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Part-Time Options

Part-time options for the MSW Program allows students to complete the master of social work degree requirements through part-time enrollment. The part-time options increase access to the MSW degree for qualified students who cannot enroll full-time. Students applying for admission to the MSW Program and selecting a part-time option must meet the same admission criteria established for all students admitted to the Master of Social Work Program. Students enrolling in courses as non-degree students are not considered to be enrolled in the part-time MSW program.

All applicants must submit a brief statement describing why they are applying for admission to the part-time MSW program and their plans for completion of MSW degree requirements. Only a limited number of students are admitted to the part-time program each year.

Students admitted to the part-time MSW program must complete all MSW degree requirements within four years of their first term of enrollment.

The following part-time options are available:

  • Plan A: Two-Year+ Part-Time (45 credits)

    For students eligible for the 45-credit program as advanced standing, MicroMasters MSW, or UM Sociology & Social Work.

    Students enroll in seven consecutive terms, including spring-summer, with field placement starting in the second fall term.

    Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
    Fall Winter Spring/ Summer Fall Winter Spring/ Summer Fall
    7 credits 6 credits 6 credits 7 credits
    including Field
    7 credits
    including Field
    6 credits
    including Field
    6 credits
    19 credits 20 credits 6 credits
  • Plan B: Three-Year Part-Time (60 credits)

    Students enroll in nine consecutive terms, including spring-summer, with field placement starting in the second fall term.

    Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
    Fall Winter Spring/ Summer Fall Winter Spring/ Summer Fall Winter Spring/ Summer
    7 credits 6 credits 6 credits 6 credits
    including Field
    7 credits
    including Field
    6 credits 7 credits
    including Field
    7 credits
    including Field
    8 credits
    19 credits 19 credits 22 credits
  • Plan C: [Employment-Based] Three-Year Part-Time (60 credits)

    Students enroll in nine consecutive terms, including spring-summer, with employment-based field learning beginning in the third year for three consecutive terms. The Office of Field Education will determine whether the applicant’s place of employment is eligible to count as field credit.

    Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
    Fall Winter Spring/ Summer Fall Winter Spring/ Summer Fall Winter Spring/ Summer
    7 credits 6 credits 6 credits 7 credits 6 credits 6 credits 7 credits
    including Field
    7 credits
    including Field
    8 credits
    including Field
    19 credits 19 credits 22 credits

Once admitted to the MSW Part-Time Program and after enrollment plan selection, students are expected to follow their selected enrollment plan. If, after initial enrollment in the program, a student is unable to enroll for one or more expected terms, then withdrawal from the program is required. To re-enroll, the student must complete and submit a reapplication form to the School's Office of Student Services at least six weeks prior to the term in which the student wishes to re-enroll. Part-time students must keep the SSW Registrar's Office informed of their enrollment plans each term.

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