Master of Social Work

Help those in need through advanced social work practice, serving individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.

This program is one of the nation’s few accredited programs with an advanced concentration in behavioral health. Within this concentration, you’ll choose one of three areas of emphasis:

  • Gerontological social work
  • Military social work
  • Social work with children and families

Locations & Learning Options

The Master of Social Work program (33 – 60 hours) is offered in a face-to-face format at our flagship Parkville, Missouri, campus.

Parkville, MO

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS*

Regular Study (60 Graduate credit hours)

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited program.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is preferred; or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of the baccalaureate program. Note: lower GPA’s will be considered for probationary admission.
  • The GRE is NOT required.
  • Three professional or academic references who can assess your potential for graduate study in social work. Download the reference form.
  • Attach your resume.
  • Submit your 3 written narratives.

Advanced Standing Program (33 Graduate credit hours)

  • A BSW degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 is preferred; or a GPA of at least 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours of the baccalaureate program. Note lower GPA’s will be considered for probationary admission.
  • The GRE is NOT required.
  • Three professional or academic references who can assess your potential for graduate study in social work. One reference must be from your Practicum Instructor, Field Liaison, or the Director of Field Education. Download the reference form.
  • Attach your resume.
  • Submit your 3 written narratives.

*Once accepted all MSW students will be required to submit to a background check.

APPLICATION NARRATIVES

Each applicant completes all 3 narratives.

  1. Ethical Critique (2-3 pages utilizing APA format).  Describe an ethical dilemma that you have encountered in your personal or professional life. Using appropriate confidentiality, define the parties involved, the ethical dilemma, the values that informed your decisions and how the dilemma was addressed and/ or resolved. Discuss how the experience and outcome affected you, in particular any lessons you learned.
  2. Personal Statement (2-3 pages utilizing APA format): What are the significant experiences that influenced your decision to enter social work? What are your short-term (3-5 years) and long term goals (10+ years), and how does a MSW prepare you to meet those goals? How will you meet the demands of graduate academic responsibilities (20+ hours per week in class and task completion for coursework and 15-24 practicum hours per week). Do you anticipate any barriers to meeting these expectations and how do you plan to address these barriers?
  3. Professional Statement (2-3 pages utilizing APA format): What is your concept of social work as a profession? Discuss a current societal concern, including contributing/ causal factors and why this concern warrants public attention and resources from the social work community. What intervention do you believe will successfully address this situation (direct practice/ policy change, etc.)? What positive or negative results may occur following this intervention? Discuss your rationale and what role you might be involved in if such an intervention were to be employed.

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program at Park University earned full initial accreditation at the February, 2016 meetings of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation (COA).

All Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies which comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education.

These competencies are dimensions of social work practice which all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

The MSW program at Park University sets its benchmark at 80%, therefore, the data illustrates the percentage of students that met this benchmark. Park’s MSW program met the benchmark across all competencies in AY2017-2018.

Dr. Timothy Westcott

Interim Dean
Associate Professor of History
tim.westcott@park.edu

Dr. Geri Dickey

Department Chair & MSW Program Director
Associate Professor of Social Work
gdickey@park.edu

Ricki L. Moran

Assistant Director of Field Education
Assistant Professor, Social Work
RMoran@park.edu

Dr. Tami Radohl

Director of the Center for Research & Training in Behavioral Health
Assistant Professor of Social Work
tami.radohl@park.edu

Dr. Debra Olson-Morrison


Assistant Professor of Social Work
d.olsonmorrison@park.edu

Dr. Kari Lamer


Assistant Professor, Social Work, Director of Field Education
kari.lamer@park.edu

The core of Park University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) includes field education, as well as courses in grant writing, behavioral health, diagnostic trends and leadership. If you have a bachelor’s degree from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program, you can apply for advanced standing in our program and earn your degree on an accelerated basis.

Careers

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Non-Profit or For-Profit Agency Supervisor, Manager or Director
  • Policy Advocate
  • Psychotherapist
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Program Highlights

Accredited

Our Master of Social Work program was granted full initial accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation (COA) in February 2016.


Class work, field work

Graduates who complete the social work master’s degree demonstrate the 9 Core Competencies of Advanced Social Work Practice set by the Council on Social Work Education. Mastery of these competencies is assessed through coursework as well as field education.


Capstone experience

As a capstone experience, you’ll plan, implement, evaluate and disseminate the results of an individualized Integrative Seminar Project (ISP), which you’ll develop in collaboration with faculty and community agency partners.

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.