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Strengthen Your Impact Through MSW Fieldwork

Social work is an endeavor that can never be taught fully inside a classroom or online learning environment. Rooted in relationship development and personal service, success in social work demands practical experience and supervised exchanges with real clients. For most students, including those at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, exposure comes through face to face fieldwork.

Fieldwork is required throughout your first and second year in the online Master of Social Work (MSW) program and will bring your social work studies to life by introducing you to diverse client types and allowing you to practice and better understand all facets of the client relationship, including:

  • Engagement
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Evaluation
  • Termination

For students deciding to pursue the additional Gerontology and Palliative Care Embedded Certification or the Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) Credentialing: Gaining this experience is an especially critical component of your education. Your second-year advanced fieldwork must be completed in an agency related to that field or partially serving that population.

Download the MSW Fieldwork Planning FAQ

For more information about MSW fieldwork, including planning, placement and scheduling, consult our Fieldwork Planning FAQ document.

Download the FAQ

Discover a New Focus in
Social Work

As you progress through the online MSW program, you will have an opportunity to focus on specific service areas, including:

  • Advanced clinical practice with individuals and families
  • Group work
  • Community practice

These areas of emphasis will carry over into your fieldwork opportunities as you begin to integrate your classroom knowledge into client exchanges at hospitals, welfare agencies, mental health facilities, schools and more.

Contact the Field Instruction Office


Are You Prepared to Journey Ahead?

The Wurzweiler Admissions Team is on standby to answer your questions about our online curriculum, application process and student support resources. If you’re ready to invest in social equity, it’s time to consider an MSW from a leading university for social work. 1

More than a Career—It’s a Calling

At Wurzweiler, we understand that your choice to pursue social work is more than a simple career decision: it’s based on an innate calling to serve others. Let us help you explore that calling further and guide you toward meaningful employment opportunities.


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