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Social Work

6
# of Faculty
30-60
Hours to Complete
On Campus and Online
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Overview

The Department of Social Work at Austin Peay, offers a master’s program designed for the working professional with on-campus courses offered in the evening and the remaining classes offered online.

The advanced generalist curriculum builds on the knowledge, values, skills, and roles mastered at the foundation level. The advanced generalist curriculum requires that students have greater theoretical and methodological sophistication. It requires them to be able to work in a wider selection of practitioner roles. It requires the ability to integrate research into advanced practice, add greater depth to the provision of services, and provide the skills to function as administrators, supervisors, policy analysts, and social planners.

Students who have completed the BSW degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing status. This allows for degree completion in one year of full-time study or two years if the student chooses to attend part-time.

 

Program’s Mission Statement:

The mission of the APSU-MSW Program is to provide an educational experience focused on the historical commitment of social work to promote human and community well-being, social betterment, empowerment, and providing service to the most vulnerable in society, locally and globally. The program is focused on producing leaders who demonstrate and build upon the knowledge and skills of advanced generalist social work practice; who exemplify the values and ethics of the professions; and who are responsive to the need for services which promote human rights, social, economic, environmental, and political justice.       

It is a mission of educating students to build on the strengths and resources of people and their environments, to engage in advocacy and use empowerment as a guiding principle toward achieving personal, interpersonal, social and economic justice. Educating graduates who value research and use a reasoned approach for assessing, intervening, and evaluating practice outcomes related to planned change forms a significant aspect of the programs’ mission. The program seeks to increase the work force of generalist social workers engaging in accountable, empirically based practice, knowledge building, and sharing of their own practice wisdom to advance the profession. 

The mission of the APSU-MSW program reflects the values of the social work profession and is dedicated to serving the needs of the region, preparing social workers with an advanced generalist orientation suited to the social context, and reflecting the values and skills of the profession. The students must be aware of our changing world and its impact on the populations served.  This global perspective includes respect for the diverse world which must be approached in a participative manner utilizing critical thinking skills.  Relating effectively to all types of people in this environment includes an understanding of human rights and the effects of discrimination and oppression, and social justice, on the quality of life for all persons.  

The program is dedicated to the enhancement of human well-being, diversity, and justice through developing and improving systems of public social services, especially for the disenfranchised, by offering graduate education and training in Social Work with a hybrid model of delivery.  

Class work and practicum experiences must demonstrate how to relate effectively to all types of people and to appreciate how emotional, social, economic, environmental, political, and spiritual forces influence the behavior of those we are helping. Our purpose is to develop competent, ethical professionals with the knowledge, values, and skills for effective practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities, and who can provide outstanding leadership in the field of social services. 

Students who have completed the BSW degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may be eligible to apply for Advanced Standing status.  This allows for degree completion in one year of full-time study or two years if the student chooses to attend part-time.

The Social Work program is offered through the APSU Clarksville Campus and admits for the fall term only. Priority admissions is February 1

 

Admission Requirements

For information related to admission requirements or to view the courses within each program, please visit the graduate bulletin.  To apply for admission, click here.

 

Sample Course Plan

2020 Social Work, MSW

 

What opportunities are available with this degree?

  • Social Worker
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Organization
  • Agency Administration and Planning
  • Legal Advocacy

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU has not made a determination whether APSU’s programs will meet all of the licensure and certification requirements in each US state or territory.  APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.