The Catholic University of America

MSW Online Academic Plan

Students in the asynchronous online program complete the 60-credit program in 3-1/2 years (10 semesters). Students enroll in two courses per semester. With the exception of the four semesters when students are completing their field placements, courses are taken one at a time over an eight-week period. During the semesters that students are completing their field placements, the practice classes will be offered for the first eight weeks of the semester but students will complete their field placements and participate in an integrative seminar for the full length (16 weeks) of the semester. Below is the course schedule online MSW students will follow:

 
Foundation Curriculum (each course is 3 credits)
1st semester:
SSS 570D Diversity in a Multicultural Society
SSS 571D Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

2nd semester
SSS 572D Human Development and Psychopathology
SSS 581D Social Welfare Policy and Services I

3rd semester
SSS 582D Social Welfare Policy and Services II
SSS 590D Social Work Research Methods

4th semester
SSS 605D Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups
        (offered the first eight weeks of the semester)
SSS 673D Foundation Field Education and Integrative Seminar I
(students will complete 240 hours in field internship during the semester; seminar and field placement taken concurrently for the full length of the semester)

5th semester
SSS 606D Generalist Practice with Groups, Communities & Organizations
(offered the first eight weeks of the semester)
SSS 674D Foundation Field Education and Integrative Seminar II
(students will complete 240 hours in field internship during the semester; seminar and field placement taken concurrently for the full length of the semester)



Advanced Curriculum with a Clinical Concentration (each course is 3 credits)
6th semester
SSS 656D Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Illnesses
SSS 740D Ethical Issues in Contemporary Social Work

7th semester
SSS 723D Psychodynamic Theory and Social Functioning
SSS 802D Clinical Social Work with Adults

8th semester
SSS 724D Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Social Functioning
SSS 805D Clinical Social Work with Children and Adolescents

9th semester
SSS 822D Clinical Social Work with Families: Strengths-based Model
(offered the first eight weeks of the semester)
SSS 871D Clinical Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar I
(students will complete 300 hours in field internship during the semester; seminar and field placement taken concurrently for the full length of the semester)

10th Semester
SSS 756D Evaluation of Social Work Practice
(offered the first eight weeks of the semester)
SSS 872D Clinical Field Instruction and Integrative Seminar II
(students will complete 300 hours in field internship during the semester; seminar and field placement taken concurrently for the full length of the semester)


For further information, contact:
Aileen Worrell, MSW, MBA
NCSSS Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
Email: Worrell@cua.edu
Phone: 202-319-5496