Social Work - Advanced Standing - Direct Practice, MSW

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Moment by moment and person by person, social workers improve lives and strengthen communities. Wherever life takes you, this master's degree prepares you, a recent BSW graduate, to thrive in our diverse society in a variety of professional settings including mental health organizations, schools, nonprofits and government agencies.

This program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The advanced direct practice concentration consists of three specializations that prepare students for professional practice with diverse populations in a wide variety of settings.

Across all specializations, the curriculum is guided by the social work values that emphasize evidence-based practice, client strengths, social justice and client empowerment. The primary MSW curriculum goal is to educate advanced social work practitioners who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, values and ethics of the profession and who are competent for specialized practice.

At A Glance

Social Work - Advanced Standing - Direct Practice, MSW

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application deadline

February 1

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants must have a BSW from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program with a minimum GPA of 3.20 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last two years of work leading to the Bachelor of Social Work (junior and senior GPA). Applicants must have received their Bachelor of Social Work degree no more than six years prior to the date of admission to the MSW program. All applicants are required to have completed a course in human biology and a course in statistics before enrolling in the advanced standing program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  3. three letters of reference
  4. professional resume that includes volunteer and paid work experience
  5. statement of educational and career goals
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

A combination of academic and professional references is desirable. References from friends, family members or personal therapists are not accepted. At least one of the three required references must be from the applicant's BSW field instructor, or if employed in a social work-related job for two or more years, a recommendation from the applicant's supervisor.

Guidelines for writing the statement can be found at

Applicants should see the program website for application deadlines.

For questions about the applications process, students should contact the School of Social Work.

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