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Master of Social Work - Foundation

Those new to the field of social work can prepare for a rewarding career with our Foundation-Track. This is an ideal option for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Students on this track will explore the practice of contemporary social work, including social work practices, ethics, communication and other key skills. It combines online coursework and in-person practicum work. Practicum involves interacting directly with individuals, groups and communities in an agency in your local area under the direction of an approved local field supervisor. This allows students to gain hands-on experience, while also learning flexible, resilient strategies in the work world. 

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
MSW 60 30 48 months View Course Catalog
*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Unmatched Flexibility
NCU offers weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, weekly assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations.

100% Doctoral Faculty
No matter the degree level you pursue, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One-to-One Engagement
You won't have to fight for face time as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor, receiving personalized mentoring.

Master of Social Work Learning Outcomes

  • Students will apply NASW Code of Ethics to guide professional behavior.
  • Students will examine how diversity and social justice impact various groups and social policy.
  • Students will interpret research to inform practice.
  • Students will assess the needs of clients and constituents.
  • Students will evaluate evidence-informed social work interventions, processes, and outcomes with clients and constituents.

The NCU MSW program is currently in Pre-Candidacy for Accreditation by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. Pre-Candidacy for a master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation indicates that it has submitted an application to be reviewed for Candidacy. A program that has attained Pre-Candidacy has not yet been reviewed by the Commission on Accreditation or been verified to be in compliance with the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. The Council on Social Work Education does not publicly disclose whether programs have currently attained Pre-Candidacy Status until they are granted Candidacy. Students who enter the program while it is still in Pre-Candidacy will not be recognized as attending a program in Candidacy unless the program attains Candidacy in the academic year in which those students enter. The Candidacy Process is typically a three-year process and there is no guarantee that a program in Pre-Candidacy will eventually attain Candidacy or Initial Accreditation. Students who enter programs that attain Candidacy in or before the academic year in which they begin their program of study will be retroactively recognized as having graduated from a CSWE-accredited program once the program attains Initial Accreditation. Candidacy by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation applies to all program sites and program delivery methods of an accredited program. Accreditation provides reasonable assurance about the quality of the program and the competence of students graduating from the program. Most state licensing boards allow graduates from “Candidacy for Accreditation” programs to pursue state licensure. Students are encouraged to contact their state licensing board to confirm what is allowed, as state regulations can change over time.
Some state licensing boards will not recognize a degree from a program that is in Candidacy. Specifically, Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Pennsylvania, and Virginia have educational requirements for MSW licensure that indicate an applicant for licensure must possess a master’s degree in social work from a college or university fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education at the time of graduation. As an out-of-state program, some states require programs receive state authorizations before offering a program to current residences of that state, even if a state licensing board will accept the degree to pursue licensure.
At this time the MSW program is not accepting students from Arkansas, District of Columbia, Illinois, Iowa, Georgia, New Mexico, New York, or North Carolina.