Application deadline once every three years. Next deadlines: November 1, 2019 (priority) and December 15, 2019 (final), for fall 2020 cohort.
Admission decisions announced no later than May 30
In August of 2012, the College of Social Work began offering an MSW Program located in the St. George area through the University of Utah’s extension program. This program option is technology-assisted and delivered through a combination of distance technology through the Utah Education Network (EDNET). Sixty total credit hours are required for completion of the MSW degree.
The MSW Distance Program in St. George will begin again fall semester 2020. Classes will be held one or two evenings a week – typically Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Practicum experiences will likely be during the day – evening or weekend hours are unlikely to be available for practicum. Practicum placement cannot be approved at the applicant’s place of employment.
During the first year, students take classes on Wednesday and Thursday evenings during fall, spring and summer semesters. The first year curriculum 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.
The second year curriculum prepares students for practice in health or mental health settings and with specific client populations. Students also combine newly learned skills in an agency setting through field placements (also known as “practicum”). Practicum occurs during fall and spring semesters, with students completing 450 hours of field training in their practicum sites.
In the third year of the program, students take evening elective classes and complete 600 hours in a second practicum placement during fall and spring semesters.
The concentrations offered for the St. George program are the health and mental health concentrations, with elective courses based on cohort-identified areas of interest. In the second and third years of the program, students take classes primarily on Thursdays and Friday evenings and complete 600 hours in their field placements during the daytime on weekdays.
Students who have questions about the MSW Distance Progran in St. George are encouraged to contact the MSW Admissions Coordinator at Lena.Al-Rayess@utah.edu, 801-581-4428.