Social Work - MS

The Auburn University MSW program prepares students for advanced Clinical Social Work practice with a focus on the areas of health and mental health with an emphasis on health disparities, prevention, and policy.  Our mission is to make a positive impact on health care needs and social problems unique to Alabama’s citizens by preparing students for specialized social work practice with diverse populations through the establishment  and maintenance of community partnerships, along with the development and implementation of research techniques and evaluative strategies. 

MSW Clinical Traditional Program

For students who qualify for admission to the MSW Traditional Program, classes shall be taken in the full-time format.  Students typically take twelve (12) to sixteen (16) hours per semester (9 hours in summer).  Students are required to complete two field experiences.  The first internship is a generalist placement (consisting of 432 hours) focusing on the acquisition and development of generalist practice skills using a strengths perspective.  The second internship is an advanced clinical placement (512 hours) focusing on the development of advanced clinical social work practice skills.  Both the generalist and advanced clinical field placements are completed in a full-time format, each placement being performed during one full semester.  It typically takes a student 5 semesters (about 2 years) to complete the 61 credit-hour program.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SOWO 7000 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare3SOWO 7070 Social Work with Groups and Communities3
SOWO 7800 Human Behavior and the Social Environment3SOWO 7700 Foundations of Social Work Research3
SOWO 7060 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families3SOWO 7920 Generalist Field110
SOWO 7090 Advanced Social Welfare Policy3 
 12 16
Second Year
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
SOWO 7020 Psychopathology3SOWO 7010 Advanced Clinical Practice3SOWO 7930 Advanced Field312
SOWO 7030 Evaluation in Social Work Practice3Social Work Elective23SOWO 7950 Integrative Seminar3
Social Work Elective23Social Work Elective23 
 9 9 15
Total Hours: 61

MSW Clinical Advanced Standing Program

Students who have earned an undergraduate degree in Social Work from a program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, qualify for admission to the MSW Advanced Standing Program.  Classes shall be taken in the full-time format.  Students typically take twelve (12) to fifteen (15) hours per semester (9 hours in summer).  These students will complete one internship, an advanced clinical placement (512 hours) that focuses on the development of advanced clinical social work practice skills.  This internship will be completed in a part-time format across two semesters.  It typically takes a student 3 semesters (1 year) to complete the 39 credit-hour program.

First Year
SummerHoursFallHoursSpringHours
SOWO 7020 Psychopathology3SOWO 7010 Advanced Clinical Practice3SOWO 7950 Integrative Seminar23
SOWO 7030 Evaluation in Social Work Practice3Social Work Elective13Social Work Electives19
Social Work Elective13SOWO 7930 Advanced Field212 
 9 18 12
Total Hours: 39