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Advanced Standing

Completion time One year
Total credits At least 33 at CSSW (transfer up to 27 from previous BSW)
Total field education hours 600 hours
Starts per year One, summer semester
Prerequisites BSW from a CSWE-accredited university

The Advanced Standing pathway supports those who have shown a commitment to social work education by completing a bachelor of social work. Applicants who are eligible for this pathway

  • have a BSW from a CSWE-accredited social work program and
  • have earned that BSW within the last five years.

Students in this pathway complete their MSW program in one academic year, which includes a summer intensive specially designed for Advanced Standing students. The courses deepen their direct-practice knowledge while also challenging them to become more self-reflective, anti-oppressive social work professionals. The summer intensive is also an opportunity to meet and establish deep connections with other Advanced Standing students.

Upon completion of the summer intensive, students enter their Specialized Year. They continue to learn proven methods for supporting diverse populations, while adding more specific skills in line with the method specialization and field of practice of their choosing. They also begin their field placement.

Coursework Estimates

As an Advanced Standing student, you will take three or four courses per term. You should expect to spend seven to eight hours per week in synchronous classes, in addition to time spent on homework and other assignments.

During the Fall and Spring terms, you must also spend three days (21 hours total) at your fieldwork site each week. Most placements require work during daytime hours, generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit our Field Placements page for more information.


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