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Advanced Standing

Applicants who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree within the past five years from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program may be granted Advanced Standing, enabling them to qualify for a MSW in three semesters of full-time study.

Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or better on a 4.0 point scale,
  • 3.0 GPA in all undergraduate substantive courses is required.
  • Advanced Standing applicants must also have at least a B+ average in their field practicum.
  • Submit final Field Evaluation from BSW to TSSW Field Placement Office
  • BSW must have been awarded in the last five years.

Additional Information Required for Admission

In addition to submitting an online application for admission to the Online MSW Advanced Standing program applicants must also submit the following documents or information:

You are required to submit a typewritten essay covering the material below.

  1. Trace the origin and development of your interest in social work as a professional, including any significant influences or experiences.
  2. What personal qualifications do you bring to the classroom and social work practice. Do you have any limitations that might affect your ability to practice social work?
  3. Discuss the way in which you have handled a social experience or personal situation that has had a significant emotional impact on you. How did this experience contribute to your knowledge of yourself and others?
  4. Discuss your experience working with multicultural populations other than your own identified race, religion or identifies background.

It should be similar in structure to one you would submit for employment.

One copy of official transcript from each college/university attended. Transcript(s) must be in sealed envelopes with the Registrar's signature across seal.

Two (2) letters of reference/recommendation are required. Please select three individuals who know you well and have agreed to write a reference/recommendation for you. If you are presently working or have been engaged in volunteer work in human services, one letter should be submitted by your supervisor or employer. If you are currently a student, two (2) letters should be submitted by a faculty advisor or professor in your major area.

2018 Cohort Deadlines

**Applicants must select a start date on their application.

Cohort Priority App Deadline Final App Deadline Classes Start

Fall 2018

Mar 2, 2018

Apr 13, 2018

Aug 27, 2018

Spring 2019

June 15, 2018

July 27, 2018

Jan 14, 2019

Field Placement Requirement

The minimum number of field placement hours required per semester is:

  • 316 hours or roughly 24 hours per week for full-time students
  • 158 hours or roughly 12 hours per week for part-time students

Coursework Schedule:

Semester 1 - 15 Credits

Course Number Course Title Credits

SOWK 7320

Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups

3

SOWK 7230

Community Organizing and Policy Advocacy

3

SOWK 7220

Theory II

2

SOWK 7420

Tools II

2

SOWK 7520

Field Practicum I - 24 field placement hours & field seminar

5

Semester 2 - 15 Credits

Course Number Course Title Credits

SOWK 7330

Advanced Methods

5

SOWK 7430

Data Management, Analysis and Interpretation

3

SOWK 7530

Field Practicum II - 24 field placement hours & field seminar

5

TBD

SW Elective

2

Semester 3 - 14 Credits

Course Number Course Title Credits

SOWK 7440

Capstone Seminar

2

SOWK 7480

Field Practicum III - 24 field placement hours & field seminar

5

TBD

SW Elective

3

TBD

SW Elective

2

TBD

SW Elective

2

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