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.
Program available at the University of Utah Salt Lake campus and in St. George.
This program is designed for students who have job or family obligations that prevent them from attending the MSW during daytime hours. 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. Spreading the MSW program over more than two years does increase the overall cost of the program because of University of Utah tuition structures; however, students do meet requirements for federal financial aid within this program design.
The MSW Program is rigorous and demands complete commitment by students. Students admitted to this program option must complete the program as outlined and may not modify their program or switch to different program options during their MSW program. In addition, students admitted to the part-time evening program will not have the option of completing a joint degree or graduate certificate. This 60-credit hour MSW program option is completed through three years of year-around study which includes fall, spring, and summer semesters.
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 three-year part-time program option are encouraged to contact the MSW Admissions Coordinator at Lena.Al-Rayess@utah.edu, 801-581-4428.