Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

MSW Field Overview

MSW field experience is a critical component in the preparation of students to become competent and principled advanced social work professionals in an increasingly diverse world. Internships provide students with the opportunity to integrate and apply knowledge, values, and skills essential to competent social work practice.

Students in the Traditional Program are required to complete two field experiences: First Year Generalist Placement (432 hours) and Second Year Advanced Clinical Placement (512 hours).

Advanced Standing students are required to complete one internship: the Advanced Clinical Placement (512 hours) that focuses on the development of advanced social work practice skills. All advanced standing students will have successfully completed an internship (400 hours minimum) in a BSW program prior to acceptance.

After MSW students complete an extensive, individualized Field Application and interview with a field faculty member, students are guided to an available placement which best reflects their strengths, needs, interests, and professional goals.

First Year Generalist Placement

The first internship is a generalist placement of 432 hours focusing on the acquisition and development of generalist practice skills using a strengths perspective. This internship is completed in a full-time format, during one full semester.  

Second Year Advanced Clinical Placement

The second internship is an advanced clinical placement of 512 hours focusing on the development of advanced social work practice skills. Students in the Traditional Program complete this internship in a full-time format during one full semester.  

Advanced Standing students complete this internship in a part-time format across two semesters. 

Last Updated: January 05, 2017