Advanced Standing MSW Curriculum Snapshot

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work's departmental structure enables you to focus on the population that interests you most. You will choose to study within one of our three departments for the duration of your enrollment. With the same leadership focus as the traditional MSW curriculum, the advanced standing curriculum enables you to bypass the first-year foundational requirements and start classes at the second-year level. 

Use the curriculum snapshots below to see what your course sequence could look like based on the department and program length you choose.

Adult Mental Health and Wellness

The Department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness prepares you to address the mental and physical health and well-being of young adults, adults and seniors.

Children, Youth and Families

The Department of Children, Youth and Families prepares you to address the needs of vulnerable children and youth while building strong social environments to support them.

Social Change and Innovation

The Department of Social Change & Innovation prepares you for a career implementing social change on a large scale by working with communities, organizations, businesses and government entities.


Adult Mental Health and Wellness Curriculum Snapshot

Full Time: 3 Semesters

Semester 1

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 1
Course Credits
Research and Evaluation and Policy for Social Work with Adults and Older Adults (635) 3
Policy in Integrated Care (638) 3
Wellness, Recovery and Integrated Care (637) 3
Total 9

Semester 2

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 2
Course Credits
Explanatory Theories of Health and Mental Health (644) 3
Social Work Practice in Integrated Care (643) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699A) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698A) 1
Total 14

Semester 3

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 3
Course Credits
Advanced Practice with Complex Social Work Cases (647) 3
Leadership in the Social Work Profession and Organizations: Theory and Practice (611) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699B) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698B) 1
Total 14
Total credits required to graduate: 37

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Part Time: 5 Semesters

Semester 1

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 1
Course Credits
Research and Evaluation and Policy for Social Work with Adults and Older Adults (635) 3
Policy in Integrated Care (638) 3
Wellness, Recovery and Integrated Care (637) 3
Total 9

Semester 2

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 2
Course Credits
Social Work Practice in Integrated Care (643) 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699A) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698A) 1
Total 8

Semester 3

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 3
Course Credits
Advanced Practice with Complex Social Work Cases (647) 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699B) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698B) 1
Total 8

Semester 4

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 4
Course Credits
Explanatory Theories of Health and Mental Health (644) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Total 6

Semester 5

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 5
Course Credits
Leadership in the Social Work Profession and Organizations: Theory and Practice (611) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Total 6
Total credits required to graduate: 37

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Children, Youth & Families Curriculum Snapshot

Full Time: 3 Semesters

Semester 1

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 1
Course Credits
Research and Critical Analysis for Social Work with Children and Families (608) 3
Introduction to Social Work Practice with Children, Youth and Families (609) 3
Social Work Practice with Children and Families Across Settings (610) 3
Total 9

Semester 2

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 2
Course Credits
Social Work Practice with Children and Families in Early and Middle Childhood (613) 3
Social Work Practice with Adolescents, Young Adults and Their Families (621) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699A) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698A) 1
Total 14

Semester 3

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 3
Course Credits
Policy and Macro Practice in Children, Youth and Family Services (627)  3
Leadership in the Social Work Profession and Organizations: Theory and Practice (611) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699B) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698B) 1
Total 14
Total credits required to graduate: 37

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Part Time: 5 Semesters

Semester 1

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 1
Course Credits
Research and Critical Analysis for Social Work with Children and Families (608) 3
Introduction to Social Work Practice with Children, Youth and Families (609) 3
Social Work Practice with Children and Families Across Settings (610) 3
Total 9

Semester 2

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 2
Course Credits
Social Work Practice with Children and Families in Early and Middle Childhood (613)
 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699A) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698A) 1
Total 8

Semester 3

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 3
Course Credits
Policy and Macro Practice in Children, Youth and Family Services (627) 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699B) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698B) 1
Total 8

Semester 4

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 4
Course Credits
Social Work Practice with Adolescents, Young Adults and Their Families (621) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Total 6

Semester 5

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 5
Course Credits
Leadership in the Social Work Profession and Organizations: Theory and Practice (611) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Total 6
Total credits required to graduate: 37

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Social Change and Innovation Curriculum Snapshot

Full Time: 3 Semesters

Semester 1

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 1
Course Credits
Research and Evaluation for Community, Organization and Business Environments (629) 3
Management and Organizational Development for Social Workers  (648)
 3
Social Work Practice in Workplace Settings (652) 3
Total 9

Semester 2

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 2
Course Credits
Leadership in the Social Work Profession and Organizations: Theory and Practice (611) 3
Policy Advocacy & Social Change (639) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699A) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698A) 1
Total 14

Semester 3

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 3
Course Credits
Community Practice for Social Change (684) 3
Grant Writing & Program Development for Social Workers (665) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699B) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698B) 1
Total 14
Total credits required to graduate: 37

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Part Time: 5 Semesters

Semester 1

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 1
Course Credits
Research and Evaluation for Community, Organization and Business Environments (629) 3
Management and Organizational Development for Social Workers (648 3
Social Work Practice in Workplace Settings (652) 3
Total 9

Semester 2

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 2
Course Credits
Policy Advocacy & Social Change (639) 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699A) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698A) 1
Total 8

Semester 3

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 3
Course Credits
Community Practice for Social Change (684) 3
Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (699B) 4
Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (698B) 1
Total 8

Semester 4

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 4
Course Credits
Leadership in the Social Work Profession and Organizations: Theory and Practice (611) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Total 6

Semester 5

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 5
Course Credits
Grant Writing & Program Development for Social Workers (665) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 3
Total 6
Total credits required to graduate: 37

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