Advanced Standing

If you hold a bachelor of social work from an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, our Advanced Standing MSW Program allows you to complete your master's degree in only three semesters.

Select either Clinical or Macro as your specialized practice, and further customize your degree with one of four or five fields of practice—Children, Youth, & Families; Global Practice; Health; Mental Health; and Older Adults and Families—and more than 50 electives. You may also complete up to two certificates.

 

When should I start?

JANUARY

Apply for the January start if:

  • You want to complete the program in 16 months.
  • You are interested in Clinical or Macro Specialized Practice.
  • You will choose one of the following five fields of practice: Children, Youth, and Families; Global Practice; Health; Mental Health; and Older Adults and Families.
     

January Start: Curriculum plan

JUNE

Apply for the June start if:

  • You want to complete the program in 12 months.
  • You are interested in the Clinical Specialized Practice only.
  • You will choose one of the following four fields of practice: Children, Youth, and Families; Health; Mental Health; and Older Adults and Families.
     

June Start: curriculum plan


General Requirements

To be granted Advanced Standing, you must have finished an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education within five years of enrollment in our program.

Preference will be given to students with GPAs of at least 3.3 during the final two years of Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) study.

As part of your application, one of your three letters of recommendation should be from your BSW program director or advisor, and one should be from your undergraduate field supervisor or current social work supervisor.

Advanced Standing waivers will be considered for the following BCSSW courses: Human Behavior and Social Environment, Rethinking Diversity: Systems of Oppression and Privilege, Basic Skills in Clinical Social Work Practice, Basic Skills in Macro Practice, The Social Welfare System, Research Methods in Social Work Practice, and Field Education I.

The application deadline for both advanced standing programs is January 15. For a complete list of application requirements and to apply, visit MSW Admission & Aid.
   

January Start Advanced Standing Curriculum Plan

Starting the program in January allows you to earn your MSW degree in 16 months. You will take courses and have field placements over three semesters. Summer classes are optional to lighten your course load in the fall and spring semesters. This option is available for students interested in Clinical or Macro Specializations.

June Start Advanced Standing Curriculum Plan

Starting the program in June allows you to earn your MSW degree in 12 months. You will take courses and have field placements over three semesters. This option is only available to students interested in the Clinical Specialization.

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