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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Advanced Standing MSW Program

You can enter our MSW program with advanced standing if you have a baccalaureate degree in social work from an accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program.

As a student with advanced standing, you'll begin the program in early July and complete your MSW degree during one academic year (fall, winter and spring quarters).

NOTE: To ensure that students who have earned a BSW degree from a CSWE-accredited program do not repeat what has been mastered in their baccalaureate social work education, they are not accepted into the two-year MSW program. Exceptions to this policy are rare and may be considered through an appeal to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Please contact the GSSW Office of Admission for additional information.

Summer quarter

The first quarter of the advanced standing program consists of course work only. You will take two required courses during this quarter, a multicultural social work practice class and a seminar that will help you integrate your BSW education with your social work experience and plan your continuing professional development. You'll also take two elective courses of your choice.

Your summer quarter course work will be as follows:

  • Power, Privilege and Oppression from a Critical Multicultural Perspective (3 quarter hours)
  • Advanced Standing Seminar (3 quarter hours)
  • Concentration Course Work (required/electives, 6 quarter hours)

          (Total of 12 quarter hours)

In addition to the two required courses above, all advanced standing students are also required to take Evidence for Practice (3 quarters hours). Students have the option of taking this course in summer or fall quarter. This course is pre-requisite to the concentration research sequence.

Concentration curriculum

In fall quarter, you'll begin your concentration curriculum in the same manner as two-year MSW students, advancing in professional knowledge and skill by specializing in one of eight social work concentrations: