Application deadline is once every three years. The next cohort will begin fall 2021.
This program is not offered at the University of Utah Salt Lake campus. It is only available at extension campuses throughout the state of Utah. Courses maybe offered at sites in Cedar City (SUU), Richfield (Snow College), Orem (UVU), Logan (BATC), and Ogden (WSU).
Program Length: Three years
Credit Hours: 60
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, part-time 60 credit hour MSW program for DCFS and Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) 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 may be held at some or all of the following locations, depending on need: Cedar City (SUU), Richfield (Snow College), Orem (UVU), Logan (BATC), and Ogden (WSU).
Prospective students who are already employed by DCFS or JJS must get the approval of their Region Director to receive Title IV-E stipend and tuition benefits. Prospective students not yet employed by DCFS or JJS will need to get administrative approval from the region they anticipate completing their practicum in. All students must sign and fulfill all terms of a contractual agreement with DCFS or JJS. Students who receive Title IV-E educational support make a commitment to continue their employment, or accept employment to work 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 fieldwork are completed in six regular semesters.
For a more detailed course schedule, review the Program of Study Child Welfare (Title IV-E) Extension Campuses.
Field hours are required during the second and third year of the program. They cannot be completed at the applicant’s place of employment. Due to the nature of needing evening practicum hours, agency options are limited.
Please direct questions regarding the MSW DCFS Distance Education Program to:
Scott Sorensen, LCSW
MSW DCFS Distance Education Program Coordinator
Coordinator, MSW Admissions