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60-Credit Traditional Program

This program is for students from all undergraduate majors. It includes:

  • Fundamentals of social work (social welfare history and policy; theories of human and organizational behavior and development; diversity and oppression; interventions; and scientific methods and evaluation) 
  • Perspectives on trauma and human rights and professional development courses
  • Advanced topic analysis, advanced interventions and elective course options for student-designed advanced year concentration

35-Credit Advanced Standing Program

This program is for students that have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree (please review admissions eligibility requirements for more details). It includes:

  • Advanced standing research and seminar courses 
  • Perspectives on trauma and human rights and professional development courses 
  • Advanced topic analysis, advanced interventions and elective course options for student-designed advanced year concentration

Field Placements

Field placements are specialized field training opportunities that allow students to explore the practice areas that interest them. Online students complete the in-person field placements in their home region.

Due to the time and consistency required for field placements, students should not plan to relocate throughout the duration of study.

  • Completed over the course of two semesters each
  • Minimum of 15 hours per week
  • Completed during weekday daytime working hours
  • Cannot be satisfied using past or current employment or volunteer work

Field Placement Requirements

Hours required for 60-credit MSW Online

  • Foundation placement: 420 hours
  • Advanced placement: 480 hours

Hours required for 35-credit MSW Online - Advanced Standing

  • Advanced placement: 480 hours

Expanded Learning Opportunities

During the MSW program, you may also choose to:

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