MSW Program

The Master of Social Work (MSW) Program  consists of 60 semester hours of course work and field practice taken full time (two academic years) or part-time (over three or four academic years). Students who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) may be eligible for the accelerated advanced standing program. Except for those admitted with advanced standing, all entering students follow a common foundation curriculum. Prior to the start of their advanced program, students select a concentration and specialization.  Specializations are in Children, Youth, and Families; Health and Mental Health; or Individualized (designed with the academic advisor and approved by the program director). The concentrations are Clinical Practice and MACRO Practice in Organizational, Community and Policy Arenas.

MSW Field Manual: MSW Field Education Manual 2018-19

Planning for this experience:

It is essential that students plan carefully for their field placements, particularly with respect to the mandated hours per semester, educational and supervision requirements.  The Office of Field Education expects that students with traditional hours of availability will be able to do their internships during the regular weekday, business hours. Extensive planning is required for students with non-traditional hours of availability. The field office will offer students suggestions of agency sites but strongly encourages students who work full-time to complete field placements in an organization that would qualify for an employment based placement or submit a self-referral form.

Options to complete your Field Practicum for Foundation and Advanced Year:

  • Field Department Placement: A Field Education Specialist will be assigned to locate a placement for your upcoming year based on the application.  Student must have one full day or 2 half days available during the weekday to be eligible for this option.

 

  • Employment-Based: (Employment Based Proposal Information and application)
    • For students who would like to complete a field placement at their place of employment. The Employment Based-Proposal, completed in addition to the Field application, is due within 30 days of submitting the Field Application.

 

  • Student Self-Referral: (Self Referral Information and application
    • A student can independently contact an agency to solicit their own field placement including making inquiries to determine if an agency is interested in a student intern. Students who want to intern at a specific agency or who only have evening/weekend availability are required to complete a Self-Referral. The Self-Referral Form, completed in addition to the Field application, is due within 30 days of submitting the Field Application, after completing an interview with an agency.

 

MSW Foundation Field Practicum:

Complete the MSW Foundation Field Practicum application

The MSW Foundation Field Practicum (1st Field Practicum in the 2 or 3 year MSW program) provides learning opportunities in generalist social work practice.  Students are placed in agencies that can offer a full spectrum of social work experiences and support the MSW Foundation curriculum. The generalist requirement takes precedence over requests to work with specific populations or on specific issues.

Time Requirements for Foundation Field Practicum:

  • MSW Foundation Field Practicum students MUST attend their internships for a minimum of 15 or 16 hours per week
  • Field Practicum is two semesters long
  • Required 225 hours per semester
  • All students entering Field Practicum will be required to attend a Field Orientation prior to the beginning of their field practicum experience

MSW Advanced Year Field Practicum: 

Complete the MSW Advanced Field Practicum application   

MSW Advanced Field Practicum (2nd Field Practicum in the 2 or 3 year MSW program OR the only field practicum for Advanced Standing Students) need to have practice experiences in keeping with their concentration and specialization.

Time Requirements for Advanced Field Practicum:

  • MSW Advanced Field Practicum students MUST attend their internships for a minimum of 18-24 hours per week
  • Field Practicum is two semesters long
  • Required 300 hours per semester
  • All students entering Field Practicum will be required to attend a Field Orientation prior to the beginning of their field practicum experience