The Boise State University Master of Social Work Full-Program curriculum is a 63-credit program. The program consists of 45 credits of academic classes, labs and seminars and 18 credits (1000 clock hours) of supervised social work field practicum.
- View sample curriculum at graduatecatalog.boisestate.edu.
The foundation curriculum emphasizes knowledge, skills, and values needed for strengths-based in both micro and macro social work practice. Students complete courses in human behavior and the social environment, social welfare policy and services, social work practice, social work research, and field practicum.
The advanced curriculum addresses advanced professional direct practice with individuals and families. Interventions facilitate and enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in social systems of various sizes. Independent inquiry, commitment to promoting social and economic justice and equality, and commitment to individual and family well-being are emphasized.
The MSW curriculum includes the following elements:
- Skills in communication, reasoning, analysis, critical thinking and inquiry, and scientific method.
- Social work knowledge, values, and skills essential for making sound, ethical, and autonomous professional decisions.
- Exploration of the many dimensions of human diversity, cultural heritage; histories of social, economic, and racial oppression and their implications for social work practice.
- Specialized training in advanced direct practice with individuals and families.
- Specialized training in macro practice with groups, communities, organizations and policy.
Courses in Boise are taught primarily during the day on Mondays and Tuesdays in 3-hour blocks. A few courses are taught in the evening from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. While some courses are taught fully online, others use a hybrid model with face-to-face sessions complemented by on-line work.
Courses in the Coeur d’Alene, Lewiston and Twin Falls MSW Programs are taught primarily in evenings in 3-hour blocks. While some courses are taught fully online, others use a hybrid model with face-to-face sessions complemented by on-line work. Some courses are taught on a series of 5 Friday evenings and Saturdays.