Course Catalog 2023-2024

Social Work (M.S.W. Program)

Clinical Social Work Practice: Our Specialization and Our Commitment

Clinical social work is defined by the idea that in order to understand someone, you must work with what is both inside and outside of that person, the micro and the macro. The work is informed by your client’s thoughts, emotions, behaviors, relationships – but always in social, economic, political, and cultural context, the inner and the outer are never separate. Clinical social work and social justice are inextricably linked and we have been pioneering their integration for over a generation. Our M.S.W. program provides a theoretically grounded, relationship based, culturally informed approach to working with individuals, families and groups to promote healing, growth and empowerment.

Our 27-month master's degree program alternates ten weeks of intensive curricular coursework with two 8-month supervised internships to provide you with the optimum learning experience.

Clinical Internships: The Smith Advantage

Smith’s well-recognized, intensive and clinically-diverse internships are like no other social work training experience. Our students spend almost twice as many hours in practice as any other school of social work. The duration and rigor of the internships consistently provide Smith's graduates with a distinct advantage after graduation. Employers are eager to hire graduates with such rich and concentrated learning experiences, and Smith graduates find themselves readily employed.