Advanced Standing


For those who have achieved a high level of academic performance in both class and field work practice during your undergraduate social work studies, we offer a special designation called Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing is designed for individuals who have graduated within the last six years from an undergraduate social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). If you qualify, you’ll begin the MSW program early, in August, before the majority of other students enter classes.

The Advanced Standing Option is full-time only and cannot be pursued on a part-time basis.

How It Works

If you are accepted as an Advanced Standing student, eight courses from the foundation phase of the program will be waived.

The program begins in August with an intensive four week session where you complete five credits. After successful completion of summer courses, you will join the second year of the two-year program. You will complete an internship (560 hours, 9 credits including a one-credit, year-long field education seminar) as part of the advanced year required courses and electives. You should be prepared for full-time study and not to work full-time or to do an employed social work placement.

Begin in the Summer

The Advanced Standing program begins in August with an intensive four week session where you will complete five credits. The summer session introduces new content and serves as a bridge to the advanced year of the MSW program.

Full-time Study Fall and Spring

After successful completion of the summer session, you will join the second year of the two-year program. You will complete an internship (560 hours, 9 credits including a one-credit, year-long field education advising seminar) as part of the advanced year required courses and electives. You should be prepared for full-time study and not to work full-time.

Advanced Standing Plan of Study

Summer Session Requirements:

CREDITS
COURSES
3
Advanced Concentration Course
1
Skills Laboratory
1
Special Populations
5

Fall and Spring Semester Requirements:

CREDITS
COURSES
9
Advanced Concentration Courses
2
Research Methods
8
Advanced Field Education
1
Advanced Field Advising Seminar
9
Electives
29
ADVANCED STANDING TOTAL CREDITS: 34
60 credits are needed for graduation (includes 26 credits waived below)

Foundation Courses Waived:  26 Credits

Analysis of Social Welfare Policy and Social Service Delivery Systems
Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Micro Theories
Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Macro Theories
Human Oppression
Macro Foundation Practice
Micro Foundation Practice
Research I: Principles and Methods of Social Work Research
Foundation Field & Field Advising Seminar