George Mason's accredited MSW program, which began in the fall of 2002, prepares students for advanced social work practice. Like all MSW programs, George Mason's MSW provides students with an initial foundation year, followed by a year of concentration study.
The foundation year includes courses in human behavior; practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; professional writing and technology; social work research; and social policies and services.
In the concentration year, students choose to focus on Social Change (including community practice, organizational leadership, and policy practice) or Clinical Practice (including interventions at the individual, family, group, and community levels).
Students gain an understanding of issues including child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse, disabilities, health, long-term care, and diversity. An important component of the program for all students is the supervised field experience, which provides 1,050 hours in sites/agencies appropriate to each student's strengths and learning goals.
Students have the option of enrolling under a two-year, three-year, or four-year plan. Those who have earned a BSW degree within the last five years may qualify for the Advanced Standing program.