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.

Students will complete 500 hours of practicum. Coursework is offered primarily online with face-to-face skills labs held on selected Saturdays at regionally convenient locations across Alabama as well as Jackson, Mississippi and Atlanta, Georgia. Courses with an asterisk (*) indicate a skills lab. 

Bridge Courses

Spring or Summer Semester (12 hours)

  • 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*

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*
  • SW 533 Models and Methods of Gerontological Social Work Practice*
    - OR -
  • 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*
    - AND -
  • SW 525 Evaluation Research
  • SW Elective
  • SW Elective

Spring Semester (15 hours)

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

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.