MSW in Social Work

Northeastern Illinois University

Program Description

MSW in Social Work

Northeastern Illinois University

The Master of Social Work (MSW) is designed to prepare students for professional social work practice with individuals, families, and communities. There are two levels in the master’s degree – foundation and advanced. The foundation curriculum provides students with the knowledge, values, and skills of a generalist social worker similar to that in the bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and is designed for those who enter the program without the bachelor’s degree in Social Work. The advanced curriculum provides students with concentrations in specialized areas of practice or advanced generalists determined by the needs and demands in the community in which the program is located. These concentrations are generally on the micro, mezzo, and/or macro level and are taken only after the student has completed the foundation curriculum.

The student with a bachelor’s degree in social work can enter the program at the advanced level and the Advanced Standing degree program is designed for these students.


Master in Social Work Concentrations

The MSW program has two concentrations:

  • The micro concentration, Practice with Vulnerable Populations.
  • The macro concentration, Leadership, and Change.

Within each concentration are specializations, and currently, there is one specialization for each concentration. There is an expectation for more specializations as the master’s degree program grows in the future. The current specialization in the micro concentration, Practice with Vulnerable Populations, is Practice with Children and Families, and for the macro concentration, Leadership and Change, the specialization, is Advocacy and Change.


Program Objective

The objective of the specialization, Practice with Children and Families, is to promote well-being for vulnerable children and families by tending to their needs and aiding in their healthy functioning. Persons with a master’s degree in Social Work in this specialization can develop a career serving children and their families in public and private agencies that serve vulnerable children or dysfunctional families. This includes the state agency Illinois Department of Children and Families and the many private agencies in the surrounding area that address the needs of these children and their families. These professionals serve in a variety of capacities such as therapists, counselors, advocates, mediators, and brokers.

The objective for the specialization Advocacy and Change is to spearhead actions around perceived needs in communities and organizations that serve special populations and communities. Persons with a specialization in Advocacy and Change are prepared to work in organizations and communities promoting actions that will bring about needed changes and enable their healthy functioning. These professionals can work on behalf of organizations in the public arena directing their efforts toward public policies that affect vulnerable populations. They learn how to lobby politicians and present policy proposals on behalf of the organizations serving special populations or constituencies. These professionals also can work on behalf of communities serving the needs of vulnerable populations in a variety of ways.


Total credit hours: 34 (for the advanced program) or 60 (for full program)


Admission Information

The full program admits students for the fall semester only.

The Advanced Standing program (for students with a bachelor’s degree in social work) admits students for the Summer semester only.


Career Options

The Master in Social Work leads to careers in areas such as:

  • mental health and substance abuse
  • medical and public health
  • child, family and school social work
  • social work with rural and aging populations


Degree Requirements

Admissions requirement: Completion of a Bachelor's degree required.

Required Courses
SWK-400 Overview Of The Social Work Profession 3
SWK-402 Human Behavior And The Social Environment I 3
SWK-403 Generalist Practice I 3
SWK-415 Foundation Field Practicum I 3
SWK-401 Cultural Competence In Social Work 3
SWK-404 Human Behavior And The Social Environment II 3
SWK-405 Generalist Practice II 3
SWK-416 Foundation Field Practicum II 3
SWK 406 Social Welfare Policy 3
SWK 407 Social Work Research 3
Advanced Curriculum 30
Concentration: Social Work Practice with Vulnerable Populations
SWK-431 Social Work Practice With Families
SWK-432 Family-centered Policy
SWK-433 Social Work Practice With Children
SWK-434 Child Welfare Policy And Legislation
SWK-491 Advanced Research I
SWK-492 Advanced Research II
SWK-495 Advanced Field Practicum I
SWK-496 Advanced Field Practicum II
Social Work Electives (6 credit hours) - choose from the following:
SWK-470 Immigration Practices
SWK-471 Practice With Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, And Queer Population
SWK-472 Trauma Treatment With Children And Families
SWK-473 Topics In Advocacy
SWK-474 Social Work And The Law
Concentration: Leadership and Change
SWK-441 Empowerment And Change
SWK 442 Political Advocacy
SWK-443 Social Justice And Social Change
SWK 444 Community Advocacy
SWK-491 Advanced Research I
SWK-492 Advanced Research II
SWK-495 Advanced Field Practicum I
SWK-496 Advanced Field Practicum II
Social Work Electives (6 credit hours) - choose from the following:
SWK-470 Immigration Practices
SWK-471 Practice With Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, And Queer Population
SWK-472 Trauma Treatment With Children And Families
SWK-473 Topics In Advocacy
SWK-474 Social Work And The Law
Total Hours 60


For those who have already completed a bachelor's degree in Social Work within the past 10 years that was accredited by CSWE, there is a 34 credit hour program that can be completed in one year full-time and 2 years part-time.

Advanced Standing program
Concentration: Social Work Practice with Vulnerable Populations
SWK-430 Transition To The Advanced Curriculum 4
SWK-431 Social Work Practice With Families 3
SWK-432 Family-centered Policy 3
SWK-433 Social Work Practice With Children 3
SWK-434 Child Welfare Policy And Legislation 3
SWK-491 Advanced Research I 2
SWK-492 Advanced Research II 2
SWK-495 Advanced Field Practicum I 4
SWK-496 Advanced Field Practicum II 4
Social Work Electives (6 credit hours) 6
SWK-470 Immigration Practices
SWK-471 Practice With Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, And Queer Population
SWK-472 Trauma Treatment With Children And Families
SWK-473 Topics In Advocacy
SWK-474 Social Work And The Law
Total Hours 34
Advanced Standing Program
Concentration: Leadership and Change
SWK-430 Transition To The Advanced Curriculum 4
SWK-441 Empowerment And Change 3
SWK 442 Political Advocacy 3
SWK-443 Social Justice And Social Change 3
SWK 444 Community Advocacy 3
SWK-491 Advanced Research I 2
SWK-492 Advanced Research II 2
SWK-495 Advanced Field Practicum I 4
SWK-496 Advanced Field Practicum II 4
Social Work Electives (6 credit hours) 6
SWK-470 Immigration Practices
SWK-471 Practice With Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, And Queer Population
SWK-472 Trauma Treatment With Children And Families
SWK-473 Topics In Advocacy
SWK-474 Social Work And The Law
Total Hours 34
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated October 17, 2018
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This course is Campus based
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1 - 4 years
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24,246 USD
In-state/neighboring state: $404.11/credit hour. Out-of-state: $808.22/credit hour. Fees: $71
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Mar. 1, 2019
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