Master of Social Work (MSW)
MSW Core Curriculum
Prerequisites: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with at least 24 credit hours in liberal arts and the social sciences. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required. Students with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE accredited program many earn up to 18 credit hours of advanced standing toward the MSW degree.
Requirements: Students complete the core curriculum (below) and choose from one of the concentrations.
SWRK 750 Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups
SWRK 751 Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
SWRK 702 Social Policy
SWRK 707 Policy Practice for Social Justice
SWRK 787 Research Methods for Social Work Practice I
SWRK 788 Research Methods for Social Work Practice II (all
SWRK 700 Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice (all concentrations except ABA)
SWRK 821 Practicum I (2 Credits)
SWRK 819 Foundation Integrative Seminar (1 Credit)
SWRK 822 Practicum II (2 Credit Hours)
SWRK 820 Concentration Integrative Seminar (1 Credit)
SWRK 823 Practicum III
SWRK 824 Practicum IV
The minimum total credit-hours required is 57.
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A Master of Health Administration prepares students to lead, manage and administer health services at hospitals, health care systems and public health systems. SLU has been a pioneer in health management education since 1947 and our excellence in teaching, research and service continues.
The SLU MHA program provides students with the finest quality health management education, evidenced by its continued accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
Option for working professionals- Executive Master of Health Administration – -
Our MHA degree is offered in a traditional-based format or in a hybrid format (Executive Master of Health Administration) to better fit the needs of working professionals by blending distance learning with monthly face-to-face classes.
What can you do with this degree?
Health care is the largest industry in the U.S., and the second largest employer, with more than 11 million jobs. Virtually all-new private sector jobs over the past 5 years came from health care; and the sector continues to grow faster than most other segments.
Furthermore, unlike many traditional management programs, graduates of health care management programs can find significant opportunities in areas ranging from small rural communities to large metropolitan areas and throughout the world.
SLU MHA graduates occupy senior management positions in a variety of health care settings, such as, health and hospital systems, insurance companies, academic medical centers, physician practices, consulting firms and benefit management organizations. Recent MHA graduates have been very successful in securing health management fellowships and other key entry-level positions across the spectrum of the health sector.
- More than 1,800 active and dedicated SLU MHA alumni provide mentoring, internship opportunities and career assistance to students and new graduates.
- Focus on professional ethics, ethical decision-making in health care, and social justice-consistent with the Jesuit, Catholic identity of SLU.
- Location in St. Louis-one of the nation's most dynamic health care markets, home to four major health and hospital systems, two academic medical centers, some of the country's best physicians, and a unique model for safety net services for the underserved and uninsured.
Nationally recognized and fully accredited dual degree programs are available with SLU's top-ranked Health Law Program (MHA/JD), and Cook School of Business (MHA/MBA), and Doisy College of Health Sciences (BS-HIM/MHA).
Applied Behavior Analysis
This concentration focuses on evidenced-based methods to assist children, adults, and organizations in changing behavior. Curriculum prepares students to be eligible to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
SWRK 746 Principles and Concepts in Behavior Analysis
SWRK 747 Assessment and Selecting Interventions
SWRK 748 Behavior Change and Processes
SWRK 792 Special Topics in ABA
SWRK 774 Measurement and Experimental Design
SWRK 749 Behavior Change and Ethics
Community and Organization
The concentration courses focus on leadership, advocacy, and administration roles in social work. Students develop knowledge and skills in policy advocacy, nonprofit administration, or community organization and development.
SWRK 785 Organizational Planning and Programming
SWRK 721 Community Theory and Practice
The concentration courses focus on understanding transitions and challenges faced by families. Courses provide preparation for work as a therapist or family practice social worker in a wide range of agencies serving families with challenges of poverty, abuse, foster care, addiction, violence, and other challenges. In addition, coursework prepares for work with children and adolescents in schools and other settings.
SWRK 741 Family Interaction Under Stress
SWRK 757 Foundations of Family Practice
Health and Mental Health
The concentration courses focus on working with persons and families experiencing health and mental health challenges. The coursework has a recovery and consumer based approach in working with persons with co-occurring disorders of addiction and mental health. In addition, the coursework prepares students for community mental health practice as well as interdisciplinary team practice in a variety of health and mental health settings. Students are also able to take courses related to gerontology.
SWRK 734 Health and Human Behavior
SWRK 755 Social Work Practice in the Health Field
SWRK 742 Evidence-Based Clinical Practices in Mental Health
Specializations and Certificates
MSW students have the option to direct elective courses to a specialization or certificate. While not required, they provide students with additional, focused expertise. Options exist in the following areas: Specializations in Clinical Practice with Families, Community Mental Health Practice, Gerontology, School Social Work or Nonprofit Administration. . Nonetheless, students will take two to four elective courses depending on the concentration in addition to requirements to complete the 57 credit program.
|For more information on the MSW contact:|
|Kristi Richter, MSW, LCSW
Director of Graduate Admission for Social Work