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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I become licensed in my state with this degree?
Licensing requirements vary from state to state, however the first requirement for all states is a Master's degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited program. Students are expected to check with the Licensing Board in their state to ensure they have a clear understanding of specific curricular expectations. This will guide the selection of electives.
There are two programs, which one is for me?
1. The Foundation Program is for those students who do not have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, but instead have a Bachelor's degree in a related field. The Foundation Program is ten semesters long.
2. The Concentration Program (Advanced Standing) is for students who have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from a CSWE accredited program. The Concentration Program is six semesters long.
I do not have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, but I have experience working in a position I define as social work related. Can this be counted for academic credit?
No, we support the Council on Accreditation which states that the Council on Social Work Education "does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience".
With a GPA below 3.0, should I apply?
The minimum GPA allowed in our Graduate Program is a 3.0 and therefore, you don't qualify. We rarely admit with provisional status for this, but if you would like to apply and "state your case" in your personal statement, we will take it into consideration. We advise that you do not make excuses for why it was low, but tell us what has changed that would make you more successful now.
I have not taken a Statistics course, can I still apply?
Yes, admission is not dependent upon the course being completed. A deadline of completion of the courses would be included in the offer of admission.
Do I have to have a background check to apply?
No, the background check is completed prior to entering field. If admitted, we will advise you of that process.
Do I need to take the GRE before I apply?
No, the GRE is not required.
When should I apply?
- Foundation application deadline is every June 15 for a start the following January. Preferred application schedule is January 16-June 15. Application should indicate admission for Spring of the following year.
- Concentration application deadline is every November 15 for start the following May. Preferred application schedule is June 16-November 15. Application should indicated admission for the Summer of the following year.
How do I apply?
All applications are completed electronically via My GradSpace (http://graduateschool.UND.edu/my-gradspace.cfm).
When applying, I noticed that there are two statements, one for the Graduate School (2 Page Statement of Goals) and one for the Social Work Program (3-5 Page Personal Statement), do I need to complete both of them?
No, we require that you complete a 3-5 page Personal Statement for the Social Work Program, which covers the following: motivation for being a social worker, values and beliefs regarding social work, experience and diversity, qualities the applicant brings to the profession, personal qualities in leadership and creativity, and professional goals. Try give us a good picture of who you are and what you see yourself becoming, as we will have already read your transcript material by then, so please write beyond what we can interpret from the factual and numerical data.
Do references have to be past professors or do you prefer a combination?
No, you do not need to restrict you references to only professors. We suggest you consult with professionals who know you well and can write about your skills and potential beyond what we can see on the transcripts.
If classes are offered online, why do I have to attend class?
Our classes are offered using video conferencing in a Virtual classroom. Classes are held LIVE three nights per week. Each class lasts one hour and fifty minutes. Students are expected to attend and participate in class.
What time are classes held?
Typically, courses are offered at 6:00pm and at 8:00pm CST. This does vary in the summer sessions, when classes are sometimes offered on the weekends.
I cannot take class on weekends. Can I still apply?
Currently our classes are offered mainly in the evenings, however there are a few classes offered on Saturdays. We cannot guarantee that more classes won't be offered on the weekend. It would not be possible to pass a class without ever attending. If you can never attend on a weekend then you might want to consider our campus program or another program in your area.
What is the purpose of the campus visits and do I have to come?
Campus visits are a REQUIRED part of our program. Foundation students must come to campus twice during the three year program (first summer semester and second fall semester). Concentration (advanced standing) students come once (first fall semester). Time on campus is filled with intense lab classes for the practice courses and is directly tied to the curriculum that semester. Time on campus is five to six days each time.
How do you arrange field placements?
Field placements occur in your community as is possible. We work with students to identify potential options. Field faculty will contact the agency to secure the placement. Foundation students have two placements, each being two part-time semesters (14-18 hours/week). Concentration students have one placement and have the option of one full-time semester (30-40 hours/week) or two part-time semesters (16-18 hours/week).
Can I use my job for my field placement?
No. Field placements are intended as opportunities for students to grow and they must be doing something completely different than their current job or past work experiences.
Can I do my field placement in my agency?
This may be possible if the placement offers the appropriate learning goals in a completely new learning environment with a different supervisor and different peers. Requires a plan for how the roles of the student and staff employee will be differentiated.
It takes ten semesters to complete the Foundation Program or/and six semesters to complete the Concentration. What if I want to finish sooner?
We only offer a part-time program with six credits per semester. The only option for finishing sooner is to combine the last two semesters of field placement into one semester of twelve credits. This reduces the ten semesters to nine or/and the six semesters to five.
What is the cost of the program?
All distance courses are offered at in-state tuition rates, however, Social Work online courses have additional fee requirements (http://distance.UND.edu/degree/about/?id=msw4bsw2&page=1111).
What are the technology requirements?
Click here for the Technology Requirements.