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 at USC's online MSW. Your first several courses will center on general graduate-level social work principles, and the courses that follow will build on that foundation with department-specific knowledge.

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 (4 Terms)

4 Semesters

Term 1

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 1
Course Units
Human Behavior and the Social Environment (506) 3
Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (544) 3
Science of Social Work (546) 3
Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work (536) 3
Applied Learning in Field Education (589A) 3
Total 15

Term 2

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 2
Course Units
Policy in Integrated Care (638) 3
Research and Evaluation for Social Work with Adults and Older Adults (635) 3
Assessing Wellness to Improve Recovery in Integrated Care (637) 3
Diversity, Social Justice, and Culturally Competent Social Work Practice (630) 3
Applied Learning in Field Education (589B) 3
Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice (588) 2
Total 17

Term 3

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

Term 4

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 4
Course Units
General Elective 3
Advanced Practice with Complex Social Work Cases (647) 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

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Adult Mental Health and Wellness Curriculum Snapshot (6 Terms)

6 Semesters

Term 1

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 1
Course Units
Human Behavior and the Social Environment (506) 3
Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work (536) 3
Total 6

Term 2

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 2
Course Units
Science of Social Work (546) 3
General Elective 3
Total 6

Term 3

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 3
Course Units
Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (544) 3
Applied Learning in Field Education (589A) 3
Total 6

Term 4

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 4
Course Units
Research and Evaluation for Social Work with Adults and Older Adults (635) 3
Assessing Wellness to Improve Recovery in Integrated Care (637) 3
Policy in Integrated Care (638) 3
Applied Learning in Field Education (589B) 3
Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice (588) 2
Total 14

Term 5

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 5
Course Units
Social Work Practice in Integrated Care (643) 3
Explanatory Theories of Health and Mental Health (644) 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

Term 6

Adults and Healthy Aging Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 6
Course Units
Diversity, Social Justice, and Culturally Competent Social Work Practice (630) 3
Advanced Practice with Complex Social Work Cases (647) 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

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Children, Youth & Families Curriculum Snapshot (4 Terms)

4 Semesters

Term 1

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 1
Course Units
Human Behavior and the Social Environment (506) 3
Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (544) 3
Science of Social Work (546) 3
Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work (536) 3
Applied Learning in Field Education (589A) 3
Total 15

Term 2

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 2
Course Units
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
Diversity, Social Justice, and Culturally Competent Social Work Practice (630) 3
Applied Learning in Field Education (589B) 3
Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice (588) 2
Total 17

Term 3

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 3
Course Units
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

Term 4

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 4
Course Units
Policy and Macro Practice in Children, Youth, and Families (627) 3
Advanced Elective or Option Course 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

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Children, Youth & Families Curriculum Snapshot (6 Terms)

6 Semesters

Term 1

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 1
Course Units
Human Behavior and the Social Environment (506) 3
Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work (536) 3
Total 6

Term 2

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 2
Course Units
Science of Social Work (546) 3
General Elective 3
Total 6

Term 3

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 3
Course Units
Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (544) 3
Applied Learning in Field Education (589A) 3
Total 6

Term 4

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 4
Course Units
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
Applied Learning in Field Education (589B) 3
Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice (588) 2
Total 14

Term 5

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 5
Course Units
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

Term 6

Children Youth and Families Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 6
Course Units
Policy and Macro Practice in Children, Youth, and Families (627) 3
Leadership in the Social Work Profession and Organization: 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

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Social Change & Innovation Curriculum Snapshot (4 terms)

4 Semesters

Term 1

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 1
Course Units
Human Behavior and the Social Environment (506) 3
Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (544) 3
Science of Social Work (546) 3
Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work (536) 3
Applied Learning in Field Education (589A) 3
Total 15

Term 2

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 2
Course Units
Research and Evaluation for Community, Organization and Business Environments (629) 3
Management and Organizational Development for Social Workers (648) 3
Social Work and Business Settings (672) 3
Diversity, Social Justice, and Culturally Competent Social Work Practice (630) 3
Applied Learning in Field Education (589B) 3
Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice (588) 2
Total 17

Term 3

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 3
Course Units
General Elective 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

Term 4

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 4 Semesters, Term 4
Course Units
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

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Social Change & Innovation Curriculum Snapshot (6 terms)

6 Semesters

Term 1

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 1
Course Units
Human Behavior and the Social Environment (506) 3
Policy and Advocacy in Professional Social Work (536) 3
Total 6

Term 2

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 2
Course Units
Science of Social Work (546) 3
General Elective 3
Total 6

Term 3

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 3
Course Units
Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (544) 3
Applied Learning in Field Education (589A) 3
Total 6

Term 4

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 4
Course Units
Research and Evaluation for Community, Organization and Business Environments (629) 3
Management and Organizational Development for Social Workers (648) 3
Social Work and Business Settings (672) 3
Applied Learning in Field Education (589B) 3
Integrative Learning for Social Work Practice (588) 2
Total 14

Term 5

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 5
Course Units
Policy Advocacy & Social Change (639) 3
Diversity, Social Justice, and Culturally Competent Social Work Practice (630) 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

Term 6

Community Organization and Business Innovation Curriculum Snapshot, 6 Semesters, Term 6
Course Units
Grant Writing & Program Development for Social Workers (665) 3
Community Practice for Social Change (684) 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

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