Master of Social Work (MSW) Advanced Standing

Chandler Dangerfield

The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work offers an advanced standing enrollment status for graduate students entering the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree program. 

Qualifying for advanced standing enrollment allows students to use their foundational social work education to expedite their MSW while receiving the quality training and hands-on practicum they need to excel as social workers. 

What Is an Advanced Standing MSW?

Advanced standing is an enrollment status granted to students who have completed a social work degree within the last seven academic years from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Board of Accreditation- accredited undergraduate program. 

When granted advanced standing, students receive credits during the admission process based on their previous academic experience and performance. This allows graduate students to accelerate their MSW degree and save money while gaining valuable classroom and fieldwork experience. 

How Long Will It Take to Earn An MSW With Advanced Standing? 

Students who are granted full advanced standing — total credits — upon entrance into the MSW program can finish their graduate degree with a minimum of 39 credits. Students who receive advanced standing have two full-time enrollment options — 12 months (Fall, Spring, Summer) and 16 months (Fall, Spring, Fall). These options give students the flexibility to fit their graduate education into their busy schedules. 

Graduate students entering the MSW program with advanced standing can receive up to 15 academic credits and six field education credits. An applicant’s eligibility for advanced standing credits depends upon their undergraduate coursework and how it compares to the MSW degree’s generalist curriculum courses. 

Advanced Standing MSW Requirements 

To qualify for advanced standing in Pitt’s MSW program, prospective students must meet specific criteria. 

Students must have earned a social work bachelor’s degree from a CSWE-accredited program within the past seven academic years. To earn up to 15 academic credits, students must have earned a B or higher in previous coursework. The relevancy of undergraduate coursework will also be compared to the MSW generalist courses to determine how many advanced standing credits a student receives. 

Those enrolled in the advanced standing MSW may also receive up to six field education credits if they accumulated 400 hours of field experience and achieved a passing grade of B or higher during their undergraduate program. 

Students from outside the United States may also qualify for advanced standing if they have earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from an undergraduate program recognized by the Council on Social Work Education’s International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service

MSW Enrollment Options 

Students who qualify for advanced standing status can pursue their degree full- or part-time, depending on what suits their schedule and learning style. 

View sample advanced standing MSW courses of study

Sample 12-Month MSW Degree With Advanced Standing — Direct Practice Course of Study

 

First Year

 

Fall Term

 

Credits

SWINT 2082

Models of Intervention (Direct Practice Skill Elective)

3

SWBEH 

Second-Level Human Behavior (2062/2065/2066/2077)

3

 

General Elective

3

SWINT 2099

Specialized Practice Fieldwork

6

   

15

Spring Term

   

SWINT 2082

Advanced Direct Practice – 2031 or 2032 (Skill Elective)

3

SWRES

Second-Level Research (2033/2045/2051)

3

SWINT 

Direct Practice Skill Elective

3

SWINT 2099

Specialized Practice Fieldwork

6

   

15

 

Second Year

 

Fall Term

   

SWWEL

Second-Level Welfare/Policy (2039/2056/205/2059)

3

SWINT 

Direct Practice Skill Elective

3

SWINT 

Direct Practice Skill Elective

3

   

9

 

Sample Part-Time MSW Degree With Advanced Standing—Direct Practice Course of Study

 

First Year

 

Fall Term

 

Credits

SWINT 2082

Models of Intervention (Direct Practice Skill Elective)

3

 

General Elective

3

   

6

Spring Term

   

SWBEH 

Second-Level Human Behavior (2062/2065/2066/2077)

3

SWWEL

Second-Level Welfare/Policy (2039/2057/2956/2059)

3

   

6

Summer Term

   

SWINT 

Direct Practice Skill Elective

3

SWINT 2099

Specialized Practice Fieldwork

3

   

6

 

Second Year

 

Fall Term

   

SWINT 

Direct Practice Skill Elective

3

SWINT 2099

Specialized Practice Fieldwork

3

   

6

Spring Term

   

SWINT/SWRES

Direct Practice Skill Elective or Second-Level Research

3

SWINT 2099

Specialized Practice Fieldwork

3

   

6

Summer Term

   

SWINT/SWRES

Direct Practice Skill Elective or Second-Level Research

3

SWINT 2099

Specialized Practice Fieldwork

3

   

6

 

Third Year 

 

SWINT 

Direct Practice Skill Elective

3

 

Apply for Advanced Enrollment Into the Master of Social Work Program

Advanced standing enrollment empowers you to save time and money as you pursue your MSW degree. Ready to begin?  Review MSW admission requirements, or start your application today!

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