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ASU to Offer New Master of Social Work Degree

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Author: ASU News Services

Release Date: Jun 24, 2014

Alabama State University will offer a new Master of Social Work degree, providing advanced training for students who are interested in pursuing careers in various specialty fields of social work.

Alabama State University will offer a new Master of Social Work (MSW) degree that will train students in advanced social work and academic leadership.

Specifically, the program will offer concentrations and field placements in the following areas:

  • forensic
  • gerontology
  • behavioral and mental health 

The new MSW degree program was approved this month by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education and will begin during the fall semester of 2015. 

The program is designed to attract highly motivated students who demonstrate a strong commitment to promoting social and economic justice. Students will learn to apply social work knowledge and skills systematically  (e.g. theory, research methods and best practices) to assist at-risk populations.

Dr. Voncile Gowdy, chair of the Department of Social Work, believes the program is long overdue and is one that responds to the needs of the community. She said the program is in great demand, especially for those who specialize in aging and forensic concentrations and for those who work in rural areas. 

"Having a Master of Social Work program located at ASU will be beneficial to students residing in the central and southern areas who have experienced barriers to existing MSW programs in other locales in Alabama,” Gowdy said. “It also affords students opportunities to pursue careers in new fields of specialty in social work.”

Students admitted to the program will have a choice of the degree concentrations via three options:  Traditional (two-year, full time); Advanced Standing (12 months); and Part-time (four-year). Each option has its own admission requirements. All students must meet specific minimum requirements for admission established by the University.

It is anticipated that ASU’s MSW degree program will be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) prior to the graduation of the first class.

For more information about the Master of Social Work degree program, contact the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Social Work at 334-229-6957.

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