Master of Social Work
TENTATIVE JOPLIN COURSE ROTATION Courses offered in the summer semesters SWK 746 Research Methods SWK 750 Family Behavior & the Social Environment Elective course (offered online) Courses offered in fall semesters SWK 705 Human Behavior & the Social Environment SWK 710 Social Work Practice I SWK 715 Social Welfare Policy & Services SWK 725 Social Work Practice III SWK 754 Perspectives in Individual & Family Health Assessment SWK 755 Social Work Family Health Practice I SWK 760 Family Health Policy SWK 797 Research Project in Family Health Services Courses offered in spring semesters SWK 726 Social Work Practice II SWK 730 Human Diversity & Societal Systems SWK 740 Field Practicum I SWK 756 Social Work Family Health Practice II SWK 780 Field Practicum II Elective Course
MASTER of SOCIAL WORK in
JOPLIN from Missouri State University
Jannette Eldred, MSW, LCSW School Work Clinical Faculty MSU Joplin Campus 724 Illinois â€˘ Joplin, MO 64801 Phone (417) 629-3940 Fax (417) 629-3943 JEldred@MissouriState.edu
College of Health and Human Services
Missouri State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.
Designed for Working Professionals
Joplin MSW Program
Since 2003, over 100 students have earned their Master of Social Work degree entirely by taking classes in Joplin from Missouri State University. The University is committed to nontraditional graduate students in the Joplin area, offering live and/or blended courses only in the late afternoons and evenings. Several of the courses are also delivered online. Students may be either full-time (if admitted in advanced standing) or part-time. The program emphasis is the Family Health Social Work perspective which allows graduates to work within the micro-, mezzo-, and macro-practice social work fields. The curriculum is infused with clinical, organizational, and advocacy skills. Upon graduation, students can pursue the LMSW and/or the LCSW license. The MSW program consists of 34-62 graduate-level credit hours, depending on the student’s undergraduate major. Students with bachelor’s degrees in social work will likely be able to forego most, if not all, of the foundation classes, resulting in a 34-hour degree program. Each student will complete a professional practicum of 525-975 clock hours within an approved field agency. Fully accredited by CSWE (Council on Social Work Education).
The Profession of Social Work Do you want to help people? Would you like to be the voice of those who cannot advocate for themselves? Are you interested in advancing social justice? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then the profession of social work may be for you. An MSW opens the door to countless occupations, from direct client care to social policy formulation at the local, state, and national levels. According to the U.S. Department of Labor: Employment for social workers is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016, by an increase of 22 percent in the 2006-2016 decade. Job prospects are expected to be favorable, particularly for social workers who specializing in the aging population or in rural areas. The employment opportunities for MSW graduates are as diverse as our society. • Mental Health Counseling • Private Medical Health Practitioner • Medical Social Work • Death & Dying Services • Child Protection Services • Family Interventions • Domestic & International Adoption Services • School-Based Social Work • Non-Profit Management • Professional Grant-Writers • Program Development • Grass-Roots Organizing • Community Activist • Parental & Neonatal Services • Research • Consulting • Policy Analyst • Policy Formulation • Legislative Policy Writing
Open to Students of Any Undergraduate Major Students who have completed a BSW may be eligible to begin the program in advanced standing and complete the MSW in as little as 34 credit hours, over 3 semesters as full-time students or in 6 semesters as part-time students. Advancedstanding students begin coursework in the summer. Students with any other bachelor’s degree are admitted in regular standing and must take 62 credit hours, completing the program as part-time students within 4 years, beginning the program in a fall semester. ;Regular standing students may take coursework full-time after their first 28 hours, resulting in a three-year program.
The Application Process Admission to the program is competitive. Applicants must complete two applications, one to the Graduate College and a separate application to the School of Social Work. All application materials must be on file with the School of Social work by 5:00 p.m. on January 31 in order for the candidate to be considered for admission in a given calendar year. See www.MissouriState.edu/swk for complete requirements and the admission application form. Admissions requirements for Regular Standing: • Bachelor’s degree from accredited university • 3.00 GPA overall or in last 60 hours • Undergraduate liberal arts courses (see website or catalog) • At least 3 credit hours of research design or statistics Additional Admissions Requirements for Advanced Standing: • BSW from CSWE-accredited program in the last 7 years • No more than one grade of “C” in professional social work courses All applicants must submit complete transcripts and a GRE score. All application materials must be on file with the School of Social work by 5:00 p.m. on January 31 in order for the candidate to be considered for admission in a given calendar year.