Master of Social Work – Children, Families, and Couples

Walden University

Program Description

Master of Social Work – Children, Families, and Couples

Walden University

Master of Social Work – Children, Families, and Couples

Recent studies indicate that social workers provide the majority of mental health services in the United States. The Children, Families, and Couples elective cluster prepares you to address the diverse needs of children and families who are struggling with depression, anxiety, sexual trauma, behavioral disorders, relationship issues, and the emotional impact of social injustices. Courses in topics ranging from human sexuality to child and adolescent counseling help you develop a set of skills and strategies that can prepare you for a career as a clinical social worker.

Completion Requirements

  • 97 total quarter credits
  • Core courses (70 cr.)
  • Elective courses (15 cr.)
  • Field Experience (12 cr.)
  • 8 days of residency (two 4-day residencies)

Note that this program requires students to have a web cam for their first course of the program and for various assignments throughout the program. Please refer to our standard program technology requirements.

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


  • SOCW 6000 Changing Lives, Changing Society: Introduction to Social Work
  • SOCW 6101 Essential Skills for Social Work Practice
  • SOCW 6200 Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • Residency 1 –Completed before Field Education I
  • SOCW 6051 Diversity, Human Rights, and Social Justice
  • SOCW 6210 Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • SOCW 6301 Social Work Practice Research I
  • SOCW 6351 Social Policy, Welfare, and Change
  • SOCW 6500 Social Work Field Education I
  • SOCW 6510 Social Work Field Education II
  • SOCW 6346 Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • SOCW 6060 Social Work Theory and Practice
  • SOCW 6111 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice I
  • SOCW 6090 Psychopathology for Social Work
  • SOCW 6311 Social Work Practice Research II
  • Residency 2- Completed before Field Education III
  • SOCW 6121 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice II
  • SOCW 6070 Supervision, Leadership, and Administration in Social Work Organizations
  • SOCW 6361 Social Policy: Analysis and Advocacy
  • SOCW 6520 Social Work Field Education III
  • SOCW 6530 Social Work Field Education IV
  • SOCW 6356 Theories and Techniques in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling
  • SOCW 6362 Human Sexuality


Walden’s online Master of Social Work (MSW) program is based upon 40 years of experience providing quality distance learning to working professionals in a wide variety of helping professions who want to advance their careers. Walden is the first fully online institution to offer an online MSW program. This program, features two 4-day in-person residencies* and customized case studies interwoven throughout the program that provide you with real-world experience and help prepare you for a career in social work.

Four start times throughout the year provide maximum flexibility and convenience.

You can choose to complete your degree on a time frame that works with your schedule. Choose from one of three degree pathways:

  • A part-time track is available for students who need to make their program work with other life commitments. Students who choose this track have the option to take one or two courses per term.
  • The two-year full-time track requires a more focused time commitment, but can allow you to earn your degree sooner. Students who choose this track have the option to take two or three courses per term.
  • The Advanced Standing track is for students who already hold a Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited institution and have a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Advanced Standing students begin their program with the advanced-level courses.

As a student in Walden’s MSW program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn, thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.

We provide our students—a diverse community of working professionals—with the opportunity to become more than just scholars; we give them the knowledge and skills to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the real world and make a difference in their lives and their communities. Discover some of the ways the Walden community is focused on making a greater difference.

*The Advanced Standing track requires only one in-person residency.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of Walden’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program will be prepared to:

  • Develop a professional orientation and identity as a social worker.
  • Apply legal and ethical standards in the administration of social work.
  • Apply principles of advocacy that promote cultural understanding and positive social change in individuals, communities, and society.
  • Utilize evidence-based research and critical thinking skills to inform practice in meeting the needs of diverse clientele.
  • Synthesize and apply theories of human growth and development to develop culturally responsive social work practices.
  • Apply knowledge and skills in the areas of engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
This school offers programs in:
  • English
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