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Master of Social Work

Advanced Standing Applicants


  • Applicants must meet the admission criteria for the MSW Program
  • Applicants must have graduated from a *Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) within the last 5 years
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and no grade lower than a B in any Social Work course

*Applicants who are currently enrolled in a BSW program should apply following the first semester of their senior year (acceptance to Advanced Standing would be conditional, pending receipt of final qualifying grades and confirmation of the BSW degree)


  • Complete and submit the general MSW Application through the School of Graduate Studies; within this application, students who meet the eligibility requirements above should indicate their interest within the Statement of Goals section of the application (i.e. "One of my goals is to be admitted into the Advanced Standing program.")
  • Submit two completed Advanced Standing recommendation forms
    • One form must be completed by the BSW Chair
    • The other form must be completed by someone from your BSW Field Education Department: Director, Assistant Director, Field Liaison or Field Supervisor
    • Submit both forms to
  • Upon receipt of both recommendation forms, the applicant will receive an email notification to schedule an Advanced Standing Interview;
  • Applicants will receive an Advanced Standing determination within two weeks of completing their interview. If it is determined that an applicant is denied for Advanced Standing, the applicant's initial offer to attend the 60-credit program remains.

Technology Requirements

Access to a personal computer that can connect to the Internet High speed Internet Camera and speakers may be necessary for some course materials (videos, etc.)