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Social Work, M.S.W.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #401 (ARWU) Provo, UT, United States
Social Work practice requires knowledge about human service values, practice skills, and techniques to aid individuals, families, groups, and communities achieve their greatest potential.  The BYU Social Work Program equips students with the skills and competencies they need to go out into the world and help others reach their potential.

Overview

The mission of the School of Social Work at Brigham Young University is to support the overall mission of BYU and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by generating new knowledge and by educating and training students to use the appropriate knowledge, values, and skills of the social work profession to serve children and families within the context of their specific cultures.

Our MSW program offers two emphases: Clinical and Research, both focusing on families and children.

These emphases are different in the following ways:

Clinical

Approximately 35 students are admitted each year to the clinical emphasis. Students from this emphasis receive exceptional clinical training to work in mental health and other direct practice settings, go on to receive LCSW licensure, and frequently become agency directors and administrators of social work organizations.

Research

Approximately 3-5 students are admitted each year to the research emphasis. These students are well qualified to pursue advanced training in top social work PhD programs. Research emphasis students will also receive strong clinical training, but they will 1) take advanced research courses outside of social work as part of their elective requirements (instead of clinical electives), and 2) submit their research project for professional publication. Alumni from this emphasis are prepared to go on to become university professors, work in a research or policy arena, or receive advanced clinical training. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Social Work in the School Setting
  • Social Services for the Aging
  • Global Issues of Children at Risk
  • Advanced Research Methods in Social Work
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Spirituality in Social Work
  • Comparative International Social Welfare Policy

For more information please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    53

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General Requirements

  • Write a 4 to 6-page statement of intent specific to Social Work.  Instructions are found on the department website. http://socialwork.byu.edu
  • List prerequisite courses you have taken - in the Standards and Prerequisites Section.
  • One page resume - upload in the online application.
  • Optional Scholarship application - upload to department documents in the online application.
  • Online application only.
  • Application Username
  • BYU Net ID Instructions
  • Obtain an Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • Request letters of recommendation
  • Application Fee
  • Check Your Application Status

For more information please visit the program website.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    832 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 832 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    416 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 416 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Provo

  • 944 - 1640 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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