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School of Social Welfare – Student Advising

Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (B.S.W.)

The B.S.W. degree program prides itself on the thoroughness of its advising system. Early advising is recommended for students interested in social work. Pre-social work students (both KU and transfer) are encouraged to obtain advising through the School. Undergraduate academic advising is a developmental decision-making process during which students identify and realize their educational potential through communication with an academic advisor. Advising is an ongoing, multifaceted process, a responsibility shared by the student, advisor, and KU. Advising concerns students' intellectual goals including career planning, enrollment, and course and major selection, and establishes and maintains a relationship between faculty members and students.

For students who plan to transfer to KU, please contact the School to arrange advising by telephone or e-mail.

Once a student is admitted to the School of Social Welfare, a member of the School’s faculty is assigned as a professional/career advisor to assist the student with career matters. In addition, an academic advisor will be able to assist students with enrollment and other academic program requirements for the B.S.W. degree program. Students consult with their academic advisor before enrollment each semester and have their advising hold removed. Students can view their advisors on the myKU portal.

For more information on B.S.W. degree advising, please review the B.S.W student handbook.

Master’s Degree in Social Work (M.S.W.)

Each student has a faculty member assigned as a professional/career advisor for consultation on career matters, fields of practice, and concentration. In addition, an academic advisor will be able to assist students with enrollment and other academic program requirements for the M.S.W. degree. Students can view their advisors on the myKU portal. For more information on M.S.W. program advising, please review the M.S.W. student handbook

Requests for a Leave of Absence or Change in M.S.W. Program Plan of Study

Students who wish to request an intermit (leave of absence) or change their plan of study must complete the Request for a Leave of Absence or change in M.S.W. Program Plan of Study form.

One intermit (leave of absence) or change to a plan of study can be made without speaking to a faculty advisor. The proposed change to the plan will be reviewed by the M.S.W. program director, who will approve the plan, approve the plan with modifications, or reject the plan and refer you to your faculty advisor in order to explore other options. A response by the M.S.W. program director to the proposal will be sent to you within five working days. You can review the School of Social Welfare’s policies and procedures for an intermit or change to a plan of study in the M.S.W. student handbook

Ph.D. in Social Welfare

The primary purpose of the advising system is to provide advice, support, mentoring, and evaluation for students by faculty. The Doctoral Program Office also keeps a database for tracking student progress to help students and faculty to evaluate and guide students’ educational planning and progress. Current students can view their advisors on the myKU portal.

There are two types of advisors: Enrollment Advisor and Academic Advisor.

  • The Enrollment Advisor helps the student to schedule classes, assures compliance with school and university regulations for scheduling, and gives enrollment permission. The Enrollment Advisor is the Director of the Doctoral Program for all students until they have formed a Qualifying Papers Committee.
  • The Academic Advisor provides advice, support, evaluative, and monitoring for the student. The Academic Advisor is responsible to notify the Program Director whenever serious academic difficulty is identified for an advisee, so that appropriate supports and responses can be devised. The Program Director serves as Academic Advisor to incoming students. The Director also helps students to identify an ongoing Academic Advisor during their first year, based on matching common interests between the student and relevant faculty. A student may change Academic Advisor at any time, by following the procedures described in the Ph.D. student handbook.
  • Once a student has formed a Qualifying Papers Committee, the chair of that committee serves in the capacities of both enrollment and Academic Advisor.
  • Once a student has formed a Doctoral Dissertation Committee, the chair of that committee serves in the capacities of both Enrollment and Academic Advisor.

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