School of Social Work

MSW Program Requirements


The MSW program offers full time and part time options.  Full-time students will be able to complete the program in two years. Part-time students can complete the program in four years. The MSW must be completed in four years.

The MSW program requires 60 hours of graduate coursework. However, a student who has earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) within the past five years or who has taken graduate coursework, comparable to that required for our program, in another social work program or another department at UM – St. Louis or another university may receive credit toward the 60-hour requirement or, by passing a test-out exam, have content waived.

The MSW has two levels of study. In the first year, students complete 30 credit hours of coursework, identified as foundation content, or generalist practice. In the second year of study, students complete another 30 credit hours of coursework in an advanced practice concentration.

The three concentrations offered in the MSW program at UM-St. Louis are:

Full-time students complete practicums in their first and second years of study, although students entering with a BSW are exempt from the first-year practicum. Each practicum requires 300 hours or approximately two and one half days per week in an agency for one semester. The MSW program curriculum at UM-St. Louis was developed in accordance with the guidelines outlined in the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards developed by the Council on Social Work Education.