The Intensive Weekend program follows the clinical curriculum offered on each of the School of Social Work's three main campuses, adapted to the structure of Intensive Weekend study. Distribution requirements and electives are selected for the cohort with student input, and respond to the interests and professional needs of the particular cohort. We encourage interested applicants to explore the School of Social Work website for more information about the curriculum and resources at our school. Because students take courses with their cohort, they are not able to choose electives individually or pursue various certificate programs offered on campus. However, students can pursue certificate programs post graduation and courses taken through the Intensive Weekend program may fulfill some requirements.
The start of classes in the Intensive Weekend program is preceded by a preparatory program comprised of Writing for Social Workers
, a hybrid course intended to prepare students for academic and professional writing, and a series of workshops to orient students to field education.
The writing course is particularly helpful to students who have been out of school for some time, but provides a good orientation to expectations of graduate level writing for all students, as well as preparation for the professional writing needs of MSW social workers. The course addresses a variety of student needs and abilities
The preparatory program consists of 3 full-day in person Saturday class meetings, supplemented by online time. Students divide their time between the Writing for Social Workers course and Field Workshops intended to familiarize students with the requirements and learning opportunities in their field internships. The preparatory program also acquaints students with eCollege, the course management system students will be using throughout the program.