The Catholic University of America

Why Choose the Combined Concentration?

Catholic University's MSW-Combined Concentration is one of the few such programs of its kind in the nation. It focuses on strengths-based practice in a variety of clinical settings and prepares students for licensed independent practice in most jurisdictions. (To learn the licensing requirements in your jurisdiction, visit the website of the Association of Social Work Boards.)

A broad foundation

Students in this concentration take courses in ethics, human development, clinical practice theory, research, social justice and social change. Field education prepares them for multi-level interventions with individuals, families, small groups, organizations, and communities.

In-depth advanced education

Combined concentration students integrate clinical and macro components. For example, a student placed at the DC Rape Crisis Center could serve as a hospital advocate for rape victims, performing direct clinical work with a client. This student may also evaluate police procedures, and later, help train police to deal more sensitively with crime victims.

Prepare for management

Many clinical social workers are promoted to management positions within several years. Combined concentration graduates are prepared to assume multiple professional responsibilities, including clinical as well as administrative, management and community development functions.

Degree requirements

An MSW with a Combined Concentration requires candidates to earn 30 credits in foundation knowledge and 30 credits in advanced knowledge.



Field Internships

Students will learn advanced clinical and macro practice in their advanced year internship. Field placement settings will offer students the opportunity to perform a wide range of professional activities.


Career skills

Students in the combined concentration will be prepared for professional roles in:

  • Therapeutic work with individuals, families, and groups;
  • Clinical and case management services;
  • Licensed clinical practice in most jurisdictions (check the website of the Association of Social Work Boards to verify the regulations in your jurisdiction);
  • Advocating on behalf of individual clients, groups, and communities;
  • Overseeing projects and staff;
  • Monitoring the success of programs; and working with boards, community groups, and governmental policy making structures.