The Master of Social Work degree is a two-year, 60-credit program. It is designed for full-time or planned part-time students. Full-time students take 15 credits each semester, which includes course work within the classroom and a field practicum.
The MSW contains two (2) program options: the regular 60-credit program and the Advanced Standing Program. The regular 60-credit program consists of the Foundation Year Curriculum (30 credits) and the Advanced Year Curriculum (30 credits). The Advanced Standing Program consists of the Advanced Year Curriculum (30 credits). In addition to these program options, students may enroll either full-time or part-time. Program options and associated academic progression are configured as follows:
The regular MSW program (60 credits). Students may enroll and progress as either:
- Full-time - graduate within two (2) years of initial program registration; or
- Part-time - graduate within four (4) years of initial program registration.
The Advanced Standing Program (30 credits). Students may enroll and progress as either:
- Full-time - graduate within two (2) semesters of initial program registration; or
- Part-time - graduate within two (2) years of initial program registration.
Students transferring from another CSWE-accredited MSW program may transfer a maximum of 30 graduate credits for the 60-credit program. No transfer credits are accepted for advanced standing programs. MSW courses completed at other universities will be evaluated as to their relevance and similarity to FAU courses. All courses that are applied to the degree must have been successfully completed within three years of entrance into the FAU program, and the student must have earned a grade of “B” or above. A grade of “B-” or below does not meet this requirement and is not accepted. No graduate credit is granted for correspondence, life experience, or extension work.
Candidates for the Master of Social Work degree must complete all degree requirements within five consecutive years after initial registration.
Continuation in the program requires satisfactory progress toward degree completion. Satisfactory progress toward degree completion includes, but is not limited to, consecutive registration according to curriculum and program structure and achieving minimum academic standards as determined by the cumulative grade point average. Minimum academic standards are evidenced by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA, with no grade below a “C.” Students must have a 3.0 GPA to graduate.
Advanced Standing Students
Students admitted with advanced standing will be allowed no more than one “C” during the program. Advanced standing students earning less than a “B” average will be placed on academic probation. Failure to regain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA within one semester following the one in which the deficiency occurred will result in dismissal.
60-Credit Program Students
Students admitted to the regular 60-credit program will be allowed no more than two “C”s during their program. Students enrolled in this program who earn less than a“B” average will be placed on academic probation. Failure to regain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA within one semester following the one in which the deficiency was occurred will result in dismissal.
Grades below “C”
Grades below “C” (e.g., “C-” to “F”) reflect unsatisfactory progress toward the degree. Students earning such grades are therefore subject to dismissal from the Master of Social Work degree program.
Students may also be dismissed at any time if they are not making satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree.
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