MSW Specializations & Concentrations
Clinical Practice - Micro/Mezzo
The clinical practice specialization prepares students for advanced social work practice in health care settings working with interdisciplinary teams. Students apply evidence-based practice models in advanced case management and in mental health treatment with a focus on ethics and religious faith and health. Graduates are prepared for direct practice and health care administration and planning roles.
Clinical Practice Competencies and Practice Behaviors
Community Practice - Macro
Prepares students for working with public and/or nonprofit organizations, communities, congregations, and religiously affiliated agencies. Students learn to apply evidence-informed and asset-based community practice frameworks and methods of intervention to develop responsive human resource systems, sustainable physical and social environments, and just public and institutional policies. This specialization is only offered at the Waco Campus.
Community Practice Competencies and Practice Behaviors
The MSW Concentration is an option designed to develop a student’s knowledge base more comprehensively in one area of social work practice. Concentration options are connected with initiatives and students may chose: Diversity, Gerontology, Congregational Social Work, International Social Work (Community specialization only), Trauma, or Integrated Behavioral Health (Clinical Specialization only). The concentration will go more in depth into one of the areas of practice listed above, but it does not replace the specialization (clinical or community). Students completing requirements of the concentration receive documentation of completion on the graduate’s transcript at the time of the awarding of the MSW degree.