The regular standing M.S.W. degree requires the completion of 60 credits of graduate study (two years of full-time study). The first 30 credits (foundation curriculum) may be taken in one academic year on a full-time basis or may be extended to a maximum of two years in the structured part-time program. Students select an area of concentration for the last 30 credits, which can be completed in one academic year on a full-time basis or extended to a maximum of two years in the structured part-time program. Students are usually in a field instruction practicum two days each week during the foundation curriculum and three days each week during the concentration curriculum. Students must complete all required course work for the M.S.W. degree; however, modifications to the structure of the curriculum can be made for students with special learning needs.
All students at the Northern Virginia off-campus site must complete the M.S.W. course work by 2012.
Course credit for work or life experience is not granted in lieu of M.S.W. course credits.