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Department of Social Work
1339 Wahnish Way
300 Benjamin Banneker, Building B
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Advanced MSW Concentration in Community-Based Social Service Administration

In the second year of the MSW program, students are provided the knowledge, values and skills necessary to further the well-being of urban and rural communities and organizations while promoting social and economic justice.  The advanced concentration in community-based social service administration prepares students to solve community, organizational, policy and social problems, particularly those affecting impoverished and minority areas located in both urban and rural settings.  Students also engage in the production and application of research and scholarship aimed at advancing social work practice in community development and social service administration.

In the advanced year of the curriculum, students build upon the knowledge, values, and skills mastered in the foundation year and apply them to the central issues relevant to community-based social service administration.  Advanced year students engage in a critical analysis of theories in community and organizational development.  The advanced practice classes include program design and development, resource development and management, program evaluation, and community development.  Additionally, the students engage in two advanced field placement settings that allow them to apply classroom learning to the field.

The program works closely with social work practitioners, community groups, and organizations that promote, provide, and seek to influence social development policies and services to oppressed populations, particularly those located in the communities of people of color.  The advanced curriculum is sensitive and responsive to the needs of all disenfranchised groups who share in the struggle for equality and freedom from oppression.