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Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 39-57 credit hours


Advanced Standing
(39 credit hours)

  • Advanced Social Policy Course
  • Policy Practice for Social Justice
  • Values and Ethics in Social Work Practice
  • Research Methods II
  • Mission and Practice of Global Public Health
  • Clinical Practicum II, III
  • Clinical Practicum Seminar

Clinical Courses

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
  • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Community Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse Interventions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Social Work Practice in the Health Field
  • Clinical Diagnosis

Candidates who do not quality for Advanced Standing
(57 credit hours)

Students must complete Generalist Foundational Courses below in addition to the Advanced Standing Courses listed above

  • Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups
  • Social Work Practice with Communities and Organizations
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Policy
  • Foundation Practicum I
  • Foundation Integrative Seminar
  • Research Methods I


All Saint Louis University Council on Social Work Education programs measure and report student learning outcomes. Students are assessed on their mastery of the competencies which comprise the accreditation standards of the Council on Social Work Education. These competencies are dimensions of social work practice which all social workers are expected to master during their professional training. A measurement benchmark is set by the social work programs for each competency. An assessment score at or above that benchmark is considered by the program to represent mastery of that particular competency.

MSW Student Competencies

  • Identify as a professional social worker
  • Apply ethical principles
  • Apply critical thinking
  • Engage diversity in practice
  • Advance human rights/social and economic justice
  • Engage research informed practice/practice informed research
  • Human behavior knowledge
  • Engage policy practice to advance wellbeing and deliver services
  • Respond to practice contexts
  • Practice engagement
  • Practice assessment
  • Practice intervention
  • Practice evaluation