Advanced Standing Program

MSW Advanced Standing Program (39 Credits)

MSW applicants who have graduated from a CSWE-accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program within the past six years are eligible to apply for admission with Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing students have demonstrated competencies in generalist social work (21 credits) through exemplary performance in their BSW courses and field practice. In addition, they have shown professional maturity through voluntary or employed experience in human services.

Advanced Standing students complete 39 credits with a concentration in Clinical Practice or a concentration in Community Practice: Community Organization, Policy and Leadership.  The curriculum includes a specialized clinical field placement of 700 hours (about 24 hours per week).

The MSW Advanced Standing program may be completed in one calendar year of full-time study (summer, fall, and spring semesters) or in two academic years of full-time study (two fall semesters and two spring semesters). Employed students are encouraged to select the two-year plan.

Applicants to the MSW Advanced Standing program complete the regular MSW application process, and in addition, they submit:

  • A third letter of recommendation from their BSW faculty advisor or field seminar instructor.  
  • Their senior-year field evaluation (the final evaluation for BSW graduates or the fall semester field evaluation for current BSW students).
  • For applicants who completed their BSW degree outside the U.S., documentation from the CSWE International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service