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Part-Time MSW Curriculum

The Brown School is pleased to offer a Part-Time MSW program for individuals wishing to advance their careers in clinical mental health.

The Part-Time MSW program offers students the opportunity to earn their MSW through a hybrid schedule of evening, weekend and online courses. It was designed for working professionals who may not have the flexibility to enroll in a full-time program with courses that are offered primarily during the day. Learn more about the application process.

Students in the Part-Time MSW program will complete 60 credit hours over the course of three and a half years, with the option to complete the program in three years if they choose to enroll in additional coursework during the summer semesters.

The part-time program uses a cohort model in which students who enter the program in the same term will follow a predetermined schedule of courses together. The curriculum is comprised of 25 credit hours of foundation-level courses and practicum, and 26 credit hours of courses and practicum from the Clinical Social Work track in the Mental Health concentration. Students will also have 9 credit hours of elective coursework which can be used to earn an optional specialization or to take other graduate coursework in social work, public health, social policy or relevant courses from other WashU graduate programs.

Students must keep in mind that some elective courses, including those required for fulfilling specializations, are scheduled for the full-time MSW program. Thus, students wishing to take specific elective courses may have to take them during the day, as evening and weekend courses will not be available for all classes.

Part-Time MSW Curricular Format


The part-time program utilizes multiple methods of delivering curriculum to maximize the flexibility of student learning. Courses may be delivered in-person, remotely, synchronously, asynchronously, weekly, or in a weekend format.

  • In-person: students will attend courses on campus and in-person. Although remote learning is a component of the part-time program, students are expected to reside in the St. Louis area to attend on-campus classes
  • Remotely: students will attend courses via a remote platform such as Zoom or Canvas
  • Synchronously: students will attend courses via a remote platform live with classmates and the instructor
  • Asynchronously: students will complete independent work such as recorded lectures and practice exercises
  • Weekly: students attend on a weekly basis with the instructor or some combination of weekly live lecture and weekly independent study
  • Weekend: students attend in-person courses over the weekend, which can span from Friday-Sunday.

Part-Time MSW Curricular Schematic


Fall Semester Year 1

6 credit hours

Social Justice & Human Diversity (in-person, weekend format)

3

Human Behavior (remote, synchronous & asynchronous format)

3



Spring Semester Year 1

6 credit hours

Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (in-person, weekday evening format)

3

Social Welfare Policies & Services (remote, synchronous & asynchronous format)

3



Summer Semester Year 1

6-7 credit hours

Research Methods (in-person, weekday evening format)

3

Social, Economic, and Political Environment (remote, synchronous & asynchronous format)

3

Optional: Motivational Interviewing (in-person, weekend format)

1



Fall Semester Year 2

8 credit hours

Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities (in-person, weekend format)

3

Contemporary Theories & Issues in Behavioral Health (remote, weekly synchronous format)

3

Foundation Practicum* (120 hours at field site)

1

Foundation Practicum Seminar (remote, bi-weekly synchronous format)

1


*Students who currently work in a social service setting may have the option to complete their foundation practicum hours at their place of employment

Spring Semester Year 2

8 credit hours

Principles of Clinical Interventions in Behavioral Health (in-person, weekend format)

3

Principles & Practices of Differential Diagnosis (remote, weekly synchronous format)

3

Foundation Practicum (240 hours at field site)

2



Summer Semester Year 2

6-8 credit hours

Principles, Practices, & Services in Substance Use Disorder Treatment (in-person, weekend format)

3

Behavioral Health Polices & Services (remote, synchronous & asynchronous format)

3

Optional: Two Skill Labs or Concentration Course (in-person, weekend format)

2



Fall Semester Year 3

8 credit hours

Leadership and Management of Organizations (in-person, weekend format)

3

Elective I (format will vary based on elective chosen)

3

Concentration Practicum* (240 hours at field site)

2


*Students who currently work in in a setting that offers clinical mental health services may have the option to complete their practicum hours at their place of employment


Spring Semester Year 3

7-8 credit hours

Evaluation of Programs and Services (format TBD)

3

Elective II (format will vary based on elective chosen)

3

Concentration Practicum  (120 hours at field site)

1

Optional: Skill Lab (in-person, weekend format)

1



Summer Semester Year 3

2-8 credit hours

Concentration Practicum (240 hours at field site)

2

Optional: Two Skill Labs

2

Optional: Concentration Course or Elective

2

Optional: Concentration Course or Elective

2



Fall Semester Year 4  (complete only if electives are still outstanding)

6 credit hours

Elective II (format will vary based on elective chosen)

3

Elective III (format will vary based on elective chosen)

3



Curriculum and required credit hours are subject to change.