The School's view of Pathways is based on the idea that rapidly changing policies, emerging evidence-based practices, and dramatic changes in service delivery patterns and structures require a graduate to be well-grounded in the methodologies of change as well as the contexts of practice. The curriculum builds on a generalist essential curriculum and provides students the choice of eight specialized pathways.
Specialized pathways focus on theories and interventions related to practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and/or society. Pathways also provide an opportunity to apply this knowledge, focusing on selected contexts and domains of practice, with particular attention given to specific policies, procedures, and practices. Each pathway serves to broaden and deepen foundation knowledge and skills, and enhance the specialized skills needed for students to know the how and why of their interventions.
Students complete twelve credit hours in their specialized pathway and have the option to choose a second pathway. Students that choose a second pathway will use twelve elective credits to complete coursework for their second specialized pathway.
Students in the online MSW program and on-campus part-time/evening MSW program must select the Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse pathway and cannot select a second pathway.
All MSW students must select a specialized pathway from one of the eight pathways offered by the School: Community Change; Global Social Work Practice; Interpersonal Practice in Integrated Health, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse; Management & Leadership; Policy & Political Social Work; Program Evaluation and Applied Research; Social Work Practice with Older Adults and Families from a Lifespan Perspective; and Welfare of Children & Families. A student's choice determines which pathway courses are requirements for graduation.
University of Michigan
School of Social Work
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Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106