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MSW Course Exemptions

A student may be exempt from one or more professional foundation courses under the following conditions:

  1. Graduates of an accredited baccalaureate program in social work may not have to take professional foundation courses in those curricular areas in which their undergraduate average was B or higher. This policy extends only to those who completed their baccalaureate studies within five years prior to admission to the graduate program.
  2. Graduates of other universities who (within the past five years) have completed courses equivalent to the School of Social Welfare's courses with a grade of B or higher may be exempt from professional foundation courses. Students must submit an exemption waiver and a syllabus for each course from which they seek exemption.
  3. Students may be exempt from professional foundation courses, with the exception of field education and SOC WRK 665, 708 and 709, upon satisfactory completion of exams in the appropriate curricular areas. Exams should be taken the first semester in the graduate program and may not be repeated. Exams are usually offered in July and October of each year.
  4. Criterion for exemption from the first semester of field instruction is a BSW from an accredited undergraduate program within five years prior to admission to the MSW program.