After completing professional foundation course work, students select one area of concentration to be the focus of their studies. Students can elect to pursue a specialization, or dual degree as part of or in addition to their MSW.
Community and Organization
The Community and Organization concentration prepares students for advanced practice in the range of settings that focus on social problems and social change at the community, organizational, and societal levels.
The Family concentration is directed toward understanding the functions of the family in contemporary society, understanding the roles of members within the family, developing knowledge and advanced practice skills in a range of therapeutic modalities with families, including the creative use of supporting social structures and community resources.
Health and Mental Health
The Health and Mental Health concentration prepares students for advanced practice in the range of settings related to health and mental health. The concentration assumes a holistic view of health and mental health that incorporates the political, environmental, psychosocial, biological, and spiritual determinants of health and mental health in social work practice.
Applied Behavior Analysis
ABA concentration involved the application of behavioral principles to produce socially significant changes in behavior while integrating the social work ethics in practice. Practitioners use direct assessments, research evidence, and single-subject experimental designs to inform and evaluate interventions. Designed to increase behaviors (e.g. social skills) or decrease behavior (e.g. drug abuse).