Graduate Certificate in Military Social Work

**The Military Social Work Graduate certificate is not accepting applications at this time**

The School of Social Work offers graduate certificates in Military Social Work and in Gerontological Social Work.

The Graduate Certificate in Military Social Work is designed to expand the pool of professionals who are qualified to work in settings with military personnel, veterans, and their families. The Certificate focuses on clinical practice strategies of social work intervention with military personnel and their families to improve the mental health and health of this population.

This certificate is available both to students enrolled in the MU School of Social Work Masters of Social Work (MSW) Program as part of their graduate training as well as a stand-alone entity to civilian graduate level clinical social work practitioners who wish to augment their knowledge and skills in this area. Only Clinical MSWs and MSW Clinical students will be accepted to the Military SW Graduate Certificate Program. Approval of the MSW Program Director is required for admission into the graduate certificate program.

Because all of the Military Social Work Graduate Certificate courses fulfill other requirements of our MSW program, a student can conveniently earn the Military SW Graduate Certificate while completing their MSW. No additional coursework is required.

The Military SW Grad Certificate consists of 12 credit hours.

Required courses
SOC_WK 7340Military Culture (counts as elective)3
SOC_WK 7485Military Social Work (counts as elective)3
SOC_WK 8060Trauma Practice and Crisis Intervention (counts as a clinical selective)3
Elective (choose one)
SOC_WK 8210Disability Rights Advocacy (counts as elective)3
SOC_WK 7470Organizational Issues in Social Work Practices in Child Welfare (counts as elective)3

During the final semester of the MSW Program, the full-time block practicum experience 40 hours/week (680 total hours) is arranged at a setting where students will gain skills practicing with military personnel, veterans or their families. The Director of Field in conjunction with the Director of the Graduate Certificate in Military Social Work works with students to choose a practicum setting that fits SSW requirements and student interests. Practicing MSWs only complete 12 hours of coursework and are not required to complete an additional practicum experience. For additional information about the Graduate Certificate in Military Social Work, please contact Dr. Carol Snively at