Our three-year Extended Degree Program offers students a part-time path to earn a master’s degree in social work. It’s a popular option for working adults who cannot carry a full-time course load. Classes are held either in the evening or on select, consecutive Fridays and Saturdays, attracting a diverse group of working professionals, including rural practitioners. The degree is earned in 9 to 11 consecutive quarters, including summers, and students select either an evening or Friday/Saturday schedule. See a sample quarterly schedule here.
What to expect—In the first academic year, students take an average of two classes per quarter. Beginning in the fourth quarter, students are typically in the field one to two days per week. The schedule changes in the eighth quarter when students take one class per quarter and participate in field placements two to three days per week.
If students choose the evening schedule, each class meets one evening per week from 6pm-8:50pm throughout the quarter. On the Friday/Saturday schedule, each class meets either on four Fridays from 9:30am-4:30pm or four Saturdays from 9am-4pm. During quarters where students must take two required courses, the weekend courses are usually offered on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays. APPLY MSW PROGRAM.