The Master of Social Work program at Northwest Nazarene University offers the working professional an opportunity to complete a masterís degree through an extended program of study. This program is ideal for those with work and/or family responsibilities. Students admitted at the foundation level may complete their course work in two and one-half years (five semesters plus two summer sessions) while students admitted at the advanced level may complete their course work in one and one-half years (three semesters plus one summer session).
The program utilizes a cohort model for core courses that supports an interactive learning environment, as well as collegiality throughout the studentís course work. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for advanced social work practice in rural and small town settings, both domestic and international.
Four areas of concentration are offered: Community Mental Health Practice, Management, Program Development, and Community Planning, Medical Social Work with Adults (ages 40 and up), and Addiction Studies. Within each concentration, opportunities will be given to pursue specialized interests and projects. Concentrations may be combined for a dual emphasis. This requires taking the practice courses from each concentration.
The MSW program offers courses leading to certification in the following areas: Drug/Alcohol Counseling, School Social Work/Counseling, and Gerontology. An explanation of the certification process for each of these areas is available through the Department of Social Work.