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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: This status is offered to social worker applicants who hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an accredited BSW program and who meet other application criteria. These students 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 at the 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 and evening classes are designed to accommodate working students. 


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 trauma 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:  Students accepted to the Advanced Standing program are eligible to start their MSW program in either the summer or fall semester.  Students accepted to the Traditional/Generalist program may only start the program in the fall semester. 

Admission Criteria:

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0 in overall coursework (this includes any previous graduate-level academic work)

Conditional Admission:  Applicants not meeting all admission criteria may still be considered for admission.  Please contact the MSW Program Director in Colorado (719-520-1214) or the MSW Program Coordinator in Kansas (316-942-4291, ext. 2216) 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.)

 [Program costs for the 2021-2022 academic year will be posted as soon as they become available.]