New M.S.W. Student Registration Information Session
and Field Fair Orientation/Field Fair: April 3, 2017
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Coffman Memorial Union: The Whole Music Center and Great Hall
This all-day event will cover basic information about the M.S.W. curriculum, the registration process, and being a graduate student in the School of Social Work.
Materials for Registration Information Session
Materials for Field Fair Orientation and Field Fair
The Field Fair will take place after the orientation. Please watch these two videos before coming to the Registration Orientation/Field Fair on April 3.
*Note that the dates mentioned in this video are not correct. The dates in the FAQs Regarding Required Field Placement are correct.
FAQs Regarding Required Field Placement:
Most graduate students finance their graduate education through personal funds and private and governmental loans. While the date for applying for SSW specific fellowships and scholarships has passed, we encourage you to look into University Financial Aid options and FAFSA options.
M.S.W. Program Class Schedule
M.S.W. courses are scheduled all day Thursday–Saturday. Some courses are also offered on Monday–Wednesday evenings. M.S.W. students will not be able to take courses exclusively during weekday business hours, or exclusively during evening and Saturday hours.
Students can often create a course schedule that meets their needs. All students, however, will have at least some evening courses during their time as a graduate student. Most students will have Saturday courses at some point in their graduate career.
Students taking a field placement are generally expected to be in field on Mondays–Wednesdays. Some field placements offer evening and weekend hours, but almost every field placement will require some time in the agency during regular Monday–Friday business hours.
M.S.W. New Student Orientation: August 28, 2017
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
St. Paul Student Center, North Star Ballroom
This all-day event is the beginning of your graduate study. You will have the chance to meet classmates, the faculty of the School of Social Work, and your academic adviser. In contrast to the April 3 Registration Orientation, this day does not address nuts and bolts of the curriculum, registration, and being a student at the University of Minnesota. Instead we are pleased to be joined by members of the Penumbra Theater, who will offer a workshop to orient all of us to some of the challenges we will encounter in working across differences and engaging with diverse classmates, clients and colleagues.
Computer Internet Access
The School of Social Work requires that students use information
technology to support practice and scholarship. You will receive an
official University e-mail address from the Graduate School. All SSW
graduate students must have access to the Internet. If you do not have
personal computer access, you can use the computer labs on campus.
Minnesota law requires all students born after December 31, 1956, who
enroll in a state college or university to be immunized against
diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella. See the Academic Health Service page
for important instructions on immunizations for U.S. and
Prerequisites Must Be Completed by September 5, 2017
NOTE: Please refer to the email you received from the School of Social Work to determine whether the following information applies to you.
If the email said you require a statistics, biology and/or writing course, you will be able to register for fall 2017 classes, but you must successfully complete a college-level course in the areas indicated by Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
These courses can be completed at any college, university, or community college. Please note that we do not accept CLEP credits or AP test scores as meeting prerequisites. Successful course completion is defined as earning a grade of C- or higher, or a grade of Pass, if taking the class on a pass/fail basis. There are no exceptions to this policy.
We cannot recommend specific classes that might fulfill a prerequisite; however, if you would like to know whether a particular class will meet our requirement, please contact the SSW Admissions office.
- BIOLOGY REQUIREMENT: Introductory biology classes including “Human Biology” or “General Biology” or classes with content in human anatomy and physiology fulfill the biology requirement. Biology classes that focus on human evolution or ecology, or courses from departments such as psychology or anthropology generally do not have the required content and do not fulfill the biology prerequisite.
- STATISTICS REQUIREMENT: Any college statistics class, including those from other departments, fulfills this requirement. Research methods classes generally include only a brief review of descriptive statistics, and most do not have enough statistics to prepare you for graduate-level research methods and, therefore, do not fulfill the statistics requirement. However, if you feel your research methods class was essentially a class in statistics, we will review the class to determine if it meets the requirement.
- WRITING COURSE Based on the written materials submitted with the application to the M.S.W. program, many applicants are required to complete an additional writing course. This course is in addition to any college and graduate courses already taken. Students may satisfy this requirement by taking a course through the University of Minnesota, another university or community college. The course can be offered in person or online. It should focus on writing for research, academic and professional writing. Students should seek courses which emphasize development of scholarly and nonfiction writing.