Social Work

The Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) Master of Social Work (MSW) Program is dedicated to equipping students for diversity-responsive practice, innovative leadership, and research dissemination that fosters social and economic well-being, and creates impact in expanding access to opportunities for individuals, families, and communities in the global environment. Grounded in interdisciplinary knowledge and the values of service, competence, dignity and worth of persons, human rights and social justice, the program facilitates engaged learning experiences resulting in advanced generalist skills to promote a more equitable society.

Goal 1: To create an inclusive learning environment that represents diversity-responsive excellence in the training of social work professionals.

Goal 2: To prepare advanced generalist social workers who engage in lifelong learning with a commitment to the growth of their own professional knowledge base and ongoing professional development.

Goal 3: To collaborate with community service organizations and professionals, interdisciplinary programs, and equity advocates to promote practices, programs, and policies that enhance the well-being, dignity, and human rights of individuals.

Goal 4: To practice according to professional ethics and competency standards across all forms of practice and geographic areas within an anti-racist framework that acknowledges and advances human rights.

The following curricula are based on 2022 CSWE accreditation standards for Social Work programs. 

The curriculum is divided into 3 sections for full/part-time programs: generalist courses (30 credits), advanced generalist specialization courses (26 credits), and electives (6 credits).  The field education is 900 total hours. 

Generalist Year Courses:
SWK 510Human Behavior and Soc Envir3
SWK 540Foundations of SW Practice3
SWK 541Individual & Group SW Practice3
SWK 550Foundation Clinical Assessment3
SWK 560Human Rights in SW Practice3
SWK 561Practice with Orgs & Community3
SWK 565Culturally-Responsive Research3
SWK 591Social Welfare Policy & Change3
SWK 580Generalist Field Education I3
SWK 581Generalist Field Education II3
Advanced Generalist Year Courses:
SWK 620Advanced SW Interventions3
SWK 641Leadership & Entrepreneurship3
SWK 642Advanced Clinical Assessment3
SWK 660Advanced Practice: Well-Being3
SWK 661Advanced Practice: Community3
SWK 695Program Evaluation in Practice3
SWK 680Advanced Field Education I4
SWK 681Advanced Field Education II4
Elective Courses (Full/Part-Time):6
Total Hours62