MSW Field Education

The field experience for MSW students constitutes 1080 hours over four terms (18 credit hours) for full-time MSW students.

Part-time students who enter without advanced standing also complete 1080 hours (18 credit hours) of field education; however these hours are distributed over a greater number of semesters.

Advanced standing students complete 720 hours (12 credit hours) typically distributed over two terms (full-time students) to four terms (part-time students).

Further details about the structure of field placements for each term can be found below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Online Field Directory

Internship/Field Placement Descriptions

MSW Certificate Field Requirements

MSW Request for Field Placement and Confirmation Forms*

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Field Learning Plans and Evaluation Documents

Field Education Schedule

Field Education Handbook

MSW Student Information Packet

Structure

The structure for the MSW Program is as follows:

Full Time:

First Year

Fall Term (Mid-October–December)—3 credits, concurrent

Field Seminar—1 hour per week (August–December)

Spring Term (January–May)—3 credits, concurrent

Second Year and Advanced Standing

Fall Term (September–December)—6 credits, concurrent

Spring Term (January–May)—6 credits, concurrent

Options

Other options may be planned in special circumstances.

Part-Time Students (Main Campus)

First Year

Summer Term (May–August) Concentration Field Advanced Standing Students—3 Credits

Summer Term (May–August) Foundation Field Non-advanced Standing Students—3 Credits

Field Seminar—1 hour per week (May–August)

Second year

Fall Term (September–December) Concentration Field Advanced Standing Students—3 Credits

Fall Term (September–December) Foundation Field Non-advanced Standing Students—3 Credits

Spring Term (January–May) Concentration Field Advanced Standing Students—3 Credits

Spring Term (January–May) Foundation Students Classes Only

Summer Term (May–August) Concentration Field Advanced Standing Students—3 Credits

Summer Term (May–August) Concentration Field Non-advanced Standing Students—3 Credits

Third year

Fall Term (September–December) Concentration Field Non-advanced Standing Students—3 Credits

Spring Term (January–May) Concentration Field Non-advanced Standing Students—3 Credits

Summer Term (May–August) Concentration Field Non-advanced Standing Students—3 Credits

Fourth year

Second field placement occurs until 12 credits (720 hours) are satisfied, usually at the rate of 16–24 hours per week; the student may or may not be taking classes depending on the status of fulfillment of coursework

* First year non-advanced standing students attend a field seminar for 1 hour per week during the first Fall term of the MSW Program. Part-time non-advanced standing students attend a field seminar for 1 hour per week during the first Summer Term of the MSW Program.

Part-time students (UPJ, UPB)

Students at UPJ and UPB will follow the same sequence as part time students at the main (Pgh) campus.

*Advanced Standing (UPJ, UPB)—Advanced Standing Students will follow the same sequence as part time advanced standing students at the main (Pgh) campus. Advanced standing placement occurs until 12 credits (720 hours) are satisfied.