Curriculum Options

Many students enroll in the two-year, regular full-time program. Students wanting more flexible options may extend the program to 3 years, or 3½ years, depending on enrollment date. Students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from an accredited school complete a 42-48 hour program.

The Master of Science in Social Work program provides opportunities to develop courses of independent study with individual faculty and/or take elective courses in other university graduate departments. In addition, electives and some required courses may be taken during the summer, enabling students to pursue additional interests or lighten their fall or spring course load. To accommodate most schedules, the School offers required courses during daytime and evening hours.

Program Option Typical Course Load Number of Semesters Start Semester
Two Year 15 Hours 4 Fall
Three Year 9-12 Hours 6 Fall
Three and a Half Year 6-9 Hours 10 Fall
One Year (BSW Degree) 6-15 Hours 4 Summer

Templates of study options for each program are available as a PDF.

Due to administrative changes in the MSSW program, the Steve Hicks School of Social Work will no longer offer the Spring 1.5 year Post BSW Program option. Any prospective students who have initiated a 1.5 year application beginning in Spring 2021 will need to discontinue the application and submit an application for the Summer 2021 semester.

Please note: Course load may affect financial aid determinations.