Leadership, Management & Supervision Specialization

Social workers supervise, manage, and lead people and organizations that serve the most vulnerable populations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social work managers is projected to grow 18% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by increases in the elderly populations an increases in demand for substance abuse treatment and mental health and health-related services. This specialization will help social workers acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities to supervise, manage and lead in a variety of real world settings.

What will I learn in the Leadership, Management & Supervision Specialization?

Through an innovative curriculum, active learning teaching approaches, and a focused field practicum, students will develop advanced skills which will enhance their practice as leaders, managers and supervisors. Individualized professional and career development opportunities would include the ability to build relationships with social work leaders in the field.

Program Requirements

  • SW 643 Introduction to Social Work Leadership/Management
  • SW 644 Social Work Quality Supervision: The Work, The People, and The Contexts
  • And one of the following: SW 685 Planning & Community Development OR SW 697 Nonprofit Management OR PADM 609 Financial Management of Nonprofits OR PADM 612 Grants and Fundraising

 Admissions Process

  • 30-hr & 60-hr: Submit updated resume and a 3-page professional development essay discussing your interests, past experience leadership, management and supervision, need for professional development and plans after graduation.
  • 30-hr applicants: Submit specialization essay and resume to Graduate Admissions when applying to MSSW program by December 15th.
  • 60-hr students(in good standing): Submit essay and resume to msswhelp@louisville.edu and complete the application on Kent's website by December 15th the fall before your advanced year.

For more information:

Larry Michalczyk, Program Coordinator

phone:  502-494-6950  email: Larry Michalczyk

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 The MSSW Online program is accredited by CSWE. The University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, bachelor, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees (D.M.D., J.D., M.D.).