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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Concentration Curriculum

Selecting your concentration

GSSW's 52-credit-hour MSW concentration curriculum prepares you for advanced practice in one of eight concentrations:

You can also choose courses in theory, methods, policy and research that meet your field and career goals. Each concentration includes both required and recommended courses, and you will be required to take the minimum number of credits in each of the concentration areas.

Certificate programs

Within the concentration you choose, you may further customize your social work education by enrolling in one of our three certificate programs:

Classroom and field instruction

Two-year MSW students begin their concentration curriculum in spring quarter of their first year of study. You will continue your first year field internship during that quarter, then complete your concentration field internship during your second year in the program.

Concentration students typically attend class and supervised field instruction at the same time. Your field internship will focus on the professional skills you will need for advanced social work practice within the concentration you have chosen.

Most second year students attend classes on Mondays and Tuesdays, with a field internship of 20-24 hours per week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Some electives also may be available on weekends. However, you should plan to take your required courses during the week.

Concentration curriculum schedule

Your concentration curriculum schedule will look like this:

Spring Quarter (of first year in program)
Concentration Course Work (required/electives, 9 credit hours)
Foundation Field Internship (continue with same placement, 4 credit hours)
Total of 13 credit hours

Fall Quarter (begins second year in program)
Concentration Course Work (required/electives, 9 credit hours)
Concentration Field Internship (5 credit hours)
Total of 14 credit hours

Winter Quarter
Concentration Course Work (required/electives, 9 credit hours)
Concentration Field Internship (5 credit hours)
Total of 14 credit hours

Spring Quarter
Capstone Portfolio (1 credit hour)Concentration Course Work (required/electives, 9 credit hours)
Concentration Field Internship (5 credit hours)
Total of 15 credit hours