UMKC Catalog


Program Description
The program educates Advanced Generalist Social Work practitioners for professional responsibilities at various levels with complex and dynamic human service organizations. To accommodate working students' schedules, many classes are scheduled for late afternoons, evenings and weekends.

Faculty members and students co-create empowering learning environments through group discussions, role play, experiential occurrences and readings that enable transformational learning.

The practice-oriented curriculum is focused on advanced generalist social work practice in an urban environment. The curriculum provides: theoretically based understanding to assess diverse human behaviors in varied social environments; skills for operating in a multidisciplinary agency and community environment; research methods with practical application to agency practice; and approaches to working with culturally diverse populations.

The full-time, regular M.S.W. program offers a two-year, 60-credit curriculum combining classroom and field experience. For students who already have a B.S.W. degree, the full-time Advanced Standing program includes 36 credits during a spring or summer semester and one full-time year of coursework with a supervised field practicum. Students may attend the part-time program schedule, but must complete the M.S.W. in four years.

The foundation year curriculum  includes coursework in generalist social work practice theory and skills, social policy, human behavior in the social environment, social work research and a generalist field practicum experience in a human service agency approximately 16 hours a week.

The concentration year curriculum focuses on advanced generalist methods within an urban context. The required curriculum includes courses in program evaluation, advance practice methods, and a capstone course (Integrative Seminar). Under the guidance of their academic advisor and in light of their career plans, students select four electives with a requirement of at least one elective in Integrative content area and at least one elective in Advanced Methodological approaches to Social Work practice. Finally, a second field practicum for approximately 16 hours a week provides advanced generalist experience and supervision.