MSW DCFS Distance Education Program

Application Deadline: January 15 for a start date of August the same year
      Next anticipated deadline: 1/15/15 for a start date of August, 2015
Admission decisions announced no later than May 30
(Applications are solicited once every three years, contingent on funding))

The College of Social Work, through agreements with Utah's Department of Human Services Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) programs that utilize Title IV-E federal funding, provides an off-campus 60 credit hour MSW Program to be completed over three years, for DCFS employees living outside of the Salt Lake area. Some additional student slots may be available for students not involved with Title IV-E funding if they do not live in the Salt Lake area.

This MSW option is technology-assisted program and typically delivered on Friday nights and Saturdays through a hybrid of distance technology through the Utah Education Network (EDNET) and traditional classroom study. Most EDNET broadcasts originate from the College of Social Work in Salt Lake City. Courses maybe offered at sites in Cedar City (SUU), Richfield (Snow College), Orem (UVU), and Ogden (WSU).

Applicants are admitted every three years with a new cohort of students beginning their program fall semester, 2015. The next potential call for applicants to this program would occur in three years with an application deadline of January 15, 2015. Students in this program complete the 60-credit hour MSW degree with advanced studies in the Public Services Concentration. The educational requirements are equal to the regular full-time two-year program. Courses and field work are completed in six semesters.

DCFS applicants must be current employees and gain the approval of their DCFS Region Director to receive Title IV-E stipends and tuition benefits. They also must sign and fulfill all terms of a contractual agreement with DCFS. DCFS employees who receive Title IV-E educational support make a commitment to continue their employment for an additional period after completion of their degree, at least equal to the period for which financial assistance is granted.

The first year curriculum prepares students for generalist practice and includes courses on clinical theory and practice, evidence-informed practice, professional ethics, human behavior and the social environment, diversity and self reflexive practice, and social justice, human rights, and macro practice. Students practice all these areas in agency settings through field placement (also known as “practicum”). The second year curriculum prepares students for practice with specific areas/populations, including health, forensics, mental health, substance abuse, aging and international social work.Advanced curriculum prepares students for practice with specific areas/populations.

2014-2017 Program of Study

Please direct questions regarding the MSW DCFS Distance Education Program to:

Scott Sorensen, LCSW
MSW DCFS Distance Education Program Coordinator