Program Courses

MSW Courses at Carroll College

Our clinically-focused curriculum is built around four emphasis areas that inform everything we do:

  • Trauma-informed / resilience-focused care
  • Integrated behavioral health care
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Professional leadership

Our program offers two tracts: the traditional track is for those who do not have an undergraduate degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program, while the advanced-standing track is generally for people with an undergraduate degree in social work (BSW or BSSW) from a CSWE-accredited program. 

The traditional track is a 60-credit hour program that can be completed in two years on a full-time basis, but part-time options are available. The program includes two different curricula: the generalist and specialized curricula. In the generalist curriculum, students complete foundational courses that support the development of basic social work knowledge and practice skills, as well as an understanding of the social work profession in terms of our history, mission, values, and ethics. Courses included in the generalist curriculum are:

  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Clinical Methods I - Individuals and Families
  • Clinical Methods II - Groups, Organizations, and Communities
  • Policy and Advocacy in Social Work Practice
  • Research for Social Work Practice
  • Field Practicum (two courses)
  • Field Seminar (two courses)

The second year of the traditional program provides students with specialized knowledge and skills needed to prosper as clinical social workers. The specialized curriculum includes the following courses:

  • Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Clinical Methods III - Integrated and Interdisciplinary Care
  • Substance Use and Co-occurring Disorders
  • Clinical Methods IV - Evaluation of Practice
  • Leadership and Management
  • Mindfulness
  • Elective courses (two courses)
  • Field Practicum (two courses)
  • Field Seminar (two courses)

The advanced-standing track, the 30-credit hour option generally available to students with a BSW or BSSW, only includes specialized curriculum courses described above. This tract is an excellent option for those already working as a helping professional if you are interested in increasing your skills and knowledge and taking advantage of additional professional opportunities.

As always, if you are interested in a Carroll College MSW degree, let's schedule a time to meet to learn more about your professional goals and how an MSW supports those goals. We're easy to get in touch with at