Advanced Standing Master of Social Work (MSW) Programs Online

Last updated: June 2020

2020 Accredited Advanced Standing Online MSW Programs

Advanced standing MSW programs online are designed for students who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited undergraduate degree program. While admission requirements vary greatly between the different programs, advanced standing online MSW programs typically have stricter admission criteria and accept fewer students than traditional programs. Prospective students should anticipate more competition for acceptance into these programs and may want to consider applying to more than one program if eligible.

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All online programs must meet the same CSWE accreditation standards as their campus-based counterparts. However, the definition of what can be called an “online” degree program may vary. At OnlineMSWPrograms.com, we classify any program that requires a student to visit the campus two or fewer times per year as an online program.

Definition of Advanced Standing MSW

Advanced standing MSW is a recognition of successful completion of an undergraduate social work degree program (BSW). As it builds on previous studies, advanced standing MSW programs may take less time than a traditional MSW program.

Compare All CSWE-Accredited Advanced Standing Online MSW Programs

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work from Adelphi University

Part-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 32 credits in 15 months, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: An undergraduate degree within the past five years from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 or better on four-point scale in all social work courses
GRE: Not Required

Adelphi University offers an online MSW degree with three paths: Traditional, MSW for Human Service Professionals and Advanced Standing.

The CSWE-accredited, part-time program features theoretical study and real-world training, preparing students to excel as social workers.

Baylor University

Waco, Texas

Baylor University logo

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work

Advanced Standing:
32 credits
Full-time: as few as 12 months
Part-time: 20 months

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced standing:
Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited program at a regionally accredited college or university within the past five years.

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
August

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The Master of Social Work (MSW) online program from Baylor University enables aspiring social work professionals to serve and empower vulnerable populations worldwide.

Students will learn the skills and theories necessary to make meaningful, informed change and be challenged to think about the ethical integration of faith and social work practice.

The MSW online program can be completed in as few as 12 months. Baylor is now accepting applications, and GRE scores are not required to apply.

Ethically integrates faith and social work practice.

Learn more from MSW@Baylor

Boise State University

Boise, Idaho

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Graduate Program from Boise State University

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 37 credits in 15 months part-time or 12 months full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring and Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.00 preferred
GRE: Not Required

Boise State University's (BSU) offers an online MSW program with a concentration in Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families.

Classes are delivered mainly asynchronously, but some instructors conduct synchronous classes through Blackboard Learn, which enables students to interact with faculty and their peers in real-time.

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Masters of Social Work from Boston University

Part-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 43 credits in two years

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring and Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum cummulative GPA of 3.00
GRE: Not Required

The online MSW program at Boston University is offered part-time with majors in Clinical or Macro Practice and 3 track options, ensuring that each student's graduate program is tailored to meet each student's needs.

BUSSW's program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and enables students who do not live near the BUSSW campus or who have time constraints that prevent them from traveling to classes to earn their MSW from an internationally recognized private research university.

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, Kentucky

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Graduate Program from Campbellsville University

Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 30 credits in one year

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall and Spring

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum cummulative GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required

Campbellsville University offers an entirely online MSW program and with coursework rooted in ethical and Christian ideals.

Classes are held entirely online, though students must fulfill a field work requirement through a relevant practicum experience, 450 for advanced standing. The Advanced Standing track is designed for students who have already completed a BSW from a CSWE accredited program (within the last 7 years).

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Graduate Program from Capella University

Part-time Advanced Standing:
52 Quarter Credits

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum cummulative GPA of 3.00
GRE: Not Required

Capella University offers an online advanced standing program that helps students gain leadership skills to prepare for a general or clinical social work practice

Capella's licensure team offers support to graduates through the the license application process.

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, Ohio

CWRU University Graduate School of Social Service logo

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Social Work at CWRU

Advanced Standing:
21 credits
Complete in as few as one and a half years

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

BSW Requirement: BSW must have been earned within the last seven years from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited institution with grades of B or better in all social work related courses.
GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.7
GRE Information: Not required

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring and Summer

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The degree is equivalent to an MSW, and can be completed in one and a half years, depending on the track. Scholarships are available, and GRE scores are not required to apply.

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Columbia University

New York, New York

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University

Part-Time Advanced Standing MSW:
Complete 33 credits in one year, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: No Minimum GPA
GRE: Not required

Columbia University offers an online Master's of Science in Social Work (MSSW) for advanced standing students.

The program has four concentration options: Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice, Advanced Generalist Practice, Social Enterprise Administration, and Policy Practice.

Delaware State University

Dover, Delaware

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work (MSW) from Delaware State University

Part-Time Advanced Standing MSW:
Complete 30 credits in one year, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:GPA: 3.0 GPA minimum with B or higher in social work courses
GRE: Not required

Delaware State University (DESU) offers an entirely online MSW program focused on individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The Advanced Standing online MSW track is composed of 30 credits, broken down into 24 credits of academic classes and 6 credits of field practicum.

Endiboro University

Edionboro, Pennsylvania

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Masters of Social Work from Endiboro University

Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 39 credits in one year, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have completed an undergraduate degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required
GRE: Not Required

Edinboro University offers both traditional and advanced standing online MSW programs in a full-time format.

Edinboro’s online MSW program has a family social work practice focus; however, students are prepared to work in a variety of settings as the courses teach a generalist approach and students are allowed to work in several different types of agencies for their field education requirements.

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online MSW Program from Florida State University

Part-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 39 credit hours in two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall and Spring

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have a BSW from a CSWE accredited school
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
GRE: Students are required to take the GRE

Florida State University offers an online MSW program for advanced standing students.

The advanced standing program also accepts transfer students who have completed the first year of a traditional MSW program including a generalist field placement.

Fordham University

The Bronx, New York

Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service logo

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work

Advanced Standing:
33 credits
Full-time: 8 months
Part-time: 16 months

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

You may be eligible for advanced standing if within the past five years you have either:

  • Earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Or completed one year of coursework through another CSWE-accredited MSW program.

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring, and Summer

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OnlineMSW@Fordham features an integrated, forward-facing curriculum that prepares aspiring practitioners to deliver responsive services to both individuals and communities.

Delivered by the top-ranked Graduate School of Social Service, the program has an intuitive online campus with multiple interactive features that create an engaging learning environment with interaction between students and faculty.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree.

Ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation by U.S. News & World Report¹.

Learn more from OnlineMSW@Fordham

¹Source: U.S. News & World Report: Best Schools for Social Work

Humboldt State University

Arcata, California

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online MSW Program from Humboldt State University

Part-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 43.5 total program units in two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have graduated from an undergraduate social work program accredited by CSWE in the past five years
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5
GRE: Not Required

Humboldt State University offers an advanced standing online MSW programs that focuses on advanced generalist practice in rural and Native American communities.

At this time, Humboldt State only offers a part-time curriculum that generally requires students to study 20 to 25 hours per week.

Indiana University

Bloomington, Indiana

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Advanced Generalist MSW from Indiana University

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 41 credits in two years, part-time or in one and half years full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring and Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have completed a CSWE accredited Bachelor of Social Work program within the last five years
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in final 60 credit hours (or 90 quarter hours)
GRE: Not Required

Indiana University offers part-time online MSW programs for advanced standing students. The MSW direct program is one of the few online MSW programs that does not use a cohort model.

This is ideal for students who may not be able to take classes every semester, but want to pursue a MSW online. The program must be completed within five years.

Louisana State University

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
MSW Online program from Louisiana State University

Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 33 credits one year full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
March and July

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have completed a BSW from a CSWE accredited program within the last five years
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required

Louisiana State University (LSU) offers an online MSW program with a concentration in Advanced Direct Social Work Practice.

The program is divided into 30 credits of foundation courses and 30 credits of advanced coursework. LSU offers a 33-credit advanced standing track that allows students who have earned a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program to earn their MSW in one full year of study.

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work Program from Metropolitan State University of Denver

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 36 credit hours in two years, part-time, or one year, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Earned within the last six years from a program accredited by CSWE
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required

Metropolitan State University offers an online MSW program that educates aspiring social workers to serve individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations in a multicultural and global society.

MSW students can choose from two concentrations: individuals and families, or leadership and management. The MSW program is available in both fully online and hybrid formats.

Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work Program from Morgan State University

Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 30 credit hours in one year, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate social work major (conditional condition if GPA is 2.5)
GRE: Not Required

Morgan State University's online MSW focuses on issues of poverty and socioeconomic disadvantage, interpersonal and community violence, substance abuse and mental health problems, social injustice and discrimination.

Advanced standing applicants must have completed a BSW within the past five years

Ohio State University

Athens, Ohio

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
MSW Program from Ohio State University

Part-Time or Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 36 credit hours in one year, full-time or two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required

Ohio State University's online MSW program prepares students to practice in mental health, substance abuse, and child and youth services.

Advanced standing students must have completed a BSW within the last five years.

Our Lady of the Lake University

San Antonio, Texas

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Foundation or Concentration MSW Program from Our Lady of the Lake University

Concentration:
Complete 30 credits in under two years

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Rolling admissions

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Concentration:
BSW Requirement: Students must have a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from an accredited program
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate social work major (conditional review is optional for those with GPA under 3.0)
GRE: Not Required

Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) currently offers a CSWE-accredited online MSW program through its Worden School of Social Service.

OLLU’s program is unique in that it is one of only three MSW programs in the United States that has an emphasis on serving the Hispanic community.

Portland State University

Portland, Oregon

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online MSW from Portland State University

Full-Time Advanced Standing:
Complete 46 quarter credit hours in one year, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not required

Portland State University (PSU) offers an online MSW program focused on Practice and Leadership with Communities and Organizations (or) Health Across the Lifespan in a part-time format.

PSU's online MSW prepares students for careers in community leadership, advocacy, policy practice, and human services administration and/or integrated health and advanced practice within health care and aging settings.

Simmons University

Boston, Massachusetts

Simmons University logo

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work

Advanced Standing:
37 credits
Full-time: 16 months

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

To apply applicants must have:

  • Earned a BSW within the past five years from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A grade of B or better in each BSW course, or a 3.3 GPA for all social work coursework.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
January, March, May, September and November

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SocialWork@Simmons is the clinically focused online Master of Social Work (MSW) program from the nation’s oldest school of social work.

Students can choose to customize their own Individualized Course of Study or follow one of four Specialized Courses of Study: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging.

Simmons prepares you for success after graduation: 91%¹ of MSW students passed their boards in 2018.

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¹Based on 2018 first-time ASWB Masters Exam test takers as reported by the Association for Social Work Boards, including graduates of Simmons' online and on-campus programs.

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, New Jersey

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online MSW program in Clinical Social Work from Rutgers University

Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 39 credits in four semesters, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have a BSW from a CSWE accredited program
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required

Rutgers University offers an online MSW program with a Clinical Social Work concentration. The program includes asynchronous instruction, where students can complete their assignments and view lecture materials at their leisure.

Like all MSW programs, Rutgers’ online MSW program requires its students to complete field education at a local social services agency.

Samford University

Birmingham, AL

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
MSW Online Program from Samford University

Part-Time or Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 33 credit hours in one year, full-time or two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 or 3.2 for last 60 credits
GRE: Not required, but those with a GPA of 2.8 but under 3.0 may submit GRE scores to be considered

Samford University's online MSW offers a Christian learning community that prepares students for advanced social work practice.

Applicants must have completd a BSW from a CSWE-accredited university.

Texas A&M University

Commerce, Texas

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online MSW Degree Program from Texas A&M University

Part-Time or Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 36 credit hours in one year, full-time or two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring, Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall or in the last 60 hours of college classes
GRE: Not required

Texas A&M University online MSW prograam prepares students for LMSW practice.

Other potential careers include clinical practitioner, program manager, researcher, administrator, and more.

Texas State University, San Marcos

San Marcos, Texas

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online MSW Degree Program Texas State Universitym San Marcos

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 36 credits in about two years, part-time or one and a half years full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have a BSW from a CSWE accredited program
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of college classes
GRE: Not Required

Texas State University San Marcos offers an online MSW program with a concentration in Administrative Leadership and uses curriculum and syllabi as Texas State's on-campus MSW program.

The advanced standing track requires students to have earned a bachelor of social work from a CSWE accredited undergraduate program.

The Catholic University of America

Washington, D.C.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Clinical Master of Social Work from The Catholic University of America

Part-Time Advanced Standing:
Complete 30 credits in one and a half years, part-time

START DATES

Concentration:
Rolling admissions

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum GPA not specified
GRE: Not required

The Catholic University of America's (CUA) offers an online MSW program with a concentration in clinical social work.

This program trains students for careers in mental health counseling and therapy, school social work, clinical work with families and children, community-based services for the elderly, and other fields that involve working closely with clients to help them manage social, mental, and emotional challenges.

Tulane University

Commerce, TX

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
MSW Online Program from Tulane University

Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 44 credits in one year, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: 3.3 overall, 3.0 or higher in each substantive course
GRE: Not required

Tulane University's online MSW program prepares students for relationship-centered clinicaal-community practice.

Applicants must have earned a BSW within the the past five years to apply to the advanced standing program.

University of Alaska, Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Distance Education MSW Program from University of Alaska, Anchorage

Part-time or Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 35 credits in one year, full-time or two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 (with a 3.5 GPA in BSW core courses)
GRE: Not required

The University of Alaska at Anchorage’s (UAA) School of Social Work offers an online MSW program with an Advanced Generalist concentration.

While all courses are delivered online, students must travel to their field placements, and also attend campus intensives.

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Advanced Standing Master of Social Work from University of Arkansas

Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 39 credit hours in one year, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall and Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

BSW: From a social work program accredited by CSWE
GPA: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not required

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have completed a BSW from a CSWE accredited program within 8 years of the date of application
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required

The University of Arkansas’ offers an online MSW program that prepares students for supervisory positions and leadership roles. U of A’s online MSW program includes a concentration in Multi-Systems Life Course.

Applicants must have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a CSWE-accredited social work program or a program recognized through CSWE’s International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service.

University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Buffalo, New York

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
MSW Online Program University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Part-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 35 credits in two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Spring

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have completed a BSW from a CSWE accredited undergraduate program within the last six years
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required

University at Buffalo (SUNY) offers an online MSW program with a concentration in evidence-based practice with trauma-informed and human rights perspectives.

Students can design their advanced year of study based on their academic and professional goals. All foundation courses are delivered online, and many advanced courses are also offered online.

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Masters of Social Work Online MSW from University of Central Florida

Part-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 32 credits in 16 semesters, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.3
GRE: Not Required

The University of Central Florida's offers a part-time advanced standing online MSW program with concentrations in Behavioral Health and Child Welfare Services.

The University of Central Florida’s School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and UCF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Denver University Graduate School of Social Service logo

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work

Full-time Advanced Standing:
54-credit program

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Hold a BSW from a regionally accredited college or university at any point in time.
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher.

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring and Summer

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The University of Denver’s top-ranked school of social work offers two online program tracks: traditional MSW and advanced standing MSW. No GRE Required.

The program prepares aspiring social workers to advocate for social change and provide trauma-informed services to individuals, families and groups impacted by oppression.

Earn a master’s from a top-ranked¹ Graduation School of Social Work at DU.

Learn more from MSW@Denver

¹Source: U.S. News & World Report: Best Schools for Social Work

University of Houston

Houston, Texas

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online MSW Program from University of Houston

Part-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 38 semester credit hours in two and a half years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required

The University of Houston offers an online MSW program with a concentration in clinical practice: health and behavioral health.

This part-time program has synchronous and asynchronous courses. Students who are accepted into advanced standing are required to complete 500 hours of field work prior to graduation.

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work (MSW) from University of Iowa

Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 48 credits in three year, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summerl

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: 3.0 overall
GRE: Not required

Students need to complete 48 hours of coursework for the Advanced Standing track. This track is designed for those who have a BSW from a CSWE-accredited social work degree program.

UI used a cohort model of approximately 25 students. Students living in the same area meet locally twice a year to work with local social workers.

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Graduate Program from University of Kentucky

Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 30 Credits in one year

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum cummulative GPA of 3.0, 3.5 for social work classes
GRE: Not Required

University of Kentucky's online MSW program prepares students to provide social work services to individuals as well as entire systems.

Candidates can pursue a clinical practice with adolescents, non-profit development in rural communities, and more.

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Science in Social Work from University of Louisville

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 30 Credits in one year or two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring, Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: 3.0 overall, 3.25 in social work courses
GRE: Not Required

University of Louisville's online MSW program prepares students to promote social justice and be positive change agents in their community

Students can choose from specializations including Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Gerontology, Mental Health, Military Social Work or Psychosocial Oncology.

University of Missouri

Columbia, Missouri

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work from University of Missouri

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 30 Credits in one year or two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring, Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: 3.0 overall, 3.25 in social work courses
GRE: Not Required

Students must reside within Missouri and contiguous states (Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois) to be eligible for the Universtiy of Missouri's online MSW program.

Course topics include human behavior and psychopathology and research in social work.

University of Nevada, Reno

Reno, Nevada

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Masters in Social Work from University of Nevada, Reno

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 32 credit hours in 15 months

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA:3.0 or 3.25 in last 60 credit hours
GRE: Not Required

The University of Nevada offers an online MSW program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) structured around the Advanced Generalist clinical concentration.

Those applying to the advanced standing track must hold a bachelor's degree in social work from an undergraduate program accredited by CSWE.

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work from University of New England

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 35 credits in two years, part-time, or 16 months, accelerated option

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring and Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have graduate from a CSWE accredited BSW program within the last seven years and have significant work experience in the human services field
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 and equivalent coursework to UNE's foundation courses
GRE: Not Required

The University of New England's (UNE) offers an online Master of Social Work program with tracks for standing students and advanced standing students.

The advanced standing program also has an accelerated option that can be completed in about 16 months and a part-time option that can be completed in about two years.

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work (MSW) for BSW Students from University of North Dakota

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 36 credits in two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (or a GPA of 3.0 over last two years of undergraduate courses)
GRE: Not Required

The curriculum for UND’s online MSW programs is equivalent to that of their on-campus MSW program, and features live, synchronous web classes.

Advanced standing students must attend an on-campus intensive. The on-campus intensives involve lab experiences and in-person interactions with peers and program faculty.

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work (MSW) from University of Northern Iowa

Advanced Standing:
Complete 37 credits in two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
GRE: Not required

The University of Northern Iowa trauma-informed online MSW program prepares students for advanced clinical practice.

Courses are deliered online via interactive video conferencing.

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Advanced Standing:
37 credits
Full-time: 3 semesters
Part-time: 5 semesters

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Students must have completed a BSW from an accredited program within 5 years of the date of application.
Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
No GRE Required.

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring and Summer

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The MSW@USC is the online Master of Social Work program from the top-ranked USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work¹.

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University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work (MSW) from University of South Florida

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 35 credit hours in five semesters part-time, or three semesters full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: BSW degree from Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program within five years from the term of entry
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required

University of South Florida's online Master of Social Work program offers a live online classroom experience. Advanced standing, full-time students can expect to complete this 35 credit hour program in three semesters. Part-time students can expect to complete the program in five semesters.

Both part-time and full-time students are required to complete 8 credits of supervised field experience.

University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Knoxville, Tennessee

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Masters of Social Work from University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 36 credits in one and a half to two years, part-time or in one year full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have a BSW or BSSW from a CSWE accredited program
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not Required

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville's offers a part-time and full-time advanced standing online Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) program, which is equivalent to an MSW.

Students choose between two concentrations: Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice, which is a clinical social work program, and Management, Leadership and Community Practice, which is a macro social work program.

University of Texas, Arlington

Arlington, Texas

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work from

Advanced Standing:
Complete 33 credits in one year, accelerated or 16 months, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 in last 60 credits
GRE: Required for students with lower than 3.0 GPA

The University of Texas offers an online MSW program with three specialty areas: Direct Practice with Children and Families, Direct Practice in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and Direct Practice in Aging.

Students must be a Texas resident currently living in Texas to be eligible for this program.

University of Texas of the Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, Texas

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from University of Texas of the Rio Grande Valley

Advanced Standing:
Complete 33 credits in one year, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Spring, Summer, and Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.2, in undergrad social work courses
GRE: Not required

The University of Texas of the Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) offers an entirely online Advanced Standing MSW program with concentrations in Administration and Community Practice and Direct Practice with Latino Individuals, Families and Groups.

As the second largest Hispanic-serving institution in the nation, UTRGV’s MSW coursework is uniquely designed to equip students with the skills to work with Latino populations.

West Virginia University

Morgantown, West Virginia

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work from West Virginia University

Advanced Standing:
Complete 36 credit hours in two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Students must have a 2.75, 3.25 in social work courses preferred
GRE: Not required

West Virginia's online MSW program provides an integrative approach where students prepare for both direct practice and administrative roles.

Students must haave received a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program within the last eight years.

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Master of Social Work from Western Kentucky University

Advanced Standing:
Complete 33 credit hours in

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA:
GRE:

WKU’s program focuses on many areas – small cities, towns, and very rural communities. The primary focus is the rural areas making up most of Kentucky.

Students must have a BSW within the last seven years as well as a 3.0 GPA for the last 60 credits from a CSWE-accredited program.

Western New Mexico University

Silver City, New Mexico

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Masters of Social Work from Western New Mexico University

Part-time and Full-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 39 credits self-paced, part-time or in one and a half years full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring and Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have completed a BSW from a CSWE accredited program within 8 years of the date of application
GPA: Minimum GPA of 2.75
GRE: Not Required

Western New Mexico University offers an online MSW program with an advanced generalist concentration. Students can take electives in specialized areas such as child welfare, gerontology, school social work, and military social work.

WNMU may prepare students to support individuals, groups, families, and organizations, and to assume leadership roles within their communities.

Widener University

Chester, Pennsylvania

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work from Widener University

Part-time Advanced Standing:
Complete 41 credit hours in two years, part-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring and Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
BSW Requirement: Students must have completed a CSWE accredited BSW program within the last six years
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0 or better, and a GPA of 3.3 in the social work major
GRE: Not Required

Widener University offers an online MSW program that is a social justice oriented clinical program that focuses on trauma and is specifically designed to give students an understanding of how various forms of trauma are at the root of many of the mental, emotional, and social issues that individuals face across the lifespan.

As a result, trauma and its impact on the individual is a theme that overlays the coursework within the program.

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, SC

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work from Winthrop University

Advanced Standing:
Complete 39 credits in two years, full-time

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall and Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not required

Winthrop University's online MSW program is focused on empowerment practice to proote well-being and social justice.

The university provides dedicated field placement assistance.

Yeshiva University

New York, New York

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Program Name:
Online Master of Social Work from Yeshiva University

Advanced Standing:
Complete 36 credits in one and a half years full time or part-time depending on courseload

START DATES

Advanced Standing:
Fall, Spring, and Summer

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Advanced Standing:
GPA: Minimum GPA of 3.0
GRE: Not required

Yeshiva University's online MSW program prepares students for advanced clinical practice with individuals and families, group work and community practice.

Class sizes are small and each student has a dedicated faculty advisor.

More Information on Advanced Standing MSW Programs

To better prepare students for online courses, we’ve provided answers to some of the commonly asked questions related to earning your advanced standing MSW. Prospective students can use this information to help guide their decision when selecting a program to pursue.

Online vs. On Campus

When it comes to learning online or on campus, there are pros and cons that are different for each person. One student might prefer to learn online in the comfort of their own home while another may thrive learning in a classroom full of peers. Knowing the type of learning environment that you excel in is the best way to gauge if you should earn your advanced standing MSW online or in person.

With online learning, there are likely fewer fees. When attending in person, students may have to pay for room and board, meals, activity fees and other accommodations.

Accreditation

We list only CSWE-accredited advanced standing MSW programs, so students can easily compare programs based on the same standards. All of our online programs must meet the same on-campus program requirements to be accredited, which means you’ll receive the same education as your on-campus peers without having to drive to class.

Structure and Length of Advanced Standing MSW Programs

Structure and Length of Advanced Standing MSW Programs

The number of credit hours required to graduate varies between the different programs and ranges from at least 28 credits to more than 48 credits (compared to 60 to 66 credit hours for traditional programs).

  • Full-time programs: Full-time advanced standing online MSW programs can typically be completed in one to one and a half years. Most of the programs have classes year-round so students can complete the program in one calendar year. The majority of full-time programs only have summer admission. During the summer semester, students take prerequisite or bridge classes before joining students in the second year of a traditional program.
  • Part-time programs: Part-time advanced standing programs can range from one and a half to two and a half years, although the majority of programs take two years to complete. While some schools only have summer admission, there are part-time programs that start in the fall and spring semesters as well. In general, these programs start more frequently than full-time programs, but students are still required to complete bridge or prerequisite classes.
  • Field education: As with traditional online MSW programs, advanced standing students must also complete a field education requirement at a local health services agency under the supervision of a licensed field instructor. The total number of hours required to graduate ranges from 450 to at least 900 hours depending on the program. Full-time programs usually involve one internship (although some programs may have two internships) over two semesters and students should expect to work about 20 hours per week during that time. For part-time programs, the structure of field work is a little more varied, and the number of placements and hours per week depends on the program.

Admission Requirements

In general, advanced standing programs are designed for students who have completed undergraduate BSW programs and have an understanding of foundational social work concepts. In addition to the standard admission requirements for traditional online MSW programs, prospective students typically meet additional criteria in order to be eligible for admissions:

  • Completed Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree.
  • For some schools, applications are accepted up to five years post-BSW, while for others it is up to seven years post-BSW.
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Career/job related social work experience.

It is possible that students may not be able to waive all foundation year classes, depending on the curriculum of their undergraduate program. Therefore, students should speak with an admissions advisor to determine if they are eligible for admission to an advanced standing program. Typically students who are not eligible for advanced standing placement may still apply to a traditional online MSW program.

Concentrations Available

When it comes to choosing your social work specialty, there are many options. Master of Social Work programs, including advanced standing MSW degrees, can be focused into one of several types of concentrations:

  • Clinical/Direct Practice Social Work (Micro)
  • Advanced Generalist (Micro and Macro)
  • Community Development, Management/Administration and Policy (Macro)
  • Children, Youth and Family Work
  • Administrative Leadership
  • Mental Health and Adult Social Work
  • Community Social Work
  • Community Organization, Planning and Administration

Curriculum

There are some differences in the curriculum between an advanced standing MSW program and a traditional MSW program. A traditional program will cover the basics that help build a foundation of social work knowledge before jumping into upper-level concentrations. advanced standing MSW programs are accelerated degrees that typically skip the generalist requirements to move directly into the more advanced coursework.

The typical curriculum for advanced standing Master of Social Work degrees may include the following and more:

  • Advanced Field Experience
  • Policy and Programs
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Social Work in Family and Child Settings
  • Social Justice

Tuition and Scholarships

There are a wide range of tuition, financing and scholarship options available that may drive down the cost of earning an advanced standing master’s degree in social work.

When considering tuition, educational institutions may offer reduced tuition for in-state students, which could make your degree more affordable than expected. You can find this information on most MSW program websites within their tuition details page, FAQ page or by calling their enrollment office. There are also numerous student funding opportunities, so be sure to search for social work scholarships and financial aid before choosing the course that’s right for you.

Pursuing Licensure

Social workers are required to meet their state’s licensing requirements to practice legally. The purpose is to help the public regulate the standards for the safe and professional practice of social work. Licensing requirements and regulations can vary from state to state and each state typically has the same barrier to entry.

For a social worker to legally practice, they are required to graduate from an institution accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or other nationally recognized accrediting agency. To become a licensed social worker, there are different requirements per state that one must meet. For more information on the state-specific requirements for social work licenses, refer to our resource on Social Work State Licensing Boards.

Job Outlook and Salary Information

Social workers graduating today may be able to look forward to a promising career and salary growth opportunities over the next 10 years. According to the BLS, the projected growth rate for all social workers is 11% between 2018 and 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The annual median salary for social workers is $50,470 per year or $24.26 per hour, according to April 2020 data from the BLS. Social worker salaries can vary depending on specialization and employment area, as well as geographic location.

Is an Advanced Standing MSW Right For You?

While comparing master’s degree programs in social work you may find yourself asking if this decision is the right choice. It’s important to understand what an MSW is and consider the pros and cons. Before making your decision, consult our Social Work Degree Guide to help uncover any possible roadblocks.

An advanced standing MSW opens the door for opportunity in the social work field. The BLS projects faster than average job growth and upon graduation you can qualify for licensure exams to become state-certified. An advanced standing degree may increase your potential salary. To gain an encompassing view of what this program entails, read our article that explains in detail the Doctorate of Social Work Degree.

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Advanced Standing MSW FAQs

Is an advanced standing MSW the same as an accelerated MSW?

Advanced standing MSW programs are not the same as accelerated MSW programs, but they share similarities. Advanced standing MSW programs are considered to be accelerated because students are required to hold a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) degree upon admission. This could, in turn, speed up the duration of the curriculum given that the student has already met some of the qualifications upon completion of their BSW. 

The difference in the programs is that accelerated MSW programs are intensive courses that continue through the summer, while most advanced standing programs only offer fall and spring semester classes, aimed at allowing students to graduate a semester earlier than traditional programs. 

Do Advanced Standing MSW programs require the GRE?

Depending on the MSW program you choose, taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), may not be necessary. Some programs require GRE scores, regardless of your GPA score, while others only expect the GRE if your GPA does not meet their minimum requirement. Take into consideration if GRE scores are required before applying for admission when choosing an advanced standing MSW program that’s right for you. See our full list of online advanced standing MSW programs with no GRE requirement.

What are the GPA requirements for advanced standing MSW programs?

Most advanced standing MSW programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0. There is a range though; some programs allow for a 2.5 minimum GPA, while others require up to a 3.5 minimum GPA. If a student’s GPA does not meet the requirements, some programs request the GRE for admission.