MSSW Prerequisites

The Master’s prerequisite courses offered through Kent School of Social Work, Department of Continuing Education, are specifically designed to meet your prerequisite needs; thus each course is not the same as a typical University of Louisville course. A student who needs to complete any of these 3 “may” be granted “conditional” admission and must successfully complete prerequisites before the end of the first semester, at which time the “conditional” status will be removed.  Students needing prerequisites will be prevented from registering for second semester classes until proof of completion of all prerequisites has been submitted to Kent School. Please review the Prerequisite FAQ’s( pdf) document for more information regarding the structure of these courses.  These courses are completely online and you never meet virtually or in person with an instructor.

*Please note: Students should obtain prior approval from their respective schools before enrolling.  Each course is pass/fail and will not appear on any transcripts. An electronic Certificate of Completion will be sent to you to be shared with the appropriate person at your University as verification of meeting their requirement.*

If you have questions regarding courses or registration please contact Jessica Ballinger, the Continuing Education Program Manager at the Kent School at: Continuing Education Service Account

To register for a courses, click on the course title.

Please see the following information on specific course offerings:

Questions on the test are based on the material covered in Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications and Issues, 5th Edition. Authors: Judith Goodenough & Betty A. McGuire.

Known for its unique “Special Topic” chapters and emphasis on everyday health concerns, Biology of Humans: Concepts, Applications, and Issues continues to personalize the study of human biology with a conversational writing style, stunning art, abundant applications, and tools to help you develop critical-thinking skills. The authors give you a practical and friendly introduction for understanding how their bodies work and for preparing them to navigate today’s world of rapidly expanding–and shifting–health information.

(ISBN-10: 0-321-82060-6 ISBN-13: 978-0-321-82060-0)

Questions on the test are based on the material covered in Applied Social Research: A Tool for the Human Services, 9th Edition.  Authors: Duane R. Monette, Thomas J. Sullivan, Cornell R. Dejong & Timothy P. Hilton.

You may be wondering why you need to study research methods to prepare yourself for a career in human services. This accessible text will help you to better understand the connection between human service research and practice. APPLIED SOCIAL RESEARCH brings the subject to life and explores how recent innovations in technology are affecting research methods and results.

(ISBN-13: 978-1285075518 ISBN-10: 128507551X)

  • Statistics:Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics

Questions on the test are based on the material covered in Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, 5th Edition. Author:Neil J. Salkind

This text helps students develop an understanding of an often intimidating and difficult subject with an approach that is informative, personable, and clear. Author Neil J. Salkind takes students through various statistical procedures, beginning with descriptive statistics, correlation, and graphical representation of data, and ending with inferential techniques and analysis of variance. In addition, the book covers SPSS and includes reviews of more advanced techniques, such as reliability, validity, and introductory non-parametric statistics.

(ISBN-13: 978-1452277714 ISBN-10: 1452277710)

Courses taken at other colleges and universities: You can request consideration of a completed course other than one listed above by emailing a copy of the course description AND course syllabus to Misty Kupka, MSSW Program Manager at Kent School, Email Misty Kupka, when applying for admission.  You will be notified of the decision.

If you are granted Conditional Admission to Kent School (see above) and you would like to take a course at another institution to satisfy a prerequisite, please send a copy of the course description and syllabus to Misty Kupka, MSSW Program Manager at Kent School, Email Misty Kupka, before you take the course so a decision can be made about the appropriateness of the course.  

Additionally: We encourage you to take prerequisites on a pass/fail basis for the purpose of satisfying Kent School requirements.  However, the department has the right to deny a student’s request for pass/fail status. You should make this request when registering for the prerequisite.

Documentation

 

For Kent Students

When you have completed your prerequisites, send an official transcript showing completion of the prerequisites to:

Sharon Crook

Admissions Office, Room 11

Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville

Louisville, KY 40292

If a transcript is not available, as in some online courses, send the certificate of completion to Sharon Crook at the above address.

For Visiting Students

Once you have taken and passed your test(s) for credit, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at conted@louisville.edu. An electronic Certificate of Completion will be sent to you to be shared with the appropriate person at your University as verification of meeting their requirement. You have access to this course for 3 calendar months before your temporary University account expires. Failure to pass this course within this 3 month time period will result in you registering and paying the registration fee again.