MSW - Advanced-Standing DL Program

Students with BSW degrees from CSWE-accredited programs may be admitted to advanced standing in the MSW program if they meet special admission criteria. In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, students may have no more than one 'C' in professional-level social work courses; must have at least a 'B' average in professional foundation courses; and must have a 'B' or better in field education. Advanced-standing students fulfill professional foundation requirements by successfully completing 'bridge' courses typically offered in the spring or summer before beginning the concentration year.

Spring or Summer Semester Bridge Courses
SW 570  Research - Informed Practice
SW 577  Components of Human Development and Social Systems
SW 578  Social Welfare Policies and Delivery Systems, Social Problems, and the History of Social Welfare
SW 579  Components of Social Work Practice
Total Semester Hours = 12

Concentration Year
(Concentration courses are offered primarily online with face-to-face skills labs)
Concentrations Available:
Social Work with Children, Adolescents and their Families
Social Work with Adults and their Families

Concentration Year Courses

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.  Enrollment may be limited because of course size limitations.

Fall Semester
SW 532  Models and Methods of Social Work Practice with Adults in Mental Health*
SW 533  Models and Methods of Gerontological Social Work Practice*
SW 564  Models and Methods of Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents in Mental Health*
SW 565  Models and Methods of Social Work Practice in Child Welfare and Family Services*
SW 525  Evaluation Research or an Elective (3 hours)
Total Semester Hours = 15

Spring Semester
SW 501 Advanced Social Welfare Policy Analysis or an Elective
SW 595 Field Education - 500 clock hours (9 hours)
Elective (3 hours)
Total Semester Hours = 15

* Courses with skills labs

This program requires a field placement component and it is the student’s responsibility to secure a site for the field placement.