MSW Grades & Evaluations


The student’s letter grade for field education incorporates a grade for field placement given by the field supervisor and a grade for the field integrative seminar given by the faculty liaison. 60% of the final grade is determined by the student’s performance in the field and 40% of the final grade is determined by the student’s performance in the seminar. Assigning the final grade is the responsibility of the faculty liaison. Although the final grade represents a 60/40 split between field and seminar, the faculty liaison has the discretion to lower a student’s final grade for: (1) failure to turn in on time all time sheets, the learning contract (Individualized Partnership Plan), assignments, or any additional course requirements; (2) failure to complete any assignment or course requirement; (3) failure to attend and/or participate in field seminar; (4) inconsistencies in student performance between field placement and field seminar; and (5) failure to complete the minimum of 400 field placement hours for first-year students or a minimum of 500 field placement hours for second-year MSW students.

MSW students must earn a “B” or better in field education in order to continue into the next semester’s field education course. A grade of “C” (while giving credit hours) will not apply toward the MSW degree. A grade of “F” represents a failed field education course.  Students who fall below the minimum standards set forth by the School of Social Work will be subject to academic review.  Academic review may result in re-enrollment in the field education course, academic probation, or dismissal from the social work program (see Student Handbook).

If a student earns less than a “B” in a six-semester hours field education course and is allowed to continue in the MSW program, that specific course must be retaken in the next semester in which it is offered. Before being allowed to retake the field education course, the student may be required to take an independent study course with a field component, supervised by the Director of Field Education or another faculty member. Please note that if a student is given the option to remediate a grade lower than a “B” or to remediate a grade point average that falls below a 3.0, this option is available only once during a student’s matriculation in the MSW program. Remediation of a grade or grade point average does not automatically allow a student to continue in the program (see Student Handbook).

An “I” (incomplete) may be granted to a student with extenuating circumstances as approved by the field director.  A student who is failing field education may not receive an “I” grade. According to the GSU Graduate Catalog:

The notation of “I” may be given to a student who for nonacademic reasons beyond his or her control is unable to meet the full requirements of a course.  In order to qualify for an “I,” a student must:
(a) have completed most of the major assignments of the course (generally all but one) and
(b) be earning a passing grade in the course (aside from the assignments not completed) in the judgment of the instructor.

When a student has a nonacademic reason for not completing one or more of the assignments for a course, including examinations, and wishes to receive an incomplete for the course, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor in person or in writing of the reason. A grade of incomplete is awarded at the discretion of the instructor and is not the prerogative of the student.  Conditions to be met for removing a grade of incomplete are established by the instructor.

If a student must withdraw from any field education course, the student must follow University procedures as outlined in the “Withdrawal from Classes (including Hardship Status)” section of the Graduate Catalog. If a student withdraws from field education, the student may not be assigned to the same agency upon re-entry. Re-entry may be limited to a space-available basis.


Evaluation of the student is an on-going process.  A student continually receives feedback on his/her performance from the field supervisor, task supervisor (where appropriate), and assigned faculty liaison. Written evaluations completed by the field supervisor are required three times during the two-semester field placement. A mid-term evaluation of the student is required during the first semester in placement and a final evaluation is due at the end of each semester [link: MSW evaluations]. The field supervisor is responsible for completing each written evaluation in a timely manner, discussing the completed instrument with the student and obtaining the student’s signature on the final page. It is the student’s responsibility for handing the evaluations in to the faculty liaison by the due date. The due dates for the evaluations are found on the Academic Calendar [link].

The field supervisor is asked to grade the student on field performance as part of the end-of-semester final evaluation. The field supervisor’s grade accounts for 60% of the overall grade each semester. The following criteria shall be used in the determination of a student’s final field placement grade:

A          90-100
Represents excellent work. The student demonstrates superior abilities in field. The student is almost always consistent in his/her field performance and in meeting the educational objectives.

B          80-89
Represents good work. The student demonstrates solid progress in field. The student is consistent in his/her field performance and in meeting the educational objectives.

C          70-79
Represents below average work. The student demonstrates limited professional competency. The student is somewhat inconsistent in his/her field performance and in meeting the educational objectives.

F          less than 69
Represents failing work. The student has demonstrated incompetence in his/her field performance. The student has not met field expectations and educational objectives.


As part of the faculty liaison role, the designated faculty member is responsible for assigning the student’s field seminar grade each semester. This includes evaluating the student’s course assignments and final paper, completion of the learning outcomes as set forth in the Individualized Partnership Plan, and the successful completion of any additional field seminar requirements. The liaison’s responsibility for the field seminar grade is in addition to his/her responsibility for assigning the final field education grade each semester.

40% of the overall field education grade is determined by the student’s performance in field seminar. The following criteria shall be used in determining the student’s seminar grade:

1st Year:
SW 7500- Foundation Field Education I:          SW 7900- Foundation Field Education II:
Attendance/Participation 20%                             Attendance/Participation     20%
Weekly Logs   20%                                                Weekly Logs           20%
Perspective Paper/Annotated                              Process Recording          20%
Bibliography  20%                                                Case Presentation paper       20%
Process Recording  20%                                     Final Paper           20%
Analysis Paper 20%

2nd Year:
SW 8500– Concentration Field Education I:    SW 8900– Concentration Field Education II:
Attendance/Participation 25%                            Attendance/Participation 25%
Weekly Logs   50%                                               Weekly Logs   50%
Code of Ethics paper  25%                                 Final paper   25%