MSW, Social Work

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George Mason's accredited Master’s in Social Work (MSW) program, which began in the fall of 2002, prepares students for advanced social work practice. Our MSW program provides students with an initial Generalist year, followed by a year of Specialized study.

The Generalist year includes courses in human behavior; direct practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; professional writing and program design ; social work research; and social policies and services.

In the Specialization year, students choose to focus on Clinical Practice (including interventions at the individual, family, group, and community levels) or Social Change (including community practice, organizational leadership, and policy practice). Students gain an understanding of issues including child welfare, juvenile justice, trauma and recovery, 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 from a CSWE-accredited program may qualify for the Advanced Standing program.

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