MSW Online Option

Student directed learning that supports family, work, and school life balance

MSW Online Option

 

Overview

The Portland State University School of Social Work in Portland, Oregon is pleased to offer the first MSW online option in the Pacific Northwest. Nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report, we are uniquely suited to deliver a quality academic program. The program is uniquely designed for those who have traditionally lacked access to the MSW degree. We offer a dynamic learning opportunity, using online curriculum, innovative teaching techniques and student directed learning in a structure that supports a family, work, school life balance.

Courses are identical to what is taught in the other options, though the courses have been redesigned to fit the online delivery format. The courses are web based using our learning management system, D2L, which is similar to systems like “Blackboard.”  Our 11-week courses are broken into smaller learning modules that require students to be actively engaged in learning about 10 hours per week per course. The online curriculum allows students more flexibility as to when they complete the learning modules, though there will be significant work required each week. The online course design supports the use of more innovative teaching techniques and more student-directed learning. Students will also be expected to periodically participate in online face-to-face meetings with other students and faculty. Students will be expected to come to the Portland campus for 2-day intensives at the beginning of each year (late September). These intensives will allow for community building between students and faculty and allow for some face-to-face instructional time and assessment of student learning.

The MSW Online Option has two advanced concentrations to choose from: 1) Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations, or 2) Health Across the Lifespan.  Students follow a prescribed course sequence outlined in the Online Course Map.

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Admissions

Students follow the general MSW Program admissions process. We admit students once a year for courses beginning in fall term. The application deadline is in early winter.

Students currently attending another accredited MSW program may apply to transfer to PSU School of Social Work Online Program.

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Curriculum

Students complete the 78 credit MSW degree over the course of 3 years, taking 6–9 credits per term (fall, winter, spring, summer).  During years 2 and 3, students complete a 16 hour/week field placement.  Below is a sample course map.

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Year One (18 required course credits; supplement with elective credits)

Fall Winter Spring Summer

*SW 539 Social Justice in Social Work (3 credits)

SW 520 Social Welfare History and Policy (3 credits)

SW 540 Human Development Through the Lifespan (3 credits)

2 or 3
Electives
SW 541 Societal, Community and Organizational Structures and Processes (3 credits) SW 550 SW Research and Evaluation I (3 credits) SW 551 SW Research and Evaluation II (3 credits)

Year Two (9 required course credits; 12 field credits; supplement with elective credits)

Fall Winter Spring Summer

SW 530 Skills for the Helping Process: Individuals and Families (3 credits)

SW 515 Skills for the Helping Process: Groups (3 credits)

SW 532 Social Work Advocacy and Empowerment (3 credits)

2 or 3
Electives
SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits) SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits)

SW 511 Field Placement and Seminar (4 credits)

Year Three: PLCO Concentration
(9 Required Course Credits; 12 Field Credits; One Required Elective)

Fall Winter Spring Summer
SW 593 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations I (3 credits) SW 594 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations II (3 credits) SW 595 Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations III (3 credits) 0 or 1
Elective
SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits) SW 512 Advanced Field
Placement (4 credits)
SW 512 Advanced Field
Placement (4 credits)

Year Three: HAL Concentration
(9 Required Course Credits; 12 Field Credits; One Required Elective)

Fall Winter Spring Summer
SW 517 Health Across the Lifespan I (3 credits)

SW 518 Health Across the Lifespan II (3 credits)

SW 519 Health Across the Lifespan III (3 credits) 0 or 1
Elective
SW 512 Advanced Field Placement (4 credits) SW 512 Advanced Field
Placement (4 credits)
SW 512 Advanced Field
Placement (4 credits)

Fall, Winter, and Spring electives will open to all MSW students at the same time. Electives are subject to change and students are expected to check the online course schedule for most up-to-date information.

*PSU graduates of the BSW or CYFS programs do not take SW 539. Those students replace SW 539 with an additional elective.


Contact

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Cimone Schwoeffermann »
SSW Director of Student Affairs

John Waddingham »
MSW Student Affairs Assistant