The 10-month, full-time, MSW Advanced Standing Program is for students who have an undergraduate degree in social work or social welfare. Students build off of their foundational social work studies and quickly enter the MSW advanced curriculum in a chosen area of concentration.

Summer Bridge

The MSW Advanced Standing program begins in mid-summer with the intensive summer “bridge” program, attending classes up to five days a week. This program helps 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.

Advanced Curriculum

In the autumn, students join the full-time MSW Day Program students in the advanced curriculum. The MSW Day Program advanced curriculum provides in-depth preparation in advanced social work practice, building specialized knowledge of relevant policies, systems, theories and practice methods across a variety of settings and populations. Students are prepared for advanced professional practice, in a chosen area of concentration, in a way that fosters social work leadership, effective social interventions, a commitment to a just and diverse society, and a commitment to public service.   

In the advanced year, 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 practicum hours are offered during weekday, daytime hours.  Electives are scheduled in daytime slots as well as on weekday evenings and Saturdays.

Concentration Areas

  • Administration and Policy Practice

    Prepares social workers to take on leadership roles in human services organizations and policy arenas. Practitioners learn how to define social problems, analyze policy and create program alternatives, influence policy decisions and lead diverse organizations in program planning, design, implementation, evaluation and change. Students may also choose to build skills in resource development, fiscal management, legislative advocacy or community-based evaluation.

  • Children, Youth and Families Practice

    Prepares practitioners to work with children and families, using a framework that is culturally sensitive, collaborative and empowering. Social and economic justice issues are addressed by examining the impacts of poverty, disproportionality and oppression. Graduates will be prepared to conduct interventions in settings, such as schools, adolescent mental health programs, public child welfare, family support services, residential treatment and community-based programs for juvenile offenders. 

  • Multigenerational Practice

    Prepares social workers to focus on families across the life course with an emphasis on aging and older adults. This concentration offers knowledge and skills to work effectively within a multigenerational context. Clinical and policy issues such as loss, mental and physical health, trauma and healing, family caregiving, end of life care, and support for families, including LGBT and families of color, are addressed utilizing a cross-generational and strengths perspective.

  • Community-Centered Integrative Practice

    Prepares practitioners to be partners and leaders in transformative social work practice across micro-, meso- and macro-levels of practice. Skills include intergroup dialogue, social justice group work, constructive engagement of difference, conflict and inequality, community planning, partnership and organizing, just policy analysis and advocacy, grant writing, and mental health assessment and practice skills within diverse and marginalized communities both local and global, including traumatic effects of violence.

  • Health Practice

    Prepares graduates for direct practice in diverse health care settings, with an emphasis on short-term, brief interventions with individuals and families. Students learn how to address health disparities by assessing cultural influences on health, recognizing the interconnections between physical and psychological health, and becoming leaders of organizational change in multi-disciplinary settings. Graduates are prepared to work in hospitals, community clinics, hospice, home care, and long-term care facilities.

  • Mental Health Practice

    Prepares practitioners for work aimed at improving the psychosocial functioning of individuals in a range of public mental health agencies and programs, such as community counseling, family services, correctional programs and child welfare. The concentration prepares students to assess mental health functioning, manage the change process, use effective interventions and evaluate impact. Graduates learn how to maintain professional relationships within the ethical standards, clinical theory and principles of social work direct practice.

NOTE: A new concentration structure will soon be implemented. Starting in the Summer of 2020, Advanced Standing students will be offered three concentrations in their advanced MSW curriculum: Administration and Policy Practice, Community-Centered Integrative Practice, and Clinical Social Work.