College of Arts and Sciences
Empowerment practice assesses the influence of multiple and interlocking personal, structural, and societal systems of power on vulnerable and oppressed populations. It incorporates the use of advanced social work theories and methodologies for assessment and intervention across systems. Empowerment practice seeks to establish and maintain systems that are responsive, through culturally relevant strategies, in helping clients increase their power to improve their current situations and quality of life.
The Winthrop University MSW program is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and offers three different options for completing the MSW degree:
a) A two-year Full-Time Program (60 credits) for students interested in full-time study. Each cohort begins in August and completes four semesters of study, including two field internships at community agencies.
b) A one-calendar year Advanced Standing Program (39 credits) for students who already have a CSWE-accredited
BSW degree. Each cohort begins in May and completes a full calendar year of study, including one field internship at a community agency.
c) A three-year Weekend Program (60 credits) for working students interested in part-time study in an intensive weekend format. Each cohort begins in August and continues for three years. Each course meets for two intensive weekend sessions one month apart, accompanied by independent readings and projects prior to, in-between, and after weekend sessions. Field internships are at reduced hours over a longer period of time to better accommodate the needs of working students.
Council on Social Work Education
Facts & Figures
International Financial Aid:
# of Credits Required:
60 or 39 (depends on
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate):
In-State: $526 Out of State: $980 USD
In State Tuition (per year):
Out State Tuition (per year):
Master's College or University I
Size & Settings: