This program is available on weekdays or weekends to highly qualified bachelor of social work (BSW) graduates. Students who completed a BSW program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education within the past five years may be able to earn a master of social work in a summer and two full-time semesters (weekdays), or four part-time semesters (weekends).

Candidates who are accepted to this program have courses from the foundational phase of the standard MSW program waived because of evidence of mastery of their first-year competencies in their CSWE-accredited BSW programs. While 60 credits are required for the standard program, 32 credits are required for completion of the advanced standing sequence. Per CSWE standards and policies, the MSW degree earned in the advanced standing program is equivalent to the MSW degree earned in the standard program.

In addition to educational credentials, candidates for this program generally have acquired first-hand skill and knowledge related to the social work field through paid experiences. Applicants to this program must complete a supplemental application, including additional documentation.

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Ilknur Citlak

MSW, Class of 2013, Recipient of the All College Graduate Scholarship (now known as the Excellence Scholarship for Graduate Study)

One of the most important events in my life that prompted me to think about social work for a career was when I witnessed individuals in my home country of Turkey who were not receiving proper care for their health conditions…

Studying Social Work at Springfield College