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Master of Science in Social Work

Major: SW
Degree Awarded: MSSW
Unit: GK
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/kent


Program Information

Accreditation of the M.S.S.W.

The Master of Science in Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The Master of Science in Social Work with a Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy Program and the Post Masters Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Education.

General Information

The Kent School of Social work seeks to prepare well-qualified social workers who practice from a strong professional value- base to serve the metropolitan mission of the university. Our graduates promote social justice through their practices with diverse client systems. In the context of a research institution, the Kent School is committed to knowledge development that informs social work practice, recognizing the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to solve complex social problems.

Social work is a profession concerned with the prevention and amelioration of social problems and the enhancement of the quality of human life. Social workers achieve these goals through direct practice with individuals, families, groups, and community organizations; advocacy; social planning; social policy analysis and formulation; research; and administration. Social work practice helps people mobilize their resources to deal with present circumstances and to enlarge their prospects for the future. Since problems of the individual cannot be seen in any meaningful way in isolation from the broad social and community context in which they occur, social work also takes a leadership role in bringing about institutional and social change.

Admission Procedure

Persons interested in admission to the Kent School should visit louisville.edu/kent; contact the Coordinator of Admissions, Kent School of Social Work, Oppenheimer Hall, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 40292 (502) 852-0414; or attend a prospective student session. Please consult the Kent School website for a list of scheduled prospective student sessions.

Kent School seeks mature students with a demonstrated ability to work with people, emotional stability, good interpersonal skills, good health, and the ability to perform well academically. To ensure that entering students meet these standards, the faculty has set the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning;
  • A minimum of 27 credit hours in the social sciences, i.e. communications (6), natural sciences (3), humanities (9), and social sciences (9);
  • A minimum of three credit hours in each of the following courses: statistics, research methodology, and human biology.

Additionally, an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 is recommended to be considered for admission to Kent School. While we consider applicants whose undergraduate GPA does not meet this standard, applicants with GPAs less than 2.75 must take the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record Exam.

The application file is complete when all of the following are received by Graduate Admissions, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky 40292:

  1. Completed and signed application form. It is recommended that the application be typed. Application forms are available on-line at graduate.louisville.edu/apply.
  2. A $60 non-refundable application processing fee. Attach a personal check, money order or cashier’s check (U.S. dollars) payable to the University of Louisville to the front of your completed application. If you apply on-line, you must also pay your application fee on-line with a credit card or electronic check at that time. Note: Paying your application fee on-line with an electronic check will delay the process for 8 days.
  3. An official academic transcript is required from each college/university you have attended, including those at which you were enrolled for academic credit as a non-degree student and/or credits which you transferred to another college. All transcripts must bear the official seal and signature of the institution attended. You must request these transcripts directly from the Registrar or appropriate officer of each institution and ask that they send them directly to Graduate Admissions, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292. If you are a University of Louisville graduate, your U of L transcript will be provided automatically, with no request needed from you. Applicants with a cumulative grade point average less than 2.75 are required to submit an acceptable Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score or an acceptable Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score with their application. Dates of M.A.T. tests and test links to the GRE are available at louisville.edu/student/services/testing/index.html.
  4. Three recommendations - each submitted on a University of Louisville Recommendation Form in a sealed, signed envelope. Applicants are encouraged to submit at at least one academic recommendation. If the applicant has not enrolled in classes within the past 5 years, this requirement may be waived and an additional work reference substituted. Evaluations should be submitted from persons who have been directly responsible for assessing your human service related work/volunteer experience and academic performance. The Kent School requires three recommendation forms, however letters accompanying the forms are welcomed and encouraged. Applicants who wish to be considered for the 30-hour Advanced Standing program must submit their BSW Practicum Evaluation and one of their three letters of recommendation must be from their Director of Field Education. The school reserves the right to request additional supportive material from persons acquainted with the applicant's academic and/or practice capabilities.
  5. Personal statement - This statement must be submitted with the application for admission. Submit a carefully written personal statement of approximately 700-1000 words that addresses the following four topics:
    • Describe a social problem or problem strategy that is of greatest interest to you.
    • Describe your commitment to engage in social work roles that involve social welfare institutions and systems most likely to have an effect on major social problems.
    • Describe in detail how you would insure that your work is relevant to the most economically and socially disadvantaged groups in our society.
    • Describe the intellectual and personal qualifications that will enable you to practice social work successfully.
      Note: If there are gaps or deficiencies in your academic record, please address these in an addendum to your statement. The personal statement may be emailed to gradadm@louisville.edu as an attachment .
  6. Statement of authenticity - Each applicant is required to add the following statement to the beginning of their personal statement accompanied by the applicant’s signature and date of signature:
  7. "Academic dishonesty is prohibited at the University of Louisville. In keeping with this policy, I certify the material contained in this application is solely my work and that I have neither cheated nor plagiarized in its creation".

  8. If you wish to be considered for the MFT, SSW, GER or ADCS specializations, please check the future students link at our website louisville.edu/kent/ for any additional admission procedures or documents necessary for consideration for admission to a particular specialization. Admission to these programs follows admission to Kent School but is not automatic.
  9. If you wish to be considered for any of the dual degree programs, you must also complete the other unit's application process.
  10. For all applicants whose native language is not English, Kent School requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL or a score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL is required. Scores must be submitted before a decision will be made on an application. A test link to the TOEFL is available at louisville.edu/student/services/testing/index.html.
  11. International students may be required to have their transcripts evaluated by a credential evaluation service in the U.S. Two possible services include: World Education Services, Inc., at www.wes.org and Educational Credential Evaluators at www.ece.org. Students may be required to participate in a brief telephone interview as part of the admissions process. When completing the I-20, students should note that they will be placed in a practicum as part of their education. Admitted students should visit the International Center when they arrive on campus to obtain the proper immigration documentation necessary to begin the practicum.
  12. If you have been convicted of a felony, please include a description of the circumstances and outcomes of the conviction. Please note that prior convictions for criminal offenses may preclude one’s ability to be licensed as a social worker in many states. In addition, many practicum sites require background checks and periodic drug screenings. Any negative findings that affect agency placement may also prevent successful completion of the requirements for the degree. Applicants and students should consider these barriers in their educational planning.

All of the above materials must be received in Graduate Admissions by one of the deadlines listed below in the year in which you hope to begin coursework.

M.S.S.W. Entry Date

New 60 hour program students enroll in the fall semester only. New 30 hour program students may enroll in the fall or summer semester only.

M.S.S.W. Admission Application Date

Consideration of applications begins in November. The final deadline varies as explained below, but because entry into the program is highly competitive, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications early to ensure a space. All admissions materials must be received in Graduate Admissions by the listed date in order for an applicant to be considered for admission by a particular deadline. Earlier applicants have more options and enjoy clear advantages. Kent School deadlines for admission are classified as follows:

February 15 Early Bird Admission

Students are eligible for:

  • Field placement (the earlier students apply, the greater the selection available)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Work Study/Community Service Program (a Financial Aid program )
  • Additionally, students:
    • Have the time to complete necessary prerequisites classes before Fall term.
    • May register at earliest registration opportunity, with maximum scheduling choices.

Options No Longer Available:

  • None

May 15 (traditional admission)

Students are eligible for:

  • Field placement (practicum selections become more limited)
  • Scholarships
  • Registration continues (scheduling choices more limited)

Options No Longer Available:

  • No Federal Work Study available unless practicum is set up by May 15.
  • Less time to complete prerequisites before Fall term.

June 11 (extended admission)

Students are eligible for:

  • Field placement (practicum selections become even more limited)
  • Registration continues (scheduling choices even more limited)

Options No Longer Available:

  • No scholarships available.
  • No Federal Work Study available.
  • Less time to complete prerequisites before Fall Term.

July 30 (late admission)

Students are limited to curriculum plans that do not include practicum placements.

Options No Longer Available:

  • No field placement options.
  • No scholarships available.
  • No Federal Work Study available.
  • Less time to complete prerequisites before Fall term.

*Complete means all materials are received in Graduate Admissions by deadline date.

M.S.S.W. Admission Status

The graduate curriculum is organized into a four (4) semester, sixty (60) hour sequence of classroom courses and field education over a 16 month period, progressing from a generalist base to advanced practice. Students who are admitted and do not have a Council on Social Work Education accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree enter the REGULAR PROGRAM [sixty (60) hour program]. Students who have graduated within the previous five years from an undergraduate social work program accredited or in candidacy by CSWE with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and who have demonstrated good academic performance in their social work courses may be enrolled in ADVANCED STANDING and complete the thirty (30) hour advanced portion of the program. No academic credit is given for life or work experience.

The Weekend Program offers, particularly for working students or commuters from other geographic areas, an opportunity to earn an M.S.S.W. degree by attending classes on Friday evenings and Saturday. Part-time students must enroll for a minimum of six credit hours each semester. All part-time students enrolled in Kent School must complete the program within four years. For more information about all of the possible curriculum plans, please refer to the Kent School’s Catalog online at the future students link of the Kent School website, louisville.edu/kent.

The Kent School, in an ongoing collaborative effort to bring its M.S.S.W. program to professionals in more remote areas who already have a baccalaureate degree in social work, offers an Alternative M.S.S.W. Weekend Program in conjunction with Brescia University. Please refer to the Kent School’s Catalog online at the future students link of the Kent School website, louisville.edu/kent.

M.S.S.W. Dual Degree Programs

The Kent School also offers joint degrees with the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville (M.S.S.W./J.D.), the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary (M.S.S.W./MDiv), the Department of Pan-African Studies at the University of Louisville (M.S.S.W./M.A.) and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Louisville (M.S.S.W./M.A.). Applications must be submitted independently to each academic unit/institution. Additionally, the Kent School offers the opportunity to earn a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), School Social Work (SSW), Alcohol and Drug Counseling (ADCS), or Gerontology (GER) while obtaining the M.S.S.W. degree. In general, all of these programs require the student take electives in a particular concentration and take a targeted advanced practicum. Dual degree programs require additional coursework, while the specializations may or may not require additional coursework. For more complete descriptions of these programs, please refer to the future students link at the Kent School website: louisville.edu/kent.

M.S.S.W./Master in Divinity

The joint M.S.S.W./MDiv program recognizes the value of professional education in two interrelated fields and encourages students who have an interest in both ministry and social work to pursue these degrees simultaneously. A student may enter the dual degree program from social work or theology.

M.S.S.W./Juris Doctor

The dual M.S.S.W./J.D. program recognizes the value of interdisciplinary study and encourages students having an interest in both social work and law to pursue these degrees simultaneously. Social workers and lawyers often seek to address identical or related societal concerns, albeit from different perspectives; understanding both disciplines enhances one’s effectiveness in both professional capacities. Law courses strengthen the social worker’s understanding of legal doctrine and structures that have an impact on social institutions and human conditions; social work courses help lawyers to better understand human behavior, conflict resolution and social welfare institutions.

M.S.S.W./M.A. in Pan-African Studies

The dual M.S.S.W./PAS program recognizes the value of professional education in two interrelated fields and encourages students who have an interest in both Pan-African Studies and Social Work to pursue these degrees simultaneously. Social workers and Pan-African studies scholars often seek to address identical or related societal concerns, albeit from different perspectives; understanding both disciplines enhances one’s effectiveness in both the analysis of and engagement with contemporary social and cultural issues. Pan-African Studies courses strengthen the social worker’s understanding of the historical foundations for policies and structures that have an impact on social institutions and human conditions; social work courses help Pan-African scholars or activists to better understand human behavior, conflict resolution and social welfare institutions. A Pan African Studies and Social Work combination provides the tools of social change for an historic problem of racial injustice.

M.S.S.W./M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies

The dual M.S.S.W./ WGST program recognizes the value of professional education in two interrelated fields and encourages students who have an interest in both Women’s and Gender Studies and Social Work to pursue these degrees simultaneously. Social workers and Women’s and Gender Studies scholars often seek to address identical or related societal concerns, albeit from different perspectives; understanding both disciplines enhances one’s effectiveness in both the analysis of and engagement with contemporary social and cultural issues. Women’s and Gender Studies courses strengthen the social worker’s understanding of the historical foundations for policies and structures that have an impact on social institutions and human conditions; social work courses help Women’s and Gender Studies scholars or activists to better understand human behavior, conflict resolution and social welfare institutions. A Women’s and Gender Studies and Social Work combination provides the tools of social change for an historic problem of gender inequality and injustice.

M.S.S.W. Specializations

For more complete descriptions of the following specializations, please refer to the future students link at the Kent School website: louisville.edu/kent.

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)

Students may complete the Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy program as part of the M.S.S.W. degree. The program prepares students for clinical practice with families in the context of their communities, particularly those families who are disadvantaged and/or typically underserved. Completion of the program prepares students for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in Kentucky and for clinical membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The M.S.S.W./MFT specialization requires 14 graduate credit hours in addition to the 60 hours required for the M.S.S.W.. Only a limited amount of students can be admitted to this specialization; for more information on application specifics, prospective students should access the program's website at louisville.edu/kent/family.

School Social Work (SSW)

M.S.S.W. students who want to practice social work in a school setting can earn a school social work specialization within the Kent School master’s curriculum. Students who select this specialization learn how to help children and families overcome barriers to learning through home intervention. Those who complete the specialization meet the Kentucky Council on Teacher Education’s requirements for certification as a school social worker.

Alcohol and Drug Counselor Specialization (ADCS)

Substance abuse is widely recognized as one of the top health problems in the USA and is attracting increasing attention and funding. However, there is an identified shortage of qualified addiction counselors--and students who prepare themselves for a career in chemical dependency can hope to gain immediate employment after graduation, and possibly before. In this regard, students should be aware of a professional certification, the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification, that is valued by addiction treatment agencies with comparable respect and compensation as the Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) qualification. For those who are interested in initiating their careers in a clinical substance abuse treatment setting, they can begin to fulfill specialized requirements of the CADC certification while completing normal requirements of the M.S.S.W. program. The Kent School ’s ADCS program will (1) satisfy many of the requirements of the CADC program; (2) teach specialized knowledge and skills; (3) provide formal recognition of students' specialized knowledge; (4) position students for employment and advancement in a broad array of specialized substance abuse roles; and (5) include specialized faculty mentoring and suggestions on finding employment.

Gerontology Specialization (GER)

The nation's burgeoning aging population is increasing the demand for well-trained and competent social workers to respond to the needs of older adults and their families. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that geriatric social work is one of the most rapidly growing occupations, with the promise of job security. Start-up funding for this specialization was provided by the John A. Harford Foundation, the New York Academy of Medicine and Social Work Leadership Institute, through a nationally known Practicum Partnership Program centered on competency-focused leadership education and rotation field practicums with community experts. Kent School was one of a handful of programs nationwide selected to be a part of this exciting initiative.



Curriculum


For a complete description of possible 30 and 60 hour curriculum plans, please refer to the Kent School website: louisville.edu/kent.

Cognitive Flexibility Theory as developed by Spiro (1990) guides the underlying curriculum philosophy. The main premise of the curriculum is to provide students strategies to learn challenging materials, to encourage flexibility in the use of knowledge, and to change the underlying ways of thinking. At the end of their studies students will achieve a deeper, more complex understanding of social work, they will be able to critically evaluate and contemplate the material while experimenting with the flexible application of the knowledge in a variety of contexts. This higher order of thinking that will be developed and promoted with the curriculum is referred to as critical thinking.

This curriculum philosophy responds well to social work as an ever changing and evolving profession which responds to the radically changing needs and demands of society. It is impossible for any curriculum to address each problem or case example social work graduates may face in their practice. Cognitive flexibility theory provides avenues and tools for students to integrate their learning experiences in such a way as to maximize their potential to meet the demands of the profession upon graduation. The curriculum is designed to enhance students' ability to enable the diverse client systems they work with to make decisions that contribute to the quality and health of these clients systems. The focus will also be on decisions that promote social justice. The curriculum is designed to deliver graduate social workers who think critically about what they do, why they do it, and what outcomes they hope will results from the social work practice they do.

Critical thinking is defined as "the intellectual disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief or action" (Scriven & Paul, 2004). Critical thinking includes specific skills such as problem-solving and the ability to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines and theories of human behavior. Throughout the curriculum, there is an emphasis on critical reflection, or appraisal of various points of view no matter what the source. The curriculum draws heavily on social science knowledge and integrates this with problem-solving phases such as assessment, intervention, and evaluation. In this respect, the curriculum is designed to teach students to access, integrate, and assess practice and policy related research to solve social problems and to work towards social justice. When critical thinking skills are used effectively, it leads to transparency and promotes social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed individuals and groups of people.

Bruner's spiral curriculum format (1991) is used to implement the above mentioned cognitive flexibility philosophy in the development of higher order critical thinking skills. With this format, topics are revisited throughout the curriculum, while increasing the level of difficulty, complexity and depth of the area and linking new knowledge or information to previous levels of learning on the same topic to increase the competency of the students. Students will be introduced in the foundation curriculum to different strategies on how to develop critical thinking. In the advanced curriculum, students will move towards a higher level of complexity in their thinking because they will be required to analyze problems from multiple perspectives, evaluate multiple sources of evidence, and address complex issues and problems incorporating multiple level forces on client systems.

M.S.S.W. Foundation Curriculum

The foundation curriculum promotes a generalist perspective in which the simultaneous impact of many systemic levels (individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities) on clients' lives is critically analyzed and recognized. The foundation builds upon a liberal arts base that fosters an understanding of society as a complex organization of diverse people and ideas. Social problems are understood as occurring within the nexus of culture, conflict, development, ecology, and systems and as such, efforts to help or intervene must include consideration of these forces. Students will be able to critically identify and assess social problems, specifically attending to 1) how such problems are maintained, 2) how they impact the quality of people's life, 3) cultural sensitivity and appreciation of marginalized people, and 4) how to actively promote social and economic justice. In the foundation year, the focus is on the development of critical thinking skills in all the areas mentioned.

M.S.S.W. Advanced Curriculum - Advanced Social Work Practice

The advanced curriculum seeks to develop the utilization and application of critical thinking on all levels - in reading professional writing and research, in students' practica, in the classroom, and in the students' own thinking. Consistently monitoring practice ethically, evaluating theoretical principles and epistemologies, and utilizing technological advances become basic practice patterns. Specific skill sets developed include: 1) Creating, organizing and integrating ideas and action on engaging diverse client systems effectively in change; 2) Assessing, conceptualizing and analyzing theoretical, practice and research problems from multiple perspectives and utilize critical thinking skills to formulate impressions based upon the data; 3) Analyzing, synthesizing and evaluating the evidence available to guide advanced social work practice; 4) Synthesizing, formulating and implementing a plan of action for social work practice that addresses complex issues and problems, builds consensus and incorporates multiple-level forces on client systems; 5) Analyzing and evaluating data of client progress and outcomes and assess implications and consequences of this progress and outcomes; 6) Synthesizing, creating, and organizing ideas from theory, research and practice for social justice; and 7) Demonstrating the ability to integrate culturally competent skills into all aspects of social work practice.

These skills will be used to actively pursue social change, particularly with and on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed client systems. Students will learn how to become leaders in social change efforts focused primarily on issues of poverty, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice.

To assist graduates in their future professional careers, these skills are organized around three practice foci: 1) children and families, 2) health and mental health, and 3) community and international practice. These domains give opportunity for students to focus on clustered learning within the context of these fields of practice. Recognizing that the employment of students after graduation is often a function of geography and personal circumstance, the school allows students the programmatic option of combining interests among focus areas.

While curricular options do exist for students to develop a certain subject-matter expertise, the recognition of the School that it needs to prepare students more broadly places the principal focus of the concentration work on a high-level critical thinking about social work engagement and also on the translational knowledge and skills that support the graduates' movement from one field of practice to another. Once students learn how to learn and how to think about social work practices, and they understand the components of ethical practice and the responsibility to increase specific field-of-practice expertise, they will be better equipped to practice in a world where knowledge changes and transforms what we do on a rapidly accelerating curve.

M.S.S.W. Practicum Education

For additional information, please go to: louisville.edu/kent/masters/practicum. All students admitted to the 60 credit-hour program are required to complete satisfactorily SW 670, SW 671, SW 672 and SW 673 (900 clock hours) in approved practicum sites. Students admitted to the 30 credit-hour program are required to complete satisfactorily SW 672 and SW 673 (450 clock hours) practicum in an approved site. A growing number of students face the necessity of having to be employed full-time while undertaking their M.S.S.W. degree requirements. The Kent School faculty understands this and tries to address such circumstances through both the evening and weekend classroom course schedules, but it is important to note there are no evening and weekend practicum options. The school’s present policies about on-job field placements are explained below and in The Practicum Education Handbook which can be found at the future students link at the Kent School website, louisville.edu/kent. If employed in a human services agency meeting the school’s criteria as a placement site, the student may apply to undertake the practicum at her/his place of employment. This may be accomplished when the agency is willing to shift the student’s work role and supervision in such a manner as necessary to meet the school’s educational objectives for practicum instruction.

Practicum education is offered in a concurrent format so that students enrolled in a practicum course must simultaneously be enrolled in a practice course, i.e.; SW 670 with SW 604 (Foundation Practice I), SW 671 with SW 605 (Foundation Practice II), SW 672 with SW 640 (Adv Prac II), and SW 673 with SW 677 (Adv Prac III).

M.S.S.W. Electives

The Kent School of Social Work provides electives as enrichment to the specialized learning in the concentration year. Social work jobs call for skills and knowledge that are broader than any narrowly defined specialization. For example, mental health workers are asked to know psychopathology, substance abuse, managed care, AIDS, and a range of other substantive areas. Many school social workers share the need for the same content. In addition, it is noted that social workers frequently change jobs, often to another field of practice. Social work education seeks to teach students to think critically, analyze systematically, and know where to find information and resources within the context of social work history, development and values. It is this type of education that best prepares students to function in a rapidly changing society.

In this curriculum paradigm, electives are considered enrichment. Some of this enrichment is in the form of very specific course content that aligns with a specific focus area or specialization. For example, a person interested in the health and mental health focus area, may elect to take a course in psychopathology to prepare for work in private practice or a mental health center. In another case, the enrichment may take the form of a complementary course such as a student focused on children and families taking a management course to prepare for career possibilities or the student interested in community and international practice, taking a course in family intervention to understand the complexities of family practice. Or, the enrichment may take the form of exploration as in the case of the student taking an aging or child welfare course to better understand those fields of practice and to prepare for various job prospects. Finally, the enrichment may include a course of general interest such as a women’s issues course which crosses numerous focus areas, but may not correspond specifically to the direct focus of the student.

Students are eligible to take electives anytime following completion of the foundation curriculum, or at a minimum, after completing 2 human behavior courses, 2 social policy courses and the human diversity course. This coursework forms the basis of understanding social work concepts sufficiently to generate enrichment interest. Students are discouraged from taking practice-focused electives until completing generalist practice courses or at least taking such coursework concurrently. The program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Social Work focuses on developing professional leaders in social work practice. The program connects an intensive academic component with a practicum, allowing the student to learn and immediately apply theory.

M.S.S.W. 60-hour Regular Program

Students who are admitted and do not have a Council on Social Work Education accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree enter the 60-hour REGULAR PROGRAM. This program can be completed in different ways of which the shortest period is 2 years and the longest period is 4 years. Specific plans are outlined under Curriculum Plans in the Kent School online catalog found at the future students link at the Kent School website, louisville.edu/kent. The next listing provides a basic description of the courses needed to complete this program (all courses are 3 credit hours each):

Foundation Coursework

Name and Number of Course - Semesters offered

  • 601 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (HBSE) - Fall
  • 619 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (HBSE) - Spring
  • 602 Social Welfare Institutions, Policies and Services - Fall
  • 622 Issues in Policy & Service Delivery - Spring
  • 603 Human Diversity - Fall and Summer
  • 604 Social Work Practice I - Fall
  • 605 Social Work Practice II - Spring
  • 670 Practicum I (16 clock hours per week) - Fall
  • 671 Practicum II (16 clock hours per week) - Spring
  • 626 Research Methodology - Spring (only weekdays) and Summer

Advanced Coursework

(Pre-requisite: all Foundation Courses)

Name and Number of Course - Semesters offered

  • 641 Advanced Social Work Practice I (must be taken in the same semester or in the Summer before 640) - Summer and Fall
  • 640 Advanced Social Work Practice II - Fall
  • 677 Advanced Social Work Practice III - Spring
  • 668 Adv Research Practice I - Fall
  • 669 Adv Research Practice II -Spring
  • 672 Adv Practicum I (16 clock hours per week) - Fall
  • 673 Adv Practicum II (16 clock hours per week) - Spring
  • Electives (3 electives are required - 9 credit hours) - Fall, Summer and Spring

M.S.S.W. 30-hour Advanced Standing Program

Students holding a CSWE accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 who have demonstrated good academic performance in their social work courses may be enrolled in the 30-hour ADVANCED STANDING Program. This program equates to completing the 30- hour advanced portion of the 60-hour program. No academic credit is given for life or work experience. Advanced Standing is limited to applicants who have earned BSW degrees within the last 5 years, at the time of enrollment in the Kent School. This program can be completed in different ways of which the shortest period is 1 year and the longest period is 2 years. Specific plans are outlined under Curriculum Plans in the Kent School online catalog found at the future students link at the Kent School website, louisville.edu/kent. The next listing provides a basic description of the courses needed to complete this program (all courses are 3 credit hours each);

Advanced Coursework

(Pre-requisite: BSW)

Name and Number of Course - Semesters offered

  • 641 Advanced Social Work Practice I (must be taken in the same semester or in the Summer before 640) - Summer and Fall
  • 640 Advanced Social Work Practice II - Fall
  • 677 Advanced Social Work Practice III - Spring
  • 668 Adv Research Practice I - Fall
  • 669 Adv Research Practice II - Spring
  • 672 Adv Practicum I (16 clock hours per week) - Fall
  • 673 Adv Practicum II (16 clock hours per week) - Spring
  • Electives (3 electives are required - 9 credit hours) - Fall, Summer and Spring


Departmental Faculty


Dean

Terry L. Singer
Professor

Professors

Anita P. Barbee

Gerard M. (Rod) Barber

Joseph H. Brown

Dana N. Christensen
Director of Marriage and Family Specialization

Ruth Huber
Director of Doctoral Program

Thomas R. Lawson
Director of International Program

Sharon Moore

Carol Tully

Riaan Van Zyl
Associate Dean of Research

Associate Professors

Richard Cloud
Coordinator, Alcohol and Drug Counseling Specialization

Wanda Collins

Anna C. Faul
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Co-Director, Gerontology Specialization

Andy Frey
Coordinator, School Social Work Specialization

Seana Golder

Bibhuti Sar
Director CFL Program

Pamela Yankeelov
Associate Dean of Student Services

Associate Research Professors

Linda K. Bledsoe

Assistant Professors

Becky F. Antle

Sharon Bowland

Noell Rowan
Co-Director, Gerotology Specialization
Director, BSW Program

Assistant Research Professors

Ramona Stone

Dana Sullivan

Instructors

Lisa Barrett

Martha Fuller
Director of Field Education

Kim Wadlington



Contact Information

Social Work - MSSW

Kent School of Social Work
Oppenheimer Hall
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone:(502)852-6402
Fax:(502)852-0422
Email: kentssa@louisville.edu
 

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