Master of Social Work

About the Master of Social Work Program

For students who want to pursue a Master of Social Work in the Kansas City area, Park offers an accredited degree program composed of a variety of social work courses targeting different areas of interest and specialization. The Master of Social Work program, available at the main campus in *Parkville, Mo., is designed to prepare graduates with the knowledge, values and skills needed to deliver effective and efficient advanced social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities. The advanced practice concentration is Behavioral Health. Within this concentration, students will be given the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in one of three areas of emphasis: Gerontological Social Work, Military Social Work or Child Welfare.

Graduates who complete the Master’s in social work will understand and be able to implement the 10 Core Competencies of Advanced Social Work Practice (Council on Social Work Education, 2008). The mastery of the competencies will be assessed by the delivery of measurable practice behaviors that are reflected in course work as well as in the Field Education setting. Students also plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate the results of their individualized Integrative Seminar Project (ISP) which is developed in collaboration with faculty and community agency partners.

* Currently, this program is not offered online.

Admittance Status

Students will be admitted either as “Advanced Standing” or “Regular Study.” Advanced Standing students will have graduated from a CSWE accredited BSW program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Advanced standing students will be expected to complete (or successfully test out) of a three credit “Bridging Course” offered the summer before classes begin in the fall. Regular Study students will have earned a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university and will have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher. View the admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Curriculum (2013-2014 Catalog) Hours
Advanced Standing
SW 600
Bridging Practice, Theory, Policy and Research 3
Fall 15
SW 610 Advanced Social Work Practice I 3
SW 615 Social Work in Behavioral Health 3
SW 630 Program Evaluation and Grant Writing 3
SW 640 Current Diagnostic Trends: Integrating the DSM 5 with Strengths Perspective 3
SW 650 Advanced Field Education I 3
Spring 15
SW 660 Advanced Social Work Practice II 3
SW 670 Leadership, Supervision and Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Social Work 3
SW 680 Advanced Field Education II 3
SW 690 Integrative Seminar 3
Emphasis Elective (select one from below) 3
SW 620 Gerontological Social Work 3
SW 621 Military Social Work 3
SW 622 Children and Families 3
Total Hours 33

Curriculum (2013-2014 Catalog) Hours
Regular Study 60
Fall 15
SW 500 Social Work and Social Welfare 3
SW 510 Policy Analysis and Policy Practice 3
SW 520 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I 3
SW 530 Generalist Practice I: Individuals, Families and Groups 3
SW 540 Generalist Field Education I 3
Spring 15
SW 550 Social Work Research 3
SW 560 Human Diversity and Social Justice 3
SW 570 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II 3
SW 580 Generalist Social Work Practice II: Organizations and Communities 3
SW 590 Generalist Field Education II 3
Total Hours 60