Dual Degree in Social Work and Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Dual Degree in Social Work and Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Dual Degree Description

The Department of Social Work is partnering with George Mason’s nationally recognized the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR) to bring you a 3-year dual degree program. You can earn both an MSW and a Masters in Conflict Analysis & Resolution while taking advantage of the diversity of the D.C. metropolitan area and the university’s proximity to the nation’s capital.

The degree programs in Social Work and Conflict Analysis & Resolution complement each other. S-CAR’s strong emphasis on theory is an excellent supplement to the grounding in theory provided through the Social Work curriculum.  Social Work’s strong practice orientation supplements the skill-building provided through S-CAR.

The MSW degree is broad and versatile, and well-recognized in the labor market. It encompasses direct service with many different population groups in a wide range of settings, as well as policy analysis and advocacy, community practice, research, and organizational leadership. The degree in conflict analysis and resolution is more focused, demonstrating a highly specialized set of knowledge and skills. The combination provides students with the best of both worlds.

Interested students should consult the MSW program website and the MSW program director for additional information prior to applying.

Applying to the Dual Degree Program

Curriculum Details

Department of Social Work & School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR)
Master’s in Social Work & Master’s in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
3-year Dual Degree Program (full-time)
Fall Admission Only

YEAR #1

FALL SEMESTER
SOCW 623 Human Behavior & Social Systems I 3 credits
SOCW 651 Social Policies, Programs & Services 3 credits
SOCW 657 Direct Social Work Practice I 3 credits
SOCW 672 Direct Social Work Practice Field & Seminar I 3 credits
SOCW 670 Communication and Technology for Social Work Practice 3 credits
Total 15 credits

SPRING SEMESTER
SOCW 624 Human Behavior & Social Systems II 3 credits
SOCW 652 Influencing Social Policy 3 credits
SOCW 658 Direct Social Work Practice II 3 credits
SOCW 673 Direct Social Work Practice Field & Seminar II 3 credits
CONF 501 Introduction to Conflict Analysis and Resolution 3 credits
Total 15 credits

YEAR #2

SUMMER TERM
CONF Elective 3 credits
CONF 795 Professional Development Seminar 1 credit
Total 4 credits

FALL SEMESTER
CONF 713 Lab and Simulation 3 credits
CONF 610 Research Methods 3 credits
SOCW 685 Organizational Leadership for Social Workers 3 credits
SOCW 684 Social Work and the Law 3 credits
CONF 795 Professional Development Seminar 1 credit
Total 13 credits

SPRING SEMESTER
CONF 601 Theories of Sources of Conflict and Conflict Resolution 3 credits
CONF Elective Course 3 credits
CONF Elective Course 3 credits
CONF 795 Professional Development Seminar 1 credit
CONF 795 Professional Development Seminar 1 credit
Total 11 credits

YEAR #3

SUMMER TERM
CONF Elective 3 credits
Total 3 credits

FALL SEMESTER
SOCW 694 Social Change Practicum I 3 credits
CONF 642 Integration of Theory and Practice 3 credits
CONF 795 Professional Development Seminar 1 credit
Total 7 credits

SPRING SEMESTER
SOCW 687 Empowering Communities for Change 3 credits
SOCW 688 Advanced Research in Social Work 3 credits
CONF 694 Internship 3 credits
SOCW 695 Social Change Practicum II 3 credits
Total 12 credits

Choose two (6 credits) of the following courses which will be offered either in spring or fall semester:
SOCW 653 Immigration Policy 3 credits
SOCW 654 Social Policy for Children and Youth 3 credits
SOCW 655 Aging Programs and Policies 3 credits
Total 6 credits

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 86 credits
# The dual degree option is available to master’s social work students in the social change concentration only.

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