The MSW program is a 60-hour graduate program that includes field experiences. This MSW Program is unique to Louisiana and the region because the curriculum has a 15-hour healthcare/behavioral health concentration and is based on a Christian worldview. Helping students understand how the values of social work and the values of the Christian faith closely align is a key component in their education and application of skills in the marketplace. The Master of Social Work degree at Louisiana College is far more about people than a process or a product. The very nature of the social work profession is service oriented, which reflects LC’s practice of integrating faith and learning.
Students have the option of entering the program as part time, full time (2 years), or full time advanced standing (1 year). A student who has received a bachelor's degree in social work from an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may be eligible for the advanced standing option. Certain coursework criteria must have been met through the undergraduate social work degree. Classes will be offered on Monday and Tuesday afternoons and evenings.
Part Time—6 hours/semester---3-4 years to complete
Full Time—15 hours/semester—2 years to complete
Advanced standing—15 hours/semester—1 year to complete
The Louisiana College MSW Program will be offering areas of concentration during the advanced/2nd year in healthcare/behavioral health and advanced generalist practice. To successfully complete the area of specialization, a student must take 9 hours of elective courses in their chosen area of concentration and complete both advanced year field placements in either a healthcare/behavioral health agency or an advanced generalist practice setting.
The MSW degree will require students to successfully complete a non-thesis track. Candidates for this degree must pass a comprehensive exam during their final semester of study and complete a capstone paper relating to the understanding and application of social work values/Christian values.
Beginning January 1, applications will be accepted for the Fall 2018 semester.
To qualify for advanced standing: a student must meet the above requirements, and hold a degree from a CSWE accredited BSW program, and have a B or higher in all undergraduate core social work courses.
The program is currently in Pre-Candidacy for accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education.