M.S.W. Degree: Leadership and Macro Practice Concentration
The Leadership and Macro Practice concentration prepares M.S.W. students for a career in managing social services in local, national or international communities, agencies and organizations.
- The Leadership component provides students with the knowledge and skills to become leaders in a variety of social work arenas.
- The Macro Practice component addresses organizational policy, organizational change, culture, social justice and the implementation of social policy at the service-delivery-system level.
Students choose their concentration after completing the Foundation Phase of the M.S.W. program (the first 33 credits). Your concentration determines which courses you take in the Advanced Phase of your degree and which fieldwork choices you get.
LEADERSHIP AND MACRO PRACTICE CONCENTRATION - FEATURES
This concentration is separated into two areas:
FOCUS A: Human Service Leadership
Focus A is for students who are interested in managing social service agencies or social service departments within other settings. An M.S.W. graduate with this concentration is qualified for a career in policy planning, supervision, program development and organization.
The required courses focus on administration issues, including effective management, strategic planning, finances and leading a diverse workforce. Students also work with faculty advisers and specialists in administration, policy planning and social work practice management.
Students can choose electives that enhance their skills in the administrative field or they can take courses in our other areas of concentration.
Students complete field instruction in an agency setting where they can develop skills in policy and program planning, community organizing, proposal development/grant writing, staff organization and supervision, and leadership.
Students are supervised by experienced M.S.W. administrators and get valuable feedback throughout the fieldwork assignment.
FOCUS B: Community-Based Practice and Leadership
Focus B is for students who want to be involved in the organization, planning and management of social work and who are also interested in working directly with clients of social work services and treatment.
An M.S.W. graduate with this unique concentration is qualified for a career involving management plus direct practice in a variety of settings, such as advocacy groups, mental health programs, community boards and organizations, and any other programs that work to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.
The required courses cover both social work management and clinical practice.
Students can choose electives that enhance their skills in the administrative field and in clinical practice.
Students complete field instruction in a setting where they can work directly with a client population, as well as gain experience in the planning and management of social service agencies and programs.
Students are supervised by experienced M.S.W. administrators and practitioners, and they get valuable feedback throughout the fieldwork assignment.
PLANS OF STUDY
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