Delaware State University (DESU) Online MSW Program

Delaware State University (DESU) offers an entirely online MSW program with one concentration in Advanced Generalist Practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. DESU’s online program has both Full-Program and Advanced Standing tracks. The advanced courses build upon the core foundation year competencies and practice behaviors of acquired knowledge, values, and skills as well as demonstrate the integration and application of the core and advanced competencies in practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Students in the program complete coursework in the following areas:

  • Understanding of social, economic, political, and interpersonal problems from a global perspective.
  • Understanding the effects of poverty, health disparities, racism, and oppression on populations that live outside of the United States.
  • Generalizing knowledge, values, and skills that underlie all social work practice in different settings with diverse populations experiencing multiple complex problems.
  • Possessing competencies needed to engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate individuals, families, treatment groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Evaluating efficacy of interventions and programs and integrating theories of personality and psychopathology while assimilating theories that guide human service administration.
  • Addressing disparities from a public health perspective and practicing with systems of all sizes in a variety of settings.

Full-Program Track

DESU’s Full-Program online MSW program is comprised of 60 credits, which are divided into 48 credits of academic coursework, and 12 credits of supervised field practicum. Students can complete the Full-Program track in 2 years of full-time study, or 3 or 4 years of part-time study. The Full-Program track is divided into the Foundation Courses segment and is comprised of 30 credit classes such as Social Welfare Policy and Services as well as Human Behavior and the Social Environment. The Advanced segment is comprised of 30 credits that cover topics such as Generalist Practice, Theories of Personality and Adult Psychopathology, and Administration, Management, and Supervision.

Advanced Standing Track

The Advanced Standing online MSW track is composed of 30 credits, broken down into 24 credits of academic classes and 6 credits of field practicum. Advanced standing students can complete the program in 12 months of full-time study.

The Graduate Social Work Program received full accreditation status from the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) in 2004 through 2020.

Delaware State University Online MSW Programs: Overview

Department: College of Education, Health and Public Policy; Department of Social Work

Degree Types: Traditional and Advanced Standing

Concentrations: Advanced Generalist Practice

Program Structure: Online with field work (no campus visits required)

Program Information

Program Overview

Program Requirements

  • Field Education Requirements: A total of 6 credit hours of Field Experience
  • Number of Credits Required: 30 credits needed to graduate

Program Length

  • Program Length: Program can be completed in as few as 12 months.
  • Program Start Dates: Fall Admission

Admission Requirements

  • GPA: Completion of 15 credit hours and Advanced Standing Seminar with a 3.0 GPA
  • GRE Information: Not required

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Delaware State University's MSW program information was last updated on October 2018. For more information, visit the university's website above. 

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Online Program Structure: No Campus Visits Required 

Degree Program: Advanced Standing Students

Program Options: Full-Time and Part-Time Options

Field Education Requirements: 250 hours per semester

Concentration: Advanced Generalist Practice – Direct practice with individuals, families, groups, organziations, and communities.  



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