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2009.07.07 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO to Offer Off-Campus MSW Degree in Northeast Nebraska

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Social Work will start a new off-campus Master of Social Work Degree program in South Sioux City, Nebraska starting in January 2010. Applications for admission to the program, which is a new and unique educational offering in the area, are now being accepted. The program, open only to persons holding an accredited Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, will provide a concentration in Clinical Social Work.

“This program will help the individuals going through it advance their careers, but it also will help improve the public health in their home communities,” said Jane Woody, interim director of the School of Social Work. “It will be a quality educational experience that will also get students through to their master’s degree efficiently, too”

Students will be able to complete the MSW degree in two years and one semester. Of the 13 required courses, five will be online, six will be face-to-face classes taught at the South Sioux City Education Center (SSCEC), and two will be practicum courses that students will complete in agencies near their hometown. Woody said she expects students from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota to be attracted to the program.

In each of the first five semesters, students will take one online/hybrid course and one course at the SSCEC. The online/hybrid courses are Internet-mediated except for two required face-to-face class meetings—one at the beginning and one at midpoint in the semester—held at the SSCEC on two Saturdays. The face-to-face courses, taught by UNO Social Work faculty, will meet at the SSCEC for four alternate weekends each semester—Friday evenings and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Detailed information about the program, admissions and the complete schedule for courses is available at www.unomaha.edu/socialwork . Those with questions can also call 402.554.2792.

“The cohort of students going through this will become a community of learners,” Woody said. “We’ve seen how supportive faculty and students become over the length of a degree program.”

The School of Social Work has offered distance MSW programs at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for the past five years. Depending on the location of interested applicants, informational meetings may be scheduled prior to the admissions deadline for Norfolk, Columbus, and South Sioux City.

For more information, call (402) 554-3502.

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