Social Work — M.S.W. with Gerontology — M.S.
Social work and gerontology—within a behavioral health framework—address the models of wellness, recovery, and resiliency needed for working with older adults and their caregivers. The program’s multidisciplinary approach considers the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual well-being of older adults and provides students with knowledge and skills in providing resources, clinical services, and opportunities to older adults and their families. As such, the combined M.S.W. and M.S.degree in gerontology program offers a unique opportunity for individuals interested in working with older adults within a variety of behavioral health settings.
Mission, goals, and objectives
The combined M.S.W./M.S. degree in gerontology program is a seven-quarter, full-time curriculum that begins with the social work core course work required for all students. Course work during the first year of study includes the generalist practice curriculum which is grounded in the liberal arts and the person-in-environment framework. Within this framework, students learn to promote social well-being, and build on the strength and resiliency of all human beings through a range of prevention and intervention practice methods when working with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. During their second year, students complete a clinical practice specialization along with specialized courses in gerontology and geriatric practice. An integrated practicum and specialized seminar class in gerontology typically begins in the summer quarter of the final year.
Liberal arts preparation
The M.S.W. and M.S. degrees in gerontology curricula are built on a liberal arts perspective. Individual applicants whose undergraduate degree does not reflect this perspective may be asked to enroll in additional courses.
Please note: Any prerequisite requirements must be completed before admission to the combined degrees M.S.W/ M.S. program.
Alternate program options have been designed to address the varying needs of students. As such, the program offers the two-year, three-year, and four-year options.
The M.S.W./M.S. in Gerontology degrees consists of 90 units of didactic course work in addition to professional practica experiences. The dual degree program provides the mix of academic, experiential, and research activities essential for master’s degree level students.
Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (or a letter grade of B on a 4.0 scale) in order to progress successfully though the program and complete the degree. In addition, students must meet the knowledge, skills, and professional performance competencies outlined by the program.
All course grades should meet the minimum B (3.0) standard, which by university policy indicates satisfactory performance. Courses in which a student earns a grade below a B (3.0) may need to be repeated (or may not apply to the degree) if competency in the subject area is related to practice performance with clients, and a grade less than a 3.0 represents marginal or unsatisfactory practice performance.
|SOWK 510||Diversity Theory in Practice and Research||3|
|SOWK 513||Human Behavior in a Culturally Diverse Environment||5|
|SOWK 514||Social Welfare History and Policy||5|
|SOWK 517||Practice I: Individuals||3|
|SOWK 518||Practice II: Groups||3|
|SOWK 519||Practice III: Organizations and Communities||3|
|SOWK 520||Practice IV: Families 1||3|
|SOWK 548||Research Methods||5|
|SOWK 574||Practice V: Social Work Administration||3|
|SOWK 585||Legal and Ethical Aspects in Health and Behavioral Health Services||3|
|SOWK 578||Field Orientation 1||0|
|RELE 522||Bioethical Issues in Social Work||3|
|or RELE 524||Bioethics and Society|
|Gerontology core courses|
|GERO 515||Diversity and Aging||3|
|GERO 615||Economics and Management Issues of Older Adult Services||4|
|GERO 617||Bio-psycho-social-spiritual Theories of Aging||4|
|Clinical specialization and geriatric practice|
|GERO 654||Therapeutic Interventions with Older Adults||3|
|SOWK 613||Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, and Diagnosis of Behavioral Health Conditions||4|
|SOWK 617||Global Practice||3|
|SOWK 647||Integrated Behavioral Health||2|
|SOWK 648||Co-occurring Processes and Interventions||3|
|SOWK 659||Recovery in Behavioral Health||2|
|SOWK 661||Psychodynamic Therapies||3|
|SOWK 661L||Psychodynamic Practice Lab||1|
|SOWK 662||Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies||4|
|SOWK 662L||Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Practice||1|
|SOWK 663||Crisis and Trauma Interventions||3|
|SOWK 681||Behavioral Health Policies and Systems||2|
|Degree completion options||6|
|Advanced Research Methods|
|Advanced Research Methods|
|Advanced Research Methods|
|Thesis option: 2|
|Professional practica experience 5|
|GERO 787||Advanced Professional Practicum and Seminar||4|
|Generalist practicum and seminar|
|SOWK 757A||Professional Foundation Practicum and Seminar 3||3|
|SOWK 757B||Generalist Practicum and Seminar 3||3|
|SOWK 757C||Generalist Practicum and Seminar 3||3|
|Clinical practicum and seminar|
|SOWK 787A||Clinical Practicum and Seminar 4||4|
|SOWK 787B||Clinical Practicum and Seminar 4||4|
|SOWK 787C||Clinical Practicum and Seminar 4||4|
Not eligible for waiver.
Thesis option is available for students meeting program criteria.
Hours: 160 + 20; Not eligible for waiver
Hours: 200 + 20
700-numbered courses are not calculated into the total didactic units required for the degree.
Normal time to complete the program
7 academic quarters (includes didactic courses and practicums) — based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted