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Graduation Ceremony
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Graduation Ceremony
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Graduation Ceremony

May 2010 Graduation Ceremony held by SSWO

Master of Social Work

We offer accredited graduate programs of study leading to the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. Our MSW programs are the only accredited MSW programs in the state of Nebraska. The MSW degree is the primary degree recognized for certification or licensure for independent social work practice in the United States.

If your undergraduate degree is not in social work, you will first complete the MSW Foundation program.

If you have a BSW or have completed the MSW Foundation program, you can choose from four programs:

  1. MSW Advanced Standing program (Advanced Generalist or Clinical concentration)
  2. MSW Advanced Standing and Master of Public Administration(MPA) dual degree program
  3. MSW Advanced Standing and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree program
  4. MSW Advanced Standing and Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSCRCJ) dual degree
  5. Off-campus MSW Advanced Standing and Foundation programs

A certificate in gerontology is available with any of the above programs (except the off-campus program).

If you began an MSW program prior to Fall 2010, see your advisor for a copy of your advisement worksheet.

Click here for a copy of the MSW projected courses for Spring 2012-Fall 2014.

Request form for Exception to Plan of Study.

MSW Foundation program

The Foundation MSW Program is designed for students whose undergraduate degree is not in social work. The Foundation program consists of 24 credit hours of generalist knowledge and skills common to all professional social workers. Students completing the Foundation Program automatically progress to one of the Advanced Standing programs.
For more information about the MSW Foundation program, please view the following documents:

Admissions
Foundation curriculum
Foundation program objectives

MSW Advanced Standing program

The MSW Advanced Standing program is for students who have completed a BSW degree within 10 years or have completed the MSW Foundation program. The Advanced Standing program consists of 39 credit hours and provides students with more in-depth professional knowledge and competence in social work practice.

Students in the MSW Advanced Standing program can choose one of two concentrations: Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice or Clinical Social Work Practice.

For more information about the MSW Advanced Standing program, please view the following documents:

Admissions
Program goals

MSW Advanced Standing: Advanced Generalist concentration

The Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice concentration prepares students with advanced knowledge and skills in direct and indirect practice to address social service delivery system needs.  Students who select the Advanced Generalist concentration desire knowledge and practice skills in clinical, administrative, policy, advocacy, community practice, and research so that they are prepared to take leadership positions in rural, urban, or international settings. The Advanced Generalist concentration emphasizes social justice, civic engagement, and diversity.

The Advanced Generalist concentration builds on the liberal arts perspective and social welfare theory, providing an opportunity for students to integrate direct and indirect practice across the lifespan.  Examples of direct practice include: clinical intake and assessment, treatment planning, intervention, and discharge planning.  Examples of indirect practice include:  community organizing, social welfare planning, policy analysis, legislative advocacy, and program evaluation.

View advisement worksheets: Foundation | Advanced Standing

MSW Advanced Standing: Clinical concentration

Clinical social work shares with all social work practice the goal of "enhancement and maintenance of psychosocial functioning of individuals, families, and small groups” (NASW Standards for the Practice of Clinical Social Work). Clinical social work is the application of advanced professional knowledge and skills to aid in the prevention, treatment, and ongoing rehabilitation of the psychosocial problems experienced by individuals, families, and groups across the life span. These problems may include normal challenges and problems in living and psychosocial dysfunction, disability, or impairment, including mental and behavioral health disorders. Clinical social work practice draws on current theory from social work and other clinical disciplines, including theories of human development/behavior within a psychosocial context, and treatment methods established by research as best practices.  

Clinical social work maintains the perspective of person-in-situation, including a focus on diversity and multiculturalism, and encompasses a range of services, e.g., assessment; diagnosis; treatment, including psychotherapy and counseling; support and education; client-centered advocacy; consultation; and evaluation, all of which should support the broad social work value of promoting social and economic justice for vulnerable groups. Clinical practice is conducted in the context of principles and values contained in the NASW Code of Ethics. In collaboration with clients, clinical practice helps clients set treatment goals and enact changes that will help them gain access to resources and develop/maintain their adaptive capacities, achievements and strengths.

View advisement worksheets: Foundation | Advanced Standing

MSW Advanced Standing and Master of Public Administration (MPA) dual degree program

The MSW/MPA dual degree program is for students who have a BSW degree or have completed the MSW Foundation program. Students in the MSW/MPA dual degree program receive both an MSW and an MPA graduate degree. The MSW/MPA program consists of 57 credit hours and prepares students to provide a variety of advanced direct and indirect social work services and assume leadership in the public service sector, specifically administrative and policy work with governmental units and non-profit organizations. (Note: In addition to the social work application requirements, applicants to the MSW/MPA dual degree program must take the GRE.)

View advisement worksheets: Foundation | Advanced Standing
MSW/MPA Dual Degree Program Flier | Master of Public Administration (MPA) website

MSW Advanced Standing and Master of Public Health (MPH) dual degree program

The MSW/MPH dual degree program is a collaborative effort between the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health and the University of Nebraska Omaha, Grace Abbott School of Social Work. This program offers interdisciplinary preparation in the fields of social work and public health leading to the master of social work and the master of public health degrees, with fewer required credit hours than it would take to obtain these degrees independently. The MSW/MPH dual degree program is for students who have a BSW degree or have completed the MSW Foundation program. Students in the MSW/MPH dual degree program receive both the MSW and MPH degrees. The MSW/MPH program consists of 57 credit hours of required advanced social work courses and public health courses; no electives are possible. After completing all of the MSW courses, students may choose to take either the Clinical or Advanced Generalist social work comprehensive exam. This dual degree program prepares students to provide the range of advanced social work services and assume leadership in the public health sector to promote and protect physical and mental health, with a focus on population-based services, prevention, collaboration, and strategies and policies grounded in basic science. (Note: In addition to the social work application requirements, applicants to the MSW/MPH program must have received a grade of B or better in undergraduate statistics and must take the GRE.)

View advisement worksheets: Foundation | Advanced Standing
MSW/MPH Dual Degree Program Brochure
Master of Public Health (MPH) website

MSW and Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice dual degree program

In order to help criminal justice professionals better serve the people with whom they work, and for social workers to better understand criminal populations, the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offer a dual master’s degree program in which students can simultaneously obtain a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) and a Master’s of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSCRCJ). A dual MSW/MSCRCJ helps respond to the needs of the community by providing specialized training in working with delinquent and criminal populations across the continuum of care through diversion to corrections to re-entry programs. There is much overlap in the clientele social workers and criminal justice professionals serve. Correctional officers, probation/parole officers, and law enforcement professionals are often placed in positions of addressing and counseling delinquents and criminals with multiple social maladies to manage. Moreover, social work professionals in schools, private practices, and in the capacity of health and human services agencies often work with delinquent and/or criminal populations.  The dual degree provides highly qualified personnel trained to work in schools, health and human service agencies, criminal justice agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Students in the MSW/MSCRCJ dual degree program receive both the MSW and MS degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  The MSW/MSCRCJ program consists of 57 credit hours at the Advanced Standing MSW program level and 81 credit hours for those beginning the dual degree at the Foundation MSW program level. The MS application for Criminology and Criminal Justice is completed online adhering to the same admission criteria for the MSW degree.  The personal statement and letters of recommendation for admission to the MSW degree will be used by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to admit students.

View advisement worksheets: Foundation | Advanced Standing
MSW/MSCRCJ Dual Degree Program Flier 
Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice website   

Off-campus MSW Advanced Standing and Foundation programs

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Grace Abbott School of Social Work is offering an Off Campus Master of Social Work (MSW) program at UNK campus beginning fall 2012. The Off Campus MSW program with be offered to persons interested in more in-depth professional knowledge and competence in social work practice. The program will be offered to both person with a BSSW and persons with a bachelor's degree in a field other than social work. Eligible participants would include persons with a BSSW degree from a CSWE Accredited education institution - Advanced Standing Program or persons with a Bachelor's degree - Foundation Program. These two programs would be offered face-to-face at the UNK location and online. Two courses would be offered each semester, including summer.

Advanced Standing students with a BSSW from an accredited institution prior to fall 2012

Advanced Standing students with a BSSW from an accredited institution prior to fall 2013

Foundation program started fall 2012 for persons with a Bachelor's degree in something other than social work

Gerontology Certificate

The Gerontology Certificate represents a specialization at the graduate level, and is not a degree. Students may complete the requirements for the certificate within any of the MSW Advanced Standing programs (with the exception of the off-campus MSW Advanced Standing program). The Gerontology Certificate consists of 15 credit hours and prepares students with the knowledge and skills to serve the nation’s elders in the context of social work practice in direct services, planning, and administration of programs for older adults.

Please note students must complete the application form and pay a $45 application fee.

Learn more about the Gerontology Certificate.