The Augsburg MSW schedule is designed to meet the needs of the adult learner.
We follow a semester academic calendar, offering classes September through June, exclusively on weekends. Classes typically meet every other weekend with some back-to-back weekends.
Classes meet in four-hour blocks on Friday evenings from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Saturday afternoons from 1 to 5 p.m. Each class meets for eight sessions in a given semester and four sessions in a given summer term (May-June).
Course Load and Time to Completion
Full-time Foundation students enroll in three courses per semester and summer term (May-June), totaling two years. Part-time Foundation students enroll in one or two courses per semester and summer term (May-June), totaling four years. Advanced Standing students enroll full-time, totaling one and a half years. All students must complete the MSW degree in no more than 4 years following matriculation.
MSW courses range from 2 to 4 credits. Foundation Multicultural Clinical Practice (MCCP) students complete 66 credits; Foundation Multicultural Macro Practice (MCMP) students complete 65 credits. Advanced Standing Multicultural Clinical Practice (MCCP) students complete 46 credits; Advanced Standing Multicultural Macro Practice (MCMP) students complete 45 credits.
Cohorts and Course Sequence
MSW students are admitted to a particular cohort. Cohorts are distinguished by: level of admission (foundation or advanced standing), rate of attendance (full-time or part-time), and preferred concentration (Multicultural Clinical Practice – “MCCP” – or Multicultural Macro Practice -”MCMP”).
Although classes meet on weekends, students spend time on their studies during non-class weekends and weekdays. The typical student will spend 12 hours in classes within a 23-hour period on a class weekend. For every hour spent in class, a student may spend 3 to 4 hours outside of class working on assignments or group projects. There is also an expectation that students engage in hybrid learning activities between on-campus class sessions. Hybrid learning is a combination of face-to-face class sessions and online/experiential learning. Additionally, a student also may spend 15 to 20 hours per week in the field practicum during the fall, winter, and spring trimesters (a span of seven to ten months for each practicum).
In the final year of study, students complete either a portfolio or summative project, which requires substantial independent research, analysis, and writing.
Because the MSW plan of study is rigorous and requires a significant time commitment for coursework and practica, most students arrange to reduce their work hours or request time away during their graduate studies. Each student’s situation is unique and must be decided individually.
To be conferred with the MSW degree, students must achieve successful completion of the following within four years:
- All MSW courses (as determined by the student’s chosen cohort), with no more than two courses with a grade of 2.5, and with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher;
- 920 hours of approved field practica (500 hours for advanced standing);
- Submission of the portfolio or summative evaluation project.