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Advanced Standing Option

Individuals who have received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from an undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education can apply for admission to the MSW Advanced Standing Program. The program requires completion of 30 credits. First year (foundation) courses are waived as students have received equivalent course content in their BSW program. Applicants are expected to have a 3.5 GPA or higher in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units completed and a bachelor’s degree in social work awarded no longer than five years before the application date.

To apply for the advanced standing program, students must meet the above criteria and apply for the CSUSM MSW program meeting the requirements and process indicated in the How to Apply tab. In the online application, students will select 1-year advanced standing as the program option.

MSW Program

Program Overview

Individuals who have received a Bachelor of Social WOrk degree from and undergraduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Eduction can apply for admission to the one year, 30-unit, MSW Advanced Standing Program. THe purpose of the Advanced Standing option is to allow those who meet the qualifications to advance directly to year two of the full-time Master of Social Work program.

The CSUSM MSW Program

  • Is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), which enables graduates to sit for state licensing exams and provides greater access to professional opportunities
  • Has one, two, and three year options
  • Includes a field practicum in a regional organization which provides invaluable hands-on experience

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in Social WOrk conferred within the past five years from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • 3.5GPA or higher in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units completed
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better
  • Personal statement stating the applicants reason for pursuing the MSW degree, describing the applicant's relevant work/volunteer experience and demonstrating the applicant's past academic performance
  • Three letters of recomendation, including academic and professional references
  • A resume including volunteer, internship, or experience in social work or human service positions

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