The Master of Social Work degree attests to the graduate’s preparation for social work practice and achievement at a level of competence sufficient to serve as a basis for a professional career. The LSU School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and has been offering graduate education since 1937. The MSW degree requires 60 hours of study and students admitted to the MSW program must elect to enter either on campus or online.
The first 30 hours of the program is termed the generalist year, and the second 30 hours of study is termed the advanced year. The foundation year of the program is structured to provide the knowledge, skills, and values required for all social work practice. This includes courses in social work practice, social work history, research methods, social policy, human diversity, human behavior in the social environment, and field instruction. The advanced year provides instruction in advanced direct practice, advanced social policy, program evaluation, twelve hours of electives, and advanced field internship.
The School of Social Work has an Advanced Generalist Practice concentration in the advanced year to allow our students to work directly with many populations in a variety of social work settings. The field education office places students in an internship that will provide a good educational experience in a supervised setting for both the generalist and the advanced years. The period of study for the MSW cannot exceed four years. No academic credit is granted for work or life experiences.
The deadline for receipt of a completed admission file is one time per year for Baton Rouge main campus programs--advanced standing is March 1 and full or part time is March 31. The MSW Online has a six admission dates throughout the year. The deadline for receipt of online applications is 2 months prior to the start date of the module.