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Academics & Curriculum FAQ

  1. Does U of M offer proficiency exams for Foundation Courses?

    No, proficiency exams are not offered. However, if you have extensive prior coursework in relevant areas you may qualify for an exemption.

  2. How many credit hours will I take every semester?

    Our students typically complete about 14 – 17 credit hours per semester. Full time students average 15 credit hours per semester. The number of credit hours students enroll in varies depending on which track you have chosen.

    Typical Advanced Standing Schedule:

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  3. How many students are in the School?

    Approximately 415 new students are enrolled each fall term. Total size of the MSW program is about 700 in the fall term, 500 in the winter term and 350 in the spring/summer term.

  4. I have many years of human service related experience; can I get any credit for that?

    No, the Council on Social Work Education does not allow accredited MSW programs to provide credit for work experience. However, experience does make it more likely that an applicant will be admitted and some scholarship aid is provided based on extensive experience..

  5. Is the MSW program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)?

    Yes, the MSW program has been accredited by the CSWE since 1922.

  6. Is the MSW program more research or clinically oriented?

    Because students choose a practice method concentration, a practice area, and fieldwork that best fits with their career ambitions, students may choose to focus more on theoretical and research coursework or on practice coursework. Many practice courses are offered Press enter to read full text...

  7. What does it take to earn my master of social work from U of M?

    The MSW program is a 60 credit hour program, typically taken over 4 semesters. The 60 credit hours cover the following:

    • 18 credit hours of Foundation coursework (pending possible exemptions)
    • 1 credit hour in a Foundation Field Seminar
    • 2 credit hours in Foundation
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  8. What does the internship process entail, and how many are available?

    Over 400 internship sites, termed field placements, are available. Students are required to submit a goal statement, resume, and a list of top placement choices to the Office of Field Education (OFE). Students are assigned a field educator with whom they will work Press enter to read full text...

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