The Master of Social Work Off-Campus Program (MSW) prepares graduates for leadership in professional social work practice within the area of Clinical Practice. The graduate curriculum provides an educational experience that is rigorous, comprehensive and progressive, preparing graduates for a range of advanced career opportunities.
Developed in response to the needs of rural communities for advanced social work education opportunities, the Off-Campus Program provides a CSWE-accredited MSW program to various locations throughout the state. Currently, programs in southeast, south central and north Missouri are available. They utilize on-site instruction and instructional technology such as on-line courses and an ITV system (interactive television). Each program is conducted on a part-time basis over a period of three to four years so students can continue working while obtaining the MSW degree.
The School offers its southeast Missouri MSW program in collaboration with Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO) in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and University of Missouri Extension Telecommunication Centers sites at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mineral Area Community College in Park Hills, and the MO Delta Center in Portageville.
The north Missouri MSW program is offered in collaboration with Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, North Central Missouri College in Trenton and Truman State University in Kirksville Missouri. In addition, we collaborate with University of Missouri Extension Telecommunication Centers sites at Kirksville and Palmyra and the Mizzou Center at Blue Springs. The new south central MSW program is offered in collaboration with Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Regular Standing Part-Time students attend 2 classes per semester over a period of three years (9 semesters). Advanced Standing Part-Time Students begin in the Fall and attend 2 classes per semester over a period of 2 years (6 semesters). Typically, two courses are offered each semester. One meets in person at a local site or online; the other is taught from the MU campus via a variety of instructional technologies. Instructors include faculty from the Columbia campus and local faculty members. Local program coordinators are on-site during ITV broadcasts to facilitate to answer questions, provide support and address program issues before and/or after class. Facilities for classrooms, library research, and computer resources are provided by the local institutions. Students must have access to independent computer resources in order to complete a significant amount of required online coursework.
All of our off campus programs use a cohort model of education. Students take most of the coursework together. Regular standing MSW students begin in Fall Semester (August of even numbered years). Advanced Standing students join the Regular standing students in Fall Semester of the following year (August of odd numbered years).
If you are interested in applying to the off campus program, please contact our off campus academic evaluator at (573) 884-9385.
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