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Advanced Standing

Our four-term course of study is for students who have earned a BSW degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program. The course of study for Advanced Standing students includes 46 credit hours of advanced curriculum and can only be completed in the Portland Option. Admitted students will complete an intensive orientation seminar and 144-hour field placement in the summer prior to beginning the advanced MSW curriculum in the fall.

Advanced Standing is available to individuals who have:

  • a BSW degree from a CSWE accredited program;
  • a BSW degree within 5 years of admission to the MSW program;
  • a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above in BSW coursework;
  • preference given to applicants with 2000 hours of human service experience at time of application. These hours can be gained through paid employment, internships, and/or volunteer work.

Interested applicants should follow the complete instructions for applying to the MSW program.