Advanced Standing

The School offers an Advanced Standing program at the Charles River campus only for graduates of an undergraduate social work program 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 for advanced standing are given credit for 24 credit hours. The additional 43 credits required for graduation (or 40 credits if the student passes the Research I 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.

All full-time Advanced Standing students begin the program in May by taking courses during the summer term. Full-time clinical students will take three two-credit intensive clinical courses in the summer and full-time macro students will take two required courses along with the field placement, which begins in June. All full-time Advanced Standing students are in the field 24 hours a week from June until the following May. Part-time students begin taking classes in the fall semester and start their advanced field placement for a minimum of 16 hours per week the following June. All Advanced Standing students complete 1,000 hours of fieldwork.

For selected prospective students with extensive background and experience, a special request to pursue advanced standing and dual degree programs (with EducationPublic Health, or Theology) will be considered.  Special requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and require approval of the director of the Dual Degree Program for which the student is applying, as well as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Applicants interested in learning more about the Advanced Standing and Dual Degree Programs should contact the director of the appropriate dual degree program to discuss their application. Persons interested in the Advanced Standing program should contact the Admissions Office for detailed information on the application procedure.

Admission Information & Deadlines

All applicants for the Advanced Standing program must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate studies.

Application Requirements
Online application form
($80 non-refundable application fee)
Personal Statement
Current Resume

Field Evaluation (copy of your final field evaluation from your senior year field placement)
Three references (the person who completes your field evaluation should not submit a reference)
(from any school where you received credit towards a degree)

For Advanced Standing applicants applying for the full or part-time programs, the deadline to complete your application is January 15All materials must be received by 5 p.m. on this date. Advanced Standing is not an available option in our Off-Campus Program (Chelmsford, Fall River, Cape Cod) or our Online Program.

Materials should be submitted through the online application process with the exception of the Field Evaluation and Official Transcripts. Transcripts should be mailed to the following address: Boston University School of Social Work, Admissions and Financial Aid, 264 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215. The Field Evaluation may be mailed or faxed to (617) 353-5612. Please see the advanced standing program plans for planning purposes. Feel free to contact us with questions at 617-353-3750 or