Master of Social Work

Kennesaw State University

Program Description

Master of Social Work

Kennesaw State University

Master of Social Work

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is designed to prepare students for entry-level professional practice in social work. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take the Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) exam, and they may also pursue further clinical supervision requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). The KSU MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education through February 2021.

The MSW program offers a full-time program of study with a focus on clinical practice. The program consists of four academic semesters (two years) of 60 credit hours with 48 of these credit hours spent in the classroom and 12 in supervised field practicum sites located throughout the metropolitan Atlanta area. It should be noted that the MSW Program does not offer Advanced Standing.

Clinical Field Practicum

All MSW students are required to complete a clinical field practicum at an agency site approved by the Department. First-year students in the full-time program of study spend two full days in a field practicum setting, and second-year students in the full-time program of study spend three full days in a field practicum setting.

More specific details of the program of study and policies for the program can be found in the University Graduate Catalog.

Requirements

The MSW program at Kennesaw State University is committed to a fair, facilitative, and effective process for selecting students for admission. A strengths perspective informs the program’s theoretical foundation. The selection process is guided by its goals and objectives, which are derived from its mission to train social work professionals in order to improve the quality of life in the community. “Improving the quality of life” refers, not only to the clients and communities that the social workers will ultimately serve but also, to the potential students, as they seek to gain admission to the MSW program. Given this perspective, the Kennesaw State University MSW program takes the admissions process very seriously, considering a wide range of criteria in assessing the strengths of each applicant.

The MSW program is a two-year full-time program that accepts students with a baccalaureate degree in liberal arts oriented disciplines.

Applicants seeking admission to the two-year, full-time MSW plan of study must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree that, preferably, reflects a broad liberal arts base in the social, behavioral or psychological sciences, human biology, the humanities or statistics. The baccalaureate degree must be from an institution accredited in a manner accepted by Kennesaw State University.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale over the last 60 hours of study, as indicated on official college or university transcript received directly from the degree-granting institution. Coursework from all two and four-year institutions should be submitted directly by the institutions.
  • Completed application to the Office of Graduate Admissions no later than March 5th for enrollment in August of the same year. Early application is strongly encouraged. Early screening of applicants begins in February. It is highly advisable to have all application material on file before February.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
    • One from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s academic work. Note: if unable to locate an academic reference you may add one additional professional reference.
    • Two from a former employer, field supervisor or someone else with expertise in social work
  • An autobiographical statement, maximum 1500 words, double-spaced, that includes the following:
    • Your experience in social work, including volunteer experience.
    • The life experiences impacted your interest in social work.
    • Your personal qualities that will be useful in serving others as a social work professional.
    • Your values that will be useful in serving others as a social worker
    • Your career goals and how social work education will help you realize these goals.
  • A minimum combined, verbal and quantitative, score of 285 (800 on GRE Scores prior to 2012) on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within five years prior to application for admission.
  • International applicants: Refer to KSU policies for additional application requirements.

Admissions Process

All application material must be submitted directly to graduate admissions. The student’s application and supportive material serve as the basis for the selection process. The MSW Admissions Panel will review student’s completed packet for consideration of acceptance to the Social Work Program. An interview or meeting with members of the program faculty may be required. Applicants will receive official written notification of the decision of the Admissions Panel.

Application and Forms

The MSW Admissions Committee will review the student’s completed packet for consideration of acceptance to the Social Work program. Upon acceptance to the program, students will be officially notified and provided further details for entering the program. Acceptance into the KSU Graduate School does not guarantee acceptance into the Social Work program. The MSW faculty will protect the confidentiality of information revealed by students during the application process.

How to Apply to the MSW Program:

  • Complete the online application for graduate admission. You will receive a confirmation message by email indicating that your application has been submitted. There is a non-refundable application fee of $60 that can be paid online when submitting the application.
  • Schedule an appointment to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). It is recommended that the exam is taken 6 weeks prior to the application deadline to ensure adequate time for processing. The scores will be reported directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions by selecting Kennesaw State University as a score recipient. A photocopy of your personal test report may be submitted to verify that the exam has been taken; however, official test results must be received from the testing company before your file is considered complete.
  • Request that official transcripts from each institution attended be sent to you in a sealed envelope (do not open) for inclusion in your admission packet.
  • Prepare Autobiographical Statement, Signed and Dated (statement guide provided in application).
  • International applicants should consult the international requirements section for additional documents that must be submitted.
  • All required documents, including the official transcripts, should be compiled in one large envelope and sent directly to:
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Kennesaw State University
    3391 Town Point Drive, MD 9109
    Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591
  • Once admitted, you will be required to show proof of Immunization. Immunization information should be sent directly to the KSU Immunization Services in the Office of the Registrar, not included with your admission packet.

*Deadlines for Admission: The Early Admission deadline is February 1st. The Regular Admission deadline is March 1st.

Curriculum

Foundation (30 Hours / 3 Hours Each)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • SW 7700 - Social Work Foundations: Diversity, Social Justice, and Ethics
  • SW 7701 - Social Work Practice I
  • SW 7704 - Human Behavior in a Social Environment I
  • SW 7706 - Introduction to Social Work Research
  • SW 7708 - Foundation Internship I / Integrative Seminar I

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

  • SW 7702 - Social Welfare Policy and Services
  • SW 7703 - Social Work Practice II
  • SW 7705 - Human Behavior in a Social Environment II
  • SW 7707 - Practice Focused Research Methods
  • SW 7709 - Foundation Internship II / Integrative Seminar II

Concentration (30 Hours / 3 Hours Each)

Fall Semester (15 Hours)

  • SW 8702 - Advanced Clinical Practice I: Working With Individuals
  • SW 8710 - Psychopathology
  • SW 8711 - Advanced Clinical Practice II: Working With Groups
  • SW 8712 - Advanced Internship III / Integrative Seminar III
  • SW 8820 - Social Work Forensics

Spring Semester (15 Hours)

Children and Family Services

  • SW 8713 - Advanced Internship / Integrative Seminar IV
  • SW 8715 - Clinical Practice with Children
  • SW 8726 - Clinical Practice with Adolescents
  • SW 8813 - Family Therapy
  • Clinical Elective*

Behavioral Health Services

  • SW 8705 - Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Service Planning
  • SW 8713 - Advanced Internship / Integrative Seminar IV
  • SW 8729 - Crisis Intervention
  • SW 8813 - Family Therapy
  • Clinical Elective*

Behavioral Health Services (Substance Abuse Services)

  • SW 8701 - Individual and Group Practice in Addictions
  • SW 8713 - Advanced Internship / Integrative Seminar IV
  • SW 8814 - Seminar in Substance Abuse
  • SW 8816 - Social Work Practice with Addicted Families
  • Clinical Elective*

Clinical Electives*†

  • SW 8701 Individual and Group Practice in Addictions
  • SW 8705 Clinical Assessment, Diagnosis, and Service Planning
  • SW 8725 Social Work Practice with Domestic Violence
  • SW 8729 Crisis Intervention
  • SW 8801 Seminar on Clinical Practice in Child Welfare
  • SW 8810 Community Mental Health Practice
  • SW 8812 Clinical Practice with Abused and Neglected Children and Their Families: Child
  • Protective Services
  • SW 8813 Family Therapy
  • SW 8814 Seminar in Substance Abuse
  • SW 8715 Children and Youth Mental Health
  • SW 8815 Prevention Theory in ATOD Abuse
  • SW 8816 Social Work Practice with Addicted Families
  • SW 8821 Perspectives of Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy
  • SW 8822 Professional and System Responses to Child Maltreatment

Program Total: 60 Credit Hours

† The Clinical Elective is selected in consultation with a faculty mentor. The clinical elective will reflect the training interests of the student. Normally, the student will choose one of the courses offered in a different specialization area as a clinical elective. A student may enroll in a Study Abroad (SW 8900) course offered by the MSW program and use this course as a clinical elective.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated May 11, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Jan. 2019
June 2019
Duration
Duration
2 years
Full time
Price
Price
290 USD
Resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $290.00. Non-resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $1,045.00. Other fees may apply.
Information
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Locations
USA - Kennesaw, Georgia
Start date : Jan. 2019
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End date Dec. 31, 2020
Start date : June 2019
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2019
End date May 31, 2021
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End date Aug. 31, 2020
Dates
Jan. 2019
USA - Kennesaw, Georgia
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End date Dec. 31, 2020
June 2019
USA - Kennesaw, Georgia
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2019
End date May 31, 2021
Sept. 2019
USA - Kennesaw, Georgia
Application deadline Request Info
End date Aug. 31, 2020