Missouri State University

MSW Advanced Standing Graduation Plan: Part-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 part-time option typically takes two years to complete; you will begin courses in the summer term of the year you are accepted. The part-time option is available at both the Springfield and Joplin campuses.

You are required to meet with your advisor when scheduling classes. The course rotation page provides information about when classes will be offered.


Sample schedule

First semester (summer)

First semester courses Credit hours
SWK 750 Human Behavior and Family Systems3
Total hours3

Second semester (fall)

Second semester courses Credit hours
SWK 754 Perspectives on Individual and Family Health Assessment3
SWK 755 Family Health Social Work Practice I3
Total hours6

Third semester (spring)

Third semester courses Credit hours
SWK 756 Family Health Social Work Practice II3
SWK elective3
Total hours6

Fourth semester (summer)

Fourth semester courses Credit hours
SWK 746 Foundations in Social Work Research3
Total hours3

Fifth semester (fall)

Fifth semester courses Credit hours
SWK 760 Family Health Policy3
SWK 797 Applications in Social Work Research3
Total hours6

Sixth semester (spring)

Sixth semester courses Credit hours
SWK 780 Field Practicum II (350-525 hours)7-10
Total hours7-10

Seventh semester (summer)

Seventh semester courses Credit hours
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.