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MSW Program Options

MSW Program Options

Non-Cohort/Regular Matriculation Fort Worth Campus Face-to-Face Cohorts Arlington Campus Face-to-Face Cohorts Mixed-Mode Arlington Campus Cohorts Part-Time Online Cohorts Regular Online Cohorts Accelerated Online Cohorts

Accelerated Online Cohorts

Advanced Year students only*  12 months

  • Fall and Spring semester starts (Aging Cohort starts only in Fall semester)
  • Full-Time
  • All classes online
  • 8-week courses
Accelerated Advanced Standing Degree Plans (PDF Download)
Direct Practice, Specialty in Aging
Direct Practice, Specialty in Children and Families
Direct Practice, Specialty in Mental Health and Substance Abuse

 

Regular Online Cohorts

Advanced Standing Students Only — 16 months

  • Fall Semester start only
  • Full-Time
  • All classes online
  • 16-week courses
Advanced Standing Degree Plans - 16 Months(PDF Download)
Direct Practice, Specialty in Children and Families
Direct Practice, Specialty in Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Traditional Students Only — 26 months

  • Fall & Spring starts
  • Full-Time
  • All classes online
  • 16-week courses
Traditional Non-Advanced Standing Degree Plans - 26 Months (PDF Download)
Direct Practice, Specialty in Children and Families
Direct Practice, Specialty in Mental Health and Substance Abuse

Part-Time Online Cohorts

Advanced Standing Students — 24 months
Traditional Students — 36 months

  • Fall start only (cohort expected to begin in Fall 2020).
  • Part-Time
  • All classes online
  • 16-week courses

Degree Plans (PDF Download)
Advanced Standing Direct Practice, Specialty in Children and Families - 24 Months
Advanced Standing Direct Practice, Specialty in Mental Health and Substance Abuse - 24 Months
Traditional Students Direct Practice, Specialty in Children and Families - 36 Months
Traditional Students Direct Practice, Specialty in Mental Health and Substance Abuse - 36 Months

Mixed-Mode Arlington Campus Cohorts

Advanced Year students only* 12 months

  • Fall start only
  • Full-Time
  • About 50% Online & 50% Face-to-Face classes in Arlington
  • 16-week courses
Accelerated Advanced Standing Degree Plans (PDF Download)
Direct Practice, Specialty in Children and Families
Direct Practice, Specialty in Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Direct Practice, Specialty in Health Services
Concentration in Community Administrative Practice

 

Arlington Campus Face-to-Face Cohorts

Advanced Standing Students — 14 months with Summer Start Only

Traditional Students — 24 months with Fall start only

  • Full-Time – Day Classes for Children & Families Cohort on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Full-Time – Evening Classes for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Cohort on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Face-to-Face classes at Arlington Campus & one or two online classes
  • 16-week courses
Degree Plans (PDF Download) 
Advanced Standing Direct Practice, Specialty in Children and Families - 24 Months
Advanced Standing Direct Practice, Specialty in Mental Health and Substance Abuse - 24 Months
Traditional Students Direct Practice, Specialty in Children and Families - 36 Months
Traditional Students Direct Practice, Specialty in Mental Health and Substance Abuse - 36 Months

Fort Worth Campus Face-to-Face Cohorts

Advanced Standing Students — 14 months with Summer Start Only

Traditional Students — 24 months with Fall start only

  • Full-Time – Evening Classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Face-to-Face classes at Fort Worth Campus & one or two online classes
  • 8-week courses
Degree Plans (PDF Download)
Traditional Student Direct Practice with Children and Families and an Administrative Certificate

 

Non-Cohort/Regular Matriculation

Advanced Standing & Traditional students

  • Program length depends on course availability, MSW program course offerings each semester and student’s plan/progress
  • Note: Cohort designated students have first priority to course offerings
  • Fall, Spring and limited Summer starts (check with SSW Admissions or Academic Advisor)
  • Online & Face-to-Face classes in Arlington based on availability and program/course offerings
  • 16-week courses
  • Take classes Full-Time or Part-Time
  • Click here for MSW curriculum and here for degree plans

 

 

What is a cohort? A cohort is a group of students that start together at the same time, complete a sequence of prescribed courses each semester, and graduate the program together. The purpose, broadly speaking, of cohort groups is to encourage a more dynamic, collaborative, and supportive learning environment to carry students through their program. Students in cohorts receive priority placement with course offerings. If there are not enough students registered for a particular cohort, students may be asked to move to another cohort or matriculate without being in a cohort. Although there are numerous benefits to being in a cohort, students are not required to choose a cohort. You can also choose to complete the MSW program as a non-cohort/regular matriculation.

 

What is Advanced Standing?  Advanced Standing is a designation for students who earned a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited institution within the past six years and before the start of their MSW Advanced Year matriculation. The student must also have met the 3.0 GPA quick admissions standard and earned a B or better in all social work undergraduate required courses.

 

What is Traditional?  Traditional is a designation for students who earned a bachelor’s degree in another discipline/field/major or BSW graduate who does not meet the Advanced Standing criteria for whatever reason. Traditional students must complete the Foundation and Advanced years which consist of 61 credit hours and includes two field internship placements. About 50% of our MSW students are traditional (non-BSW graduates) students.

 

What is the Foundation Year and Advanced Year?  Foundation Year is the first year of the MSW program. Traditional students must first complete the Foundation Year which consists of 23 credit hours including a field internship placement and then traditional students complete the Advanced Year of 35 credit hours including a field internship placement. The Foundation Year is waived for Advanced Standing students. Advanced Standing students will begin their matriculation in the Advanced Year which for them consists of 38 credit hours including a field internship placement.

 

* Traditional students who complete the foundation year requirements and who want to be in an accelerated online or the mixed-mode cohort, can with the approval of their Academic Advisor start in an Advanced Year student only cohort. These traditional students will take one less course than the Advanced Standing students in these same cohorts. For example: A traditional student interested in the Aging specialty who completes their foundation year by the end of the summer, can start with the Accelerated Online Aging cohort in the fall semester pending their Academic Advisor approval.

 

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