The Master of Social Work degree requires students to complete 60 semester credit hours (20 courses). This number includes:

  • Required coursework in family-centered, community-based, and global social work, mental health, human behavior, and diversity
  • Elective courses (which may include required courses for concentrations within the MSW)
  • A total of 1,080 hours of supervised practice and fieldwork experience in partnering social service agencies
  • Related field practicum courses
Time to Completion

Full-time students in the full MSW program can expect to complete the 60 credit hour requirements for the degree over 4 continuous semesters (2-years).
Part-time students in the full MSW program should anticipate 3 calendar years to complete the 60 credit hour requirements.
Change in status (from part-time to full-time or vice versa) is permitted. View a sample curriculum for full-time and part-time students.

Advanced Standing Option

Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program may be eligible for advanced standing. The advanced standing program consists of 30-credit hours of required and elective coursework (10 courses), including 20 hours of fieldwork (per week) and related field practicum courses. Full-time advanced standing students can expect to complete the 30-credit hour requirements for the MSW in nine months. Part-time advanced standing students can expect to complete the 30-credit hour requirements for the MSW in two years. View a sample plan of study for advanced standing students