Information for Agencies and Field Instructors
The M.S.W. is a professional practice-oriented degree that assumes the school and community of social work agencies are engaged together in the education process. The UCLA Department of Social Welfare relies heavily on the practicum and community agencies to help produce good practitioners.
The Department of Social Welfare is an integral part of the University of California, adhering to its established policies. Affiliation with a wide spectrum of community agencies, which may provide suitable educational opportunities for our students is sought. The practicum or field work is a course which must meet University and Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) requirements. The Chair has final administrative responsibility in all matters pertaining to the Department.
Field Instructor Criteria
All Field Instructors:
Affiliation Agreement REQUIRED:
A signed Affiliation Agreement is required between the agency and UCLA before students can be placed in the agency site. Click here for the link to the Affiliation Agreement  form.
To Begin the Process:
Our Department uses an online (web based) placement management system called Intern Placement Tracking (IPT). Agencies
interested in becoming a placement site for the M.S.W. program should
submit their name, e-mail address, and name of agency to Regina Thomas at
In the course of the academic quarter the field faculty will conduct a needs assessment for the next academic year. This need attempts to:
Once the assessment is completed, and it is deemed probable that a placement can be mutually beneficial, and member of the field faculty will make an appointment with selected agencies to further discuss the specific arrangements. M.S.W. student placements are usually finalized in mid June/early July.
For further information, please see: