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Faculty of Social Sciences

Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work & Psychology

Programmes

Master of Social Work

About the Programme

Introduction

The Master of Social Work degree programme has been developed to train social work professionals to respond effectively and efficiently to the changing social work climate in the Caribbean by providing leadership and management in social service agencies; additionally, to equip these professionals with skills in the planning and evaluation of programmes.

What Will I Study?

Objectives
  • The Master of Social Work is designed to produce graduates who can:
  • Critically analyze social policy and evaluate the impact of social policies on client groups;
  • Prepare recommendations for policy changes;
  • Employ skills for the effective management of an agency’s human resources with emphasis on areas such as recruitment and retention of staff, supervision and staff development;
  • Formulate procedures for ensuring quality and equality in service provision to clients;
  • Work with subordinates in identifying the need for change, implementing change strategies and effectively managing change;
  • Build theory in relation to social work administration in the Caribbean context;
  • Utilize a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods in the practice of management within social work settings;
  • Plan, implement and evaluate social work programmes;
  • Prepare, justify and defend the annual budget of a social service agency and manage its overall financial aspects;
  • Demonstrate leadership behavior in the social work profession; and
  • Effectively and efficiently undertake the total management of a social service agency.

Additional Information

Please see the MSW Brochure for details.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Postgraduate
  • Qualification: MA
  • Duration: 30 months

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Programme Details

Programme Structure/Course of Study

Students are required to gain 39 credits through successful completion of 6 compulsory and 2 elective courses (3 credits each), a practicum component (9 credits), an advanced field instruction integrative seminar (3 credits) and a one-semester research report (3 credits). The seminar, practicum and research report components are undertaken after the courses are complete.

Entry Requirements

To qualify for entry applicants should have either a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with at least Second Class Honours; or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field with at least Second Class Honours, a diploma in Social Work and at least two years’ work experience in a social agency.

Department of Government, Sociology, Social Work & Psychology
Telephone: (246) 417-4288/4293/4996 Fax:(246) 422-4425 Email: gss@cavehill.uwi.edu