First Summer Registration
All first-summer courses are required and sectioned by the Office of Academic Support Services (OAS). First-summer (entering) students take five required courses, scheduled in eleven of the official class meeting blocks, per term (see below). Students will be expected to arrange personal commitments around this schedule.
By mid-May, entering students schedules will be viewable on BannerWeb. The school reserves the right to make changes to scheduled course offerings and meeting times.
Class Block Chart
Unshaded areas on the chart below represent official class meeting blocks for SSW summer academic terms. Monday evenings are reserved for the Summer Lecture Series.
Note that the Banner database system, which produces class meeting schedules and other information, uses "R" to designate "Thursday." Thus, for example, if you have a class that meets on Tues. and Thurs., the designation will be "T R."
|10:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.|
Summer Term 1 Courses
- 101 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (Practice; 3 credits)
- 130 Theories of Individual Development (HBSE; 2 credits)
- 133 Sociocultural Concepts (HBSE; 2 credits)
- 160 Introduction to Social Welfare Policy (Policy; 2 credits)
- 190 Group Theory and Practice (Practice/HBSE; 2 credits)
Summer Term 2 Courses
- 102 Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families (continued from 101; Practice; 3 credits)
- 131 Problems in Biopsychosocial Functioning (HBSE; 2 credits)
- 161 Introduction to Social Welfare Policy (Policy; 2 credits)
- 191 Agency and Community Practice (HBSE/Policy/Practice; 2 credits)
- 330 Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence (HBSE) 2 credits OR (if you have been pre-approved through the waiver process) 333, Developmental Deviations in Childhood and Adolescence (if offered)
Degree Requirements starting with the Class of 2018
Credits required to graduate - 130
- Coursework credits - 60 total (3 summers - see below)
- Fieldwork credits - 60 total (2 full Winter terms - see below)
- Integrative Seminars - 4 total (2 full Winter terms - see below)
- CPP - 6
Year 1 -
- Summer terms I and II - (required courses; see above)- 11 credits for each term for a total of 22 credits
- Winter term - Field Internship I - 30 credits; Integrative Seminar - 2 credits; CPP - 6 credits
Year 2 -
- Summer term I - 5 required courses for a total of 10 credits
- Summer term II - 3 required courses; 2 electives, 1 of which must be in research for a total of 10 credits
- Winter term - Field Internship II - 30 credits; Integrative Seminar - 2 credits
Year 3 -
- Summer term I - 5 electives for a total of 10 credits
- Summer term II - 4 electives for a total of 8 credits
In total, students will take a minimum of 11 electives , 1 in research; 2 in Practice; 2 in Policy; and 2 in HBSE. Content Specific requirements are required in these sequences.
Special Scheduling Request for Required Courses
We understand that childcare, commuting, and part-time work can add stress to your very full academic schedule. If you have special circumstances that you would like us to consider while scheduling your required courses, please submit your request to the Office of Academic Support Services, firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax to 413-585-7994. The deadline is within two weeks of your acceptance to the School for Social Work. Using the MSW Special Scheduling Request form will help expedite your request.
Transferring and Waiving Courses
If you have completed course work elsewhere that closely aligns with the description of any of the above required courses and that has not already been transferred to your record, you may petition for transfer credit (see Master's Program Handbook, section 503).
Petition for transfer credit (Writable PDF when opened with Adobe Reader).
You may also petition to waive a course and replace it with an elective. Students should not attempt to transfer and waive the same course. If you are approved for transfer credit or waiver and are already registered, OAS staff will work with you to adjust your schedule.
Petition to Waive a Required Course (Writable PDF when opened with Adobe Reader)
Please note the December 15th deadlines on the forms. Your request has a better chance of being considered if you meet the deadline.