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MSW Graduates will be able to do the following...

  1. Demonstrate well grounded knowledge, values, and skills required for advanced social work practice with urban populations;
  2. Demonstrate a commitment to the basic values and ethics that guide social work practice, an ability to resolve ethical dilemmas, and the ability to engage in ethical decision making;
  3. Demonstrate capacity to embrace ethnic and racial differences, demonstrate respect for cultural diversity, and demonstrate the capacity for working effectively with diverse client populations;
  4. Demonstrate commitment and skills in the promotion of social justice and equality and the elimination of racism, sexism, classism, homophobia, ageism and other forms of oppression;
  5. Demonstrate effective oral, written, and technological communication skills in the use of self with diverse clients, colleagues, and community members
  6. Demonstrate the capacity to utilize the generalist perspective as the foundation for building advanced knowledge and skills in a field of social work practice.

Core Competencies

Upon graduation from Morgan State University MSW students will have achieved at an advanced level, the following core competencies per the Council on Social Work Education 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards and the mission and goals of the Program:

Competency 1: Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior

Competency 2: Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice

Competency 3: Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice

Competency 4: Engage In Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice

Competency 5: Engage in Policy Practice

Competency 6: Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 7: Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 8: Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

Competency 9: Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, & Communities

Competency 10: Apply Knowledge of African-Americans in Social Welfare as a Context for Urban Social work Practice

Competency 11: Apply knowledge of the dynamics and complexities of urban communities as the basis for urban social work practice


Program Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Social Work degree must complete forty-eight (48) academic credit hours, 12 credits of supervised internship performed in person, and complete a comprehensive portfolio.  Advanced standing is not available in the MSW Online Program at this time. 

The MSW Online Program incorporates a Foundation Curriculum that focuses on the development of generalist social work practice knowledge and skills, and an Advanced Curriculum which enables students to develop specialized knowledge and skills in a selected social work field of practice (i.e., concentration). The Advanced Curriculum builds on the Foundation Curriculum, broadening students’ knowledge and skills in depth and breadth. It is comprised of a set of advanced core courses as well as specialized courses in the student’s chosen concentration. Students also take elective courses that enrich their knowledge of social work issues and practice in urban social work.

MSW Comprehensive Portfolio

All students are required to pass the MSW Comprehensive Portfolio, which serves as the final measure of students’ achievement of MSW Competencies per the Council on Social Work Education and the MSU School of Social Work.  The Portfolio is to be completed in the spring semester of the year in which a student is to satisfy graduation requirements.

Additional Requirements

The MSW Online Program expects all students to behave ethically and honestly in their academic conduct as indicated in university policies.  Professional conduct is both inclusive of and broader than academic conduct and integrity.  It fundamentally requires students to behave in a manner consistent with the ethical principles and standards of the social work profession, as formalized in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics (see the NASW website @ www.socialworkers.org).