MSW Program - Community and Organizational Leadership


Often students with some experience in human services seek to prepare themselves for supervisory and administrative roles in one of the systems represented in the other focus areas or in some other arena of practice. By selecting the Leadership focus area, students opt to immerse themselves in an educational experience focused predominantly on indirect and macro-level practice. The skills set in this focus area include strategic planning, grant writing, financial management and budgeting, advanced policy analysis and advocacy, community organizing and development, among others.

SWK-S 662 Fiscal Management and Resource Development (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills essential for developing core skills in fiscal management (which will include issues of budgeting, understanding balance sheets, audits, and theories of accounting) and resource development (including fundraising, grant writing, and personnel policies) for social work leaders.

SWK-S 663 Leveraging Organizational, Community and Political Systems (3 cr.)

This course focuses on knowledge and skills essential for understanding, analyzing, and application in organizations, communities and political arenas. Such knowledge and skills include, but are not limited to organizational theories, structures, and processes; examination and application of rural, urban and virtual community models, themes and practices; and, understand and involvement in political, social action and social change interventions and empowerment practices.

SWK-S 664 Designing Transformational Programs (3 cr.)

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills essential for understanding, applying, and analyzing alternative, transformational models of program, organizational, and community planning. It is designed to enable students to achieve advanced mastery of the models, skills, and techniques of program planning. There is particular emphasis on inclusive, collaborative planning models that foster the empowerment of diverse stakeholders in the planning processes.

The course transcends a focus on the basic technology of program development. It is centered upon applying, analyzing, and evaluating the technology of designing transformational planning as a powerful vehicle for organizational, community, and social change. The methods, roles, functions, and values associated with this course emphasize models, themes, and practices that promote cultural competency, advocacy, ethics, and social justice. The students will master knowledge and skills including, but not limited to creating a social work program grounded in evidence-based practices; applying advanced proposal writing skills; identifying funding and other resources; and, analyzing philanthropic trends.