The Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) received through the Online Campus is identical to that received through the New York City campus. You will take the same foundational and specialization courses required of all students pursuing an MSSW at CSSW. The MSSW curriculum can be divided into three main components: the Foundation Year, the Specialization Year, and Field Education. The Foundation year of the program is the same for all students and includes the following courses:
- T6010 First Year Field Work
- T6501 Social Work Research
- T660A Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
- T660B Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
- T6801 Social Welfare Policy
- T7100 Foundations of Social Work Practice
- T7102 Direct Practice
- T7103 Advocacy in Social Work Practice
In your Specialization Year, you will choose an Advanced Practice Method Concentration as well as a Field of Practice. This Specialization Year allows you to structure your program of study around acquiring advanced knowledge and skills for your intended professional practice. Your choice of Method Area of Concentration determines the type of second year field placement you will have, as well as your coursework. Currently, the Method Area of Concentrations available through the Online Campus are:
- Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice (ACP): emphasizes assessment, intervention, and evaluation within a field of practice, using individual, family, group, and case management strategies; focuses on a clinical application of risk and resiliency theories and research for at-risk populations; and addresses clinical issues with specific client populations.
- Social Enterprise Administration (SEA): builds knowledge, skills, and values in administering social service programs including social planning and program development, program evaluation, financial management, staff development and training, human resource management and supervision, and understanding management information systems.
The Fields of Practice available through the Online Campus include:
- Family, Youth & Children’s Services: addresses the economic and social status and service needs of families, youth, and children; develops an intricate comprehension of laws, funding, and service organizations, including family support and child care services, preventive and protective services, school-related and/or school-based services, and adolescent issues.
- Health, Mental Health & Disabilities: identifies health factors and social stressors that affect clients, including fiscal, legal, and organizational sanctions and influences such as managed care; focuses on program development and evaluation with an emphasis on assessing system entry points for client care and advocacy.