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Master of Social Work

The Winthrop University M.S.W. program, with a specialization in empowerment practice, is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and offers five different options for completing the M.S.W. degree:

  1. The Full-Time Traditional M.S.W. Program (60 credits) - A two-year program for students interested in full-time study. Each cohort begins in August and completes four semesters of study, including two field placements.
  2. The Full-Time Advanced Standing M.S.W. Program (39 credits) - A one-year program for students who already have a CSWE-accredited B.S.W. degree. Each cohort begins in May and completes a full calendar year of study, including one field placement.
  3. The Weekend Traditional M.S.W. Program (60 credits) - A three-year program for working students interested in part-time study in an intensive weekend format. Each cohort begins in August and continues for three years. Each course meets for two intensive weekend sessions one month apart, accompanied by independent readings and projects. Field placements are at reduced hours over a longer period of time.
  4. The Weekend Advanced Standing M.S.W. Program - A two-year program for working students who already have a CSWE-accredited B.S.W. degree and are interested in part-time study in an intensive weekend format. Each cohort begins in August and continues for two years. Each course meets for two intensive weekend sessions one month apart, accompanied by independent readings and projects. Field placements are at reduced hours over a longer period of time.
  5. NEW! Online Master of Social Work - Using the same curriculum as our on-campus programs, we now offer a fully online M.S.W. in both the 39- and 60-credit program options. The program offers a 60-credit hour Traditional program for those without an undergraduate social work degree and a 39-credit hour Advanced Standing program available for those who have earned an undergraduate degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program. Enrollment is three times a year, in fall, winter and summer and classes are 100% online. Contact a program manager toll-free at 833-257-1704 for more details.

For more information about the M.S.W. degree options at Winthrop University, please register to attend one of our Information Sessions.

Empowerment Practice Concentration

 The M.S.W. Program offers a curriculum focused on empowerment practice across systems (individuals and families, small groups, and communities and organizations). Empowerment practice utilizes advanced critical thinking skills to assess the influence of multiple and interlocking personal, structural, and societal systems of power on vulnerable and oppressed populations. It incorporates the use of advanced social work theories and methodologies for culturally relevant assessment, intervention, and evaluation at multiple levels of complexity and across systems in order to promote human and social well-being.

Field Placement 

Field placements are an important component in our programs.  The Office of Field Instruction coordinates and supports graduate and undergraduate internships in a wide variety of local and regional agencies.

Non-Degree Seeking Courses

The Department of Social Work offers two graduate courses for non-degree seeking students: Psychopathology & Empowerment Practice and Psychodiagnostics & Social Work Practice. For more information about apply as a non-degree seeking student, please visit the Graduate School website.

The Department of Social Work offers a range of Assistantship positions for M.S.W. students. Read more information.

You may also visit Winthrop University's Graduate School web site for Graduate School Application, Graduate Tuition & Financial Assistance, and Academic Probation Policy.

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