During the first-year foundation field practicum, students are matched and placed at approved social service agencies under the supervision of trained MSW Practicum Instructors. In addition, they participate in an integrative seminar with members of their cohort. The MSW program offers placements in more than 40 community sites. All students confer with the Field Director prior to placement.

YearHoursHours / DayDays / Week

Year 1

448 Hours 8 Hours / Day 2 Days / Week

Year 2 and

Advanced Standing

720 Hours 8 Hours /  Day 3 Days / Week


Areas of Focus 

Child and Family | Gerontology | Community Practice |

Case Management | Child Welfare | Juvenile Probation | Medical 


If you are interested in having a social work student at your agency for a practicum and being a Practicum Instructor please contact Riva Zeff MSW, Field Director:   or 206 296 2537.   Check out the PDF documents on the right hand side if you are on your desktop or at the bottom if you are on a moble device.  

Interested In Hosting a Social Work Student?

Students in Seattle University's social work program have come to us exceptionally well prepared. This is certainly due to the remarkable preparation they receive from the field placement program and the school's strong social justice curriculum. Working with clients involved in the criminal justice system requires special attention to issues of oppression, discrimination and systemic racism. Students are well grounded in these theories and this is reflected in their excellent field work.

Cynthia Skow Social Work/Mitigation Supervisor, King County Department of Public Defense

Common Practicum Questions