Application Deadline: November 1 (priority) and December 15 (final) for a start date of August the following year
Admission decisions announced no later than May 30
The MSW Program is rigorous and demands complete commitment by students. This program option is comprised of two aspects: academic classes and field work, which occur simultaneously. The total credits required for completion of the MSW degree is 60 credit hours completed over two years of full-time, daytime attendance.
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. Students practice all these areas in an agency setting through field placement (also known as “practicum”). During the first year, students take academic classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. In addition, students are assigned to a practicum where they work on the other weekdays, completing 450 hours of field training.
The second year curriculum prepares students for practice with specific areas/populations, including aging, child welfare, forensics, global social work, health, mental health, and substance use. In the second year of the program, students take classes primarily on Thursdays and Fridays and complete 600 hours in their field placements on the other weekdays. Some practicum agencies for both the first or second year placements may have flexible hours.
Ideally, students complete the program in two years of full-time, daytime attendance, with concurrent practicum fall and spring semesters. It is possible to attend six consecutive semesters by doing block summer placements (450 hours first summer, 600 hours second summer). This option does narrow practicum placement options since most agencies prefer students in fall/spring placements.
Options for additional specializations and training are available to students through joint degrees as an adjunct to the MSW Programs or completion of a graduate certificate. These are:
MSW and Master of Public Health (MPH) joint degree program
MSW and Master of Public Administration (MPA) joint degree program
MSW and Juris Doctor (JD) joint degree program
Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health
The MSW/MPH and MSW/MPA options take three (instead of four) years to complete, and the MSW/JD joint degree program takes four (instead of five) years to complete. In order to be eligible for the joint degree programs, students must be admitted to both programs simultaneously and the degrees are awarded at the time the requirements in both colleges are completed. The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing will not license an applicant in a joint degree program until both degrees are posted on students’ official transcripts.
Lena Al-Rayess, M.Ed.
Coordinator, MSW Admissions