Advanced Standing MSW Program

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, and 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, Diversity and Cross-Cultural Issues, 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.

FIRST YEAR
Fall CR Spring CR Summer
(optional***)
CR
   

SCWK 7722 Psychosocial Pathology (Clinical) OR SCWK 8833 Leadership & Social Transformation (Macro)

3 Elective 3
   

SCWK 8855 Clinical Practice with Children & Families: Assessment, Intervention & Evidence-Based Practice (Clinical) OR SCWK 8886 Financial Management and Resource Development (Macro)

3 Elective 3
    SCWK 8856 Clinical Practice with Adults: Assessment, Intervention & Evidence-Based Practice (Clinical) OR SCWK 8889 Social Innovation (Macro) 3    
    SCWK 9932 Field Education II-CSW* OR SCWK 9942 Field Education II-Macro* 3    
SECOND YEAR 
Fall CR Spring CR Summer CR

Elective

3

SCWK 8841 Program Evaluation

3    

Advanced Practice Course in Field of Practice

3

Advanced Policy Course in Field of Practice

3    

Elective

3

Elective

3    
Elective (if not taken during summer) 3 Elective (if not taken during summer) 3    
SCWK 9933 Field Education III-CSW** OR SCWK 9943 Field Education III-Macro** 4 SCWK 9934 Field Education IV-CSW** OR SCWK 9944 Field Education IV-Macro** 4    

*Field placement 2 days per week (16 hours) in first year.
**Field placement 3 days per week (24 hours) in final year.
***Global Practice students should see Global Practice Curriculum Plan.

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.

FIRST YEAR 
Summer CR Fall CR Spring CR

SCWK 7722 Psychosocial Pathology

3

Advanced Practice Course in Field of Practice

3 Advanced Policy Course in Field of Practice 3

SCWK 8855 Clinical Practice with Children & Families: Assessment, Intervention & Evaluation Research

3

Elective

3 SCWK 8841 Program Evaluation 3

SCWK 8856 Clinical Practice with Adults: Assessment, Intervention & Evaluation Research

3

Elective

3 Elective 3
SCWK 9932 Field Education II-CSW* 3 Elective 3 Elective 3
    SCWK 9933 Field Education III-CSW** 4 SCWK 9934 Field Education IV-CSW** 4

*Field placement 2 days per week (16 hours) from June to August.
**Field placement 3 days per week (24 hours) in final year.

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