MSW Advanced Standing Degree Plan: Full-Time

Pursuing advancement in social work

The advanced standing program involves a total of 34 graduate credit hours, which includes one field practicum placement in the community during the student's last semester.  

The advanced standing 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 (CSWE), those recognized through its International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES), or covered under a memorandum of understanding with international social work accreditors.  To meet the requirements as stated in the above policy, a student whose BSW program is only in candidacy must have entered the program during its candidacy period, and the program must be fully accredited by the end of 2017 spring semester for consideration of advanced standing.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to verify their Bachelor of Social work meets CSWE's accreditation standards before applying to advanced standing program. Verification is to be submitted with the application by a notation of CSWE accreditation on the official transcript, or a print out of accreditation status of BSW degree awarding university listed on CSWE website at  

International students are able to apply for advanced standing program by completing the following procedures.  CSWE's International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES) recognizes academic credentials in social work that are comparable to accredited baccalaureate and master's degrees in social work in the United States.  Recognition is necessary to establish qualifications for employment, graduate school admission, membership in the National Association of Social Workers, state licensing, and/or certification.  An International applicant is required to complete the ISWDRES screening form through Council on Social Work Education to determine if a social work degree has been obtained before applying to advanced standing program.  Verification is to be submitted with the application through notation of CSWE accredited program on the official transcript or other forms of official CSWE document.  Further information and process steps can be found at 

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)

Total hours6
SWK 750 Human Behavior and Family Systems 3
SWK 746 Foundations in Social Work Research 3

Second semester (fall)

Total hours12
SWK 754 Perspectives on Individual and Family Health Assessment 3
SWK 755 Family Health Social Work Practice I 3
SWK 760 Family Health Policy 3
SWK 797 Applications in Social Work Research 3

Third semester (spring)

Total hours13-16
SWK 756 Family Health Social Work Practice II 3
SWK 780 Field Practicum II (350-525 hours) 7-10
SWK elective 3

Fourth semester (summer)

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

*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.