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Child Welfare (Title IV-E) MSW Extension Campuses

Application Deadline

Final: TBD

The application deadline is once every three years. The next cohort will begin fall 2021.

This application will open August 1st, 2020.






Credit Hours





*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 may be offered, contingent upon adequate enrollment, at sites in Cedar City (SUU), Richfield (Snow College), Orem (UVU), Logan (BATC), and Ogden (WSU).



1 Area of Focus

 Child Welfare in Social Work


About the Program

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.

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.

 Child Welfare Course Checklist


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.



The program begins during fall semester, which typically begins the third week of August. This program runs one cohort at a time and accepts applications once every three years. The next cohort will begin fall 2021, followed by fall 2024, etc.

Courses are held Friday evenings and Saturday days.


Last Updated: 7/15/21