This will only take a moment.
The full online MSW program can be completed in as few as 30 months, but students who require a part-time commitment can extend their coursework to a maximum of four years.
Each individual course lasts eight weeks. Fieldwork assignments cover a total of 30 weeks and are arranged at the beginning of each academic year.
As a full-time program, students should expect to commit 35-45 hours per week.
Grades will be posted in the online student portal.
Absolutely. Wurzweiler faculty work to maintain close interaction with all students, providing one-on-one consultation and advisement as needed, and will remain highly accessible to you throughout the program. After registering for the program, you will receive direct contact information for all faculty associated with your coursework and will also be able to engage them through discussion boards in the online learning management system.
They must find field placements on their own, but they must be approved by our Director of Field and must meet CSWE guidelines for supervision. Students pursuing an additional certification or credential must complete their second-year advanced fieldwork in agencies or organizations related to their specialization.
The full MSW program requires 60 credit hours to complete. Students accepted to Advanced Standing will require 30 credit hours to complete the program.
Advanced Standing students are only required to complete two electives to earn their MSW. They must opt to take an additional 3-credit elective to earn the Gerontology and Palliative Care Embedded Certification or the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Credentialing.
While students can start in the general-track MSW program and later decide to earn the Geri/Pall certification or the CASAC credential, they must do so before taking their first elective course. Please connect with your Student Success Coordinator to determine if this option is available to you.
Students do not receive credit for current work, but can have their placement at their current job, providing they can be supervised by someone accredited and approved and are performing duties outside of their current job for their field hours. Students are not paid for field work hours.
For students participating in the Joint MSW/CASAC Credentialing program, the Wurzweiler School of Social Work will make every effort to place you in a field site where your hours will count towards the 2000 post-MSW training hours required to become a full CASAC-II. In the right circumstances, up to 1200 hours may count (all of your field hours), leaving you only 800 more supervised hours post-MSW to earn the CASAC-II.
The Office of Substance Abuse Services and Supports (OASAS) is the final determiner of what will be accepted. There are very specific written and published guidelines concerning what “counts,” and to what degree.
An approved work setting, according to the CASAC Field Placement Guidelines, is one of the following:
If you choose work setting #3, you may not be authorized to provide individual/group counseling (chemical dependence) and/or treatment planning. Provision of such services may require OASAS certification.
As part of field experience, CASAC students must have a minimum of 300 hours of specific supervised practical training. Each of the following 12 Core Functions must have been performed for a minimum of 10 hours, under the supervision of a QHP and licensed or credentialed professional. See the full list of activities on page 20 of the CASAC application.
The safest work setting (placement) for ensuring that your hours count is #1 above.
Work diligently to see that you practice the right amount of time in each function, track it on a draft of the application sheet and have it signed off on by your Qualified Health Professional supervisor.
When in doubt about your placement hours counting, work directly with OASAS Credentialing.