MSW in Social Welfare

UCLA Luskin’s Master of Social Welfare is a full-time, two-year program. In addition to our core curriculum, you can participate in an advanced research course or research project focused on an issue of interest to you. Two field placements with social work agencies let you put into action what you have learned in the classroom, providing invaluable real-world experience.

As professionals and scholars in a public research university, the faculty of the Department of Social Welfare are committed to the highest level of training to produce the next generation of practitioners and leaders for the social work profession and to advance the knowledge base for social work policy and practice.

PH.D. in Social Welfare

The Ph.D. in Social Welfare is a national leader in educating the next generation of social welfare scholars. Whether your interest is in service delivery or scholarly research, you will design your own advanced education aimed at pursuing your own intellectual interests.

With world-class faculty as your partners, you will benefit from a scholarly community of depth with breadth. From the time of your admission, the faculty will work with you to ensure your success. At UCLA the social welfare faculty consider doctoral students as colleagues, and because of the individualized nature of our program, you will work closely with faculty by participating actively in research projects and by co-authoring articles for publication.

The transition from a role as a practitioner to a scholar/researcher is more than a change in job title. It signifies a major change in the nature of the con- tribution you will make to social work and to society. UCLA doctoral students are tomorrow’s social work scholars, researchers and professors, responsible for advancing knowledge and training the next generation of practitioners.

Undergraduate Programs

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs offers undergraduate minor programs in Public Affairs, Gerontology, and in Urban and Regional Studies.  Each program offers an excellent interdisciplinary focus on problem-solving, analysis, and serves as an entry point to further graduate studies in law, policy, planning, and social welfare.  Undergraduate students in the minor programs gain insight into current issues such as crime and drugs, the environment, labor policies, national security, and policy issues related to the State of California.

Minor in Gerontology

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Department of Social Welfare, in collaboration with the School of Medicine Division of Geriatrics and the School of Public Health, offers the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Minor (GIM).

As of Winter quarter 2012, undergraduate students may enroll to the interdisciplinary GIM, which utilizes UCLA’s professional schools and College resources to create an enhanced academic experience in aging.

The restructured GIM provides UCLA students the following:

  • A foundation understanding of the current state of the science related to the biopsychosocial aspects of human aging;
  • an ability to assess longevity’s potential contribution and challenge to contemporary society;
  • an appreciation of the diversity of aging over the life course and its impact on late life outcomes; and the opportunity to relate knowledge of gerontology to life-long personal and professional contributions to a diverse aging society.

For more information on the Gerontology minor read the Gerontology Announcement.

Questions?

Stan Paul
Counselor for undergraduate minor
(310) 206-8966
paul@publicaffairs.ucla.edu.

Joint Degrees

The Department of Social Welfare offers joint degrees with Asian American Studies, Law, Public Health and Public Policy. In each case, a joint degree applicant needs to meet the admissions criteria for each degree program. This means that an applicant must apply to each program separately. When applying to a joint degree, you are essentially applying to two separate programs. You will choose the option to apply to the joint degree option on the application site, but could gain admission into both programs, one program or neither one.

Once admitted to both programs, the applicant becomes a joint degree student. Students enrolled in the Asian American Studies MA, JD, MPH or MPP program may apply for admission to the joint degree program in their first year of residence.

Plan of Study – MSW

UCLA Luskin MSW students choose between two tracks — Macro, for those interested in working on the level of organizational administration or policy; and Micro, for those who wish to specialize in service delivery for individuals, families and groups. Both tracks follow the same path in the first year, but specialize in the second year of study.

Year 1

Fall Quarter

SW230A, Theory of Social Welfare Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (2 units)
SW240A, Theory of Social Welfare Practice in Organizations, Communities, and Policy Settings (3)
SW201A, Dynamics of Human Behavior (3)
SW221A, Foundations of Social Welfare Policy (4)
SW401A, Practicum: Social Work (3)

Winter Quarter

SW230B, Theory of Social Welfare Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (2)
SW240B, Theory of Social Welfare Practice in Organizations, Communities, and Policy Settings (3)
SW201B, Dynamics of Human Behavior (3)
SW201C, Dynamics of Human Behavior (3)
SW401B, Practicum: Social Work (3)

Spring Quarter

SW230C, Theory of Social Welfare Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (2)
SW280, Knowledge Acquisition, Evidence-Based Practice, and Research in Social Welfare (4)
SW202A, Dynamics of Human Behavior (2)

Required for micro, optional for macro:
SW401C, Practicum: Social Work (3)

Note: Extra courses may be required for CalS- WEC, UCCF, School Social Work and other special training programs. Consult the graduate advisor for information.

Year 2, Macro (Social Welfare with Organizations, Communities and Policy)

Fall Quarter

241A, Advanced Theory of Social Welfare Practice in Organizations, Communities, and Policy Settings (4)
402A, Advanced Practicum: Social Work (4)

Winter Quarter

241B, Advanced Theory of Social Welfare Practice in Organizations, Communities, and Policy Settings V (4)
290, Seminar: Social Work (4)*
402B, Advanced Practicum: Social Work (4)

Spring Quarter

241C, Advanced Theory of Social Welfare Prac- tice in Organizations, Communities, and Policy Settings VI (4)
285, Research in Social Welfare (4)*
402C, Advanced Practicum: Social Work (4)

* SW290 and SW285 are offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters.

Year 2, Micro (Social Welfare with Individuals, Families and Groups)

Fall Quarter

231A, Advanced Theory of Social Welfare Practice with Individuals, Families, & Groups IV (4)
402A, Advanced Practicum: Social Work (4)

Winter Quarter

231B, Advanced Theory of Social Welfare Practice with Individuals, Families, & Groups V (4)
290, Seminar: Social Work. (4) *
402B, Advanced Practicum: Social Work (4)

Spring Quarter

231C, Advanced Theory of Social Welfare Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups VI (4)
285, Research in Social Welfare. (4)*
402C, Advanced Practicum: Social Work. (4)

* SW290 and SW285 are offered in Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters.