Herzing University announced the launch of a new Master of Social Work (MSW) program beginning in the fall semester of 2022. The online MSW program is designed for non-social work bachelor’s degree holders and will prepare students to provide clinical social work service through hands-on experiences and education, addressing the increasing demand within the field.
The demand for social workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Approximately 78,300 openings for social workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.
“This new Master of Social Work program will meet the demands of students who are passionate about social work by pushing them to critically examine systems, develop and change policies, advocate for social justice, and increase access to services in their specialization areas,” said Herzing University’s Regional Campus President Jeff Hill. “Students can enjoy the flexibility of an online program which promotes clinical social work excellence through emphasizing lifelong learning, professional development, service, networking, and adherence to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.”
The MSW program’s field education curriculum is created to allow students to work on their field practicum hours while simultaneously completing their MSW coursework. Students participating in these programs will have access to fully online clinical programs, virtual simulated experiences, and the opportunity to learn from experienced and licensed clinical social workers. Students will spend time shadowing a social worker on-site, participating in weekly MSW supervision and developing field learnings.
Throughout the comprehensive curriculum, students will learn how to apply social work knowledge, values, skills and cognitive affective processes in practice settings. These practice settings could include any location where prospective clients receive social work services, such as hospitals, schools, nursing homes, counseling centers, and criminal justice organizations.
Among the careers that can follow from successful completion of these programs are, but not limited to: Behavioral Health Therapist, Child Protective Services Supervisor, Clinical Social Worker, Disaster Response Social Worker, Domestic Violence Advocate, Foster Care Social Worker, Home Health & Hospice Social Worker, Mental Health Social Worker, Oncology Social Worker, School Social Worker, Substance Use Disorder Clinician, and Victim Advocate.
For more information on the new MSW program available at Herzing University, visit www.herzing.edu/behavioral-health/social-work.