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B.S.W.

Do I need to apply to KU AND the social work B.S.W. program, or just one?

Both. You can apply online to KU through the Office of Admissions. You will need to submit an official transcript from each college or university you have attended. You can fax a transcript for initial admission and scholarship consideration, but it will be considered unofficial and must be replaced by an official transcript mailed by the college or university. You will also need to submit a B.S.W. application (pdf). You can also pick up a B.S.W. application form in 116 Twente Hall, University of Kansas Lawrence campus. Send completed applications to the University of Kansas, B.S.W. Program, School of Social Welfare. Twente Hall, 1545 Lilac Lane, Room 116, Lawrence, KS 66045-3129. The application fee is $30.

When do I need to apply to get into the program?

The deadlines for admission to the University of Kansas as a transfer student are January 15 for scholarship eligibility for the fall semester and May 1 for general admission for the fall or summer semester. The deadline to apply for the spring semester is December 1. Once your file is complete and the $30 application fee paid, the Office of Admissions and Scholarships will inform you of your admission status in about three to four weeks.

The deadlines for the B.S.W. program are February 1 for current KU students (Transfer students my submit their application by the February 1 deadline for early consideration) and June 15 for transfer students. Application reviews take four to six weeks. You will be informed of your admission status by mail.

How do I register for classes at KU?

Students can register online for KU courses through the Enroll & Pay system once they are admitted to KU and are activated for enrollment.

Can I get a scholarship?

The KU School of Social Welfare offers several merit-based scholarships for upper-level students. Eligible students will be contacted during the spring semester. Additional scholarships are available to incoming Lawrence campus students through the Multicultural Scholars Program and to KCKCC campus students through the Branson scholarship program

For information about scholarships based on academic merit, diversity, major and residence, write or call the University of Kansas, Office of Admissions and Scholarships, KU Visitor Center, 1502 Iowa Street, Lawrence, KS 66045-7576, 785-864-3911. From Kansas City, call 913-897-5652 ext. 3911.

For information about grants, loans, and other need-based financial aid, write or call the University of Kansas Office of Student Financial Aid, Strong Hall, 1450 Jayhawk Blvd., Room 50, Lawrence, KS 66045-7518, 785-864-4700. From Kansas City, call 913- 897-5652 ext. 4700.

How many of my community college courses will transfer to the B.S.W. Program at KU?

Current University of Kansas regulations allow the transfer of 64 hours from a community college to count toward the total hour requirement at KU. If students take additional community college courses to meet KU general education requirements, courses can meet requirements but do count toward the total hour requirement. To see how credit will transfer, go to CredTran.

Additional hours taken at other four-year colleges and universities will be accepted. Social work courses completed at other four-year institutions are accepted to fulfill graduation requirements in social welfare (e.g., in place of specifically prescribed courses) only if they are substantially equivalent, as indicated by course description, hours of credit, and prerequisites. The B.S.W. director determines whether courses are accepted in place of required B.S.W. courses.

To earn a bachelor of social work degree from KU, you must complete the last 30 hours of credit for the degree by taking courses offered by KU at Lawrence or Edwards campuses.

Note:  Transfer credit will not be awarded for courses in which a grade of D+ and below was earned.

Do I have to do a field practicum?

Yes. All B.S.W. students must complete a field practicum. Practica require 16 hours in a social work agency, under the supervision of a social worker.

Can I do a practicum in my current workplace?

We do not allow B.S.W. students to complete a practicum in their workplaces.

What can I do with this degree?

The B.S.W. is an entry-level professional degree. With it, you will be prepared for work in public or private social agencies. Potential settings include schools, jails, mental health and health care programs, domestic violence shelters, community service agencies, emergency shelters, and many others.

Through social service programs, social workers respond to such family and community concerns as aging, alcoholism, unemployment, homelessness, family violence, child abuse and neglect, health care and mental health.

Many B.S.W. students pursue the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree after some experience in the field. The M.S.W. is the graduate-level degree for professional practice. Social workers who have completed a B.S.W. can apply to enter the M.S.W. program as advanced standing students and can finish the requirements for the M.S.W. in one calendar year. Students have also used this degree as a base to pursue graduate study in law school, medical school, public health, urban planning, and many other fields. Students have also pursued doctoral education in social work with the goal of becoming a professor or a social work researcher.

After I graduate, can I get licensed in Kansas and Missouri?

Social workers with B.S.W. or M.S.W. degrees can be licensed in the state of Kansas and Missouri.

B.S.W. Edwards 2+2

Do I need to apply to KU AND the social work B.S.W. program, or just one?

Both. You can apply online to KU through the Office of Admissions. You will need to submit an official transcript from each college or university you have attended. You can fax a transcript for initial admission and scholarship consideration, but it will be considered unofficial and must be replaced by an official transcript mailed by the college or university. You will also need to submit a B.S.W. application (pdf). The application fee is $30.

When do I need to apply to get into the program?

The deadlines for admission as a transfer student to the University of Kansas are January 15 for scholarship eligibility for the fall semester and May 1 for general admission for the fall or summer semester. The deadline to apply for the spring semester is December 1. Once your file is complete and the $30 application fee paid, the Office of Admissions will inform you of your admission status in about three to four weeks.

The deadlines for the B.S.W. program for transfer students is February 1 deadline for early consideration or June 15. Application reviews can take four to six weeks. You will be informed of your admission status by mail.

How do I register for classes at KU?

Students can register online for KU courses through the Enroll & Pay system once they are admitted to KU and activated for enrollment.

How much are tuition and fees?

Visit the Office of Admissions for up-to-date tuition and fees.

The MetroKC rates are available for students who can demonstrate eligibility by residency in Bates, Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray counties.

Can I get financial aid? If so, how? Do I work with my community college or KU staff to apply?

Students who are taking courses at both a community college and KU will complete a consortium agreement. They will work with the program coordinator and the KU financial aid staff to process financial aid. The KU Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship oversees the disbursal of funds when students are enrolled.

Can I get a scholarship?

The KU School of Social Welfare offers several merit-based scholarships for upper-level students. For information about scholarships based on academic merit, diversity, major and residence, write or call the University of Kansas Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship, KU Visitors Center, 1502 Iowa Street, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-4700. From Kansas City, call 913-897-5652 ext. 3911.

For information about grants, loans, and other need-based financial aid, write or call KU Office of Student Financial Aid, KU Visitors Center, 1502 Iowa Street, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-4700. From Kansas City, call 913-897-5652 ext. 4700.

Do I have to attend full-time? Can I attend part-time?

Only under extreme circumstances do we allow students to attend the program part-time. This will be determined on a case by case basis.

A full-time scenario would be:

Fall 1: SW 410 (Professional writing), SW 530 (HBSE 1), SW 540 (Research I), & SW 555 (diversity)

Spring 1: SW 420 (Urban social work), SW 532 (HBSE II), SW 541 (Research II), & SW 510 (Intro to Practice)

Summer 1: Remaining general education requirements or SW electives (SW 455)

Fall 2: SW 601 (Field), 2 mini-courses (SW 630, 631, 632, or 633), SW 610 (Practice Seminar I), & SW 620 (Policy I)

Spring 2: SW 601 (Field), SW 612 (Practice Seminar II), SW 621 (Policy II), & SW 623 (Professional seminar)

The proposed outline in the part-time scenario is:

Fall 1: SW 410 (Professional writing), SW 530 (HBSE 1) & Spring 1: SW 420 (Urban social work), SW 532 (HBSE II)

Summer: Remaining general education requirements or SW electives (SW 455)

Fall 2: SW 540 (Research I) & SW 555 (diversity)

Spring 2: SW 541 (Research II), SW 510 (Intro to Practice)

Summer 1: Remaining general education requirements or SW electives (SW 455)

Fall 3: 2 mini-courses (SW 630, 631, 632, or 633), SW 620 (Policy I)

Spring 3: SW 621 (Policy II)

Summer 1: Remaining general education requirements or SW electives (SW 455)

Fall 4: SW 601 (Field), SW610 (Practice Seminar I)

Spring 4: SW 601 (Field), SW 612 (Practice Seminar II), SW 623 (Professional seminar)

How many of my community college courses will transfer to the B.S.W. program at KU?

Current University of Kansas regulations allow the transfer of 64 hours from a community college to count toward the total hour requirement at KU. If students take additional community college courses to meet KU general education requirements, courses meet requirements but do not count toward the total hour requirement. To see how credit will transfer, go to the CredTran.

Additional hours taken at other four-year colleges and universities will be accepted. Social work courses completed at other four-year institutions are accepted to fulfill graduation requirements in social welfare (e.g., in place of specifically prescribed courses), only if they are substantially equivalent, as indicated by course description, hours of credit and prerequisites. The B.S.W. director determines whether these courses can be counted towards required B.S.W. courses.

To earn a Bachelor of Social Work degree from KU, you must complete the last 30 hours of credit for the degree by taking courses offered by KU at the KCKCC, Lawrence or Edwards campuses.

Note:  Transfer credit will not be awarded for courses in which a grade of D+ and below was earned

Do I have to do a field practicum?

Yes. All B.S.W. students must complete a field practicum.

Can I do a practicum in my current workplace?

No, B.S.W. students are not allowed to complete a practicum in their workplaces.

Can I take community college courses at the same time as KU courses?

Yes. Students will need to register for community college courses as they always have, then register for KU courses online through the KU Enroll & Pay system. This might be a good option for students who are missing required courses for the B.S.W. from KU, such as some general education requirements.

Who teaches in the B.S.W. Edwards 2+2 program?

Faculty from the Lawrence and Edwards campuses, primarily, along with some professional social work practitioners from the community.

Where will my degree be from?

The Bachelor of Social Work degree will be granted by the University of Kansas.

What can I do with this degree?

The B.S.W. is an entry-level professional degree. With it, you will be prepared for work in public or private social agencies. Potential settings include schools, jails, mental health and health care programs, domestic violence shelters, community service agencies, emergency shelters, and many others.

Through social service programs, social workers respond to such family and community concerns as aging, alcoholism, unemployment, homelessness, family violence, child abuse and neglect, health care and mental health.

Many B.S.W. students pursue the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree after some experience in the field. The M.S.W. is the graduate-level degree for professional practice. Social workers who have completed a B.S.W. can apply to enter the M.S.W. program as advanced standing students and can finish the requirements for the M.S.W. in one calendar year. Students have also used this degree as a base to pursue graduate study in law school, medical school, public health, urban planning, and many other fields. Students have also pursued doctoral education in social work with the goal of becoming a professor or a social work researcher.

After I graduate, can I get licensed in Kansas and Missouri?

Social workers with B.S.W. or M.S.W. degrees can be licensed in the state of Kansas and Missouri.

Can I take the introductory (elective) courses in spring and summer without officially applying to the university/program?

Students must apply for non-degree-seeking status to take the elective courses through KU. There are benefits and drawbacks to non-degree-seeking status. If you are interested in this option, speak with the Student Services Coordinator, Vicki Mignot, 785-864-8976.

Students must be accepted into the B.S.W. program as degree-seeking students at KU to take upper-level social work courses.

M.S.W.

What is the deadline for applications to the M.S.W. program?

Completed applications, including all supplemental materials, for the advanced standing M.S.W. program must be received by January 17. Decision notices should be out by the end of February or first week of March. Completed applications, including all supplemental materials, for the regular M.S.W. program must be received by February 15. First notice of admissions will begin in late March and continue until all are notified by late April.

All requests for M.S.W. transfer credits, must first complete the full M.S.W. online application according to noted deadlines. All materials for transfer consideration should be uploaded into the online M.S.W. application and/or submitted to mswadmissions@ku.edu by February 15.

What is the application fee for the M.S.W. program?

Non-refundable application fee of $65 for domestic students and $85 for international students. All supplemental materials must reach us by deadlines as well.

I see that a $65 deposit ($85 for international students) is required when I accept my offer of admission. Is the deposit refundable if I should have to withdraw?

The deposit is nonrefundable.

If I am applying while still an undergraduate, is there anything I need to know?

If you are still completing your bachelor's degree when you apply, you must include a transcript showing your grades for the first half of your senior year. Given the early date of admission decisions, that means you must get your transcript for the fall semester immediately after the fall grades are recorded. See the Instructions and Information sheet.

What happens if I have not included all the required material in my application?

Because of the large number of students who apply, we cannot call or write to notify you that your application is incomplete. Please make certain: (1) to mark your choice on the application (full/part-time, campus location, program choice), (2) to include everything with the application (A common error is not to include transcripts from every school of higher education you have attended, including the University of Kansas transcript), (3) to start collecting all the information early. Transcripts may take longer than you anticipate.

What about the GRE score?

We do not use the GRE score in admissions for the masters program.

May I begin as a part-time student?

The regular M.S.W. program is open to both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students enroll in 16 credit hours for four semesters. Part-time students begin with two courses for the first two semesters. Note: International students need to be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours to maintain visa status.

The advanced standing M.S.W. program is also open to both full-time and part-time students. All advanced standing M.S.W. students begin with the required summer session.

May I continue part-time throughout the program?

Yes, however, once you are enrolled in practicum hours, it will feel like full-time. Part-time students enroll in 6-13 credit hours a semester. You may extend degree completion to four years for the regular M.S.W. program.

Is it possible to live some distance away and still do the M.S.W. program?

Yes, we now offer blended classes which requires about 50 percent of the class time on campus and the other percentage of class time is online. Campus classes also meet one day per week and distance drivers (100 miles round trip) can take all of their classes on one day and/or in the blended media format when they follow early enrollment instructions. Practicum can usually be arranged close to student's home community; in some cases, practicum may involve up to 2 hours of round trip driving time.

Is an employment based practicum possible?

It may be possible if you work in a social service setting that meets all of the practicum standards established by the school. The agency must be able to provide a social worker (who is different than your work supervisor) to be the field instructor. You must also be provided with enhanced learning opportunities outside of your regular job duties. However, applications for an employment based practicum (EBP) are not submitted until after you are admitted to the program, so this option cannot be guaranteed upon admission. Applications may be obtained from the Field Education Office, 785-864-2268 or fieldeducation@ku.edu. Notice the differing due dates for EBP and other materials through the Field Education Office.

May I arrange my own practicum?

No, practicum arrangements are the responsibility of the Field Education Office, working in collaboration with you and with school-authorized practicum settings and field instructors.

Are there paid practica?

Only a few practica provide stipends for advanced level students, primarily in medical settings.

Will I need a car for practicum?

Yes, there are an extremely limited number of placements that do not require a car.

Is a personal friend a good reference for my admission?

No, it’s great to have the support of friends, but for admission to graduate studies, professional references - persons who have observed your work to judge objectively your potential - are the most effective.

May I start classes without being admitted?

No, there is no non-degree status. You must be admitted to take classes.

May I start in spring?

Required courses are offered once a year and in sequence. Students admitted to the regular M.S.W. program begin classes in the fall. Advanced standing students begin their classes in early June.

Do you offer evening classes?

The school is very interested in finding new ways to make the program more accessible to a larger variety of students. We now offer blended classes which requires about 50 percent of the class time on campus and the other percentage of class time is online. Campus classes also meet one day per week for two hours and 40 minutes and distance drivers (100 miles round trip) can take all of their classes on one day and/or in the blended format when they follow early enrollment instructions. On the Edwards campus, blended classes are offered on Saturday and are available in the late afternoon and evening time frames during the week, depending on your area of interest. The program is offered as a day-time program on the Lawrence campus, including the blended class offerings.

Is the Bachelor of Social Work degree the preferred preparation for M.S.W. education?

No, if you have a bachelors degree in another field, you will have lots of company. We have students with a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Applicants with a B.S.W. degree may apply for the advanced standing M.S.W. program, a one-year accelerated program.

May I work full-time and do practicum at the same time?

You cannot work a regular 8 to 5 job and expect to be in practicum at the same time. Some agencies do offer evening and weekend hours, but you cannot expect to do your practicum solely in that time frame. You are expected to be in your field practicum for at least one regular eight-hour day each week. The remainder of the weekly hours may be done during nontraditional hours if this meets the agency's needs. Some alternative arrangements are available to students who are already working in a social-service related agency, including a block practicum in the summer or an employment based practicum. Both options require a special application once you are in the program; they are not guaranteed upon entering the program. Visit the Field Education website or call the office for more information.

How much time is required for a full-time student?

A full-time student takes three classes and a concurrent field practicum for a total of 16 credit hours a semester. Preparation for classroom work (reading assignments, writing papers, etc.) is time consuming. The first-level practicum requires 16 hours per week for 30 weeks throughout the fall and spring semesters, or an average of two and one half days a week. Along with three classes each semester, advanced level students take an advanced level practicum that requires 24 hours per week for 30 weeks throughout the fall and spring semesters

What length of time as a resident of Kansas will make me eligible for in-state fee rates?

For information regarding residency, contact the Office of the University Registrar.

On the Edwards Campus, Missouri county residents of Bates, Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray may be eligible for the MetroKC rate equivalent to in-state tuition.

Where do I go for information about financial assistance?

Contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is used. You should apply early, before you know your admission status. Loans are the primary source of financial aid.

Are there scholarships or fellowships available?

The school offers fellowships for students with significant financial need. Funding is also available for minority students. In addition, merit-based scholarships are available to advanced level students.

Where is the Kansas City program located?

The entire M.S.W. program is also available at the KU Edwards Campus, 12600 Quivira Rd., Overland Park, KS 66213, (913) 897-8550.

What is offered at the Edwards Campus?

The full M.S.W. program is offered at both the Lawrence campus and the Overland Park Edwards Campus.

What is offered through the Western Kansas M.S.W. program?

The clinical concentration M.S.W. program is offered at both the Fort Hays State University Campus in Fort Hays, KS and the Garden City Community College Campus in Garden City, KS. See the Western Kansas M.S.W. webpage to see if the Regular M.S.W. or the Advanced Standing M.S.W is being offered this year.  The regular M.S.W. program will be offered starting in fall 2014.

Field Education

When do I do a practicum?

As a B.S.W. student, you do a practicum during your senior year. You spend 16 hours a week in practicum throughout the entire course of your senior year (about 30 weeks allowing for university breaks).

As an M.S.W. student in the two-year program, you do one practicum the entire course of your foundation level year and a different practicum during the entire course of your advanced level year. The first year, you are in the field 16 hours a week for 30 weeks. The second year, you are in the field 24 hours a week for 30 weeks. If you are in the advanced standing program, you do one practicum throughout the academic year at 24 hours a week for 30 weeks.

Do I get to choose where I do my practicum?

The Field Education Office has relationships with hundreds of agencies in many different fields of social work including child welfare agencies, hospitals, mental health settings, community centers, schools, and settings working with older adults. All agencies must meet certain criteria set out by the Council on Social Work Education and the School of Social Welfare. Because of these guidelines and the fact that we have hundreds of students to place, we do not guarantee that a student will be placed anywhere he or she may want. However, we do work hard to plan with you carefully and take your interests into consideration, and we ask for your feedback on the types of settings you prefer.

Can I work full-time and still be in a practicum?

You cannot work a regular 8 to 5 job and expect to be in practicum at the same time. Some agencies do offer evening and weekend hours, but you cannot expect to do your practicum solely in that timeframe. You are expected to be in your field practicum for at least one regular eight-hour weekday. The remainder of the weekly hours may be done during non-traditional hours if this meets the agency's needs. Some alternative arrangements are available for M.S.W. students who are already working in a social-service related agency, including a block practicum in the summer or an employment based practicum. Both options require a special application once you are in the program; they are not guaranteed upon entering the program.

For more information contact the Field Education Office at 785-864-2268 or fieldeducation@ku.edu.


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