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Section 1.10.00: Changing Curriculum Schedule

In the on-campus MSW program, admitted students may want to change their curriculum schedules (e.g. advanced standing, 16 months, 20 months, Masters International Volunteer Program, MicroMasters/MasterTrack track, etc.) prior to beginning their first term or their first term in field education. Such students may request the change by emailing the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management at ssw.msw.info@umich.edu including an explanation of the desired change. Students should also confirm that their curriculum schedule change will not conflict with the conditions required of any grant or scholarship offered by the School of Social Work.

Admitted on-campus students with advanced-standing status wanting to change their curriculum schedule to 16 months or 20 months, must submit a
Decline/Renounce Advanced Standing Status form to the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management at ssw.msw.info@umich.edu. Upon receipt of a signed Decline/Renounce Advanced Standing Status form, the decision is irrevocable. The Decline/Renounce Advanced Standing Status form can be found at https://ssw.umich.edu/r/decline-renounce-advanced-standing .

After enrollment, on-campus students wishing to change to a different field placement schedule must submit an
Out-of-Sequence Petition to the Office of Field Education. Such petitions may be granted only if the field education requirements and course requirements can be met and are deemed educationally sound. The form can be found at https://ssw.umich.edu/r/out-of-sequence-petition .

Changing Part-time Enrollment Status & Field Education Sequence
Before the beginning of the first term, students admitted to the on-campus MSW program who find that circumstances necessitate a change in their enrollment status (example: from the part-time curriculum schedule to the full-time program or from the full-time program to the part-time curriculum schedule), must submit a request to the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management at ssw.msw.info@umich.edu for review and approval. The request must include the reasons for the desired change in status. These requests will be reviewed and approved on a space-available basis.

After beginning classes, in order for students to change their enrollment status (e.g. full time to part time, part time to full time), they must meet with their academic advisor to arrange a student success meeting.

Changes to the curriculum schedule (e.g. to full- or part-time status or day program/evening program status) following enrollment must be approved by the MSW program director, assistant dean for field education and the assistant dean for enrollment management. Please note that there may be financial aid consequences for a change in any of these statuses. Students may request a change in part-time/full-time or day/evening program status by completing the
Out-of-Sequence Petition and submitting it to the Office of Field Education.

Enrolling in Additional Term Option
The Additional Term(s) Option curriculum schedule is an option available to all full-time students who would benefit from spreading the 60 semester hours required in the MSW program over five or six semesters. The option is also available to students with advanced standing status who spread the required 45 credits over four or five terms and Jewish Communal Leadership Program (JCLP) students, who spread their required 75 credits over six or seven semesters. The additional terms of enrollment allow students to enroll in fewer courses in each term. Students using the additional term option may feel less pressure and have more time to concentrate on their coursework. Students planning an extra term option often will delay their date of graduation. Students must develop an academic plan with their advisor. The Additional Term(s) Option plan must be approved by the MSW program director, assistant dean for enrollment management and the student’s academic advisor and field faculty. Typically, grant and scholarship aid is not available for the additional term(s) of enrollment.

Requests for additional aid must be submitted in writing to the Office of Student Services and Enrollment Management.

To read additional details and enroll in this option, please find the
Additional Term Option form at
https://ssw.umich.edu/r/additional-term-option

Definitions of Full-Time Status & Part-Time Status
Full time: Enrollment in a minimum of nine (9) credit hours per term
Part time: Enrollment in no more than eight (8) credit hours per term

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