Choose the Best Online Advanced Standing MSW Program for You

If you already have earned a bachelor’s degree in social work (BSW) within the past decade, you may be eligible to earn a master’s in social work (MSW) over a reduced time period compared with a traditional MSW. These accredited online MSW programs offer advanced standing curriculums, so you can become a licensed social worker at the master level in as little as a year, from the flexibility of your home.

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University of Southern California

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW@USC is the online Master of Social Work from top-ranked USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. USC offers virtual and in-person field education, and students focus on adults, youth or social change.

  •  Minimum completion time: 16 months
  • Online classes taught by USC faculty 
  • Virtual field training to build skills and confidence

University of Denver

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The University of Denver’s Online MSW Program is delivered by its top-ranked school of social work and offers two programs. Students can earn their degree in as few as 12 months for the Online Advanced-Standing MSW or 27 months for the Online MSW.

  • Complete the Online Advanced-Standing MSW in as few as 12 months if you have a BSW; if you do not have a BSW, the Online MSW Program may be completed in as few as 27 months.
  • No GRE Required
  • Mental Health and Trauma or Health, Equity and Wellness concentrations

Fordham University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Fordham’s skills-based, online MSW program integrates advanced relevant social work competencies, preparing students to serve individuals and communities while moving the profession forward. This program includes advanced standing and traditional MSW options.

  •  Traditional and advanced standing online MSW options are available.
  • There are four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy.
  • Pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time track.

Simmons University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Aspiring direct practitioners can earn their MSW online from Simmons University in as few as 12 months. GRE scores are not required, and the program offers full-time, part-time, accelerated, and advanced standing tracks.

  • Prepares students to pursue licensure, including LCSW 
  • Full-time, part-time, and accelerated tracks 
  • Minimum completion time: 12 months

Syracuse University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Syracuse University’s online Master of Social Work program does not require GRE scores to apply and is focused on preparing social workers who embrace technology as an important part of the future of the profession. Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks are available. 

  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks
  • No GRE required
  • Concentrate your degree in integrated practice or clinical practice

Baylor University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Complete the Master of Social Work online program at Baylor University in as few as 12 months. Serve populations in Texas and around the world while ethically integrating faith and social work practice. No GRE required.

  • Address injustice from a strengths-based perspective
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Serve as a trusted resource for clients, no matter their personal background
  • Complete the MSW online program in as few as 12 months

Howard University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The online Master of Social Work program from Howard University School of Social Work prepares students for advanced direct or macro practice in culturally diverse communities. Two concentrations available: Direct Practice and Community, Administration, and Policy Practice. No GRE. Complete in as few as 12 months.

  • Concentrations: Direct Practice and Community, Administration, and Policy Practice
  • Complete at least 777-1,000 hours of agency-based field education
  • Earn your degree in as few as 12 months

Case Western Reserve University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

In as few as a year and a half, you can prepare for social work leadership by earning your Master of Social Work online from Case Western Reserve University’s school of social work.

  • CSWE-accredited
  • No GRE requirement
  • Complete in as few as one and a half years

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Adelphi University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Garden City, New York

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.25 years

Credits: 32

Concentrations:

Health Across the Lifespan

Admission Requirements:

  •  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a strong background in liberal arts and sciences
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts
  • Paid of volunteer experience in human services preferred
  • Resume (Preferred)
  • References
  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL scores for non-native English speaking applicants
  • Virtual interview may be required
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Albany State University

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Albany, Georgia

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 32+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s in social work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last five years
  • Grade of “B” or better in courses that applicants are requesting a waiver for
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal narrative statement
  • Resume
  • Background check
  • Personal interview
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Boise State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Boise, Idaho

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 37

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE accredited school in the last 7 years, or 10 years with significant post-BSW practice experience, for advanced standing applicants 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Social service practice experience, either paid of volunteer 
  • Personal essay 
  • Recommendation letters 
  • Background check 
  • Willingness to understand and abide by NASW Code of Ethics 
  • Interview
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Boston University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Boston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 43

Concentrations:

Macro Practice, Clinical Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within six years
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of references
  • Transcripts
  • Interview
  • TOEFL scores for non-native English speaking applicants
  • Other requirements as outlined for specific tracks
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Campbellsville University

Carver School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Campbellsville, Kentucky

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 30+

Concentrations:

   Clinical Practice,  Addictions

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from an accredited institution 
  • Baccalaureate GPA of 3.0
  • Transcripts from accredited institutions 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Signed statement of understanding of the Social Work Professional and Technical Standards 
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Capella University

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 44+ quarter credits

Concentrations:

Clinical Practice, Leadership and Supervision, Human Services

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Official bachelor’s transcripts
  • Minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Three-page essay
  • Resume
  • Signed Acknowledgement Agreement
  • Valid identification
  • Test for proof of English proficiency and transcript evaluation for international students
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Columbia University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

New York, New York

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 33+

Concentrations:

Advanced Clinical Social Work, Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming, Policy Practice, Social Enterprise Administration

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Academic transcripts
  • Field work evaluation form
  • List of BSW courses
  • Resume
  • Three essay questions
  • Three letters of reference
  • TOEFL scores for non-native English speaking applicants
  • Other requirements as outlined for specific tracks
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Delaware State University

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dover, Delaware

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 30

Concentrations:

Advanced Generalist Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 
  • Personal statement 
  • Official transcripts 
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Additional requirements for international applicants 
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Dominican University

College of Applied Social Sciences

Master of Social Work (MSW)

River Forest, Illinois

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: Less than 1 year

Credits: 30

Concentrations:

Aging, Adulthood and Gerontology, Children, Youth, and Families, Global Social Work Practice for Immigrants and Refugees, Health and Wellness, Military Social Work, School Social Work 

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Official transcript
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Two letters of recommendation
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Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

College of Science and Health Professions

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Edinboro, Pennsylvania

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 33+

Concentrations:

Trauma Informed Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Coursework in human biology or human anatomy and physiology
  • Minimum of 21 undergraduate credits in liberal arts curriculum
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8
  • GRE scores required for GPAs under 2.8
  • Resume
  • Two references
  • Personal statement
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Florida State University

College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Tallahassee, Florida

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 31+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited institution for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum of 400 field education hours in generalist practice
  • GRE waiver available
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for past 60 hours of undergraduate degree
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
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George Mason University

College of Health and Human Services

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Fairfax, Virginia

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 33

Concentrations:

Adults & Healthy Aging, Children, Youth, and Families

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last five years
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • BSW field evaluation for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA requirement of 3.2
  • Video interview 
  • All official transcripts
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Hawai'i Pacific University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Honolulu, Hawaii

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 30

Concentrations:

Military and Veterans Affairs, Child or Adult Protective Services, Health Care, Mental Health, Individual and Families, Social Agency Administration

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Minimum social work courses GPA of 3.25
  • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA
  • Grade of “C” or better in statistics and research methods courses
  • Letter of reference from former BSW faculty member
  • Copy of BSW field evaluations if BSW not completed at Hawai’i Pacific University
  • Two letters of reference
  • Official transcripts
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Humboldt State University

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Arcata, California

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 36+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited higher education institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Grade of “”C”” or better for elementary statistics and a course related to Native American studies
  • Personal statement
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
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Indiana University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Indianapolis, Indiana

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5+ years

Credits: 41

Concentrations:

Clinical and Community Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Resume 
  • Writing sample and statement 
  • Academic transcripts 
  • Three letters of recommendations
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Jackson State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Jackson, Mississippi

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 39

Concentrations:

Children, Youth, and Families

Admission Requirements:

– Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
– Minimum GPA of 3.0
– Grade of “B” or better in all social work courses
– Personal statement
– Three letters of recommendation

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Louisiana State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 33

Concentrations:

Child and Youth Services, Gerontology, Social Work Practice in Schools, Policy and Macro Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last five years
  • Liberal arts undergraduate preparation with at least 12 credits in social and behavioral sciences
  • Grade of ’’C’’ or better in an introductory statistics course
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Letter of intent
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
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Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Chicago, Illinois

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: Less than 1 year – 2 years

Credits: 23

Concentrations:

Advanced Standing Micro Specialization, Advanced Standing LMMP Specialization,

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • 3.0 GPA
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Metropolitan State University of Denver

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Denver, Colorado

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 36

Concentrations:

Children and Families, Mental Health, Leadership and Management School Social Work, Gerontology, Social Work in Healthcare, Children and Youth

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program within the last six years
  • Case study and petition for advanced standing
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Personal history form, resume optional
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Admissions essay
  • Transcripts
  • Minimum score of 76 on the internet based TOEFL for international students
  • Additional requirements for international students\”
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Missouri State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Springfield, Missouri

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 34

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Taken three credits in research design and/or statistics, preferably in the social sciences, with a grade of “C” or better in both
  • 3.0 GPA
  • If international, required to complete the ISWDRES screening form
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Morgan State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Baltimore, Maryland

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 30

Concentrations:

Urban Children, Youth & Families, Addictions

Admission Requirements:

  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, GPAs 2.5-2.9 may be admitted conditionally
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal background statement
  • Resume
  • Interview
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New Mexico State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 30

Concentrations:

 Advanced Generalist Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Biology and statistics prerequisite coursework
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference
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Ohio State University

College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Columbus, Ohio

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 43

Concentrations:

Aging and Health,  Mental Health and Substance Misuse,  Child and Youth Services

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • At least 10 semester credits of coursework in social sciences
  • Official transcripts
  • Three references
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Ohio State University

College of Health Sciences and Professions

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Athens, Ohio

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 36

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program within the last five years
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Final undergraduate field evaluation
  • Three letters of reference
  • TOEFL scores for international students
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Our Lady of the Lake University

Worden School of Social Service

Master of Social Work (MSW)

San Antonio, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 30

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
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Portland State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Portland, Oregon

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 46

Concentrations:

Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations, Advanced Clinical Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a liberal arts foundation from an accredited college or university
  • BSW degree earned within the last five years from a CSWE-accredited program for advanced standing students
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • Statement of purpose
  • TOEFL scores if you earned your undergraduate degree from a university outside the U.S.
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Regis College

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Weston, Massachusetts

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1.25+ years

Credits: 30

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree
  • 3.0 GPA in social work classes
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview may be requested
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Rutgers University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 39

Concentrations:

Clinical Social Work

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Undergraduate field placement evaluation
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
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Salisbury University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Salisbury, Maryland

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 32

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree
  • Resume 
  • Personal statement
  • Liberal arts background with a minimum of 24 hours including at least one course in: sociology, psychology and introductory statistics. 
  • 3.2 GPA
  • Three letters of recomendation
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Samford University

School of Public Health

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Birmingham, Alabama

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 33

Concentrations:

Advanced Clinical Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 or 3.2 during last 60 hours of undergraduate credit
  • If GPA at least 2.8, GRE scores required for consideration
  • Three letters of reference
  • Completed undergraduate coursework in statistics with a grade of “C” or better
  • Academic writing sample
  • Personal statement
  • TOEFL scores for American citizens who learned English as a second language
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San José State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

San José, California

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 37

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 
  • Official transcripts
  • Some social work experience
  • Liberal arts foundation
  • Personal statement
  • Three recommendations
  • Writing sample
  • English proficiency exam if necessary
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Stephen F. Austin State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Nacogdoches, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 35

Concentrations:

Advanced Generalist Pratice in a Rural Context

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2.5 GPA 
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
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Temple University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5 years

Credits: 30

Concentrations:

Clinical Practice, Macro Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program within the last five years
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25 
  • Final field evaluation for advanced standing applicants
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL scores for international students whose native language is not English
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Texas A&M University at Commerce

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Commerce, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 33

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Statement of purpose
  • CV/Resume
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Texas State University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

San Marcos, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 36

Concentrations:

Advanced Practice Leadership

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Interview
  • TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores may be required
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The Catholic University of America

National Catholic School of Service

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Washington, D.C

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: Less than 1 year

Credits: 30

Concentrations:

Clinical Social Work

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Official transcripts
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 in social work undergraduate coursework and 3.2 for bachelors degree cumulatively 
  • Completion of 480 hours of field education
  • Senior field evaluation forms
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Three letters of reference
  • TOEFL scores for students whom English is a second language
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Tulane University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

New Orleans, Louisiana

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 48

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in liberal arts from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL for applicants whom English is their second language
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University at Buffalo

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Buffalo, New York

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5 years

Credits: 35

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 24 credits in liberal arts coursework
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • Human biology undergraduate coursework
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Essay
  • Additional requirements for international students
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The University of Alabama

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5+ years

Credits: 42

Concentrations:

Children, Adolescents and Their Families, Adults and Their Families

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Requires a “B” average or better in social work courses, with no more than one “C” in professional social work courses and grades of “B” or better in field education courses. 
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University of Alaska, Anchorage

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Anchorage, Alaska

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 34

Concentrations:

 Advanced Generalist Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work earned within the last five years from a CSWE-accredited program 
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA in BSW core courses and grade of  ’A’  in field placement courses 
  • Human biology and statistics coursework 
  • Resume 
  • Personal statement 
  • Writing sample 
  • Three letters of reference 
  • Official transcripts 
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University of Arkansas

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 39

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree 
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Personal statement 
  • Three letters of recomendation
  • Completion of a basic statistics course
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University of Central Florida

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Orlando, Florida

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 32

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last six years
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3 in last 60 credits
  • Official transcripts
  • Completion of humanities, physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and social sciences coursework
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Professional statement
  • Writing sample
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University of Houston

Graduate College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Houston, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 39

Concentrations:

Clinical Practice, Macro Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal narrative statement
  • Proficiency in English testing may be required
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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work

Urbana, Illinois

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 44

Concentrations:

Leadership and Social Change, Advanced Clinica, lMental Health, Schools, Health Care, Children, Youth, and Families

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3.0 GPA 
  • Resume
  • Twenty hours of social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and biological sciences
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University of Iowa

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Iowa City, Iowa

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5 years

Credits: 36

Concentrations:

Clinical Practice, Leadership

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited college or university with liberal arts and sciences coursework
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Essays
  • TOEFL scores for applicants whose first language is not English
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University of Kentucky

College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Lexington, Kentucky

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 30

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, 3.5 for social work curriculum
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Autobiographical personal statement
  • Writing sample on an ethical dilemma
  • Transcripts
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University of Louisville

Kent School of Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Louisville, Kentucky

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 30

Concentrations:

Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Gerontology, Mental Health, Military Social Work, Psychosocial Oncology 

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • Resume
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
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University of Missouri

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Columbia, Missouri

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 39

Concentrations:

Advanced Clinical Practice, Planning and Administration

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completed coursework in college-level statistics
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • English proficiency exam if English is not your native language
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University of Nevada, Reno

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Reno, Nevada

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1.25 years

Credits: 30

Concentrations:

Advanced Generalist Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Coursework in statistics and research methods
  • Essays
  • Three letters of recommendation, fourth from field instructor
  • Documentation of field experience for BSW degree
  • Resume
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall or 3.25 in last 60 hours of undergraduate degree
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University of New England

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Portland, Maine

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1.3 years

Credits: 35

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Professional statements
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Additional requirements for international admissions
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University of New Hampshire

College of Health and Human Services

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Durham, New Hampshire

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1.3 years

Credits: 35

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last five years
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Two years of full-time experience in the field is strongly recommended
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
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University of North Dakota

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 36

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Grade of ’’C’’ or higher in statistics course before entering the advanced generalist curriculum
  • Willingness to abide by the NASW Code of Ethics and the university’s Code of Student Life
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate program
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of goals
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Satisfy requirement outlined for English language proficiency 
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University of Northern Iowa

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Cedar Falls, Iowa

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2+ years

Credits: 37

Concentrations:

Trauma Informed Practice 

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in social work from a program accredited by the CSWE
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2 
  • Personal statement
  • Resume
  • Completion of a statistics course with a minimum grade of ’’C’’
  • Related work, volunteer, or practicum experience 
  • Three letters of recommendation
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University of South Florida

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Tampa, Florida

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 35

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within the last five years
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Grade of ’’ B-’’  or better for social work courses
  • Personal statement
  • One year of post-undergraduate work in a social service agency preferred
  • Interview may be required
  • Official transcripts
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University of Tennessee at Knoxville

College of Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Knoxville, Tennessee

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 37

Concentrations:

Evidence-Based Interpersonal Practice, Organizational Leadership

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work accredited by the CSWE earned in the last five years for advanced standing applicants
  • Minimum GPA 3.0 GPA
  • Official transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of reference
  • Resume
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
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University of Texas, Arlington

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Arlington, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 38

Concentrations:

Community and Administrative Practice, Direct Practice in Aging, Direct Practice with Children and Families

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation for applicants who do not fully meet the other requirements 
  • Personal narrative for applicants who do not fully meet the other requirements 
  • TOEFL or TSE scores for applicants whose native language is not English
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University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

School of Social Work

Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Edinburg, Texas

Name of Degree: Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1 year

Credits: 33

Concentrations:

Administrative and Community Practice, Direct Practice with Latino Individuals, Families and Groups

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completion of a basic statistics course
  • Personal statement
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
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University of Utah

College of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Salt Lake City, Utah

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 45

Concentrations:

Mental Health

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in social work from CSWE-accredited program earned within the last seven years
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Prerequisite coursework in human development across the lifespan and research methods
  • Official transcripts
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Statement of purpose
  • Social work practice timed case study
  • Resume
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Walden University

Barbara Solomon School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: N/A

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 52 quarter credits

Concentrations:

Addictions, Child and Family Practice, Healthcare Social Work, Military Social Work, Trauma

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program
  • GPA of 3.0
  • Transcripts
  • Acknowledgement statement
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West Virginia University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Morgantown, West Virginia

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 36

Concentrations:

Advanced Integrated Practice

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work degree from a CSWE-accredited program
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75, 3.0 preferred, 3.25 in social work undergrad courses
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Admission essay
  • Additional requirements for international applicants
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Western Kentucky University

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: N/A

Credits: 33+

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program earned within last seven years
  • Liberal arts coursework in sociology, psychology or anthropology and one course in American government, political science or economics
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 for advanced standing applicants
  • 400 hours of field experience under social work supervision
  • Final field evaluation
  • Completion of a statistics course
  • Three letters of reference
  • Interview may be required
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Western New Mexico University

School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Silver City, New Mexico

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time

Length of Program: 1+ years

Credits: 39

Concentrations:
  • Bachelor of Social Work accredited by the CSWE earned in the last eight years
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Three letters of reference
  • Personal statement
  • Resume

Widener University

Center for Social Work Education

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Chester, Pennsylvania

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 36

Concentrations:

 Clinical Social Work

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0, 3.3 for coursework in social work major 
  • Statement of purpose  
  • Two recommendations 
  • Official transcripts 
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Winthrop University

Department of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Part-Time

Length of Program: 2 years

Credits: 39

Concentrations: N/A

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 
  • Three professional recommendations 
  • Resume 
  • Personal narrative 
  • Official transcripts 
  • Additional requirements for international students 
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Yeshiva University

Wurzweiler School of Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

New York, New York

Name of Degree: Master of Social Work (MSW)

Enrollment Type: Full-Time and Part-Time

Length of Program: 1.5+ years

Credits: 30

Concentrations:

Gerontology and Palliative Care, Addictions

Admission Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Social Work from a CSWE-accredited program  
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0  
  • Final fieldwork evaluation  
  • Personal statement  
  • Letter of recommendation  
  • Official transcripts  
  • Additional requirements for international applicants 
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Should I Pursue an Online Advanced Standing MSW?

There are a number of benefits that come with pursuing an online advanced standing MSW program. Ultimately, earning this type of degree could help you meet your career goals. But you also want to make sure that your degree program accommodates your current needs.

Ask yourself questions. Do you have personal or professional commitments to attend to? Does daily travel to and from campus work for you or would you rather complete your coursework from the comfort of your home? Are you looking for the same reputation and credibility of a traditional MSW degree? Is the financial investment worth it?

Take time to weigh the pros and cons of the programs you’re considering before making a decision. Time commitment, accreditation, cost of attendance and career advancement all matter but one or two of these factors might dictate your decision process.

Sponsored Online Social Work Programs

University of Southern California

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The MSW@USC is the online Master of Social Work from top-ranked USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. USC offers virtual and in-person field education, and students focus on adults, youth or social change.

  •  Minimum completion time: 16 months
  • Online classes taught by USC faculty 
  • Virtual field training to build skills and confidence

University of Denver

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The University of Denver’s Online MSW Program is delivered by its top-ranked school of social work and offers two programs. Students can earn their degree in as few as 12 months for the Online Advanced-Standing MSW or 27 months for the Online MSW.

  • Complete the Online Advanced-Standing MSW in as few as 12 months if you have a BSW; if you do not have a BSW, the Online MSW Program may be completed in as few as 27 months.
  • No GRE Required
  • Mental Health and Trauma or Health, Equity and Wellness concentrations

Fordham University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Fordham’s skills-based, online MSW program integrates advanced relevant social work competencies, preparing students to serve individuals and communities while moving the profession forward. This program includes advanced standing and traditional MSW options.

  •  Traditional and advanced standing online MSW options are available.
  • There are four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy.
  • Pursue the degree on a full-time or part-time track.

Simmons University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Aspiring direct practitioners can earn their MSW online from Simmons University in as few as 12 months. GRE scores are not required, and the program offers full-time, part-time, accelerated, and advanced standing tracks.

  • Prepares students to pursue licensure, including LCSW 
  • Full-time, part-time, and accelerated tracks 
  • Minimum completion time: 12 months

Syracuse University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Syracuse University’s online Master of Social Work program does not require GRE scores to apply and is focused on preparing social workers who embrace technology as an important part of the future of the profession. Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks are available. 

  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks
  • No GRE required
  • Concentrate your degree in integrated practice or clinical practice

Baylor University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

Complete the Master of Social Work online program at Baylor University in as few as 12 months. Serve populations in Texas and around the world while ethically integrating faith and social work practice. No GRE required.

  • Address injustice from a strengths-based perspective
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Serve as a trusted resource for clients, no matter their personal background
  • Complete the MSW online program in as few as 12 months

Howard University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

The online Master of Social Work program from Howard University School of Social Work prepares students for advanced direct or macro practice in culturally diverse communities. Two concentrations available: Direct Practice and Community, Administration, and Policy Practice. No GRE. Complete in as few as 12 months.

  • Concentrations: Direct Practice and Community, Administration, and Policy Practice
  • Complete at least 777-1,000 hours of agency-based field education
  • Earn your degree in as few as 12 months

Case Western Reserve University

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Master of Social Work (MSW)

In as few as a year and a half, you can prepare for social work leadership by earning your Master of Social Work online from Case Western Reserve University’s school of social work.

  • CSWE-accredited
  • No GRE requirement
  • Complete in as few as one and a half years

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Career Benefits of an Advanced Standing MSW

Employment of all social workers is projected to grow 13% from 2019 to 2029, while job growth among mental health and substance abuse social workers will reach 17%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The demand for mental health and substance abuse social workers in particular is expected to expand over the years. 

To remain relevant in a competitive and fast-growing hiring field, you might decide to earn your graduate degree. Or you may have had your eye on a social worker role that requires applicants to have a graduate degree for consideration, for a while. Once you have completed your advanced standing MSW program, you can begin to search for these types of positions.

Social workers who have earned an MSW from a CSWE-accredited university program qualify to become clinical social workers (CSW) or licensed clinical social workers (LCSW). Titles for these levels of social workers vary by state boards. An MSW also allows social workers to specialize in a specific field of practice. Common areas of specialization include clinical, school, child and family, and gerontological social work. Additionally, qualifying social workers are eligible to apply for certain specialty certifications offered through the National Association of Social Workers.

Online Advanced Standing MSW Student Benefits

One student benefit of pursuing an online advanced standing MSW is saving time. Advanced standing MSW programs are often completed on-campus, online, or in hybrid enrollments. The hybrid models may require students to travel to campus once or twice each semester. An online MSW program builds on prior knowledge obtained in BSW programs.Traditional MSW programs can take up to three years to complete. Advanced MSW programs typically take less time and may allow you to save money too and have a practicum, field placement, or internship requirement.

What to Expect from an Advanced Standing MSW Program

With advanced standing MSW programs you are not obligated to take general course requirements, as they have already been obtained through a BSW program. Students in advanced standing MSW programs engage in upper-level coursework and specialized instruction. The specifics of the program vary by university.

Admissions

The admissions process for advanced standing MSW programs can be incredibly competitive. It’s important for students to have an idea of what the advanced standing MSW program might require and entail.

In order to be eligible for acceptance into the program, students may need to meet the following requirements:

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree from a CSWE-accredited university (within five years for most programs)
  • Meet the program’s minimum GPA requirements (may vary by school but typically 3.0 or higher)
  • Complete a number of perquisite courses prior to application
  • Submit a transcript of undergraduate studies
  • Submit a personal statement and letters of recommendation
  • Pay the program’s application fee

Some advanced MSW programs may require some social work field experience before beginning the program. Be sure to check with your preferred MSW program for more information.

Curriculum

MSW curriculum will vary from school to school but the end goal is the same: to prepare prospective social workers for licensure and create positive change within their communities through their work.

Because advanced standing students enter an MSW program with experience and credits, coursework for these programs are less generalized and more specialized in nature, with most classes falling within these categories: theory, practice, policy, and research.

Advanced standing MSW coursework may include the following, and more:

  • Advanced Standing Seminar
  • Social Work Practice
  • Social Work in Child and Family Settings
  • Social Work and Aging
  • Policy and Programs

Many courses will also offer a practical component, giving students real-world experience. Every school of social work will have different requirements for advanced MSW program graduation. Be sure to check with your preferred program for more information on that.

Structure and Length

Some advanced standing MSW programs can be completed in just a year. Credit requirements for a program will also vary, depending on how many BSW credits can be applied to your MSW. Credit requirements typically range from 30 to 43 credit hours, with the average being 33 credits.

There is also a range of structural learning offered. There are programs that are fully online, while others offer mostly online with some live, in-person sessions. Full time and part time options are also offered with most programs.Students attending classes full time may expect to complete their advanced standing MSW within 12 to 18 months. Many programs hold classes year-round so students can keep earning credit hours as quickly as possible. Part-time students often take a little longer to earn their social work degree. They can expect to finish their degree program within two and a half years, though most complete it in two years.

Field Placement/Internship

Like traditional MSW students, advanced standing students will need to complete a field education component before they are eligible to graduate from the program. This field work requirement must be met under the supervision of a licensed field instructor. Students may expect to complete up to 900 hours of supervised field experience.

For students enrolled in a full-time program, this component is likely to take place in the form of an internship that may last as long as two semesters. These students may work an average of 20 hours per week gaining relevant field experience.

Part-time students may experience a greater variance in field work requirements; these programs tend to deviate in detail more than traditional full-time programs. If this is a path you’re considering, be sure to contact an admissions officer at your school for program specifics.

Advanced Standing MSW Program FAQs

To figure out which type of graduate MSW program is the best fit for you, you may consider the difference between a traditional MSW and advanced standing MSW program, as well as the admissions requirements for each of the degrees.

What is an advanced standing social work program?

Advanced standing social work programs are designed for students who have completed a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited social work program and often within a recent time period (such as the last five years). Compared with a traditional master’s degree in social work, these programs enable students to earn a MSW in a shorter time period and with reduced credit and field work requirements.

How long is an advanced standing MSW program? 

The length of an advanced standing MSW program depends on the school and whether the student is enrolled part time or full time. These programs may take one to two years of concentrated study, including field work.

Can I get an MSW without a BSW?

Yes. A bachelor’s degree in any field of study and from an accredited university may be accepted in order to earn a traditional MSW. However, a BSW is required for admission to CSWE-accredited advanced standing MSW programs.

What is the difference between a traditional and advanced standing MSW program?

Traditional and advanced standing MSW programs have different admissions, curriculum, and field work requirements. Students pursuing admission at advanced standing programs may require a BSW from a CSWE-accredited institution. These students are likely to complete less credits and hours in their field work experience. These BSW students are able to transfer over some of their social work credits and hourly experience into their MSW.
Students in traditional MSW programs take more generalized, core curriculum courses, while students in advanced standing MSW programs enroll in coursework that is specialized, shortening their time to graduation. 

What is the difference between advanced standing and accelerated MSW programs? 

An advanced standing program requires less coursework and field work than a typical MSW program because some of the required courses and field work were already covered by a BSW program. An accelerated social work track may permit students to gain their MSW in a reduced time period, but with the same number of credits as a traditional program. It is often for students who can study full time, taking on a rigorous workload. 

Information on this page was retrieved in September 2020.