MSW Advanced Standing Graduation Plan: Full-Time

Pursuing advancement in social work

The advanced standing program MSW program is for students who have a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. This option involves a total of 34 graduate credit hours, which includes one field practicum placement in the community during the student’s last semester.

The full-time option typically takes one calendar year to complete; you will begin courses in the summer term of the year you are accepted. The full-time option is available at the Springfield campus.

You are required to meet with your advisor when scheduling classes.

Sample schedule

First semester (summer)

SWK 750 Human Behavior and Family Systems3
SWK 746 Foundations in Social Work Research3
Total hours6

Second semester (fall)

SWK 754 Perspectives on Individual and Family Health Assessment3
SWK 755 Family Health Social Work Practice I3
SWK 760 Family Health Policy3
SWK 797 Applications in Social Work Research3
Total hours12

Third semester (spring)

SWK 756 Family Health Social Work Practice II3
SWK 780 Field Practicum II (350-525 hours)7-10
SWK elective3
Total hours13-16

Fourth semester (summer)

SWK 780 Field Practicum II (0-175 hours)*0-3
Total hours0-3

*Practicum hours in the summer may only be required if you practicum extends into the summer term. These courses are not required for students completing all practicum hours in the spring term, which is the typical format.