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Working Professionals

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is pleased to announce our new Working Professionals Master of Social Work Program launching in fall 2020.

  • On-campus program
  • 7 semesters of continuous enrollment (Fall, spring, and summer semesters)
  • Evening courses
  • Adult Mental Health and Wellness (AMHW) curriculum 
  • Complete the program by December 2022

Deadline:

We are accepting applications for the Fall 2020 cohort until April 1, 2020. 

For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 213-740-2013.

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Curriculum

Below is the Working Professionals MSW prescribed curriculum snapshot that all students enrolled in this program must follow with no modifications.

Fall 2020: Semester 1 (6 Units)

SOWK-506 Behavior - 3 units
SOWK-506 Policy - 3 units

Spring 2021: Semester 2 (6 Units)

SOWK-546 Research - 3 units
SOWK-630 Diversity - 3 units

Summer 2021: Semester 3 (6 units)

SOWK-544 Practice - 3 units
SOWK-589A Virtual Field Placement - 3 units

Fall 2021: Semester 4 (11 units)

SOWK-588 Field Seminar - 2 units
SOWK-589B Field Practicum - 3 units
SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units
SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units

Spring 2022: Semester 5 (11 units)

SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units
SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units
SOWK-698A - Field Seminar - 1 unit
SOWK-699A - Field Practicum - 4 units

Summer 2022: Semester 6 (11 units)

SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units
SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units
SOWK-698A - Field Seminar - 1 unit
SOWK-699A - Field Practicum - 4 units

Fall 2022: Semester 8 (9 units)

SOWK-612 Assessment and Diagnosis of Mental Disorders (Elective) - 3 units
SOWK-617 Substance-Related and Behavioral Addictive Disorders (Elective) - 3 units
SOWK-692: Loss, Grief and Bereavement (Elective) - 3 units

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Field Education

All MSW students complete four semesters of field placement for a minimum of 1,000 hours of hands-on training. 

Semester 3: Virtual Field Practicum

  • Skills training in classroom setting.
  • Online activities to develop clinical acumen.
  • Application in a simulated telehealth environment. 

Semesters 4, 5, and 6: Community-Based Field Placement

  • Field placement hours in a community-based agency.
  • 16-20 hours per week.
  • Hours completed during normal weekday business hours. 
  • USC matches students with an agency based on their:
    • Geographic location.
    • Previous work and volunteer experience.
    • Future goals.
    • Career track.
    • Professional interests.
    • Agency needs.
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Student Support Services

Students will be assigned a dedicated field faculty member to be their point of contact for the program. The faculty member will assist with onboarding, plan field placement, and be the liaison for concerns. 

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Tuition
Semester Units Estimated Tuition** Calculation
1 6 $11,568 6 x $1,928 per unit rate
2 6 $11,568 6 x $1,928 per unit rate
3 6 $11,568 6 x $1,928 per unit rate
4 11 $21,108 11 x $1,928 per unit rate
5 11 $21,108 11 x $1,928 per unit rate
6 11 $21,108 11 x $1,928 per unit rate
7 9 $17,352 9 x $1,928 per unit rate
Total   $115,680  

 

  • Your cost of attendance will be determined by the USC Financial Aid Office and will reflect tuition, all mandatory fees and, in some cases, certain allowances for living expenses. Published rates for 2020 have not yet been announced and subject to change.
  • You must apply for federal loans and work-study through the USC Financial Aid Office. You can apply for USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work scholarships and stipends through the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work scholarships and stipends will be determined separately from the USC FAO and may not be included on your initial financial aid award letter from the USC FAO.
  • All financial aid amounts are subject to change.
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