MSW Program Delivery

The MSW program is distance-delivered and is accessible to students from across Alaska. The courses are delivered using a variety of educational technologies, including Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate, teleconference, and video conference. Although the MSW program is distance delivered, students and faculty are highly engaged in a community of collaborative learning. Most of the courses require students to attend regularly scheduled distance-delivered class sessions each week, which are typically scheduled in the evening from 5:00 –8:45 pm. All students are required to attend a mandatory MSW program orientation on the UAA Anchorage campus in August of their admission year, as well as periodic MSW program intensives on the UAA Anchorage campus. The program orientation and intensives will be typically held over a weekend (Friday –Monday). Students are required to provide their own transportation, meals, and lodging for the orientation and intensives. 

 

Attendance Options

Full-Time (2 years):

Full-time students attend classes during summer, fall, and spring semesters for two years. Full-time students complete the foundation curriculum during the first year, followed by the concentration curriculum during their second year. Full-time students complete two practicum placements in their home community: one is completed in the first year during fall and spring semesters and one is completed in the second year during fall and spring semesters. The full-time program requires a course load of 3 credits each summer, and 13-16 credits each fall and spring semester.

Part-Time (4 years):

Part-time students attend classes during summer, fall, and spring semesters for four years. Part-time students complete the MSW program in four years with the foundation curriculum completed during the first two years and the concentration curriculum completed during the second two years. They complete two practicum placements in their home community: one is completed in the second year during fall and spring semesters and one is completed in the fourth year during fall and spring semesters. The part-time program requires a course load of 3 credits during the summer and 6-7 credits each fall and spring semester.

Advanced Placement Program (1-2 years):

Students with a BSW degree from an accredited social work program who are admitted with advanced placement enter the MSW program during the concentration curriculum, and they may attend full-time or part-time. Advanced placement students complete one practicum placement in their home community during fall and spring semesters. The part-time advanced placement program requires a course load of 3-6 credits during the summer and 6-7 credits during fall and spring semesters. The full-time program requires 3-6 credits in the summer and 15-16 credits during fall and spring semesters. (Advanced Placement Criteria)