2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 22, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Social Work MSW, Online Part-Time Advanced Standing Track ►


College: Health and Public Affairs Degree: MSW
Department: Social Work Option: Nonthesis
Graduate Program Handbook

Track Description


The Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Part-Time Advanced Standing Track is offered completely online and allows students with baccalaureate degrees in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited school/program who demonstrate academic potential and professional maturity to complete the MSW degree in four semesters of graduate study.

To be considered for advanced standing admission, the bachelor’s degree must have been completed within six years of the time of initial enrollment in the master’s program.

The MSW program strives to educate students to become successful practitioners in the field of clinical social work. To that end, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics is reinforced throughout the academic curriculum. Students who violate the NASW Code of Ethics may be subject to academic sanctions or dismissed from the program.

Students who apply for admission to the Online Part-time Advanced Standing track will not be permitted to switch to the on-campus, face-to-face track due to the strict cohort model followed by the online program.

This track is completed entirely online and charges an enhanced tuition rate. As such, Online MSW students are not permitted to simultaneously enroll in any graduate or certificate programs through UCF. Please visit UCF Online for additional information about tuition and fees.

Please note: Social Work (MSW) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit http://global.ucf.edu/. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at 407-823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.

This program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare students in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CHPS-Social-Work-MSW-June2020.pdf.

Curriculum


The 32-hour MSW program is composed of 18 credit hours of required core and advanced clinical specialization courses. In addition, students complete 6 credit hours of electives and 8 credit hours of field experience. Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Projects such as research studies, clinical assessments and treatment plans, papers and internships also contribute to the self-development of our students.

The MSW Advanced Standing track allows no more than one C grade or 3 credit hours (whichever is greater) to be used toward the degree requirements.  Exceeding three credit hours or one C grade is grounds for dismissal from the MSW Advanced Standing track.  

Total Credit Hours Required: 32 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Prerequisites


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) requires that all applicants have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. The School of Social Work requires that applicants have successfully completed (with a grade of C or higher) at least one course in each of the following areas: 

Humanities (examples: fine arts, history, languages, literature, philosophy, or religion) 
Physical and Biological Sciences (examples: biology, chemistry, anatomy, or physiology)
Mathematics (examples: calculus, college algebra, computer science, or statistics)
Social Sciences (examples: anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, gender studies, human development, international relations, political science, psychology, social work, or sociology)

Required Courses: 18 Credit Hours


Electives: 6 Credit Hours


Two clinical electives are required as components of the clinical specialization. They are selected in consultation with adviser and Online MSW coordinator.

  • Clinical elective 3 credit hours
  • Clinical elective 3 credit hours

Field Experience: 8 Credit Hours


Field instruction is an integral part of graduate social work education. It provides the student with an opportunity to test classroom knowledge as well as to develop and refine foundation and advanced practice skills. Decisions regarding field assignment are determined by the Field Director. Only agency sites approved by the School of Social Work may be used for field instruction. Clinical MSW students complete a minimum of 600 clock hours in the field. Field education includes a field seminar.

Students must complete at least 50 percent of their field hours during the agency’s normal business hours.
Evening (after 5:00 p.m.) and weekend placements are extremely limited. The School of Social Work is under no obligation to provide such placements. Consequently, field placements cannot be guaranteed to students who require evening and weekend placements.

Many social work agencies have students complete background checks, including formal background checks, law enforcement fingerprinting, driving records, and criminal record checks. In most instances, the expense for the background check is the responsibility of the student. We urge students to seek this information prior to entering the field experience if there is sensitive information that may prevent you from being accepted at an agency. Students must also report any background issues on field application so that an appropriate placement can be made.

The UCF School of Social Work cannot guarantee a field placement or subsequent degree completion for students who do not pass background checks.

Required Sequence of Curriculum


Fourth Semester (Fall)


  • 3 Credit Hours *
  • Clinical Elective
  • 1 Credit Hours
  • VAR Credit Hours
  • *The Online MSW is primarily an asynchronous program, which means that our courses are generally not held during a fixed meeting time. However, there are some courses where synchronous, or “live” sessions are a required component of the course assignments. Because an MSW is a professional degree that allows students to engage directly with clients, synchronous sessions are put in place to support student’s skills and evaluation in this area.

    Some of the courses that may have required live components as a part of an assignment include, but are not limited to SOW 6324  Clinical Social Work Practice with Groups and SOW 6433  Clinical Evaluation in Social Work Practice. Dates and times of live sessions will be announced before the course begins, or in some courses, multiple options are provided.

Transfer Credit


Academic credit for life experience and previous work experience shall not be given, in whole or in part, in lieu of Social Work courses required to fulfill degree requirements.

Students who have completed coursework in an accredited MSW program may transfer up to 9 credit hours of non-field coursework toward the 32 credit hours of the degree. Students must have received a grade of “B-” or higher in these courses. Courses will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the MSW Director. Field classes are not eligible for transfer. Students seeking to transfer to the School of Social Work from another CSWE accredited social work program are required to meet the criteria for admission and follow the application procedures. Additionally, one of the academic references must be from the MSW Program Director or academic adviser in the program from which the applicant is transferring and must address the academic standing in that program. If not currently enrolled, the reference must be from the former MSW Program Coordinator or academic adviser. Syllabi are required for any social work classes being considered for transfer credit. 

As per university policy, transfer credits will not be considered for the market-based, fully online part-time track.

Equipment Fee


Full-time students in the MSW program pay a $35 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $17.50 per semester.

Cost Per Credit Hour


For the Online Part-Time Social Work track in the Social Work MSW program, the cost per credit hour is $487.45.*

*Includes all university fees, which may be subject to change.

Tuition waivers are not accepted for the Online MSW.

Independent Learning


Independent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Projects such as research studies, clinical assessments and treatment plans, papers and internships also contribute to the self-development of our students.

Application Requirements


For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Applicants will be granted admission to the MSW program based on a majority approval from the Admissions Review Sub-committee.

In addition, to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Successful completion (with a grade of C or higher) of at least one course in each of the following areas:

Humanities (examples: fine arts, history, languages, literature, philosophy, or religion) 
Physical and Biological Sciences (examples: biology, chemistry, anatomy, or physiology)
Mathematics (examples: calculus, college algebra, computer science, or statistics)
Social Sciences (examples: anthropology, economics, ethnic studies, gender studies, human development, international relations, political science, psychology, social work, or sociology)

  • Up to date résumé
  • Three current letters of recommendation that have been written within the last academic year. Letters from co-workers, colleagues, mentors, friends, family members, clergy, etc. will not be considered.  Please submit your application even if you do not have your letters of recommendation. These letters can be attached to your application once they have been received, but they still must be submitted by the application deadline. 
  1. Academic: A professor from a previously attended college/university who taught you in a course. Letters from Field Seminar Instructors will not be accepted as academic letters. Recommendations from full-time faculty are strongly encouraged. Letters from advisors will not be considered unless indicated that they also taught you as a student.
  2. Employment: Letter from immediate supervisor of either volunteer or paid work experience.
  3. Field: An agency field instructor or an agency field task supervisor who has directly supervised the applicant in a social work field internship setting.
  • Professional statement. Applicants must answer the following questions within 3-6 pages. Please use headings for each question.
  1. Without disclosing personal information, what are the reasons and experiences that led you to choose social work as a profession?
  2. What are your social work career interests?
  3. What are your personal strengths that you can bring to this profession? How have these strengths been demonstrated in the past?
  4. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now in the field of social work?
  5. What major social issue do you think that professional social workers should be concerned with? What is the role of social work in relation to this issue?
  6. As a social worker, you will be expected to practice ethically according to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics. This includes working with diverse populations and clients whose values and beliefs may differ from your own. How will you incorporate and uphold the NASW Code of Ethics into your work with diverse populations?
  7. The MSW program requires students to complete a generalist (400 hours) internship and a clinical (600 hours) internship concurrent with their coursework. Evening (after 5:00 p.m.) and weekend placements are extremely limited. The School of Social Work is under no obligation to provide such placements. Given the above considerations, please tell us how you plan to balance your internship hours with your coursework and personal obligations. Tell us about any challenges you may have and how you plan to overcome them.
  • Writing sample. Applicants must submit an individually-authored research paper or literature review written for any class in their undergraduate studies, preferably one that is related to social work. Group papers will not be accepted. The paper should be 5-10 pages in length, contain citations, and a reference list in APA format, and will be used to evaluate the applicant’s ability to write professionally. The applicant must be the sole author of this paper. Submissions of papers where the applicant is co-author will not be considered. Interviews, book reviews, movie reviews, case notes, client assessments, and case studies will not be considered. If the applicant does not have an academic paper, then he/she must write a 5-10 page paper in APA format that addresses any social issue related to social work.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Please note: The MSW program only accepts one application from each prospective student per academic year. Applicants must choose to apply to one track and one semester only.

The Master of Social Work program can accommodate only a limited number of students; therefore there is a possibility of being denied admission even when all criteria are met.

Students are admitted and can begin coursework in fall semesters only. To be accepted into and retained in the program, students are expected to demonstrate initiative, dependability, social concern, self-awareness, appreciation for diversity in others, problem-solving ability, ease in relating with others, skill in writing and speaking, and professional ethics.

Students enrolled must perform certain essential functions in order to participate in and complete program requirements. These essential functions can be found in the MSW Student Handbook and define the minimal professional, cognitive, and behavioral abilities required for successful program completion as well as entry-level clinical social work practice. Students admitted into the MSW Program will sign an acknowledgment that they understand they must adhere to these functions in order to be in good standing and remain in the MSW Program.

Students unable to meet the Essential Functions requirement will have their offer of admission rescinded.

The School of Social Work reserves the right to refuse student entrance or dismiss a student after admission to the MSW program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates behaviors incongruent to working in the field of social work and/or violates the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics.

Advanced Standing


To be considered for advanced standing admission, applicants must have a baccalaureate degree in Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program and demonstrate the academic potential and professional maturity to meet the demands of the program with a 3.3 GPA in their last 60 credits. Previous baccalaureate course work that received at least a “B-” will be reviewed to ensure content equivalency. In advanced standing admission, a maximum of 30 foundation level credits may be waived based on the content equivalency to meet foundation year MSW requirements, which consist of courses in human behavior and the social environment, policy, research, social work practice, and social work field placement.

To be considered for advanced standing admission, the bachelor’s degree must have been completed within six years of the time of initial enrollment in the master’s program.

Application Deadlines


Online Part-Time Advanced Standing *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants   June 1    
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date. 

Financials


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info


Graduate Program

Shellene Mazany, MSW, LCSW
Online MSW Director, Associate Instructor
Shellene.Mazany@ucf.edu
Telephone: 407-823-1089

Minoska Hernandez
Online MSW Admissions Specialist
Minoska.Hernandez@ucf.edu
Telephone: 407-823-4110

Graduate Admissions

Jennifer Yuhas
gradadmissions@ucf.edu
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
GMAT: RZT-HT-58
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127
gradfellowship@ucf.edu
https://funding.graduate.ucf.edu

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241
finaid@ucf.edu
http://finaid.ucf.edu