The Regular MSW program consists of 60 credit hours, divided into foundation level (12 hours) and concentration level (48) hours. Foundation courses are compressed into a single semester, allowing students three semesters to gain advanced clinical skills. The concentration sequence is three semesters of coursework with specific focus on developing specific practice competencies and courses on the specific populations who will be the recipients of behavioral health and health interventions. Courses are sequenced so that full-time students will graduate in two academic years with four semesters of coursework (fall & spring courses only). For part-time students, the Regular program consists of 61 total credit hours taken over an extended period of four years (fall, spring & summer). Advanced Standing Program

The Advanced Standing MSW program consists of 42 total credit hours. The concentration sequence is three semesters of coursework with specific focus on developing specific practice competencies and courses on the specific populations who will be the recipients of behavioral health and health interventions. Advanced Standing students attending full-time will graduate in three semesters with coursework in fall and spring semesters only. For part-time students, the Advanced Standing program consists of 42 total credit hours taken over an extended period of 2.5 years (fall, spring & summer).

Field Practicum

In the Field Practicum, students are prepared for post-graduate employment through a series of experiences in community agencies. Students are paired with Field Supervisors who are professionals with at least two years of post-graduate experience.

Regular Program Students have field experiences all four semesters, consisting of 1000 total contact hours. Advanced standing students complete 900 over three semesters (Fall/Spring/Fall).

Activities in the field are sequenced to lead to independent practice, beginning in the initial setting with practice simulations and service learning in community agencies, continuing on with shadowing and supervised direct practice. The field experience is integrated across the curriculum, including conducting a research project as part of field practicum experience, and assignments paired to practice courses.

The field experience uses closely monitored experiences in community settings to allow students more direct experience. This approach is designed to increase student readiness for the more specialized upper level practice associated with clinical social work.

Courses

 

A full list of courses and course descriptions is available in the UAB Graduate Catalog. You may also download the curriculum-by semester guides for all four program options in PDF form.