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2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 24, 2024
2017-2018 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Social Work - Community, Organization, and Social Action Concentration, MSW

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Foundation Requirements

All MSW students must complete the MSW Foundation requirements listed below before being permitted to take concentration skill courses; second-level human behavior and the social environment, social welfare, or research courses; skill electives; and concentration field practicum, unless they are exempted via Advanced Standing credit or examination or an academic plan that is approved by the advisor and the program director.


In addition to the five courses listed above, students must complete 6 credits of Foundation Field Work. Students entering with advanced standing may be exempted from part or all of the Foundation Field Work requirement.

Skill Concentration Curricula

Upon completion of the foundation requirements, students begin course work in either of the two skill concentrations: Direct Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups or Community, Organization, and Social Action (COSA). In each skill concentration, students can opt to choose a University of Pittsburgh certificate program, or a School of Social Work certificate program.

Community, Organization, and Social Action

The Community Organization and Social Action (COSA) concentration prepares socially active and civically engaged students for leadership careers in community service, community change, and community development organizations. Students can pursue specialized course work along one of two tracks-community organization or social administration-but many prefer to combine studies in both specialization areas. Many courses incorporate service learning and applied research that draw on field internships to enhance learning experience and build a professional portfolio. The COSA concentration also provides opportunities for networking with other students through a COSA student group and with faculty, field faculty, alumni, and seasoned community leaders from the greater Pittsburgh region, both in the field and at the school. Information about curriculum requirements is available on the school’s Web site,

MSW students in the COSA concentration can elect as part of their graduate studies to obtain a certificate in human service management.

Information about the human services certificate program is available on the school’s Web site,


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