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Division of Social Work
(mailing address)
1000 E. University Avenue
Department 3632
College of Health Sciences
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: 307-766-6112
Fax: 307-766-6839
(physical address)
Ninth and Clark Streets
College of Health Sciences
Room 310
Laramie, WY 82071

Master of Social Work Overview

The Division of Social Work offers Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The MSW program has an advanced generalist concentration, which prepares qualified students for advanced social work practice and leadership positions, particularly in rural human service organizations. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in service, management, and policy making positions in human service organizations such as in health care, criminal justice, family service, vocational rehabilitation, adoption, child welfare, gerontology, schools, and mental health agencies.

The Division of Social Work offers an advanced generalist MSW concentration. This concentration, built on a generalist foundation curriculum, strives for integration of the theories, skills, and models of the generalist perspective, with an application to complex, multi-system service needs. This model is especially appropriate for rural areas in which MSW social workers are often required to develop innovative prevention and treatment programs as well as provide advanced level direct practice.  Our curriculum is designed to be integrative, providing depth across a range of areas, for advanced generalist practice proficiency.  Elective courses and field practicum placements are used to provide additional emphasis in selected areas.  Please see the MSW Handbook for more curriculum information.  

The University of Wyoming Division of Social Work Graduate program does not offer an online MSW Degree program.  The MSW program is offered on the University of Wyoming's Laramie campus.

Standard Program
This two-year program of study requires completion of 58 credit hours of coursework and is available to students who do not have a BSW. The first 28 credit hours of the two-year program consists of foundation courses, which introduce students to the profession of social work, the generalist theories, and multi-systems practice skills. A practicum placement is part of this foundation curriculum. The second portion of the program builds upon this foundation, and adds more advanced theories and intervention practices, and culminates in an advanced generalist practicum experience.  The standard program if offered as a 2 year full-time program or as a 4 year part-time program.

Advanced Standing Program
The Advanced Standing Program requires 36 credit hours of coursework and is available for those students with a BSW. It is expected that students entering this program have mastered the generalist foundation content, theories, and skills. Bridge courses are required for such admitted students, in order to prepare them for their concentration work. A weeklong bridge class that meets in Laramie at the beginning of the fall semester.  After successful completion of the bridge courses, the Advanced Standing Program students then enter the concentration year, which adds more advanced theories and intervention practices, and culminates in an advanced generalist practicum experience.  The advanced standing program is offered as a one year full-time program or as a 2 year part-time program. 

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