduate students seeking admission to the Master of Art in Social Work (MASW) Program at Miami University should go directly to the Miami University Graduate School to begin an application. Applicants will need to submit the Miami University graduate application, university transcript(s) from their most recent university, 3 letters of recommendation, resume, and a personal statement regarding their professional goals and accomplishments. Each of the aforementioned items should be uploaded in the Graduate School application. Students admitted to the Traditional program are expected to have an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher. Students admitted to the Advanced Standing MASW Program are expected to have an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher, as well as an undergraduate degree in social work obtained within the last 5 years.

Program Requirements

The Greater Miami Valley MASW Program seeks to prepare students to become advanced generalist social work professionals who use critical thinking skills, as well as social work knowledge, theories, skills, values and ethics. Our program focuses on building the capacity of our graduates to engage, assess, intervene and evaluate across the micro, mezzo, exo, and macro systems. Our courses and field education program are designed to provide the knowledge and skills to successfully empower our graduates for a successful social work career.

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 these foundation courses provide those students with an undergraduate degree outside of the social work field with the knowledge, values, and skills required for generalist social work practice:

FSW 611Social Welfare Policy I 13
FSW 613Social Work Ethics: Social Work Ethics, Professionalism and Self Care 13
FSW 6153
FSW 617Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 13
FSW 621
FSW 622
Social Work Practice I
and Social Work Practice II 1
FSW 616Graduate Social Work Research I3
FSW 661
FSW 664
Field Education I
and SW Field Education Seminar I
Total Credit Hours24

Concentration Courses

The Concentration for all students admitted to the MASW Program will be Advanced Generalist Practice. Advanced Generalist Practice, which is grounded in the Person-In-Environment construct, seeks to understand and promote human and social well-being. Students in the program will develop 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 723
FSW 724
Social Work Assessment and the DSM
and Advanced Generalist Social Work II: Macro
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
FSW 761Advanced Standing Field Seminar1
Total Credit Hours19

Concentration Focus Area Courses

In addition to the Advanced Generalist Concentration, students in the MASW Program are expected to choose between two Focus Areas that are offered: Families and Children and Older Adults. Students will develop skills in both social work practice and policy. These courses delve into the use of current evidenced-based research to support to improvement of systemic practice, programs and policies.

The concentration focus area courses are as follows:

Concentration Focus Area Practice Course3
:Families and Children OR Older Adultes
Concentration Focus Area Policy Course3
:Families and Children OR Older Adults
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.

Students admitted to the Advanced Standing MASW program will complete 500 hours of field education across two semesters. Students admitted to the Traditional MASW Program will complete 900 hours of field education across three semesters.

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.