MSW/PhD

BCSSW provides an option for those who don’t already have a masters of social work to earn both the MSW and the PhD degrees. Our combined MSW/PhD program allows exceptionally talented students to embark on their doctoral coursework before completing the MSW program.

The major advantage of our combined program is that it eliminates redundancy between the MSW and PhD programs—saving students approximately one year compared to the time normally required to complete the two degrees separately. We tailor the program to individual student's experiences and objectives.

Applying

Applicants to our combined program are expected to have a master's degree in a behavioral or social science discipline. Our program is especially well suited for international students, enabling them to acquire an understanding of fundamental American social welfare policy and social work practice prior to launching their advanced doctoral studies.

MSW/PhD Curriculum Plan

STUDENTS STARTING SEPTEMBER 2018

(RECOMMENDED STUDY PLAN)

FIRST YEAR
Fall CR Spring CR Summer CR Requirements Completed

SCWK7721 Human Behavior & the Social Environment

3

SSCWK7701 Social Welfare System

3 Elective (MSW) 3
  • Study plan filed with PhD office

SCWK7723 Diversity & Cross-Cultural Issues

3

SCWK7722 Psychosocial Pathology (Clinical) OR SCWK8833 Leadership & Social Transformation (Macro)

3 Elective (MSW) 3  

SCWK7762 Basic Skills in Clinical Social Work

3

SCWK8856 Clinical Practice with Adults: Assessment, Intervention & Evidence Based Practice (Clinical) OR SCWK8886 Financial Management & Resource Development (Macro)

3 SCWK9919 Early Start Field Education
Clinical or Macro (suggested early start if approved by Field Department)
0  

SCWK8800 Basic Skills in Macro Social Work

3

SCWK8855 Clinical Practice with Children & Families: Assessment, Intervention & Evidence Based Practice (Clinical) OR SCWK8889 Social Innovation (Macro)

3      
SCWK9921 Field Education I (16 hours per week) 3 SCWK9932 Field Education II – Clinical OR SCWK9942 Field Education II – Macro (16 hours per week) 3      
SECOND YEAR
Fall CR Spring CR Summer CR Requirements Completed

Advanced Practice in Concentration

3

Advanced Policy in Concentration

3 Electiveh 3
  • Research internship for 10 hours/week
  • 17 required PhD credits and minimum 3 elective PhD credits completed
  • Required 65 credits in courses & field education completed to earn MSW

SCWK9951 Survey of Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Science

3

SCWK9956 The Dialectics of Social & Behavioral Theory

1    

SCWK9950 Professional Development Seminar

3

SCWK9960 Regression Analysis for Social and Behavioral Sciences

0    

SCWK9964 Intro to Statistics

3

SCWK9993 Research Internship

1    

SCWK9993 Research Internship

1 SCWK9934 Field Education IV – Clinical OR SCWK9944 Field Education IV – Macro (24 hours per week) 4
   
SCWK9933 Field Education III – Clinical OR SCWK9943 Field Education III – Macro (24 hours per week) 4        
THIRD YEAR
Fall CR Spring CR Summer CR Requirements Completed

SCWK9959 Doctoral Publishable Paper Writing Project

3

SCWK9992 Theories & Methods of Teaching in Professional Education (must be taken with SCWK9991)

3    
  • Research internship for 10 hours/week
  • Publishable paper approved & presented by end of summer
  • Teaching practicum approved during fall semester
  • Total of 26 required PhD credits and minimum 9 elective PhD credits completed

Elective

3

SCWK9991 Doctoral Teaching Practicum (must be taken with SCWK9992)

1    

Elective

3

SCWK9966 Publishable Paper Continuation

0    
SCWK9993 Research Internship 1

SCWK9993 Research Internship

1    
FOURTH YEAR
Fall CR Spring CR Summer CR Requirements Completed

SCWK9994 Dissertation Preparation Seminar

3

SCWK9995 Dissertation Direction I

3
   
  • Teaching assistantship for 5 hours/week
  • Dissertation committee approved by Dean
  • Dissertation proposal developed
  • Dissertation proposal approved & defended
  • Revised study plan filed
  • Required 92 credits in courses & field completed before registering for Dissertation Direction I
Elective (not needed if 4 electives have been taken) 3 Optional: Audit course needed for dissertation 1.5    
SCWK9993 Research Internship 1        
FIFTH YEAR
Fall CR Spring CR Summer CR Requirements Completed

SCWK9996 Dissertation Direction II

3

SCWK9911 Doctoral Continuation

1    
  • Dissertation defended & filed
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