M.S.W./M.P.A.

Grace Abbott School of Social Work and School of Public Administration, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Vision Statement

The MSW/MPA program prepares students to provide a variety of advanced direct and indirect social work services and assume leadership in the public service sector, specifically in administrative and policy work with governmental units and nonprofit organizations.

Program Contact Information:

(Social Work)

Dr. Kerry Beldin, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)-fall 2013

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 206C

402-554-2941

kbeldin@unomaha.edu

 

Dr. Peter Szto, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)-spring 2014

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 205

402-554-2330

pszto@unomaha.edu

(Public Administration)

Dr. Carol Ebdon, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 111B

402-554-2152

cebdon@unomaha.edu

Meagan VanGelder, Coordinator

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 111

402-554-3480

mvangelder@unomaha.edu

Program Website:

http://www.unomaha.edu/socialwork/graduate.php#mpa

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: NA
  • Summer: NA

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • International applicants who do not have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an English-speaking institution of higher education in the US, United Kingdom, Canada, English-speaking Africa, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit TOEFL scores
    • The minimum TOEFL requirement is 550 (written) or 213 (computer-based); minimum IELTS requirement is 6.5; minimum PTE requirement is 53.
  • The general prerequisite for admission to the program is a four-year bachelors’ degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in the junior and senior years (last 50-60 hours).
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Two (2) Statements of Purpose, one for the School of Public Administration and one for the School of Social Work
    • For Social Work, please answer the following statements/questions in a total of five double-spaced, typewritten pages (12-point font). Your application is considered incomplete if these instructions are not followed.
      • A brief autobiographical statement that discusses who you are and the experiences that led you to social work. Trace the development of your interest in social work. Why have you chosen social work as a profession? Describe the key motivating figure(s), role model(s), or experience(s) important to your decision to become involved in social work.
      • Discuss your career objectives as a professional social worker as you now conceive them. What do you see yourself doing immediately after receiving your MSW degree?
      • Discuss a contemporary social problem. Include possible causes and potential solutions in your response. What contribution do you want to make to the pursuit of social and economic justice?
      • In the School’s criteria for admission, we assert our commitment in having students representing diverse backgrounds. Diversity is defined by virtue of: personal characteristics such as race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability and geography, as well as life experiences such as career history, experience dealing with a significant personal challenge, belonging to or working in or among another culture, economic disadvantage, knowledge of more than one language, and/or deep broad life experiences. What evidence can you present to demonstrate your capacity to work with human diversity?
    • For Public Administration, the essay should answer the following questions:
      • Please tell us about the factors in your background that will help us understand your interest in a profession in the public or nonprofit sectors.
      • What are your professional goals? Ten years from now, what do you hope to be doing professionally?
      • How can this dual degree from UNO help you achieve these goals?
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MSW-MPA Degree Requirements

Completion of these prerequisite courses is required before entry into the program:

An undergraduate human biology course or equivalent

An undergraduate research methods course

An undergraduate statistics course

MSW-MPA Required Courses:

Foundation Program Requirements (24 hours):

SOWK 8070Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

3 credits

SOWK 8080Human Behavior and Social Environment II

3 credits

SOWK 8090Social Welfare Policy

3 credits

SOWK 8110Institutional Oppression

3 credits

SOWK 8130Generalist Practice I

3 credits

SOWK 8150Generalist Practice II

3 credits

SOWK 8160Generalist SOWK Practicum I - Agency

3 credits

SOWK 8170Generalist SOWK Practicum II- Agency

3 credits

Required Courses (42 hours):

PA 8050Public Administration and Democracy

3 credits

PA 8010The Public Economy

3 credits

PA 8090Organization Theory and Behavior

3 credits

PA 8300Policy Design and Implementation

3 credits

SOWK 8190Research & Computer Applications

3 credits

SOWK 8220Clinical Social Work with Individuals

3 credits

SOWK 8250Social Work Practice with Families

3 credits

SOWK 8510Supervision and Personnel Administration

3 credits

SOWK 8540Social Welfare Planning

3 credits

SOWK 8560Advanced Community Practice

3 credits

SOWK 8570Administration of Social Welfare Agencies

3 credits

SOWK 8940Evaluation of Social Programs

3 credits

SOWK 8400Advanced SOWK Practicum I - Agency

3 credits

SOWK 8410Advanced SOWK Practicum II - Agency

3 credits

One of the following (3 hours):
PA 8400Public Budgeting

3 credits

PA 8480/AVN 8480Seminar in Public Financial Administration

3 credits

PA 8720Health Care Finance

3 credits

One of the following (3 hours):
PA 8530Strategic Planning & Mgmt in Public & Non-Profit Organiz.

3 credits

PA 8440Organization Develop. & Planned Change in the Public Sector

3 credits

One of the following social work social issues/policies/service delivery courses (3 hours):

 

SOWK 8600Permanence for Children

3 credits

SOWK 8610Family and Community Violence

3 credits

SOWK 8650Health/Mental Health Policy for Social Work

3 credits

SOWK 8686/COUN 8686Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Alcohol/Drug Use and Addiction

3 credits

One Social Work elective (3 hours):

 

SOWK 8230Clinical Social Work with Groups

3 credits

SOWK 8240Social Work Practice with Children

3 credits

SOWK 8260Social Work Practice with Older Adults

3 credits

SOWK 8270Social Work Practice with Sexual Concerns

3 credits

SOWK 8280Social Work Practice with Couples and Changing Family Structures

3 credits

SOWK 8290Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health

3 credits

SOWK 8420Advanced SOWK Practicum III - Agency

1 - 3 credits

SOWK 8516/COUN 8516Treatment Issues in Chemical Dependency

3 credits

SOWK 8550Social Justice and Social Advocacy

3 credits

SOWK 8600Permanence for Children

3 credits

SOWK 8610Family and Community Violence

3 credits

SOWK 8650Health/Mental Health Policy for Social Work

3 credits

SOWK 8686/COUN 8686Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Alcohol/Drug Use and Addiction

3 credits

SOWK 8696/COUN 8696Assessment and Case Management in Substance Abuse

3 credits

SOWK 8806Social Work and the Law

3 credits

SOWK 8816Spirituality and Social Work Practice

3 credits

SOWK 8856/GERO 8856Hospice & Other Services for the Dying Patient/Family

3 credits

SOWK 8866Women's Issues and Sexism: A Social Work Perspective

3 credits

SOWK 8886Topical Seminar in Social Work

3 credits

SOWK 8900Special Studies in Social Welfare

1 - 3 credits

MSW-MPA Exit Requirements:

 

PA 8990Capstone Project in Public Administration

3 credits

Comprehensive Examination

Students will complete a social work comprehensive exam focused on Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice, administered by the Grace Abbott School of Social Work.  The comprehensive exam is offered twice each academic year, during the Fall and Spring semesters.  It is recommended that students take the comprehensive exam during the semester of graduation, but they may take it earlier, provided no more than 12 semester hours are remaining to complete after the semester in which the comprehensive exam is taken.

 

 

Academic Policies and Standards

  • A student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all graduate work taken as part of a master’s program, including courses taken for a certificate. Additionally, a student must receive a grade of “B” or higher in social work practicum courses (SOWK 8160, SOWK 8170, SOWK 8400, SOWK 8410, and SOWK 8420).
  • A student whose cumulative GPA drops below 3.0 or who receives a grade of “C+” (2.33 on a 4.0 scale) or below in nine credit hours will be considered in academic difficulty and will receive a Student Review. If a student receives a grade in a social work practicum that is lower than a “B”, he or she will receive a Level 2 or 3 Review, depending on whether the student has had a previous Review. If a student is on academic probation and receives a grade of “B-” or lower, the School will recommend the Office of Graduate Studies dismiss the student from the program. (Probation means that a grade of “B” [3.0 on a 4.0 scale] or higher is required for all courses taken.)
  • When a student is dismissed from the MSW program by the UNO Office of Graduate Studies, a student may request reinstatement if the student was “in good standing” prior to the incident preceding the dismissal.
  • The Academic Policies and Standards can be found at: www.unomaha.edu/socialwork/documents/academic_policies.pdf.

 

MSW-MPA-Other Program-Related Information:

  • See the Grace Abbott School of Social Work website for requirements and for details about research, practicum, waiver exams, etc. The website is www.unomaha.edu/socialwork/graduate.php.
  • The Master of Social Work (MSW) program prepares students for advanced social work practice. Master’s level social workers are employed in public and private agencies, including medical settings, schools, residential treatment centers, court and correctional agencies, and community planning and development agencies. Their activities and interventions are designed to promote a more effectively functional society as it struggles to “provide for the general welfare,” as well as to help people, families, groups, and institutions within that society achieve self-fulfillment.
  • The MSW degree at the Grace Abbott School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the national accrediting body for all social work education.
  • Information on certification and licensure is available on the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services’ website: www.unomaha.edu/socialwork/certification.php.