Master's Program students

Requirements & Competencies

For current students who began Fall 2023 or earlier, including advanced standing students who will begin in Summer 2024

The Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is central to the educational program at the master's level. It brings together all students, whatever their career interests, for a solid introduction to the fundamentals of social policy formulation and program implementation, social research, and direct practice. The Core Curriculum prepares students for generalist practice through mastery of the core competencies of the profession as articulated by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). It places particular emphasis on understanding and working with culturally diverse and economically disadvantaged populations. After completing core studies in the first year, students who choose clinical practice begin their concentration with an established awareness of the broader contexts of individual distress and helping responses, while social administration students enter their concentration with a corresponding understanding of social work intervention at the direct practice level.

The First Year Core

Clinical Concentration

Social Administration Concentration

Electives and Programs of Study

Curriculum Maps


Field placement activities support the development of social work competencies.  Click below to view the competencies for Core (1st Year), Clinical and Social Administration concentrations:

Core (1st Year) (PDF)

Clinical Concentration (PDF)

Social Administration Concentration (PDF)