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MSW Program Length

The master of social work (MSW) is a 60-credit-hour degree program that can be completed through one of the four curriculum schedules listed below.

The School of Social Work offers an advanced standing program for students who have completed a bachelor of social work degree and meet all of the requirements for the program. The School also offers a Masters International Volunteer Program, which allows students interested in incorporating 27 months of Peace Corps service into their MSW program.

Students with special needs or obligations can extend their course schedule to five terms rather than four or to four terms rather than three if awarded advanced standing status.

Upon admission, students will be required to confirm which schedule they plan to elect since it determines their field placement assignment. After enrollment, students wishing to change to a different schedule must submit an "Out of Sequence" petition describing an alternate plan. The petition should not be submitted before admission to the MSW program. Such petitions will be granted only if they are deemed educationally sound and all fieldwork and course requirements can be met.

The fifth-term is an option available to all full-time students who would benefit from spreading the 60 semester hours over five semesters to have a somewhat reduced load of coursework. Typically this means that the student has fewer courses in a given term. Yet, such a schedule does not disrupt a student's educational progress. Students using the fifth-term option may feel less pressure and have more time to concentrate on their coursework. The only significant disadvantages of the option are the need to pay tuition for an additional term and a later graduation date. Financial assistance is typically not available for a fifth term of study. Advanced standing students have the option of spreading out the 45 credit hours over four semesters. Students must inform the School of Social Work registrar if they plan to utilize this option.

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