Academic Catalog

Master of Social Work (MSW) Field Education Requirements

All MSW students are required to complete an integrated learning experience in a social work setting in order to earn the MSW degree. The MSW degree program’s specialized practice informs its curriculum.

Field education is the essential component that prepares students for social work practice. Field education provides the framework for knowledge and skill development through immediate application of theoretical knowledge presented in the classroom to real situations presented by individuals, groups or service delivery systems.

Field education sites are carefully vetted to ensure that students receive optimum experiences in safe and nurturing learning environments. Students are required to successfully complete 500 (Advanced Standing Option) to 1,000 (Traditional Option) hours of field education, in alignment with CSWE accreditation standards.