Graduate Certificates in Social Work serve as stand-alone credentials for practicing social workers with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, an MSW and/or PhD degree, who seek formal professional development opportunities in their field. These certificates also provide practicing social workers a flexible option to pursue the MSW degree.
Students may also complete graduate certificates to “ladder” to the MSW program. Students who complete the graduate certificate in Advanced Social Work Practice and a specialization certificate are eligible to apply to the Master of Social Work (course-based) program. If accepted, students will receive credit for the 24 units of coursework (i.e., eight courses) 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.