SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES

REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK

Professor and Acting Director J. Dempster

The degrees of Master of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy are offered in social work.

The degree of M.S.W. is offered in selected specializations. The programme allows professionally qualified social workers holding the Degree of B.S.W. or an equivalent professional undergraduate degree in Social Work to undertake intensive advanced work in a specialized area of social work knowledge and practice. The particular specializations offered may change from time to time, according to resources, societal need, the state of knowledge, and trends in professional practice. The M.S.W. is offered primarily by part-time study. Selected students may study for the M.S.W. degree on a full-time basis.

The deadline date for receipt of applications to the graduate programme, School of Social Work is March 15. Under special circumstances, late applications may be considered.

Social Work Specializations offered are:

1. Advanced Therapy & Counselling with Individuals and Families.

2. Social Policy and Administration.

Both thesis and non-thesis programmes are provided in both specializations.

Entrance into all courses and the offering of any course in an academic year is by approval of the School, consistent with the candidate's programme. Candidates are admitted only into a designated programme of studies in an area of specialization.

The School of Social Work may deliver special offerings of the MSW and/or other programmes of the school to identified groups of out-of-province students where numbers warrant. These offerings will be self supporting, and therefore subject to an additional one-time non-refundable tuition fee as approved by the Board of Regents, and payable on first registration following formal admission to the programme. Students will also pay appropriate tuition fees for each semester during their tenure in the programme.

Admission to the special offerings of these programmes will be competitive, using the same procedures and standards that are in place for students applying to the St. John's campus programme(s).

Subject to approval by the Committee on Graduate Studies for the School of Social Work, students admitted to an out-of-province programme offering may apply to transfer to the equivalent programme on the St. John's campus. In such instances, the fee structure under which the student was admitted will not change. Subject to approval by the Committee on Graduate Studies for the School of Social Work, students admitted to a St. John's based program offering may apply to transfer to the equivalent out-of-province programme. In these instances, students transferring from the St. John's based programme offerings to an equivalent out-of-province offering will be required to pay a pro-rated one-time fee upon formal transfer to the special offering.

A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

B) PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION

C) PROGRAMME OF STUDY AND RESEARCH

D) PERIOD OF STUDY

E) EVALUATION

F) THESIS

COURSES


A) QUALIFICATIONS FOR ADMISSION

1. Admission is limited, selective and competitive.

2. To be considered for admission an applicant shall hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an institution recognized by the Senate, with at least second class standing, and an average of at least grade B in the last 60 undergraduate credit hours, or an equivalent professional undergraduate degree in social work approved by the Graduate Studies Committee of the School of Social Work for recommendation to the Dean.

3. In addition to the stated academic requirements, the applicant must have completed, subsequent to obtaining the B.S.W. degree, at least two-years' employment in professional social work practice or in a comparable human service discipline or activity. Extensive relevant experience prior to undergraduate degree work may be recognized in full or partial fulfilment of this requirement.

B) PROCEDURE FOR ADMISSION

1. Application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must be made in duplicate, on the appropriate form, to the School of Graduate Studies. An official transcript of the applicant's previous academic record will also be required, submitted directly from the institution(s) attended. The applicant will also submit, for referral to the School of Social Work, a statement of previous professional employment, a list of any published or unpublished works, and a declaration of programme emphasis and educational objectives. Further, applicants will be provided with three reference forms, to be submitted by them to three referees capable of assessing the applicant's previous academic and/or practice performance. These referees will submit these forms directly to the School of Graduate Studies.

2. The Graduate Studies Committee may require the applicant to appear for a personal interview with a faculty member or members.

3. A student who meets the basic admission requirements under A2 and A3 above may take no more than six credit hours in Social Work graduate courses without applying for and being admitted to the graduate programme. Students who have been admitted to other graduate programmes at Memorial University, may obtain the permission of the course instructor to register in SW 6010 and SW 6411 only.

C) PROGRAMME OF STUDY AND RESEARCH

1. A candidate's programme will be developed cooperatively by the candidate and a Faculty Advisor designated for this purpose by the Director of the School. The Faculty Advisor shall counsel the student on course planning and programme.

2. Specified supplementary studies may be required to ensure requisite knowledge pertinent to the specialization.

3. A student electing a non-thesis programme shall be assigned by the Director in consultation with the student a Project Supervisor who shall direct the student's studies in SW 6421 and SW 6431. This election can be made following completion of SW 6411. The Project Supervisor, when assigned, shall normally also assume the duties of Faculty Advisor. A Faculty Advisor may become a Project Supervisor.

4. A student electing a thesis programme shall be assigned by the Director in consultation with the student a Thesis Supervisor. This election can be made following completion of SW 6411. The Thesis Supervisor, when assigned, shall normally also assume the duties of Faculty Advisor. A Faculty Advisor may become a Thesis Supervisor.

5. Students admitted to the M.S.W. Programme shall be admitted to a course of studies consisting of at least the following elements:

i) One shall be S.W. 6010. The Conceptual and Ethical Base for the Critical Analysis of Social Work Practice.

ii) Beyond S.W. 6010 three shall be core specialization seminars focused on the candidate's area of professional interest as follows:

- The three core specialization seminars for Advanced Therapy and Counselling with Individuals and Families, namely, S.W. 6311, S.W. 6321, S.W. 6331, or
- The three core specialization seminars for Social Policy and Administration, namely S.W. 6510, S.W. 6520, and S.W. 6530.
- S.W. 6010 is a prerequisite/co-requisite to all core specialization seminars.
- One special topics course from the series SW 6820-29 may be substituted for one of the three core specialization seminars, with the prior approval of the Academic Council of the School of Social Work.

iii) One course shall be S.W. 6411, Systematic Inquiry: Con-cepts and Methods.

iv) One course shall be SW 6911, Field Practicum, this consisting of 500 hours of field internship and instruction in the candidate's area of specialization, over one semester or two consecutive semesters.

Although consideration will be given to all factors affecting the location and type of all social work internships, the final decision regarding internship rests with the School of Social Work. Students are responsible for their own financial self-support during the internship.

Graduate students are responsible for exploring internship options and locating a person with an MSW to provide field instruction during their internship. The graduate field coordinator is responsible for finalizing the internship and field instruction arrangements in conjunction with the candidate. Part-time internships of two semesters may be considered but will require approval from the proposed agency field instructor and the graduate field coordinator.

All candidates wishing to register for SW 6911 must submit a completed Practicum Planning Information form and a Social Work Internship proposal at least three months prior to the commencement of the semester in which they intend to begin their internship.

Candidates who voluntarily withdraw from the social work internship without the prior approval of the graduate field coordinator and the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, or who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause the agency and the field coordinator to terminate placement, will normally be awarded a grade of Failure in the internship course for that semester.

Candidates who voluntarily withdraw for the field internship with the prior approval of the graduate field coordinator and chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, cannot be guaranteed a second internship during that semester. In this case, the student will be awarded a grade of Incomplete for the internship course. The student is expected to complete an internship the following semester.

Evaluation of the social work internship will be on a PASS/FAIL basis.

v) Students shall also complete one of the two following elements:

a) A thesis
b) A Professional Project consisting of S.W. 6421 and S.W. 6431.

The election of 6.v.(a) or 6.v.(b) shall be made following the completion of S.W. 6411.

6. A candidate may be required to take courses that are additional to those outlined in 5 above (see C.2)

7. Normally candidates will enrol in no more than nine credit hours in any one semester.

D) PERIOD OF STUDY

For students admitted to the programme outlined in C.5 above:

1. For the candidate in part-time enrolment, the programme of study is designed to permit completion of all degree requirements within nine semesters or approximately three calendar years. This period of study may be extended to a maximum of seven years.

2. For the candidate in full-time enrolment, the programme of study is designed to permit completion of all degree requirements within six semesters or two calendar years. This period of study may be extended to a maximum of seven years.

For students admitted to the programme outlined in C.6 above:

3. For the candidate in part-time enrolment, the programme of study is designed to permit completion of all degree requirements within nine semesters or approximately three calendar years. This period of study may be extended to a maximum of seven years.

4. For the candidate in full-time enrolment, the programme of study is designed to permit completion of all degree requirements within three semesters or one calendar year. University regulations require that full-time students complete a minimum of three semesters for completion of a master's programme. This period of study may be extended to a maximum of seven years.

E) EVALUATION

1. Failure to attain a final passing grade of A or B in a programme course shall lead to termination of the student's programme, unless a re-read has been requested. Failure to obtain the required grades as stated above in the re-read shall lead to termination of the student's programme.

2. When the Director has determined, on the basis of consultation with the candidate, the advisor or supervisor, and the instructors, that a candidate's work has fallen below a satisfactory level, the Director may recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies that the candidate be required to withdraw from the programme.

3. When, upon formal report from the School of Social Work, the Dean of Graduate Studies is satisfied that all requirements set forth in these regulations have been satisfactorily met, he or she shall recommend to the Academic Council of the School of Graduate Studies and Senate that the M.S.W. degree be awarded.

F) THESIS

See GENERAL REGULATION J. THESES AND REPORTS

G) NOTE: Every candidate in graduate studies shall comply with the GENERAL REGULATIONS, the degree regulations and any additional requirements of the appropriate Department.

COURSES

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the School will allow:

6010. The Conceptual and Ethical Base for the Critical Analysis of Social Work Practice
6210. Seminar in Social Planning and Social Development
6220. Seminar in Organization Development
6230. Seminar in Community Development
6311. Advanced Seminar in Individual Therapy and Counselling
6321. Advanced Seminar in Family Therapy and Counselling
6331. Advanced Seminar in Therapy and Counselling Involving Complex Problems
6411. Systematic Inquiry: Concepts and Methods
6421. Systematic Inquiry: Practice Project Proposal
6431. Systematic Inquiry: Practice Project
6510. Seminar in Social Administration: Social Policy Analysis, Development and Administration
6520. Seminar in Social Administration: Programme Design and Development
6530. Seminar in Social Administration: Evaluation of Policies and Programmes
6820-29. Individual Reading and Research in Special Areas
6911. Field Practicum


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