Our three-year Extended Degree Program offers students a part-time path to earn a master’s degree in social work. It’s a popular option for working adults who cannot carry a full-time course load. Classes are held in the evening and on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays, attracting a diverse group of working professionals, including rural practitioners. The degree is earned in nine to 11 consecutive quarters, including summers, and students select either an evening or weekend schedule.
What to expect—In the first academic year, students take an average of two classes a quarter. Beginning with the fourth quarter, students are typically in the field one to two days a week. The schedule changes in the eighth quarter when students take one class a quarter and participate in field placements two to three days a week.
If students choose the evening schedule, each class meets one evening a week from 6 p.m. – 8:50 p.m. throughout the quarter. On the weekend schedule, each class meets either four Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or four Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. In quarters where students must take two required courses, the weekend courses are usually offered on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays.