210 Social Work/Speech and Hearing Sciences
The School of Social Work offers two professional programs, one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level, as well as a PhD program. The Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare (BASW) program prepares students for entry-level generalist practice. The graduate professional program prepares students for advanced practice within a field of concentration; students earn a Master of Social Work degree. Both the BASW and MSW programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The School also offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in social welfare that prepares students for careers in research and education. Consistent with University policy, no credit is granted on the basis of life experience or previous employment. All three programs are housed in the Social Work/Speech and Hearing Sciences Building, 4101 Fifteenth Avenue Northeast, Seattle, WA 98105-6299.
In addition, the School offers two concurrent degree programs - one with the School of Public Health leading to the MSW and MPH degrees, and a second with the Evans School of Public Affairs, leading to MSW and MPA degrees.
The School of Social Work offers the following program of study
The program includes upper-division courses in social welfare, with prerequisites in human biology, economics, psychology, statistics, and sociology. Students enter at the start of their junior year after completing most of the general-education requirements established by the College of Arts and Sciences. Social welfare courses include content on social welfare history, policy and services, human behavior and the social environment, social welfare research, and cultural diversity. These academic courses prepare students for the senior year three-quarter practicum experience, which involves a total of 480 hours of direct social services under the supervision of a practicum instructor approved by the School.
Bachelor of Arts Program
Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses:
SOC WF 101, SOC WF 200; SOC WF 201; prerequisites in psychology, sociology, economics, and biology (see list below); also, courses in American ethnic studies, sociology, psychology, and women studies.
Department Admission Requirements
Approximately 40 juniors are admitted each year. Admission, which is for autumn quarter only, is competitive and completion of the requirements listed below does not guarantee acceptance. April 1 is the application deadline. To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following criteria by the time they begin classes in the social welfare program:
Application forms and a detailed description of the social welfare major are available at the School's Web site, socialwork.uw.edu/. A student may discuss the program in person by contacting the Director of Admissions, (206) 543-5676, email@example.com. Students accepted to the major complete a change-of-college form and transfer their academic file to the School's Student Services Office. Students not accepted may contact the Director of Admissions to discuss alternatives to the social welfare major, or the appeal process.
61 credits as follows:
Student Outcomes and Opportunities
Graduate Program Coordinator
Master of Social Work
The School of Social Work offers a Master of Social Work degree with three options for completion: a two-year full-time program; a one-year advanced-standing program for qualified students with a degree in social work/social welfare from a Council on Social Work Education accredited undergraduate program; and a three-year part-time extended degree program.
All program options prepare students for advanced professional practice with a culturally diverse range of at-risk populations in publicly funded social services. The curriculum encompasses two distinct but interconnected areas: the beginning content or professional foundation, and opportunities for advanced content in areas of policy, services, and methods.
The professional foundation provides instruction in the basic knowledge and skills required for effective, generalist social work practice, as well as socialization to the profession, its value orientation, ethics, and history.
The advanced curriculum provides in-depth knowledge and skills needed for advanced practice in the social work profession. The advanced curriculum is being revised. Check the School's website, socialwork.uw.edu for current information.
Admission to the MSW program requires formal admission to the Graduate School as well as to the School of Social Work. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree, a strong academic background, and social-service experience. Applicants submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, references, application forms, résumé, and an admission essay to be considered for autumn-quarter entry. January 15 is the closing date for receipt of applications and materials. Admission is competitive and selection is based on a review of the applicant's submitted materials. Current application materials can be obtained from the School's Admissions Office website at socialwork.uw.edu/admissions/.
Minimum 46 credits (advanced standing program); 75 credits (day and extended degree programs), as follows:
A limited number of financial-aid opportunities are available. Applicants to the MSW program are urged to apply for assistance through the Office of Student Financial Aid by February 15. Completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required for consideration for any departmental funding. Departmental funding is limited and typically requires a department-specific application be submitted by April 1. Inquiries may be directed to the Admissions Office, School of Social Work. Information on available tuition awards may also be reviewed on the Social Work Admissions Website, socialwork.uw.edu/admissions.
Master of Social Work/Master of Public Health Concurrent Degrees
The concurrent degrees prepare professionals who function at the interface of both fields in practice, research, planning, administration, and policy development. Students develop (1) competence in social work practice in community health; (2) understanding of the organization and functioning of the health and social service delivery systems; and (3) basic analytical skills necessary to conduct research and to perform competently in a variety of public health social work roles. Students also have an opportunity for in-depth study of particular issues related to their special interests and career goals.
Students who matriculate into the full time program in either Social Work or Public Health are eligible. Students admitted to Social Work with advanced standing should apply for both programs simultaneously. Students in the part-time evening degree program in either Social Work or Public Health are not eligible for the program.
115-125 credits (depending on number of electives taken)
Master of Social Work/Master of Public Affairs Concurrent Degrees
Graduate students at the UW School of Social Work may concurrently pursue a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Administration at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs. Earning degrees in both areas prepares students to be professionals who work at the interface of the two fields in practice, research, planning, administration, and policy development.
Students are able to combine their studies at the Schools of Social Work and Public Affairs to meet the requirements for both degrees in approximately three years. This document provides guidance for students who are interested in this option. The concurrent degree option described here assumes that students are pursuing degrees in the School of Social Work MSW day program and the Evans School's traditional M.P.A degree.
The MSW-MPA is an informal concurrent degree program under UW code and, as such, it is the student's responsibility to make sure her or his plan of study aligns with the requirements of the respective schools and the Graduate School.
Students must apply to and be accepted by both schools. Application decisions are made independently by both schools. Students interested in the concurrent degree should indicate that interest in the personal statement portion of both applications.
Current students in either Public Affairs or Social Work who decide in the fall of their first year that they wish to apply to the other school may request a courtesy transfer of some application materials from their current school to the other school's admission office. Students are responsible for monitoring the completeness of their own admissions materials.
Program entry and foundation preparation
Given the integrated first-year curriculum in both programs, students complete the first year of foundation study in each program largely without substitution.
The concurrent degree option is flexible enough to allow students who begin in either program to decide during the first year to pursue the concurrent degree. However, students who know at the point of initial application that they wish to pursue the concurrent option are strongly advised to complete the Social Work foundation in year one and the Public Affairs foundation in year two. This allows greater flexibility in scheduling electives and provides a marginally more coherent sequencing of theoretical and research methods content.
Doctor of Philosophy
The PhD program in social welfare prepares students to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and practice in the field of social welfare and the profession of social work for the promotion of social justice. Students are expected to acquire both the substantive and methodological competence to contribute theoretical formulations and empirical research that inform effective social work practice and advance scholarship in social welfare.
After the first year of required courses, each student's program of study is individually designed and focuses on well-defined substantive and interventive areas of research relevant to the field of social welfare. In the basic core of required courses, which includes teaching and research practice, students have an opportunity to pursue their particular interests with faculty members in the School of Social Work and in other schools and departments.
During the first two years, students define and develop the specialized areas that are the focus of their general examination and, typically, their subsequent dissertation research. Selected areas must have clear significance for the development of practice, programs, or policies in social work and social welfare.
The general examination for advancement to candidacy generally occurs at the end of the second year or during the third year. After advancement to candidacy, students devote themselves full time to completion of their dissertation research. The last step before the degree is the final examination, defense of the dissertation. Students are strongly encouraged to remain in residence at the University until the dissertation is accepted. The PhD program takes approximately four years, although academic excellence in learning and performance is always the first criterion for degree progress.
Admission is highly selective and students are admitted for autumn-quarter entry only. Applicants must have a master's degree in social work or a closely related field.
The Council on Social Work Education requires that faculty who teach practice courses in accredited programs have two years of supervised practice experience. Thus, obtaining such experience is highly important for those who seek academic positions following graduation.
Applicants selected for admission are those whose scholastic achievements, previous experience, and aptitude for social welfare research, scholarship, and teaching indicate the greatest promise for achieving the objectives of the program. In addition, an effort is made to maintain a balanced student group reflecting the range of concerns in social welfare and of faculty resources. The deadline for receipt of admission material is December 15. For more information, call (206) 685-1680, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
90 credits minimum, to include:
The School of Social Work ensures that all students have some means of financial support during the nine-month school year for the first three years in the program and is frequently able to continue support beyond this point. In each of the first three years, the PhD program director assists students in obtaining funding from the School, other UW sources, or external federal and private granting agencies. Each year, awards of stipends, fellowships, and research and teaching assistantships are made on the basis of resources available and match with areas of student interest. An award of a particular stipend or assistantship in one academic year does not carry a commitment for that same award in another year because both the grant situation and the applicant pool change. Advanced teaching and research positions are available on a competitive basis. Students are encouraged to begin their efforts to secure dissertation research support early and to stay in communication with the PhD program directors and associate deans, who oversee assistantship assignments in consultation with the School administration.