Business & Practice Areas: Social Work Graduate Education & Field Placements
Social Work Graduate Education
To support the development of a quality behavioral health workforce, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare has formed a partnership with the University of Southern California School of Social Work. Ranked among the top schools of social work, USC is the first prestigious research university to offer an accredited Master of Social Work degree on the web nationwide, with classes held virtually and traditional internships available in local agency settings. Now behavioral health professionals can have access to one of the best MSW programs in the country, no matter where they live and work.
National Council member organizations can leverage this exceptional workforce development initiative by encouraging staff to apply for the MSW@USC program — scholarships ($2,500 and $1,250 for advanced standing) are available. Request information about the MSW@USC program today or call 1.888.700.4MSW.National Council members can also serve as field placement sites to train MSW@USC students who live in their community. These free internship opportunities can bring new talent and new perspectives to the workplace and help nurture the workforce of the future. Request more information about the USC National Field Education Network for National Council member organizations.
How the Web-based MSW Program Works
The web-based MSW@USC program features live classes held in face-to-face virtual classrooms and hands-on field internships in students’ own communities, giving them an opportunity for real-world experience. Students are never required to come to Los Angeles to complete the degree, but are welcome to participate in any on-campus activities, including commencement.
MSW@USC students can choose from study concentrations taught by award-winning faculty:
- Community Organization, Planning and Administration (COPA)
- Families and Children
- Mental Health
- Social Work and Business in a Global Society
Specialized coursework in military social work — the first program of its kind at a research university — enhances any of these areas.
Full-time students can complete the 60-unit MSW@USC program in two years or one year through advanced standing. Part-time options are also available.
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Request information about the MSW@USC today or call 1.888.700.4MSW.
How the Field Education Network Works
The USC School of Social Work works with agencies and organizations across the country that represent the complete range of social services to provide MSW@USC students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life settings in the community.
Students will spend a minimum of 16-20 hours a week in select social service agencies, government entities, schools, hospitals or businesses near where they live and work. These placement sites provide an experienced social worker to supervise students as they take part in hands-on learning relevant to their emerging skills.
Your organization can help shape the next generation of social work leaders by joining the MSW@USC national network of field placement agencies. The benefits of participation include:
- Partnering with a prestigious research university
- Working with an accredited MSW program highly regarded for its career preparation
- Gaining access to high-quality students to augment your services
- Teaching talented social workers to work in your community
- Hiring MSW graduates from a top-ranked school
The MSW@USC program continuously seeks quality field placement sites in both urban and rural settings across the country that provide a range of learning experiences in a professional environment.
How to become an MSW@USC Field Education Site