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Master of Social Work


Field Education

Throughout the program, you will be assigned to an agency for 15 to 17 hours per week (depending on enrollment in the part-time, full-time, or advanced standing program). You will work under the supervision of a qualified field instructor, who is an MSW social worker employed at that agency.

Field placement hours are typically scheduled sometime during the work week (i.e., Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm); there typically are no field placements available with exclusively evening or weekend hours.

Field placements are arranged by the School of Social Work and are an important of the MSW curriculum as you grow to assume the role of a professional social worker. As a matter of school policy, you are not permitted to arrange for your own field placement.

You can expect that your field placement will provide them with high quality opportunities to learn, develop skills, meet social workers in the community, and make a difference in the lives of the clients they serve.

As a matter of policy, the MSW Program does not accept life or work experience as a substitute for field placement or any other required social work courses.

Field Education Schedule

The Field Education schedule for each academic year is developed by the Director of Field Education and is posted on BlackBoard at the start of each academic year. Field starts on the first day of classes each semester and ends on the last day of classes. It is the school’s expectation that the field hour requirement is completed during this time unless special permission is granted by the Director of Field Education

For more information about Field Education, please click on the follow links:

MSW Field Placement Site Partner Criteria

MSW Field Instructor Criteria

MSW Field Education FAQs

MSW Field Education Forms and Manuals

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School of Social Work
1515 French Hall
PO Box 210108
Cincinnati OH 45221-0108
Phone: 513-556-4615
Fax: 513-556-2077

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