MSW Advanced Standing – Online


Overview

Students enroll in 7–13 credits per term (summer, fall, winter, spring – and possible summer) during a four or five term course of study. Students complete a 16-hour-a-week field placement during fall, winter, and spring terms. Students have a choice of two advanced concentrations: (1) Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations, or (2) Health Across the Lifespan.

Concentrations

Students have a choice of two advanced concentrations: (1) Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations (PLCO), or (2) Health Across the Lifespan (HAL).

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Advanced Standing Option – Online

Course content for PSU’s online Advanced Standing MSW program is identical to that of the on-campus program. PSU uses an online course delivery platform called Desire to Learn (D2L) to deliver its 11-week long classes. Each advanced practice online course typically requires about 6–8 hours of work per week; electives require 8+ hours per week for 8-week courses and 14 hours per week for 4 week intensive courses. As an advanced standing Online student, you will also have the option of taking some electives at any of our other locations (Central Oregon, Eugene, Portland, Southern Oregon, Salem). Students engage in activities that are due throughout the week and are also required to participate in 1–2 synchronous sessions with fellow students and course faculty each term.

Students are required to complete one 500-hour internship. To determine field placement sites, students and faculty collaborate to find an optimal agency and supervisor. Students are expected to spend 16 hours each week at their agency in order to fulfill the number of required hours.


Portland State University’s online MSW program is fully accredited by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE). PSU is also regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

MSW Advanced Standing – Online Course Map (46 Credits)

Summer Fall Winter Spring Summer
SW 589 Advanced Standing Seminar (4 credits) SW 593 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations I (3 credits) OR SW 517 Health Across the Lifespan I (3 credits) SW 594 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations II (3 credits) OR SW 518 Health Across the Lifespan II (3 credits) SW 595 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations III (3 credits) OR SW 519 Health Across the Lifespan III (3 credits) SW Elective (3 credits) SW Elective (3 credits)
SW 513 Social Work Research (3 credits) SW 539 Social Justice in Social Work (3 credits)*** OR SW Elective (3 credits) SW Elective (3 credits) SW Elective (3 credits)  
SW Elective (3 credits) SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits) (the city you live in) SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits) (the city you live in) SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits) (the city you live in)  

Students in the PLCO concentration are required to take one of the following electives: SW 553 Research for Racial Justice, SW 559 Comm & Org Research, SW 510 Applied Evaluation OR SW 590 Qualitative Research.

Students in the HAL concentration are required to take SW 555 SW Persp. Mental Health Disorders and are encouraged to take it in the first summer term.

***Students who graduated from Portland State University’s BSW program will replace SW 539 with an elective

If available, students can take more than one elective during fall, winter, and spring.


Contact

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