Graduate Certificates in Social Work serve as stand-alone credentials for practicing social workers with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, who seek formal professional development opportunities in their field.
These certificates also provide practicing social workers a flexible option to “ladder” to the MSW program. Students who complete the graduate certificate in Advanced Social Work Practice and a specialization certificate (e.g., Clinical Social Work Practice or International and Community Development or Leadership in the Huma Services) are eligible to apply to the course-based MSW program. If accepted, students will receive credit for the 24 units of coursework completed in the two certificate programs.
Students must apply to the MSW (course-based) degree within five years from the beginning of their first graduate certificate in Social Work.
Advanced Social Work Practice
- Clinical Social Work Practice
- International and Community Development
- Leadership in the Human Services
Each specialization certificate addresses a particular topic (e.g., Trauma-Informed Practice, International Social Development, The Practical and Transformational Leader, etc.). Not all specialization topics are offered every year. Consult the Faculty of Social Work website for topics and residency locations.