MSW – Advanced Generalist: General

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Master of Social Work (MSW) – Advanced Generalist: General Cognate

Overview
Career Opportunities
Internships and Resources
Admission Requirements

Provide Valuable Care to Your Community with a Master of Social Work Degree

Are you passionate about fighting injustice and protecting the vulnerable and oppressed? Do you want to take the next step in your career and become a licensed social worker? If so, Liberty’s Master of Social Work (MSW) – Advanced Generalist: General cognate is for you!

Our program provides advanced training in generalist social work practices. We’ll help you prepare to sit for social work licensure exams* and pursue administrative and supervisory roles in the field of social work and mental health. And, with the general cognate, you’ll have the flexibility to select courses that match your interests and career goals.

*Please note: Each state has unique requirements for becoming a licensed social worker. Be sure to research the requirements in your state.

Pursue Your Degree with Confidence

  • Liberty is accredited by SACSCOC, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
  • You will complete at least 1,000 hours of field experience before graduation.
  • Our Master of Social Work can help equip you to sit for social work licensure exams.
  • Liberty’s MSW faculty have years of experience in academia and the social work field.
  • The general cognate helps develop core skills needed to work in a variety of settings, like schools, hospitals, adoption agencies, nursing homes, group homes, and mental health clinics.

What Will You Learn?

  • A holistic approach to social work one that accounts for the social, biological, psychological, and spiritual aspects of the human experience
  • Generalist methods for serving individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities
  • Methods for understanding various aspects of diversity, including ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, politics, and religion
  • Research-based techniques for advancing social, economic, and environmental justice

Master of Social Work – Career Opportunities

Whether you want to stay in the United States or work abroad, our MSW – Advanced Generalist: General cognate can help open up exciting job opportunities. Some of the areas you could work in include:

  • Human trafficking intervention
  • Medical social work
  • Mental health treatment
  • Nonprofit management
  • Refugee resettlement
  • School social work
  • Trauma recovery

Please note: Some roles may require licensure in social work, and each state has specific requirements for licensure. Be sure to research the licensure requirements in your state.

Internships and Resources Available to Students in Our Master of Social Work – Advanced Generalist: General Cognate

  • Within the general cognate, you can mix and match courses to fit your career goals.
  • Liberty’s experienced MSW faculty can help provide the guidance and mentorship you need to become an expert in the social work field.
  • Our courses are taught from a Christian worldview  so you can learn how to live out biblical principles in your career.
  • Prepare to sit for social work licensure exams and pursue the credentials you need to further your career.
  • By completing 1,000 hours of field experience, you can apply your knowledge to the real world and learn from seasoned professionals.
  • As a Liberty student, you can access a wealth of resources through our online research portal and on-campus library.
  • We offer graduate assistantship opportunities to master’s-level students.
  • Take advantage of our top-notch resources including a career center, writing coaching, and professional development events.

Admission Requirements for Liberty’s MSW Program

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 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

 

60

Credit Hours

3

Years (Avg.)

Class Type

Residential

Transfer Credits

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Next Start Date

Jan 10, 2022

Accreditation

Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

15,000+

Students

20

NCAA DI Sports

500,000+

Community Service Hours

300+

Undergrad & Grad Programs

The Liberty DNA

Liberty’s promise to you is an education that expertly brings knowledge and faith together. You’ll not only be challenged academically but also pushed spiritually through weekly worship gatherings and community engagement, local service projects, and global mission trips. You can become a Champion for Christ that changes the world with the Gospel.

Convocation

The largest weekly gathering of Christian students in North America cannot happen without a key ingredient: you. Experience life-changing messages from more than 80 nationally acclaimed speakers each year.

Accreditation

In addition to Liberty’s institutional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, many programs are also accredited or recognized by specialized professional agencies, including ABA, ABET, ACBSP, AOA-COCA, ATS Commission on Accrediting, CAAHEP, CAATE, CACREP, CCNE, CEPH, CoARC, NCATE, and NASM.

Career Focused

As a Christian university, we’re committed to helping you every step of the way so you can earn your degree flexibly, affordably, and with excellence — and do the things that matter to you. That’s why our professors and dedicated Career Services department are focused on getting you job ready before you leave the classroom.

Convocation

The largest weekly gathering of Christian students in North America cannot happen without a key ingredient: you. Experience life-changing messages from more than 80 nationally acclaimed speakers each year.

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Accreditation

In addition to Liberty’s institutional accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, many programs are also accredited or recognized by specialized professional agencies, including ABA, ABET, ACBSP, AOA-COCA, ATS Commission on Accrediting, CAAHEP, CAATE, CACREP, CCNE, CEPH, CoARC, NCATE, and NASM.

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Career Focused

As a Christian university, we’re committed to helping you every step of the way so you can earn your degree flexibly, affordably, and with excellence — and do the things that matter to you. That’s why our professors and dedicated Career Services department are focused on getting you job ready before you leave the classroom.

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FAFSA and Loan Information

Most graduate students qualify for $20,500 in student loans through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – and even more in certain health fields!

There are two types of federal loan options available to grad students:

  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans (Stafford) – loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, but eligibility is not based on financial need.
  • Graduate PLUS Loans – loans made to graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid. Eligibility is not based on financial need, but a credit check is required. If you have a bankruptcy, foreclosure, or an account in collections, you may be denied.

Tuition Costs

Liberty University provides master’s programs at just $545* per credit hour. Most courses will be paid by credit hour except the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity block rate of $2,850 per semester for 9-15 credit hours. Most graduate programs average from 35-45 credit hours to complete.

*Some programs differ and may have additional fees that apply.

MBA Tuition Rate
Amounts are per credit and are based on data published on each institution’s website as of 11/16/20. This information is believed, but not guaranteed, to be accurate. Individual institutions may charge additional fees in addition to the per credit hour rates. Rates are subject to change.

Visit Our Central Virginia Campus

Have you visited Liberty yet? We can’t wait to have you. Watch a robot fetch your books at the Jerry Falwell Library, cheer on the winning touchdown at Williams Stadium, break a sweat at the fitness center, and gaze at the stars at the astronomical observatory.

Located directly behind Arthur S. DeMoss Hall, the Montview Student Union is a 4-story, 168,000-square-foot structure that includes a lounge overlooking the Academic Commons, retail dining venues, an art gallery, a ballroom, and a bowling alley. The building also has space for academics, meetings, and offices.

The Liberty Baseball Stadium features the latest turf playing surface, as well as full-length, major league-style dugouts, a fully-equipped media area, two suites, a club room, and a spectator picnic area.

The Center for Medical and Health Sciences (CMHS) is a state-of-the-art modern learning facility for Liberty University's College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) and School of Health Sciences. Sitting on Liberty Mountain, the 140,000 square-foot, four-story facility offers breathtaking views of the valley and the Blue Ridge Mountains to the north and west.

The Center for Music and the Worship Arts features 124 Steinway pianos and 43 teaching studios complete with piano, songwriting, and music computer labs. Additionally, the center includes a 1,600-seat concert hall.

The Center for Natural Sciences houses classrooms, an auditorium, and more than 30 laboratories designed for hands-on learning, including an advanced anatomy lab and a cell culture lab. The facility has more than $2 million in equipment, including a GC mass spectrometer and a gene sequencer.

As the primary academic building on campus, Arthur S. DeMoss Hall spans 500,000 square feet over four floors and houses computer labs, classrooms and student resource centers, and a rooftop terrace.

Jerry Falwell Library houses an array of study spaces including six learning commons, one technology commons, and 30 group-study rooms. Multiple terraces and balconies provide additional space to relax, and several dining options are available. Taking advantage of the latest technology, the ASRS, a robotic retrieval system, houses the majority of the library’s collections in a state-of-the-art automated on-site retrieval system.

The 275-foot-tall Freedom Tower, home of the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, the nation’s largest center for religious studies and ministerial training, includes classrooms and offices, a conference room, a homiletics lab, and an interactive classroom, as well as observation spaces to take in the spectacular views of campus.

The LaHaye Ice Center is home to Liberty men's and women's hockey teams, as well as the synchronized skating and figure skating teams. Recently renovated, the ice center seats 4,000 fans and includes 10 box suites.

Whichever way you like to break a sweat, you can do it here! The recreation center has weight rooms, cardio lofts, private classrooms, an indoor track, pools, a rock wall, soccer fields, and basketball courts.

The Residential Commons are comprised of three residence halls. The rooms feature a private bath, and every floor provides laundry facilities and a common lounge. Additional residential facilities are also planned for the site.

The three-story structure serves as a home base for the School of Business, which includes 152 programs from the certificate to the doctoral level, as well as centers of excellence focused on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, cybersecurity, and stock trading. On the first floor, a stock trading simulation room, operating in partnership with BB&T, features an LED stock ticker that wraps around the top of the room and streams the latest market activity from Wall Street.

The Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre offers students the opportunity to ski, snowboard, and tube year-round with its cutting-edge terrain technology.

Tower Theater is home to Liberty’s Department of Theatre Arts as well as the professional theatre company, Alluvion Stage Company. Tower Theater features a Broadway-style fly tower and professional rigging system and has over 12,000 square feet of backstage and support area.

This auditorium’s 10,000 seats are filled by students at Convocation and Campus Community, concert-goers, and athletic event attendees.

The stadium’s 25,000 seats host the fans of our FBS conference football team. Williams Stadium also boasts a 110-foot viewing tower and houses the Football Operations Center, containing locker rooms, coaches’ offices, equipment, and weight rooms, and a training facility.

The Admission Process

Apply Now, Pay Later

Start the enrollment process by applying online now — the application takes about 10 minutes. Your application fee isn’t due until you enroll!

Get Accepted

Once you’ve submitted all your admission documents, you’ll be updated on the status of your application through text and email. You can also keep track on your Student Checklist.

Act Early

After you apply, you may be eligible for Liberty's Graduate Assistantship program. Each graduate assistant is awarded a tuition scholarship equivalent to a full-time course load in their respective degree.

Contact one of our Admissions Counselors for more information by calling (877) 298-9617.

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