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Delaware State University Online Master of Social Work, Delaware

Why Delaware State University?

The online Master of Social Work offered by Delaware State University is one of the only such programs offered at a public historically black research university. Located in Dover, Delaware, Delaware State recruits Social Work applicants with an undergraduate degree in any subject.  

Standardized test scores are not required, and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75  is expected.  

Program Snapshot

University Name Delaware State University
Location Dover
State Delaware
Niche.com Grade C+
Name of Degree Master of Social Work
School or Department Administering Program Department of Social Work
Credits 60
Cost per credit $438.00
Tuition for Entire Program $26,200
Test Requirements No
Minimum GPA 2.75
Prerequisite Courses and Skills none
Campus Visit Required? No Visit Required
Typical Time to Complete 2 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall
Program Concentrations Advanced Generalist
Synchronous Classes No
Required Courses
  • Policies and Services in Social Welfare I & II
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment I & II
  • Generalist Practice I & II
  • Research and Evaluation Methods I & II
  • Field Practicum I, II, III and IV
  • Advanced Generalist Practice I, II, III & IV
  • Theories of Personality and Adult Psychopathology
  • Administration, Management, & Supervision
  • Practice & Program Evaluation for the Advanced Practitioner
  • Advanced Generalist Practice in a Public Health Context
Does the Program Include a Capstone? No
Does the Program Include a Practicum or Internship? Yes
Other Features that Make the Program Unique Historically Black college; required course in Administration and Management; lower-cost option
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program) Demonstrate Ethical and Professional Behavior; Engage Diversity and Difference in Practice; Advance Human Rights and Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice; Engage in Practice Informed Research and Research-Informed Practice; Engage in Policy Practice; Engage with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities; Assess Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities; Intervene with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities; Evaluate Practice with Individuals, Families, Groups, Organizations and Communities
Program Description The comprehensive 60-credit online MSW program at this historically Black college prepares students for all the challenges and rewards of social work practice as an Advanced Generalist. With a focus on diversity and social justice, students learn to become ethical practitioners of social work with individuals, groups and communities.  The Advanced Generalist concentration is offered. All courses are asynchronous and a practicum is required. 

What will I Learn?

The emphasis throughout the program is ethical professionalism within an approach that centers economic, environmental and social justice. Students learn. to engage with issues of diversity, difference, and human rights. Practice approaches taught are grounded in evidence, and students learn skills of research, evaluation and assessment. Students graduate from the program with the ability to serve individuals, families, groups, communities and organizations. 

Required courses include two courses on Policies and Services in Social Welfare, accompanied by two courses on Human Behavior and the Social Environment. Practice approaches are taught in Generalist Practice I & II, while students learn to ground their practice in evidence through taking Research and Evaluation Methods I & II. The required practicum is accompanied by four required Field Practicum courses, and complemented by four required courses in Advanced Generalist Practice. Specific methods and theory are taught in Theories of Personality and Adult Psychopathology and Advanced Generalist Practice in a Public Health Context. Students learn leadership skills in Administration, Management, & Supervision and  Practice & Program Evaluation for the Advanced Practitioner. 

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 2 years and pay $438.00 per credit for a total of 60 credits, or just over $26,000.

How does the program fit into my life?

All courses in this program are asynchronous meaning that students view recorded lectures and other materials on their own schedule, and gain flexibility to complete assignments and discussion when they have time available. No visit to campus is required. The program usually takes students 2 years to complete.

Summary

With a required course in Administration and Management, this program stands out for its emphasis on educating leaders within the field of social work, influenced by the specific context and history of Delaware State’s role as a Historically Black College and University. The program offers flexibility within a comprehensive curriculum, with lots of opportunities for professional practice and formation. The program is a lower-cost option compared to many other comparable programs.