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M.S.W. in Social Work – General

60

Credit Hours

Graduate Assistantships

Opportunities to serve in academic or administrative support roles

Transfer Credits

Transfer up to 50% of degree total to Liberty

Pursue Licensure

Meet the requirements to sit for social work licensure exams

Accreditation

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Graduate Assistantships

Opportunities to serve in academic or administrative support roles

Transfer Credits

Transfer up to 50% of degree total to Liberty

Pursue Licensure

Meet the requirements to sit for social work licensure exams

Accreditation

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Starting Fall 24, this degree will be renamed Master of Social Work – General.

Residential Master of Social Work (MSW) – General

Prepare for your career in the Social Work field with a Master of Social Work – General degree from Liberty University. Sharpen your research skills, gain experience in generalist practice, and learn theories of human behavior that will equip you to excel in your chosen specialty. Take advantage of the flexibility of the General cognate, by mixing and matching various electives to create a personalized degree plan tailored to your unique interests and skills. 

Learn from faculty who are experienced in their field and grounded in their Christian faith and worldview. Our Social Work professors have a wide range of expertise in program development, mental health, adoption, and child welfare. Faculty members have experience serving as expert witnesses and have been on the boards of non-profit organizations.

The MSW – General program is also offered online. 


Career Opportunities in General Social Work

  • Agency Director
  • Social Work Supervisor
  • Administrative Social Work
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Intervention
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Hospital Social Work

Academic Information for the MSW – General

Credit Hours

60 hours minimum**

Program of Study

MSW – General Cognate

Social Work Featured Courses

  • Generalist Social Work Practice with Groups (SOWK 555)
  • Social Policy, Justice, & Advocacy (SOWK 625)
  • Advanced Generalist Field Experience & Seminar (SOWK 690)
  • Diversity & Cultural Humility (SOWK 650)

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 recommender contact information
  • 400-word Statement of Purpose:
    • In 150 words, complete the following prompt: I desire to earn a Master of Social Work degree and attend Liberty University because…
    • In 150 words, complete the following prompt: I show a posture of learning and respect when interacting with diverse individuals, families, and groups by…
    • In 100 words, discuss the following prompt: Please share about a personal challenge in your life and discuss how you have worked through this challenge. (Please do not share a challenge with your job).
  • Department questionnaire (PDF)
  • Department approval
  • Self-certification form (PDF) 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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