Our online Master’s in Social Work is one of only a handful of degrees solely structured around advanced generalist practice (AGP), which prepares social workers to be more versatile for the diverse array of challenges and opportunities they may face in their careers. Social work is not an exclusive discipline. It’s not our aim to prepare rigid specialists. Social workers collaborate with many professions, including psychology, public health, education, business and medicine. Social work is changing, and our mission is to prepare agents of change.
Ranked among the top 150 national universities in research and development
Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Ranked 6th Best Online MSW program by SocialWorkGuide.org
Advanced Standing Program
This is a 32-credit-hour program for students with a BSW degree. You can graduate in as few as 15 months.
This is a 62-credit-hour program for students with non-BSW degrees. The foundation program also includes a three-day residency featuring time at the University of Nevada School of Medicine patient simulation facilities.
- The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts a 12% growth rate for social workers from 2014 to 2024.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employs more than 10,000 professional social workers.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) ranks social workers as the nation’s largest group of mental health services providers.
- The Red Cross estimates that more than 40% of its disaster mental health volunteers are professional social workers.
At the University of Nevada, Reno, we care about the science side of social work. Our online Master of Social Work program relies on scientifically supported research and knowledge to prepare you for work across multiple disciplines. We also teach you how to drive change through innovative problem-solving. When you become a social worker, you must be prepared for anything. So our program is structured that way, too.
About advanced generalist practice
Advanced generalist practice (AGP) is the perfect fit for Nevada’s unique urban and rural settings, particularly in areas with limited resources for social programs. The emphasis prepares Master’s in Social Work graduates for working in a variety of situations. Generalists have the advantage of being able to work autonomously with individuals, groups, couples and families, as well as serve as members of integrated multidisciplinary care teams.
The University of Nevada, Reno’s vision is to educate and graduate the best-prepared, confident leaders for the state, national and global community; to be a nexus for research and creativity that focuses on vital issues of out time;and to serve as a catalyst for the betterment of our society.
To educate, train and nurture competent, committed, compassionate and diverse social work leaders who advance the social justice mission of social work through their leadership in research, public policy, academics and clinical practice at local, national and global levels.
Students completing the foundation curriculum are not yet autonomous social work practitioners. However, they do have the skills, knowledge base and perspective to pursue further studies in the concentration curriculum.
Foundation Courses for Traditional Students
|SW 610||Structural Oppression I|
|SW 611||Structural Oppression II|
|SW 620||Social Work Methods with Individuals|
|SW 621||Social Work Methods with Groups|
|SW 623||Social Work Methods with Organizations, Communities and Legislatures|
|SW 624||Social Work Methods with Couples and Families|
|SW 630||Social Work History and Social Welfare Policy|
|SW 640||Elements of Evidence Informed Practice|
|SW 680||Foundation Practicum I|
|SW 681||Foundation Practicum II|
Concentration Courses for All Students
|SW 710||Advanced Multi-dimensional Assessment|
|SW 723||Social Work Administration I|
|SW 724||Therapeutic Interventions with Families|
|CHS 725||Health and the Environment||3 Credits|
|SW 741||Practice and Program Evaluation|
|SW 780||Advanced Practicum I|
|SW 781||Advanced Practicum II|
|SW 793||Integrative Case-Based Seminar – Advanced Generalist Practice|