- The 60-credit MSW degree must be earned within four years of initial registration. Advanced Standing students must earn the MSW within two years of initial registration, provided the degree is awarded within six years from the baccalaureate graduation.
- To comply with the University’s academic residency requirement, students must complete at least two consecutive semesters (i.e., fall-spring or spring-fall) and be registered for at least 9 credits during each of those semesters.
- Students may register for a maximum of 16 credits (each fall or spring semester).
- Students must register for a minimum of 6 credits (each fall or spring semester).
- Foundation courses must be completed before students may enter advanced field practicum.
- Students must have a 3.0 GPA in foundation courses before entering advanced field practicum.
- A methods course must accompany each semester of field practicum. Foundation methods courses are SOWK 630 and 631 and 632, to accompany SOWK 635 and 636. Advanced methods courses begin with SWCL or SWOA. The advanced methods courses must be appropriate for the primary concentration (Clinical or Macro).
- No course may be taken without having received credit for the prerequisite.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation.
- All students must allocate time to complete field practicum requirements.
Matriculation into the School requires a certain essential level of cognitive, emotional and communication skill. Students must be able to acquire client-related information, communicate effectively, and maneuver physically in an adequate manner so that service can be provided to client populations. Students must be also able to problem-solve, through analysis, synthesis, and reasoning. Problem solving must occur in a timely fashion. Students must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of their intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and the prompt completion of all responsibilities related to service to clients. This includes being able to function under stressful situations and to adapt to changing environments. Students must be able to perform their duties with compassion, integrity, and concern for others.
Social work is a profession governed by a code of ethics that student practitioners are required to uphold. A summary of the Social Work Code of Ethics is provided on the NASW website: www.socialworkers.org/pubs/code/code.asp.
REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
To be eligible for the Master of Social Work degree, students must have fulfilled, within a four-year period from the date of initial registration, the course requirements as prescribed by the curriculum, totaling a minimum of 60 credit hours. They must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (“B”) for all classroom courses, and a “P” (Pass) for all field courses.
A specialization in a field of practice, as well as a concentration, is required in the Advanced Curriculum.