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MSW FAQs: About the Program

CAN I SWITCH MY SPECIALIZATION?

Yes you can switch specializations after the spring semester of your first year. However, you must attend summer school with a specialization change. You must retake the 777 (theory) course specific to the specialization you choose. You must also talk with the Field Office to make sure that your advanced year field placement is appropriate for your new specialization.

IS THE FULL-TIME PROGRAM OFFERED AT THE EXTENDED SITES IN CHARLESTON AND GREENVILLE?

Our Charleston and Greenville sites are designed for part-time students only. In some circumstances, if you need to take a class in Charleston or Greenville as a full-time student, you may do so as long as all part time students who need that class are already enrolled and the class is not full. Please be aware that even if you take some classes in Greenville or Charleston you will still be required to commute to Columbia up to three times a week for your other classes.

AS A PART-TIME STUDENT IN GREENVILLE AND CHARLESTON, AM I REQUIRED TO COMMUTE TO COLUMBIA IF I CHOOSE A SPECIALIZATION OTHER THAN HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH?

We only offer the Health and Mental Health specialization in Charleston and Greenville. If you choose a specialization outside of Health and Mental Health you will be required to commute to Columbia during the spring semester of your second year as well as for both semesters of your advanced year. Please contact the field office for additional information about internship options in the Charleston and Greenville area.

ARE THERE ANY COURSE WAIVER EXAMS OFFERED TO FULL-TIME STUDENTS NOT IN THE ADVANCED STANDING PROGRAM, AND PART-TIME STUDENTS?

There are no course waiver exams offered to full-time and part-time students. However, ADST students may fulfill the requirement for Exploring Diversity and Social Justice in S.W. Practice through previous BSW coursework with special permission. You much submit all relevant syllabi for review to be considered for this permission.

ONCE I AM ENROLLED AS A PART-TIME STUDENT, CAN I LATER SWITCH TO FULL-TIME?

If you start out as a part-time student, you cannot switch to full-time because of resultant plan of study conflicts. You can however switch from full-time to part-time. Switching from full-time to part-time will add an additional year to your studies.

HOW MANY COURSES ARE OFFERED ONLINE?

Three of the required courses are offered online as well as some elective courses. Online courses will require some face-to-face time.

DOES THE COLLEGE OFFER LICENSURE COURSES?

We offer a licensure preparation workshop in the fall that is also available online for the remainder of the academic year.

IF I WAIVE OUT OF A COURSE, AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE A COURSE IN PLACE OF THE COURSE THAT WAS WAIVED? (Advanced Standing Only)

You are not required to take a course in place of the waived course. However we strongly advise that you take an elective course in its place to reduce course load in the fall/spring

HOW DOES THE FIELD EDUCATION COMPONENT OF THE CURRICULUM WORK?

Field instruction is considered a vital component of education for the social work profession. Every student enrolled in the College of Social Work spends two full-time days a week in a human service setting, called a field placement or internship, to develop, practice, and improve his or her professional skills. Field instruction is considered an academic class, although the learning takes place in the actual placement setting, as it is an integral part of the curriculum and tuition and fees apply. Students register for field instruction for each semester they are in field placement.

Students must complete a total of 974 hours in the FT & PT MSW field education program in order to be eligible for graduation. Advanced Standing Students must complete a minimum of 528 hours in order to be eligible for graduation.

HOW DOES FOUNDATION FIELD EDUCATION WORK?

Foundation practice masters students are in a generalist placement for two semesters for a total of 446 hours (174 hours for SOWK 781, 272 hours for 782). SOWK 781 field internships begin with a startup orientation and concurrent field seminar program the first five weeks and then every other week for the entire academic year. Foundation level students enter the foundation field placement site by week five and are in practicum two full days a week, including a block week in January of the foundation level academic year.

HOW DOES ADVANCED FIELD EDUCATION WORK?

During the advanced practice curriculum, students are in advanced practice field placement that specializes within the content area the student has chosen for the equivalent of 16 hours each week with an additional block week each semester for a total of 528 hours (264 each semester). Again, students must complete a total of 974 hours in the MSW field education program in order to be eligible for graduation.

ARE THERE NIGHT AND WEEKEND PLACEMENT AVAILABLE?

Under no circumstances can the field education office or the CoSW promise particular days and hours of field. Evening and weekend placements are rare and sometimes nonexistent. Students should be prepared to engage in field placements from 8-5 on weekdays. Our main goal is to ensure students receive a high-quality education.

DO YOU HAVE INTERNATIONAL FIELD PLACEMENTS?

Yes. For additional information on international field placements, you will need to contact the field placement director, Dr. Melissa Reitmeier, after you have been admitted.

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