Program Format - Master of Social Work (MSW)

Program Orientation

Attendance at orientation sessions is mandatory. Students who do not attend orientation may be administratively withdrawn from the program. Orientations are held on campus shortly before the start of classes. Further information about the dates, times, and locations of orientation sessions is provided in the admissions letter.

Field Education Schedule and Requirements

All students are required to attend a three-hour orientation to field education and obtain a background check prior to entering the field placement. It is the student's responsibility to secure a site for the field placement. Field education starts in the spring semester. To complete field education, employed students typically must arrange their work schedules to accommodate weekday time in field placement. Field education must be completed by mid-August at the end of the second summer term for each of the two years. Field education must include two full normal business-hour weekdays per week, (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), in an approved social work setting.

  • Advanced-standing students complete one 500 clock-hour field education placement during the concentration year.
  • 60-credit hour students complete two 500 clock-hour field education placements during the first and second year, for a total of 1,000 clock-hours.

Additional field education hours may be approved for weekends and after business hours, and there may also be options for completion in the student's place of employment with restrictions. All field education placement plans require prior approval by our Field Education Coordinator.

Skills Labs

In person skills labs are held on select Saturdays at regionally convenient locations across Alabama as well as Jackson, Mississippi and Atlanta, Georgia. Attendance at skills labs is mandatory.


Courses are offered online, through Blackboard Learn, and some courses require face-to-face skills laboratory sessions. To participate in this program, students must have access to a computer with high-speed internet connection.