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Financial Questions

  • What is the cost of tuition?

    Current tuition rates for UAB graduate students can be found on Cost & Aid page.

  • Do you offer scholarships or other aid?

    Yes. Information about financial aid offered through UAB including scholarships, grants, and loans can be found on Cost & Aid website.

    The College of Arts and Sciences also offers a number of scholarships for graduate students. View more information on each opportunity.

    Finally, the Department of Social Work offers number of paid internships, traineeships, stipends, and scholarships to current MSW students. Each award has its own set of criteria and/or qualifications, and award availability and amount can vary from year to year. All available opportunities will be shared with students prior to beginning coursework (typically during the field placement process).

Field Placements

  • Are field placements available in the evening or on weekends?

    Most MSW field agencies require to students to complete placement Monday-Friday during typical business hours. Placements that allow students to complete hours on nights/weekends are rare and cannot be guaranteed to any student.

  • Are field placement sites available outside the greater Birmingham area?

    Most placement settings are located within the Birmingham-Jefferson County area, and placements outside this geographic area are possible, but uncommon. Such considerations involve very specific student needs, the availability of appropriate supervision, UAB Social Work Program budgetary and faculty time constraints, and an agency's ability to meet the requirements delineated in the Field Practicum Agreement. Any student with extenuating circumstances is advised to discuss the situation with the Field Office upon applying to Field.

  • Can new placement sites be suggested by students?

    On occasion, a student may be familiar with a particular agency and want to complete the field practicum experience at that site. Students should discuss this with the Director of Field Education at the field applicant interview. It is the responsibility of the Field Office to evaluate any new placement site and to make the determination if said site is appropriate for MSW field placement.

  • Is it feasible for students to work full-time in an outside job during placement?

    Yes, if a student is enrolled in one of our part-time programs. However, it would not be feasible to maintain full-time employment while also taking classes on a full-time basis.

  • Can I complete my field placement at my place of employment?

    Students who are currently employed in a social service agency may negotiate with employers for a reassignment of tasks that will provide appropriate learning experiences required for field practicum. The Field Faculty determine the suitability of tasks. Please see the Employment-based Field Placement Agreement in the MSW Student Handbook.

  • Are there placements with financial assistance or stipends?

    The UAB Department of Social Work offers funding opportunities for several field placement experiences, including stipends and traineeships. Students must apply and be accepted for these opportunities. Information will be sent to students upon admission to the MSW Program.

  • How is the placement site selected? Do I choose my own placement?

    The selection of field placement settings is based on consideration of the student's learning and interests conjoined with Social Work Program's curriculum goals and placement site criteria. The final determination of placement sites is the ultimate responsibility of the Field Coordinator. The Field Coordinator will attempt to place a student, but cannot guarantee the student’s first preference for a particular field agency.

  • What placements are available?

    We have over 100 different partner agencies, and field placement opportunities are available with a wide variety of populations and practice settings including: addictions, aging, child welfare, community development, corrections, developmental disabilities, homelessness, domestic violence, international social work, immigrant and refugee services, LGBTQ individuals, military social work, program evaluation, school social work, and social policy.

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