Social Work

DEGREE OFFERED

Master of Social Work

CAMPUS OPTIONS

  • Main Campus (Union, NJ)

APPLICATION DEADLINE 

Fall:
March 16 - Priority Deadline
June 1 - Final Deadline (Application may be closed prior to the deadline depending on availability of space)

Spring:    No spring admission

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Master of Social Work Program is designed to prepare and train social workers as direct practitioners, ready to en­hance the problem solving capacities of individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations, and social institutions. The Kean University MSW Program, which is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, offers a curricu­lum to prepare students for practice as a professional social worker, state licensure and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Coursework within the program prepares students to initiate and/or enhance their participation as knowledgeable, well-informed citizens who are committed to the principles of multiculturalism and social and economic justice and aspire to make social contributions. The courses within the program will further provide students with the knowledge, values and skills that are the foundation of social work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

Field education is a major component of the MSW program, providing all students with the opportunity to practically ap­ply the skills developed in the classroom. Working under the supervision of an experienced MSW field instructor, students will complete internships in selected social service agencies.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University's admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (lower GPAs will be considered based on strength of overall application)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • MSW Supplemental Questions (found within the online application)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • TOEFL (for applicants whose native language is not English)
  • Personal Statement
    • Applicants are expected to address the following questions in their personal statement:
      1. Please discuss the ways in which you have managed personal and professional sources of conflict and stress in your life.
      2. Please discuss your personal strengths and limitations including those with respect to diversity and difference.
      3. Please discuss a social issue that is important to you and things you have done or might wish to do to address it.
      4. Please discuss personal and professional experiences that have influenced your decision about a career in social work.
      5. Please describe anything that has the potential to affect your ability to complete the academic and internship requirements of the MSW program.

Members of the MSW Admissions Committee will evaluate this statement and this will include writing ability and readiness for professional social work education at the graduate level

Note: This program does not give credit for work or life experience

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 60 credits
  • Four semesters of Field Experience

CURRICULUM

FIRST SEMESTER – 15 CREDITS

SW 5101

Generalist Social Work Practice in a Multicultural Environment I

3 credits

SW 5201

Field Experience I

4 credits

SW 5301

Social Welfare Policy and Services I

3 credits

SW 5401

Human Behavior and Social Environment I

3 credits

SW 5501

Integrative Seminar I

2 credits

 

SECOND SEMESTER – 15 CREDITS

SW 5102

Generalist Social Work Practice in a Multicultural Environment II

3 credits

SW 5202

Field Experience II

4 credits

SW 5402

Human Behavior and Social Environment II

3 credits

SW 5502

Integrative Seminar II

2 credits

SW 5601

Social Work Research I

3 credits

 

THIRD SEMESTER – 15 CREDITS

SW 6101

Clinical Social Work Practice I*

3 credits

SW 6201

Field Experience III*

6 credits

SW 6602

Social Work Research II:  Evaluation Research

3 credits

SW 6701

Psychopathology

3 credits

*Since there is no Integrative Seminar in the third and fourth semesters, these courses have been linked to provide continuity.

FOURTH SEMESTER – 15 CREDITS

SW 6102

Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice*

3 credits

SW 6202

Field Experience IV*

6 credits

SW 6302

Social Welfare Policy and Services II

3 credits

 

Free Elective

3 credits

 

FREE ELECTIVES

To be chosen from the following

SW 6608

Issues of Social and Economic Justice

3 credits

SW 6703

Issues Confronting Contemporary Families

3 credits

SW 6704

Issues of Aging

3 credits

SW 6705

International Issues in Social Work

3 credits

SW 6706

Comfort Care: A New Approach to End-of-Life Care

3 credits

SW 6801

Trauma in Social Work Practice

3 credits

SW 6802 Clinical Social Work Practice with Substance Use Disorders 3 credits

TOTAL OF 60 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

 

Program Resources

Program Mission and SLOs
Program Handbook
MSW Assessment Report
 

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING APPLICATION

Please contact one of our
Graduate Admissions Counselors

Program coordinator

MSW PROGRAM OFFICE

MASTERS OF SOCIAL WORK
J-305
T. 908.737.4040
 
Karina P. Caytuero
Program Secretary
T. 908.737.4043
caytuerk@kean.edu

 

 

Updated 11/13/14