MSW DCFS (CHILD WELFARE) Distance Education Program

Application Deadline: January 15 for a start date of August the same year
Next anticipated application deadline: January 15, 2018 for a start date of August, 2018
Admission decisions announced no later than May 30
(Applications are solicited once every three years, contingent on funding)

The College of Social Work, through an agreement with Utah’s Department of Human Services Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS), utilizes federal Title IV-E funding to provide an off-campus three year 60 credit hour MSW Program for DCFS employees living outside of the Salt Lake area. Some additional student slots may be available for students not involved with Title IV-E funding if they do not live in the Salt Lake area.

This MSW option is a technology-assisted program and typically delivered on Friday nights and Saturdays through a hybrid of traditional classroom study and distance technology through the Utah Education Network (EDNET). Most EDNET broadcasts originate from the College of Social Work in Salt Lake City. Courses maybe offered at sites in Cedar City (SUU), Richfield (Snow College), Orem (UVU), Logan (BATC), and Ogden (WSU).

Prospective students must gain the approval of their DCFS Region Director to receive Title IV-E stipend and tuition benefits. They must sign and fulfill all terms of a contractual agreement with DCFS. DCFS employees who receive Title IV-E educational support make a commitment to continue their employment for an additional period after completion of their degree, at least equal to the period for which financial assistance is granted.

The curriculum first prepares students for generalist practice and includes courses on clinical theory and practice, evidence-informed practice, professional ethics, human behavior and the social environment, diversity and self-reflexive practice, and social justice, human rights, and macro practice. Students practice all these areas in agency settings through field placement (also known as “practicum”).

Students in this program complete advanced studies in the Child Welfare in Social Work Concentration. The educational requirements are equal to the full-time two-year program. Course and field work are completed in six regular semesters.

2018-2021 Program of Study

Please direct questions regarding the MSW DCFS Distance Education Program to:

Scott Sorensen, LCSW
MSW DCFS Distance Education Program Coordinator

Lena Al-Rayess
Coordinator, MSW Admissions