Curriculum | Master of Social Work

The MSW program at Pacific is grounded in the social work professions’ values and ethical principles of service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, competence, human rights, and scientific inquiry.

During both the foundation and concentration years of the program, students serve their field education practicums under the supervision of an MSW field instructor and the administration of the MSW field director. 

Students who have completed a BSW degree within five years prior to beginning the MSW program may apply for Advanced Standing status and, if accepted, waive the entire (first) Foundation Year of the curriculum. After taking SocWk 600, they begin the program in Year 2 (the Concentration Year). Only students possessing a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited program may be admitted to advanced standing status. SocWk 600 is required for “Advanced Standing” students who have not been enrolled in a BSW program a year or longer prior to the fall of their Concentration Year in the MSW program.

Degree requirements and courses are listed in the online academic catalog

Note: Starting in 2021, the program will be discontinuing the Health & Wellness (H&W) or Latino Family and Culture (LFC) concentrations and replacing them with a strong generalist curriculum with course work in Health, Wellness, Latino Family and Culture, and Racism, Oppression and Power in Social Work Practice. Please stay posted for the new curriculum!

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