Child welfare (Title IV-E) MSW PRogram Salt Lake City

The application deadline is once every three years. The next cohort will begin fall 2020.

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 a three-year, part-time60 credit hour MSW program for current or prospective DCFS employees.

Prospective students who are already employed by DCFS must gain the approval of their Region Director to receive Title IV-E stipend and tuition benefits. Prospective students not yet employed by DCFS 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. 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.


All classes will be offered on the main University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City at the College of Social Work. All classes are held in the evening.

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 and two summer semesters of coursework.

For a more detailed course schedule, review the Program of Study Child Welfare (Title IV-E)


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 Employee Program to:

Allison O’Connor, LCSW
MSW DCFS Evening Program Coordinator

Lena Al-Rayess
Coordinator, MSW Admissions

Last Updated: 11/8/18