What is the Advanced Standing Program?

Advanced Standing students receive up to 27 transfer credits, which enables them to matriculate as second-year students and earn their degrees in one year (three terms). They complete a minimum of 33 credits at Columbia (21 in course work and 12 in field education). As an Advanced Standing student, you will begin your studies with an intensive four-week program in late July-early August, taking the T6012 Advanced Standing Field Education Seminar and the T7105 Advanced Standing Integrative Seminar. When Fall term arrives, you will move on to the second-year sequence of practice courses and complete your course work and field education requirements in just two semesters, usually taking three or four classroom courses per term. Your field placement will be for two terms (Fall and Spring), and you will spend three days a week at the field agency. Before your placement is made, you will work with the Field Education Department to choose a a practicum site that supports your chosen advanced practice method concentration and field of practice.


  • When evaluating transfer credits, the School is looking for equivalent coursework to T660A-B Human Behavior and the Social Environment I & II, T6501 Social Work Research, T6801 Social Welfare Policy, T7100 Foundations of Social Work Practice, T7103 Advocacy in Social Work Practice, T6010 Field Education [two terms worth no more than 6 credits], and an elective. Taking more courses may be required if a student does not receive 27 transfer credits from his/her undergraduate coursework or if he/she decides to pursue certain minors.
  • BSW graduates from Canadian institutions will not receive credit for T6801 Social Welfare Policy. To be eligible for the program, Advanced Standing students must have earned a B or better in all of their undergraduate social work classes.
  • Advanced Standing students are not permitted to pursue dual degrees.
  • Advanced Standing students may pursue some minor programs (not the Law minor) if they are willing to register for additional credits beyond the required minimum of 33.
  • Students in the Advanced Standing Program may not be employed by their field education agency.