Program Details

The M.S.W. concentration is in empowerment practice.
Rock Hill, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Social Work

Program Overview

Program Description:
Empowerment practice assesses the influence of multiple and interlocking personal, structural, and societal systems of power on vulnerable and oppressed populations. It incorporates the use of advanced social work theories and methodologies for assessment and intervention across systems. Empowerment practice seeks to establish and maintain systems that are responsive, through culturally relevant strategies, in helping clients increase their power to improve their current situations and quality of life. The Winthrop University MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and offers three different options for completing the MSW degree: a) A two-year Full-Time Program (60 credits) for students interested in full-time study. Each cohort begins in August and completes four semesters of study, including two field internships at community agencies. b) A one-calendar year Advanced Standing Program (39 credits) for students who already have a CSWE-accredited BSW degree. Each cohort begins in May and completes a full calendar year of study, including one field internship at a community agency. c) A three-year Weekend Program (60 credits) for working students interested in part-time study in an intensive weekend format. Each cohort begins in August and continues for three years. Each course meets for two intensive weekend sessions one month apart, accompanied by independent readings and projects prior to, in-between, and after weekend sessions. Field internships are at reduced hours over a longer period of time to better accommodate the needs of working students.

Additional Program Information

Council on Social Work Education
Financial Aid:
A cohort admissions process is used for M.S.W. admissions. Full-time and Weekend Program cohorts are admitted for August enrollment, and the Advanced Standing cohorts are admitted for May enrollment. Review of applications begins February 1 and continues until all slots are filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply online; paper-based applications are available upon request in the graduate school office. Admission is competitive and only applicants with fully completed application packets will be reviewed. (refer to the Winthrop University Graduate School website for further information on admission requirements)

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