Social Work- Master of Arts
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.
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.
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 611||Social Welfare Policy I 1||3|
|FSW 613||Social Work Ethics: Social Work Ethics, Professionalism and Self Care 1||3|
|FSW 617||Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 1||3|
& FSW 622
|Social Work Practice I|
and Social Work Practice II 1
|FSW 616||Graduate Social Work Research I||3|
& FSW 664
|Field Education I|
and SW Field Education Seminar I
|Total Credit Hours||24|
Advanced Standing students are exempt from these 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 717
|Graduate Social Work Research II|
and Social Work Capstone
& FSW 724
|Social Work Assessment and the DSM|
and Advanced Generalist Social Work II: Macro
& FSW 765
|Social Work Field Education II|
and Social Work Field Education Seminar II
& FSW 766
|Social Work Field Education III|
and Social Work Field Education Seminar III
|FSW 761||Advanced Standing Field Seminar||1|
|Total Credit Hours||19|
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 Course||3|
|:Families and Children OR Older Adultes|
|Concentration Focus Area Policy Course||3|
|:Families and Children OR Older Adults|
|Total Credit Hours||9|
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.