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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Where do students complete their field placements?

Students in the online program complete placement hours and attend classes online simultaneously. Students are required to propose placements within their communities. At minimum, students are required to attend placement 16 hours a week, over two days during the instructor’s availability. The majority of agencies offer placements on weekdays during regular business hours.

Students who are also working professionals are expected to negotiate time off with their employers prior to beginning the MSW program in order to ensure they will be able to complete their courses and graduation requirements within the program timelines. Placements at the student’s workplace may be possible, if they meet conditions of approval outlined by the faculty.

How are students assigned to a placement?

The placement planning process for students in the online MSW program takes into consideration their need for flexible learning within their own communities. Accordingly, the placement process is self-directed and students take the lead on proposing new placements or workplace placements based on their learning interests and geographical area. In the absence of a suitable local placement within the preferred geographical area, students will need to commute to fulfill the field requirements of the MSW program and/or request to defer their placement course.

When do field education courses take place?

The timelines for field education courses are structured and sequenced to reflect course requirements and program progression. The following timelines ensure that you are able to attend field preparation webinars, and that you complete your program requirements in a timely manner. Students have the option to attend placement either two days/week, three days/week or five days/week with an agency that can support the option selected. Student sin the regular track part-time program are required to complete 1008 placement hours. Students in the advanced standing part-time program are required to complete 546 placement hours.

Options for the Regular Track Program
Days Per Week Hours Per Week Total Months Total Hours Required
Two days 16 hours 16–17 months 1008 hours
Three days 21 hours 12 months 1008 hours
Five days 35 hours 6 months 1008 hours


Options for the Advanced Standing Program
Days Per Week Hours Per Week Total Months Total Hours Required
Two days 16 hours 8 months 546 hours
Three days 21 hours 6 months 546 hours
Five days 35 hours 4 months 546 hours

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