Students in the MSW program are required to
complete 33 credit hours, comprising required courses
and electives. The program has 4 required courses, earning 15
credits in total, including (1) Advanced Quantitative
Research Method for Social Work Studies, (2) Social Work
Theory, (3) Field Practicum I & II and (4) Advanced
Social Statistics or Qualitative Research Method (of
Master’s thesis standard). Each student must select at
least 2 electives from Practice Methods. This MSW degree requires completion of all courses take, and a successful oral defense-of-thesis.
A full-time student may attempt a maximum of 12 credits within 5 courses in each semester for each student. The maximum for part-time students is 9 credits within 4 courses, excluding summer-vacation Field Practicum credits.
A student must complete the MSW program within 4
years, with a minimum requirement of 2 years. A student
working on a quantitative thesis must complete Advanced
Social Statistics, while a student undertaking a qualitative thesis must complete Qualitative Research.
A thesis instructor is generally a faculty member who
is a full-time or part-time assistant professor, or
above, of the Institute. Inviting a non-Institute thesis
instructor needs prior consent from the Institute
Affairs Meeting. A student can only apply for a thesis
proposal defense following one year study in the
Institute, including the completion of two required
courses, namely Quantitative Research Methods in Social
Work and Social Work Theory. A student may apply for an
oral defense-of-thesis exam four months after passing
the proposal defense.