Our 10-month full-time MSW Advanced Standing Program and our new 17-month part-time program is for applicants who have an undergraduate degree in social work or social welfare. After completing required coursework in the summer (see note below), both program options allow students to complete their degree requirements more quickly and to focus on the area of social work they feel most passionate about. The part-time option is ideal for students who want to continue in their current employment. In some cases, students’ worksites may qualify for their field-education placement.
NOTE: All advanced-standing students, regardless of part-time or full-time status, are required to attend an intensive 4-week summer "bridge" program at the start of their program. This "bridge" program is full-time and students will have to attend classes during weekday daytime hours. See MSW Advanced Standing Program Format & Schedule for details.
To be eligible—Students applying for an 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 are recommended to have at least 2000 hours of relevant social service experience by the time of application; however, this is not a requirement. Students with social work degrees outside of the U.S. and Canada may be interested in seeking International Degree Recognition and Evaluation through CSWE.