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Bridge Curriculum and Advanced Level Courses - two years with summer (44 Credits)

Advanced standing status may be granted only to students who possess the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a CSWE accredited program.  Advanced standing status students complete the summer bridge curriculum and then enter the MSW advanced level.  The purpose of the bridge curriculum is to arm the students with the necessary abilities that distinguish the graduate from the undergraduate student.  This entails developing enhanced analytical and critical thinking skills.  In addition, KU advanced standing students work to develop the ability to articulate the integration of theory and practice to various constituents.  The KU MSW Family-In-Environment perspective necessitates such preparation due to its focus on developing autonomous practitioners who can express the principles of Family-In-Environment in their chosen fields of practice.

Advanced standing status students complete the MSW in 44 credits.  The curriculum make be completed in one calendar year on a full time basis or extended to two or more years.  The summer bridge curriculum always begins the summer before the advanced level with practicum and seminar experience. 

Ten Week Summer (1st year) - 10w*
  Credits
SWK491 Internship for Advanced Standing I 3
SWK492 Advanced Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice I 3
Total 6

 

Advanced Level (1st year)
Fall   Credits   Spring   Credits
SWK500 Families in the Social Environment 3   SWK5XX Electives (6 one credit) 6
SWK555 Applied Family Policy and Family Service Programs 3  
  Total 6     Total 6

 

Ten Week Summer (2nd year) - 10w*
  Credits
SWK493 Internship for Advanced Standing II 3
SWK494 Advanced Generalist Social Work Theory and Practice II 3
Total 6

 

Advanced Level (2nd year)
Fall   Credits   Spring   Credits
SWK560 Applied Methods of Social Work Research 3   SWK583 Advanced Internship II 4
SWK581 Advanced Internship I 4   SWK584 Advanced Theories of Social Work Practice II 3
SWK582 Advanced Theories of Social Work Practice I 3   SWK595 Capstone Experience 3
  Total 10     Total 10

*A 10w plan is a 10 week session of classes.

+The internship hours are spread out through the summer.