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Degree Requirements

The professional foundation portion of the MSW curriculum (completed in the first year of full-time study) provides a generalist perspective on social work practice. Curriculum areas include social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, social work research, social welfare policy and services, and field instruction. 

The advanced concentration portion of the MSW curriculum (completed in the second year for full-time students and in the third, full-time year for the PM students) builds upon the foundation. Four advanced concentrations are offered: child and family , community health and urban development (CHUD) ,  mental health , and school social work . In subsequent years, the College may revise its concentration offerings. Advanced curriculum content, tailored to the concentration, is provided in the areas of social work practice, human behavior in the social environment, social work research, social welfare policy and services, and field instruction. 

Students may apply for advanced standing in the MSW program. Students who graduated within the past six years with a degree from an accredited social work program can receive up to 28 semester hours credit for courses that have been completed and are determined to be equivalent to those foundation courses required by the college for the MSW.

Students in the full-time program option may not use their place of employment as a field placement.

Hours - Candidates must complete 62 semester hours at the 500 level, including work in each of five curriculum areas: human behavior and the social environment; social work practice; social work research; social welfare policy and services; and field instruction. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00 (A=4.00) must be maintained. 

The full-time master's degree program option is structured around 28 semester hours in a first-year foundation and 34 semester hours of advanced study in an advanced concentration. 

A three year program option is also available. Requirements for the foundation are completed in two part-time years and the concentration requirements are completed in a full-time resident year of day classes. 

Residence - A minimum of 9 semester hours must be earned at the University of Illinois at Chicago in each of two consecutive terms. 

Thesis - A thesis is optional. Not less than 6 and not more than 12 semester hours may be counted toward the degree requirements. The thesis must be defended before a committee appointed by the dean of the Graduate College on the recommendation of the Jane Addams College of Social Work faculty. 

Transfer of Credit - A maximum of 28 hours of credit may be transferred for work taken elsewhere. No course with a grade less than B can be transferred. 

Time Limit - All requirements must be completed within six years, excluding military service.