Social Work, MSW

Grace Abbott School of Social Work, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Vision Statement

The mission of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work is to educate students to become highly qualified social workers who serve people of all ages and influence the systems that affect them, to advance knowledge through teaching and research, and to engage with diverse communities to promote socially just societies.

Program Information

The MSW program has received continuous accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education since 1940. The MSW program prepares graduates for advanced social work practice within a variety of settings. The MSW degree is recognized for licensure for independent social work practice in the United States. More information regarding licensure and certification can be found on local Department of Health and Human Services websites.

Program Contact Information

Kerry Beldin, PhD, MSW Coordinator
205 College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 
402.554.2941
kbeldin@unomaha.edu

Peter Szto, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
206 College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 
402.554.2330
pszto@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Summer or Fall: January 15

Program-Specific Requirements

  1. Transcript(s)-Undergraduate weighted cumulative GPA of 3.0
  2. Three Letters of Recommendation
    • Recommendation requests are generated from your online application.  Please indicate only professional and/or academic persons (excluding family members and personal friends) as your recommenders.
      • Each recommender should describe how they know you (how long and in what capacity), and why they believe you would be a good candidate for the MSW program.
  3. Resume
    • Current resume detailing employment history, nature of duties and responsibilities, accomplishments, leadership roles, and community involvement.
  4. Statement of Purpose
    • Please answer the following statements/questions in a total of five double-spaced, typewritten pages (12 point font). Your application is considered incomplete if these instructions are not followed.
    1. Brief autobiographical statement that discusses who you are and the experiences that led you to social work:
      1. Trace the development of you interest in social work. Why have you chosen social work as a profession? Describe the key motivating figure(s), role model(s), or experience(s) important to your decision to become involved in social work. 
    2. Discuss your career objectives as a professional social worker as you now conceive them. What do you see yourself doing immediately after receiving your MSW degree?
    3. Discuss a contemporary social problem; include possible causes and potential solutions in your response. What contribution do you want to make to the pursuit of social and economic justice?
    4. The Grace Abbott School of Social Work is committed to enrolling students who represent diverse backgrounds and have an aptitude for working with clients of diverse backgrounds. Diversity can be defined by virtue of personal characteristics such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, class, and religion as well as other characteristics. Diversity may also include personal life experiences such as class, career history, belonging to another culture, working among another culture, dealing with significant personal challenge(s), and knowledge of more than one language. Even if you have had minimal contact with people from diverse backgrounds, please address how you “think” about diversity in relation to the practice of social work and respond to the following questions:
    • What are your views regarding diversity?
    • How does diversity relate to experiences in your life?
    • How might these views and experiences personally contribute to your work with clients in social work practice?

The MSW Foundation Program is a 63 credit hour program available to applicants who do not hold a BSSW degree from an accredited school of social work within the last 10 years.

The MSW Advanced Standing Program is a 39 credit hour program available to applicants who have earned a BSSW degree from an accredited school of social work within the last 10 years.

Completion of the following undergraduate prerequisite courses is required before entering the MSW Program.

  • A human biology course or equivalent such as anatomy
  • A research methods course (Note: There is a waiver exam available for this prerequisite)
  • A statistics course

Degree Requirements

Required Foundation Courses
SOWK 8070HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I3
SOWK 8080HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II3
SOWK 8090SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY3
SOWK 8110INSTITUTIONAL OPPRESSION3
SOWK 8130GENERALIST PRACTICE I3
SOWK 8150GENERALIST PRACTICE II3
SOWK 8160GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM I 13
SOWK 8170GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM II 13
Total Credits24
Required Advanced Courses
SOWK 8190RESEARCH & COMPUTER APPLICATIONS3
SOWK 8220CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS3
SOWK 8230CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS3
SOWK 8290SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH3
SOWK 8650HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES FOR SOCIAL WORK3
SOWK 8510SUPERVISION AND PERSONNEL ADMININISTRATION3
SOWK 8540SOCIAL WELFARE PLANNING3
SOWK 8400ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM I 13
SOWK 8410ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM II 13
Advanced Research Course
SOWK 8940EVALUATION OF SOCIAL PROGRAMS3
Electives9
Select 9 credit hours. Students who are pursuing a graduate certificate or a graduate minor may be able to apply certain courses in those program curricula as MSW electives.
SOCIAL WORK WITH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY
WORKING WITH MINORITY ELDERLY
ETHNIC DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN
SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH FAMILIES
SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH OLDER ADULTS
SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH SEXUAL CONCERNS
ADVANCED SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM III
TREATMENT ISSUES IN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY
SOCIAL WELFARE PLANNING
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ADVOCACY
ADVANCED COMMUNITY PRACTICE
ADMINISTRATION OF SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES
PERMANENCE FOR CHILDREN
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY VIOLENCE
TRAUMA AND RESILIENCE
MEDICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF ALCOHOL/DRUG USE AND ADDICTION
ASSESSMENT AND CASE MANAGEMENT IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE
SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW
SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
CRISIS INTERVENTION
HOSPICE & OTHER SERVICES FOR THE DYING PATIENT/FAMILY
TOPICAL SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK
SPECIAL STUDIES IN SOCIAL WELFARE
RESEARCH METHODS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE
RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS
MASTER'S THESIS
Total Credits39

Exit Requirements

  • Comprehensive Examination
    • The comprehensive examination is offered twice each academic year, during the fall and spring semesters. It is recommended that students take the examination during the semester of graduation, but they may take it earlier provided no more than nine (9) credit hours are remaining to be completed after the semester in which the comprehensive examination is taken. 

Academic Policies and Standards

  • The Academic Policies and Standards can be found here.