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Program Overview

Master of Social Work - Program Overview 

The MSW program, with a concentration in trauma-competent practice, offers students a supportive and individualized education in the classroom and in the field.   Our graduates are eligible for Kansas state licensure as LMSWs and for Colorado state licensure as LSWs.  In both states, graduates are eligible for licensure as clinical social workers after two years of supervised post-MSW practice.

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Program Length:

The full-time option requires two years to complete the 62 credit hours of coursework and field work.  The part-time option requires four years to complete.  A combination of full and part-time is also available requiring three years.

Advanced Standing Status: Offered to social workers who hold Bachelor of Social Work degrees from accredited BSW programs and who otherwise qualify can complete the required 34 credit hours in one year (on a full-time basis) or two years (on a part-time basis). 

Location:  Classes are held on the Newman University Wichita campus and Colorado Springs site.

Course Delivery (online courses are not available):

  • Wichita Campus:  Day and Evening classes. Each class is typically held one day per week
  • Colorado Springs Site: Afternoon, evening and occasional weekend classes.  


The Master of Social Work curriculum has been redesigned to prepare you for a rewarding and challenging career where you can be the Difference with a Degree of Difference. The revised trauma-competent curriculum launched in the Fall of 2018.  It is based on clinical and trama competencies to fully prepare you to deliver responsive, 21st century practice. This curriculum is grounded in social systems theory with knowledge, skills and values in eight curricular areas:

  • Social work values and ethics
  • Diversity
  • Social and economic justice
  • Human behavior, the social environment and populations-at-risk
  • Social welfare policy and services
  • Social work practice
  • Research
  • Field practicum


Admission Semesters:  Fall for either the Traditional or Advanced Standing Programs.  Summer admission is only available for Advanced Standing students (those with a BSW degree). 

Admission Criteria:

  • Undergraduate bachelor’s degree  from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • Prerequisite coursework:  Course(s) in the Liberal Arts including: English Composition or Speech, Literature, Philosophy, History, Social or Behavioral Science, Physical or Natural Science and Mathematics.

Conditional Admission:  Applicants not meeting all admission criteria may still be considered for admission.  Please contact the MSW Program Director (in Colorado) or the MSW Program Coordinator (in Kansas) with questions about conditional admission. 

Program Cost for the 2020-21 academic year:

$651 per credit hour.  (This includes Tuition of $616 per credit hour, Technology Fee of $23 per credit hour, and Infrastructure Fee of $12 per credit hour.)