Research I

SR 743

First-year and advanced standing students who enter the MSW program with a research background are eligible to take a proficiency examination to waive the Research I (SSW SR 743) 3-credit course requirement. All first-year students who successfully pass the proficiency examination are required to substitute a 3-credit advanced elective as part of their MSW plan of study. Advanced standing students who pass the Research I waiver examination (as part of their advanced standing research requirement) are not required to take substitute credits. All students may request additional information about the proficiency examination from the Research Department.

The exam is scheduled for Friday, May 20, 2016, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Room SSW 119 for advanced standing students.

You must register at or call Lisa Murphy at 617-353-3748.

(There will be another research waiver exam on Friday, September 2, 2016, in Room SSW 119 at 10 a.m.)

The research proficiency examination will assess your understanding of:

  • Research questions and hypotheses
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry
  • Independent and dependent variables
  • Variables’ level of measurement
  • Measurement reliability and validity
  • Instrument construction
  • Data collection methods
  • Sampling models
  • Research design
  • Threats to internal and external validity
  • Single-subject design

To prepare for the Research I proficiency examination, we strongly suggest that students review the main course concepts through the use of the assigned textbook, Engel, R.J. & Schutt, R.J (2013), The Practice of Research in Social Work (3rd ed.).  We suggest you also obtain a copy of the course syllabus when you register for the exam.

Students who successfully demonstrate their research methodology knowledge by receiving a grade of 70% or higher on the Research I proficiency examination may enroll directly into Research II (SR 744).

You will need to replace the credits from SR 743 with another course so that you graduate with the required 65 graduate credits.

You should register in advance for Research I (SR 743) to reserve a space in the course in case you need it. We can always change your course selection later.

The waiver exam is given in late May and in early September. Pleace contact the Research/Policy Department (617-353-3748) to sign up for the exam.