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Master of Social Work (MSW)

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The Department of Social Work at Austin Peay, in association with the Mid-Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work, offers a master’s program designed for the working professional with on-campus courses offered in the evening and the remaining classes offered online.

The mission of the MTC-MSW Program is dedicated to the enhancement of human well-being, diversity, and social justice through developing and improving systems of public social services, especially for children and families, by offering graduate training in Social Work with a hybrid model of delivery. The mission of the program reflects the dominant values of the social work profession and is dedicated to serving the needs of the region, preparing social workers with an advanced generalist practice orientation suited to the social context, and reflecting the values and skills of the profession.

The advanced generalist concentration curriculum builds on the knowledge, values, skills, and roles mastered at the foundation level. The concentration requires that students have greater theoretical and methodological sophistication. It requires them to be able to work in a wider selection of practitioner roles. It requires the ability to integrate research into advanced practice, add greater depth to the provision of services, and provide the skills to function as administrators, supervisors, policy analysts, and social planners.

Students who have completed the BSW degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing status. This allows for degree completion in one year of full-time study or two years if the student chooses to attend part-time.

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What opportunities are available with this degree?

Approximately 75% of mental health services in the US are provided by social workers, although social work practice is by no means limited to this arena.  Social workers are found in schools, hospitals, home health, hospice, child welfare, agency administration and planning, legal advocacy, community organization, courts and corrections, and additional settings. The MSW is considered the terminal practice degree. Students are encouraged to pursue the appropriate licensure for their preferred area of practice. For individuals who desire careers in higher education, social work is an area in which there are typically more faculty openings nation-wide than new Ph.D.s to fill them, so opportunities abound.