As described on the University website and in the University Catalog (2015-2016, p. 288) the School of Social Work recognizes superior academic performance by students who have graduated from a Council on Social Work Education-accredited undergraduate social work or social welfare department or program within five years prior to enrollment in the MSW program. Advanced standing students are exempted from 15 hours of first-year core or foundation courses and the first semester of field education and may therefore accelerate their graduate study by completing only the remaining 41 hours of degree requirements in one calendar year.
Specific courses exempted are: SW 600, SW 601, SW 603, SW 610, SW 620 and SW 650/651. All Advanced Standing students may take a 100-item diagnostic proficiency examination in research methods. A score of 75% or higher on the test will qualify the student for exemption from SW 690 Research Methods I. This reduces to 38 hours the degree requirements remaining for completion.
Maintaining Advanced Standing Status (As of September, 2015)
Advanced Standing Graduate Eligibility Degrees
Advanced standing is awarded only to graduates holding degrees from baccalaureate social work programs: