Non-Degree/Credit Extension Program Academic Information
Students may take up to 6-credits each semester and a maximum of 14-credits while enrolled in the Non-Degree/Credit Extension Program. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor credits earned while enrolled in the Program. Students who exceed the maximum allowable credit limit will be required to withdraw or will be administratively withdrawn from those credits that exceed the limit without benefit of a refund. The University of Connecticut School of Social Work reserves the right to remove unauthorized registrations, to cancel classes, or to make other changes as conditions warrant.
A student who wishes to register for a Non-Degree/Credit Extension course must be in good academic standing with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better. Students with a low GPA, excessive incomplete grades or withdrawals from courses cannot continue in the Non-Degree/Credit Extension Program unless approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Director of the MSW Program.
The period during which completed courses may be counted toward graduation requirements is limited to 6 years, counting back from MSW graduation date. Students should plan their course of study taking into consideration the 6-year limit.
Two (2) credit courses meet 20 classroom hours.
Three (3) credit courses meet 28 classroom hours.
Substantive Area/Focused Area of Study
A Substantive Area/Focused Area of Study provides an opportunity for students to organize their nine elective credits on a population or social problem area as a complement to their method concentration of study. For more information on Substantive Area/Focused Area of Study click here.
Explanation of Research Requirements
All students are required to enroll in this Advanced Research Course:
RSCH 5340* Social Work Practice Evaluation with Macro and Micro Systems
*The pre-requisite for RSCH 5340 may be fulfilled in one of the following ways:
- Successful completion of BASC 5333 – Research I (minimum grade of C-)
- Successful completion of a research waiver examination (achieving a score of 70% or better)
- Successful completion of an undergraduate or graduate social work research course within the previous six years. This includes students who hold a BSW degree (minimum grade of B).
Policy on Class Attendance
The University of Connecticut Graduate School has no official policy on allowed absences from class, individual instructors are permitted to consider class attendance in determining the final grade for a course. The instructor should describe the computation of the grade and the relation between grades and attendance at the beginning of the semester.
Where grades depend on classroom participation, which is true for the majority of courses offered at the School of Social Work, absences may affect the student’s grade. Based on this principle, an excessive number of absences may be grounds for failure in the course. Excessive absence is defined as missing 25 percent or more of a course.
This is particularly important to consider for classes that meet in alternative formats, especially all day sessions. Missing one session would constitute an excessive absence from the class. Students should not register for such a course if they know in advance that they will not be able to attend all sessions.
If an emergency or some unforeseen circumstance causes the student to miss a full day session, he/she should be in immediate contact with the instructor. In most cases the resolution will be withdrawal from the course. Questions on this policy should be directed to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. You may email her or call her office at (860) 570-9141.