MSW Program Overview

The mission of Concordia University Wisconsin’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program is to provide a Christian environment that prepares MSW professionals for leadership in an increasingly diverse and global society. To educate advanced generalist Social Workers who are able to engage in ethical practice, inspire and support resiliency, strengthen individuals, families, and communities, and advocate for social and economic justice.

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Advanced Generalist Specialization Concentration

The CUW MSW program offers an Advanced Generalist specialization. The Advanced Generalist specialization is a practice oriented specialization that emphasizes the importance of research and evidence-based practice in all systemic areas of Social Work practice. Our view of the Advanced Generalist specialization is that it is theoretically grounded for practice at all systemic levels. The Advanced Generalist specialization year builds upon the foundation of Generalist practice by increasing the depth and breadth of knowledge at all levels, particularly in the application of theory to practice and in the evaluation of practice. Our Advanced Generalist program emphasizes Social Work ethics in practice, and balances the dissemination of knowledge across the ecological system – micro, mezzo and macro systems.

The Advanced Generalist Specialization prepares students for:

  • Practice in the micro and mezzo systems, with individuals, families, groups, and communities
  • Practice in the larger macro systems, such as in organizations and the political arena of Social Work
  • Direct practice
  • Supervisory and administrative roles
  • Non-discriminatory practice and advocacy at all levels of practice

The Advanced Generalist Social Worker possesses a broad and multi-faceted theoretical understanding of client systems with a focus on the person – situation – environment. Social Workers with an Advanced Generalist degree grasp the social context of practice including the psychological, socio-cultural, and political environments that impact approaches, methods, and means to enhance human well-being and to achieve social justice. They understand the importance of evidence-based practice, evaluating the effectiveness of their own practice, and conducting research that contributes to the knowledge base of the profession. Advanced Generalist Social Workers develop a wide range of skills that enable them to work comprehensively across systems. The Advanced Generalist knowledge base is particularly useful in rural settings, and for Social Workers who enter the field as direct service practitioners, because of the flexibility provided in the depth and breadth of the curriculum. These practitioners often move into leadership positions and have the advanced training that supports successful practice.

Students will be able to utilize Special Topics courses and their Field Placement to delve deeper into their individual areas of interest. Both the regular MSW curriculum and the Advanced Standing curriculum require six (6) credits of Special Topics. Certificate programs may also be available to compliment the MSW program.

Learning Outcomes

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation has identified nine competencies with behaviors as the standard for achievement in Social Work programs. These behaviors are augmented by advanced behaviors associated with the MSW degree specializations. CSWE’s nine competencies are:

  • Demonstrate Ethical & Professional Behavior
  • Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice
  • Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice
  • Engage in Practice-informed Research and Research-informed Practice
  • Engage in Policy Practice
  • Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities
  • Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations, and Communities

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The MSW program has a total of 66 credits. Select from the options below to learn about the courses, associated credits, and sample schedules.

Course Name Credits
MSW 600 Advanced Human Behavior in the Social Environment 3
MSW 610 Generalist Practice I: Individuals & Families 3
MSW 615 Generalist Practice II: Groups & Communities 3
MSW 650 Research Methodologies 3
MSW 620 Social Policy & Advocacy 3
MSW 670 Advanced Field Education I 3
MSW 675 Advanced Field Education II 3
MSW 680 Advanced Field Seminar I 3
MSW 685 Advanced Field Seminar II 3
Generalist Year Total 27
Course Name Credits
MSW 700 Administration, Organizations & Supervision 3
MSW 710 Advanced Practice: Families 3
MSW 715 Advanced Practice: Vulnerable Populations 3
MSW 750 Research Project I 3
MSW 752 Research Project II 3
MSW 754 Research Project III 3
MSW 790 Social Work Ethics & Christianity 3
MSW 770 Advanced Field Education III 3
MSW 775 Advanced Field Education IV 3
MSW 780 Advanced Field Seminar III 3
MSW 785 Advanced Field Seminar IV 3
2 – MSW 599 Special Topics (3 credits each) 6
Specialization Year & Advanced Standing Total 39

See below for a list of the MSW course descriptions & schedules: