The MSW Program offers both full-time and part-time study for post-baccalaureate students. The MSW is available in the following tracks:
Advanced Standing Program
This program is available only to applicants who have received a BSW degree within the last five years from a social work program that is accredited by CSWE. Students in this program complete the 33 credit hour clinical practice in a rural setting concentration.
This 60 credit hour program is designed for students with a baccalaureate degree in any discipline, who graduate from an accredited BSW program more than five years ago, and any other student who does not meet requirements for the Advanced Curriculum option. Students in this program complete the Foundation curriculum consisting of 27 credit hours of work. They then complete the 33 credit hour clinical practice in a rural setting concentration.
Full-time vs. Part-time
Each of the two tracks has two options: part-time and full-time. Students completing the Advanced Standing Program will complete 33 graduate credit hours. Advanced Curriculum students will complete a total of 600 field hours of work along with their coursework.
The Advanced Standing Full-Time Program consists of three semesters of study which is spread over 15 calendar months. This includes two summer courses at the beginning of the program and two complete semesters immediately following.
The Advanced Standing Part-Time Program consists of two academic years of study which includes two summer terms; the first summer term in the beginning of the program and the first summer term in the middle of the program.
Standard Full-time / Part-time
Students enrolled in the Standard Program complete 60 graduate credit hours. They complete a total of 400 field hours during the foundation curriculum field placement and 600 field hours during the advanced curriculum field placement.
The Standard Program Full Time consists of two academic years of study; and the Standard Program Part-time of four academic years of study.
Time to Degree
The time allowed for completion of the master's degree is six years, exclusive of time spent in the armed forces of the United States. Graduate work completed prior to six years from the students' date of completion of the degree cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements. Transfer credit taken prior to admission at Arkansas State University will be included in the six year limit.