The 10-month, full-time MSW Advanced Standing Program is for applicants who have an undergraduate degree in social work or social welfare. This program allows students to complete their degree requirements more quickly and to focus on the area of social work they feel most passionate about after completing required coursework in the summer.

To be eligible—Students applying for the advanced standing program must have graduated, within the last five years, from a U.S. baccalaureate program in social work or social welfare accredited by the CSWE or a Canadian bachelors level social work program accredited by CASSW (CASWE). Candidates must also have a grade of at least 3.0 in each required BSW/BASW course or a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher in the required courses. Additionally, candidates must have at least 2000 hours of relevant social service experience. Students with social work degrees outside of the U.S. and Canada may be interested in seeking International Degree Recognition and Evaluation through CSWE.

What to expect—This program begins in mid-summer, helping students make the transition from their undergraduate experience to graduate school with “bridge” coursework that prepares students to enter their specialized studies in the MSW advanced curriculum. During this time, Advanced Standing students attend classes up to five days a week.

In the autumn, students join the full-time MSW Day Program students in the advanced curriculum. During autumn, winter and spring quarters, students attend classes for one to two days per week and are typically in the field for three full days per week. Required courses and most field placements are offered during weekday daytime hours. Electives are scheduled in daytime slots as well as on weekday evenings and Saturdays.