Part-time MSW Program for Current DCS Employees

The Department of Child Safety (DCS) offers a Title IV-E program for current employees. Applicants are first selected by DCS based on eligibility requirements determined by DCS. Applicants must then apply to and be admitted to the ASU Graduate College/Master of Social Work program.  After applicants have been both selected by DCS and admitted to the MSW program, then the CWEP will make offers for Award Packages.  

The DCS Part-Time Program for current employees includes in-state tuition, mandatory fees, and up to $350 in book reimbursement per year for employees to earn their MSW through ASU. Eligible applicants must have worked at DCS for 2 years and be in good standing with the department. While in the program, employees must continue working at DCS full-time while attending school part-time.  Once the employee/student completes the MSW degree, the employee is then contractually obligated to work at DCS for an additional 36 months after graduation.

There are two DCS part-time programs.  One is campus-based.  This program is available to DCS employees who live in Maricopa or Pima Counties.  Students in this program will primarily attend courses in-person at the Phoenix or Tucson campus, though, some courses could be offered as online courses.  Students in this program will attend one to two courses in-person, on campus each week of each academic semester.  Evening start times for MSW courses are ususally between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. with ending times between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m.  Applicants for this program should be prepared to be able to work all day and attend evening courses up to two days a week.      

The second program is online.  This program is available to DCS employees who live outside of  Maricopa or Pima Counties.  Students in this program will participate in all their courses through asynchronous, online coursework.  Students in this program will take one to two courses each of the two sessions of each academic semester.  Courses offered through ASU online are condensed to 7.5 weeks and thus entail a much faster pace than a traditional 15 week course.  Applicants for this program should be prepared to work all day and engage in online discussions, viewing course content, and completing assignments for several hours several nights a week. 

Both programs are rigorous and require weekly participation, independent reading, and work on assignments.  Students should estimate spending at least 9 hours a week for each course they take. 

Additionally, students in both programs will be required to complete two 480 hours internships (16 hours a week for 15 weeks).  These must be completed outside of your normal work hours.  Most students will spend either both of their weekend days (Sat. and Sun.) at their internship or they will spend two week day evenings and one weekend day at their internship.  Please take into consideration the time requirements for the MSW program before proceeding with applying to the CWEP.  The program for which you are eligible is dependent upond the area of the state in which you reside.  

1) DCS part-time, campus-based program for employees who reside in Maricopa and Pima counties:

  • you must have worked at DCS for 2 years and be in good standing at DCS
  • you must attend the in-person, MSW Standard program at Phoenix downtown or Tucson campus 
  • information about how and when to apply will be sent to all DCS staff via email to your DCS email address
  • information on applying for the ground MSW program is released in the fall (approximately in November) for starting classes the following Fall semester (in August)
  • you must apply for the MSW program/Graduate college and pay a non-refundable application fee.  In addition to other criteria, to be admitted to the MSW program, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA in their Junior/Senior coursework of their baccalaureate degree.

Package D Award

Sudents who are Selected for the DCS Part-time, campus-based program will be awarded a CWEP Package D Award.  This award provides in-state, part-time (6 credits or less) or full-time (7 credits or more) tuition and mandatory fees for academic semesters and summer sessions for up to five years in the MSW campus-based program at the Phoenix or Tucson campus.  This package also provides up to $350 a fiscal year in book reimbursements for required books associated with courses.  Students receiving this package are contracted to remain working full-time with DCS in a qualified position during the entirety of the program, as well as to continue working for an additional 36 months after graduation.*        

2) DCS part-time, on-line program for employees who reside outside of Maricopa and Pima counties:

  • you must have worked at DCS for 2 years and be in good standing at DCS
  • you must attend the MSW on-line program 
  • information about how and when to apply will be sent to all DCS staff via email to your DCS email address
  • information on applying to the MSW Online degree is released by DCS to their employees in the summer (approximately in July) for starting classes the following Spring semester (in January)
  • you must apply for the MSW program/Graduate college and pay a non-refundable application fee. In addition to other criteria, to be admitted to the MSW program, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA in their Junior/Senior coursework of their baccalaureate degree.

Package E Award 

Sudents who are Selected for the DCS Part-time, on-line program will be awarded a CWEP Package E Award.  Package E provides tuition and mandatory fees for sessions (both academic and summer) for up to five years in the MSW ASU on-line program.  This package also provides up to $350 a fiscal year in book reimbursements for required books associated with courses.  Students receiving this package are contracted to remain working full-time with DCS in a qualified position during the entirety of the program, as well as, to continue working for an additional 36 months after graduation.*  

*All students in the part-time program must take the three parts of SWG 591, Child Welfare Networking in their second and third years in the program (they will take 1, one-credit part each semester).  Students in the campus-based program will take these parts as an elective.  Students in the on-line program will take these parts as additional credits.    

Next Steps After Initial Selection

Once you have been notified by DCS that you have been selected to participate in one of these  programs, you should then: 

  1. Complete the CWEP online application.  Please click on the gold "Apply now" button in the top left hand corner of this page. 
  2. Complete the MSW/ASU Graduate Application available at:  https://admission.asu.edu/apply 

For more information about this program please call Lindsey Galvin-White at (602) 496-0081 or email her at Lindsey.Galvin@asu.edu