Social Work


The Master of Social Work program at the University of Vermont prepares students for advanced social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities in the post-modern environment. The curriculum emphasizes strengths-oriented, relational practice guided by principles of social justice and human rights and a conceptual framework of critical social construction. The Master of Social Work program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The professional foundation curriculum is designed to assist students to explore and develop generalist knowledge, values, and skills for professional practice. Students take 30 credits of foundation course work, including 1 elective. The curriculum comprises course work in 5 areas: Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE), Social Welfare Policy, Social Work Practice, Field Practica, and Research.

The concentration year curriculum is designed to extend and integrate student knowledge, values, and skills for advanced practice in a single concentration, Transformative Social Work. This is accomplished through focused study in a student-generated, individualized area of interest. All core curriculum courses in the concentration year are considered advanced practice courses in Transformative Social Work, in that all emphasize the application of complex social ideas and the production of transformative roles and methods.

Students select 4 focus courses to direct their studies toward a particular population or field of social work practice. In addition, the concentration curriculum consists of two advanced practice courses, a field practicum, an advanced research course, and a "capstone course" aimed at integrating the student's application of transformative social work in the area of interest. 


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