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M.S.W. in Advanced Generalist

Master of Social Work (MSW) – Advanced Generalist

Be at the forefront of advocacy for justice, compassion, and care for people who find themselves in need of social, mental, or spiritual help. With a Master of Social Work (MSW), you can help people, communities, and organizations both domestically and internationally. Liberty’s Department of Social Work will prepare you to be the hands and feet of Christ in this gratifying and meaningful field.

This Master of Social Work (MSW) program with the advanced generalist specialization offers a general cognate and an individual and family clinical cognate. No matter which cognate you choose, you’ll receive advanced generalist training in social policy, research, and practice — as well as the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in the real world.

Social workers can be found in a wide range of careers. Your profession could include counseling, program development, program director, social work supervisor, and so much more!. Get equipped for a career that helps people build better lives.

The mission of the Liberty University Social Work Master’s Program is to prepare healthy advanced generalist social workers to be servant leaders who follow the example of Christ and will influence the world by enhancing the lives of all individuals, families, and communities through research-informed knowledge, values, and skills consistent with the purpose of the profession.

The MSW is offered residentially and online.

Gain Practical Experience Through Field Placement

You will gain 1,000 of hands-on experience performing the duties of a professional social worker through two different field placements. This experience will prepare you to enter the field of social work immediately upon graduation in a wide range of settings. Review the Field Education requirements.

Benefits to Your MSW Degree

  • Many social service agencies prefer to hire candidates with a social work degree
  • Pursue administrative and supervisory roles in the field of social work.
  • Become equipped to sit for social work licensure exams* — so you can pursue the credentials you need to further your career.
*Please note: Each state has unique requirements for becoming a licensed social worker. Be sure to research the requirements in your state.

Accreditation

Liberty University has achieved Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation.

Candidacy for a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has made progress toward meeting the criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer-review process. A program that has attained Candidacy has demonstrated a commitment to meeting the compliance standards set by the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards but has not yet demonstrated full compliance.

Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy is typically a three-year process and attaining Candidacy does not guarantee that a program will eventually attain Initial Accreditation. Candidacy applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program.

For more information about social work accreditation, you may contact Accreditation.


Academics

Credit Hours

60 hours minimum**

Program of Study

MSW – General Cognate

MSW – Individual and Family Clinical Cognate

Social Work Featured Courses

  • SOWK 550: Generalist Practice with Individuals and Families
  • SOWK 625: Social Policy, Justice, & Advocacy
  • SOWK 650: Diversity & Cultural Humility
  • SOWK 670: Advanced Generalist Field Experience & Seminar

Admission Requirements

Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:

  • Admission application
  • A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 or above GPA
  • 2 recommendation forms
  • 400-word Statement of Purpose:
    • In 150 words, complete the following prompt: I desire to earn an MSW from Liberty University because…
    • In 150 words, complete the following prompt: I demonstrate a posture of learning and respect in working with diverse individuals, families, and groups by…
    • In 100 words, discuss the following prompt: Describe challenges in your life and discuss how you deal with these.
  • Department questionnaire
  • Department approval
  • Self-certification form for students in the final term of their bachelor’s degree
  • Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a degree completion application through their ASIST account

**The Social Work Program does not give academic credit for life experiences or previous work experience. The program does recognize the value of previous work and life experience. The program encourages students to integrate the knowledge gained in the classroom with their work and life experience.


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