Advanced Standing

The School offers an Advanced Standing program at the following campuses

  • Charles River campus – Full-time and Part-time Advanced Standing Program options available
  • Off-Campus Programs – Part-time Advanced Standing option available at the Fall River and the BU North campuses
  • Online Programs – Part-time Advanced Standing

The Advanced Standing option is open to graduates with an undergraduate social work degree accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. A minimum undergraduate academic average of 3.0 (B) is required for admission. The Bachelor of Social Work degree must have been received within six years before entry into the program.

Students accepted to our Advanced Standing program are given credit for 24 credit hours. The additional 43 credits required for graduation (or 40 credits if the student passes the Research 1 Waiver Exam) must be taken at the School of Social Work or as part of a School of Social Work approved course of study. No additional transfer credits will be accepted toward the MSW degree.

Advanced Standing at the Charles River campus in Boston:

Classes for both full- and part-time Advanced Standing students begin in the Fall semester. All Advanced Standing students complete 1,000 hours of field work. Full-time Advanced Standing students are in the field placement 24 hours per week beginning  in September and continuing through August. Part-time Advanced Standing students begin their field placement in the second year of the program. Due to the timing of the placement process and some specific agency requirements, some agencies may not be available for Advanced Standing students. Accepted students planning to attend full-time will need to be available for an agency interview in early Spring, prior to enrollment.

For prospective students with extensive background and experience, a special request to pursue Advanced Standing and a Dual Degree program (in Education, Public Health, or Theology) or a Certificate Program within SSW may be considered. Advanced Standing applicants should discuss their eligibility with the appropriate program director.

Clinical majors take intermediate and advanced clinical practice courses along with electives in Social Welfare Policy and Human Behavior and required courses in Social Research, Ethics and Racial Justice.

Macro majors take three required macro practice courses along with electives in Social Welfare Policy and Human Behavior and required courses in Social Research, Ethics and Racial Justice. Incoming Advanced Standing students receive a copy of their program plan prior to registration.

Advanced Standing at Fall River and BU North Off-Campus Programs:

Part-time Advanced Standing students at the Bedford (Merrimack Valley) and Fall River campuses enter the program in September and complete the program in six consecutive semesters. Students enroll in coursework only in their first semester and continue with courses while completing an advanced 1,000 hour field internship.

Advanced Standing Online:

Part-time Advanced Standing Online Program students complete the program in six consecutive semesters. Students enroll in coursework for the first two semesters and continue with courses while completing an advanced 1,000 hour field internship which begins after the first two semesters.