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Working Professionals

The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is pleased to announce our Working Professionals Master of Social Work Program launching in spring 2022.

  • On-campus program
  • 7 semesters of continuous enrollment (Fall, spring, and summer semesters)
  • Evening courses
  • Choice of Adult Mental Health and Wellness (AMHW) or Children, Youth and Families (CYF) curriculum 
  • Complete the program by Spring 2024.


The deadline is Monday, October 11, 2021.  For an application fee waiver, please contact the Office of Admissions

For more information, contact Senior Admissions Counselor, Mayra Gomez.


Below is the Working Professionals MSW prescribed curriculum snapshot that all students enrolled in this program must follow with no modifications.

* Please note, this is based on the 2019 curriculum and is subject to change. 

Spring 2022: Semester 1 (6 Units)

SOWK-506 Behavior - 3 units
SOWK-506 Policy - 3 units

Summer 2022: Semester 2 (6 Units)

SOWK-546 Research - 3 units
SOWK-630 Diversity - 3 units

Fall 2022: Semester 3 (6 units)

SOWK-544 Practice - 3 units
SOWK-589A Virtual Field Placement - 3 units

Spring 2023: Semester 4 (11 units)

SOWK-588 Field Seminar - 2 units
SOWK-589B Field Practicum - 3 units
SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units
SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units

Summer 2023: Semester 5 (11 units)

SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units
SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units
SOWK-698A - Field Seminar - 1 unit
SOWK-699A - Field Practicum - 4 units

Fall 2023: Semester 6 (11 units)

SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units
SOWK-6XX Department Course - 3 units
SOWK-698B - Field Seminar - 1 unit
SOWK-699B - Field Practicum - 4 units

Spring 2024: Semester 7 (9 units)

SOWK-612 Assessment and Diagnosis of Mental Disorders (Elective) - 3 units
SOWK-617 Substance-Related and Behavioral Addictive Disorders (Elective) - 3 units
SOWK-692: Loss, Grief and Bereavement (Elective) - 3 units

Field Education

All MSW students complete four semesters of field placement for a minimum of 1,000 hours of hands-on training. 

Semester 3: Virtual Field Practicum

  • Skills training in classroom setting.
  • Online activities to develop clinical acumen.
  • Application in a simulated telehealth environment. 

Semesters 4, 5, and 6: Community-Based Field Placement

  • Field placement hours in a community-based agency.
  • 16-20 hours per week.
  • Hours completed during normal weekday business hours. 
  • USC matches students with an agency based on their:
    • Geographic location.
    • Previous work and volunteer experience.
    • Future goals.
    • Career track.
    • Professional interests.
    • Agency needs.
Student Support Services

Students will be assigned a dedicated field faculty member to be their point of contact for the program. The faculty member will assist with onboarding, plan field placement, and be the liaison for concerns. 

Semester Units Estimated Tuition** Calculation
1 6 $12,390 6 x $2,065 per unit rate
2 6 $12,390 6 x $2,065 per unit rate
3 6 $12,390 6 x $2,065 per unit rate
4 11 $22,175 11 x $2,065 per unit rate
5 11 $22,175 11 x $2,065 per unit rate
6 11 $22,175 11 x $2,065 per unit rate
7 9 $18,585 9 x $2,065 per unit rate
Total   $123,900**  


  • **Based on a 3.5% increase in per unit rate from 2020-2021 (Subject to change).
  • Your cost of attendance will be determined by the USC Financial Aid Office and will reflect tuition, all mandatory fees and, in some cases, certain allowances for living expenses. Published rates for 2021 have not yet been announced and subject to change.
  • You must apply for federal loans and work-study through the USC Financial Aid Office. You can apply for USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work scholarships and stipends through the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work scholarships and stipends will be determined separately from the USC FAO and may not be included on your initial financial aid award letter from the USC FAO.
  • All financial aid amounts are subject to change.
Upcoming Information Sessions

Sign up for an information session to learn more about the Working Professionals program, student experience, and application. 

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