Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW)

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Program Description

Organization, and Social Action (COSA). Certificates in mental health; children, youth, and families; gerontology; home and school visitor; integrated healthcare; and human services administration are also available. In addition, students who have earned a BASW degree within 7 years from an accredited CSWE institution will be considered for advanced-standing status.

The School offers two specializations the first is Direct Practice. Direct practice is for those who wish to acquire skills and knowledge in working with individuals, families and small groups. Course work and field work will expose students to the use of theory and research to inform intervention choices; the advanced practice methods and techniques that have demonstrated effectiveness; the importance of identifying clients’ strengths and resources as well as needs: and the role of diversity in shaping clients’ experiences in informing practice methods. The second specialization that we offer is Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA). The COSA specialization prepares socially active and civically engaged students for leadership careers in community service, community change and community development organizations. Students can pursue specialized course work along two tracks, community organization or social administration, but many prefer to combine studies in both specialization areas. Course work develops core competencies that address national standards for community building and social work management.

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One of the Nation's Great Universities The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of American U ... Read More

One of the Nation's Great Universities The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 63 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America. Pitt students, alumni, and faculty members have won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, Rhodes Scholarships, and NCAA championships, among many other honors. Pitt researchers led by Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine in 1955 Read less