Electives & Programs of Study

SSA's Master of Arts program prepares you to be a leader in the fields of clinical social work and social administration practice. Our curriculum is flexible. The comprehensive and interdisciplinary nature of our two-year AM degree (equivalent to an MSW) translates into greater opportunities and choices in your future career. In addition to the core and required courses in the clinical social work and social work administration concentrations, students take electives. Sixty percent of our students design their own elective coursework and field placements; the other forty percent apply to and complete a Programs of Study. 

Examples of self-designed elective coursework sequences include, but are not limited to: 

Programs of Study

Programs of Study are faculty designed elective sequences that combine carefully selected courses and field placements geared toward a particular area of social work. Each Program of Study has prescribed requirements, either required courses or sets of courses from which you may choose. Importantly, each program combines course work with a related field experience to allow you to connect theoretical learning with the development of competencies in a particular area of practice. 

You must be accepted first to SSA and then by the individual Program of Study. SSA students apply to Programs of Study during the winter of their first year, with the exception of the GPHAP Program. Prospective students interested in the GPHAP Program must fill out an additional, separate application form that is due in early September.


Clinical Programs:
Advanced AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse) Counselor Training Program
Learning Contextual Behavior Practice: Shifting the Paradigm in Mental Health
School Social Work Program
Trauma Responsive Social Work 

Social Administration Program:
Addressing Educational Inequalities 
Addressing Social Inequality: Innovations in Policy Practice

Both Clinical and Social Administration Programs:
Global Social Development Practice
Graduate Program in Health Administration and Policy (GPHAP)
GPHAP: Global Health Certificate Program
Older Adults
Transforming Justice Policies and Practices