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Advanced-Standing DL Program - Master of Social Work (MSW)

The Advanced-Standing Program is a 42-credit-hour program for only those who hold a CSWE-accredited BSW. It can be completed in three semesters when pursued full-time. Advanced-standing students fulfill professional foundation requirements by successfully completing 'bridge' courses typically offered in the spring or summer before beginning the concentration year.

Coursework is offered primarily online with face-to-face skills labs held on selected Saturdays at regionally convenient locations across Alabama. 

Bridge Courses

Spring or Summer Semester (12 hours)

  • SW 570  Research - Informed Practice (3 hours)
  • SW 577 Components of Human Development and Social Systems (3 hours)
  • SW 578 Social Welfare Policies and Delivery Systems, Social Problems, and the History of Social Welfare (3 hours)
  • SW 579 Components of Social Work Practice* (3 hours)

    **Courses with skills labs

Concentration Year

Concentration courses are offered primarily online with face-to-face skills labs.  Advanced standing students who complete their bridge courses in spring may take electives in the summer; they may also take SW 501 and/or SW 525 when those courses are offered in the summer.

Fall Semester (15 hours)

  • SW 532 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice with Adults in Mental Health* (3 hours)
  • SW 533 Models and Methods of Gerontological Social Work Practice* (3 hours)
    - OR -
  • SW 564 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents in Mental Health* (3 hours)
  • SW 565 Models and Methods of Social Work Practice in Child Welfare and Family Services* (3 hours)
    - AND -
  • SW 525 Evaluation Research (3 hours)
  • SW Elective (3 hours)
  • SW Elective (3 hours)

*Courses with skills labs

Spring Semester (15 hours)

  • SW 501 Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis (3 hours)
  • SW 595 Field Education - 500 clock hours (9 hours)
  • SW Elective (3 hours)

Electives Typically Offered Every Year

  • SW 506 Social Service Planning and Program Development
  • SW 513 Practice in Health Care
  • SW 514 Chemical Dependency
  • SW 515 Psychopathology
  • SW 523 Family Preservation
  • SW 528 Spirituality and Social Work Practice
  • SW 529 Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice
  • SW 536 Social Service Program and Agency Administration
  • SW 549 Crisis Intervention

Please note that courses are subject to change.