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Field Education

Information for Out-of-State Students


There are a few additional steps in securing a field placement for out-of-state students:

  • Contact potential agencies in your area and inquire about their capacity for an MSW student. Remember to share details regarding required field hours and your timeline for placement.
  • Ensure that the agency has an MSW with two years post-graduate experience on staff to provide supervision to you (a minimum of one hour per week).
  • Gather all necessary contact information for the agency: contact person, e-mail, phone number and the agency’s website. Be prepared to provide this information for up to three agencies to the field office when requested.

Once requested, the field office will reach out to the agencies regarding the affiliation process and accepting you as a student. The affiliation process involves a legal agreement between the agency and The Ohio State University. This can be a timely process as the agreement goes through the legal teams of both entities. Please note that you cannot begin your placement until this entire process is completed and the agency is approved as an affiliate.



Field placements are completed during two to three workdays during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.). To complete field education, employed students must arrange their work schedules to accommodate weekday time in field placement. Additional field education hours may be approved for weekends and after business hours, with appropriate supervision available by the agency.



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