Advanced Standing

Because change can’t wait.

If you have earned or will complete a bachelor’s degree from a CSWE accredited undergraduate program in social work, we offer an Advanced Standing Track at the following campuses:

  • Charles River Campus (Boston): Full-time and part-time Advanced Standing options
  • Off-Campus Program: Fall River and Bedford campuses offer part-time Advanced Standing
  • Online Program: Offers part-time Advanced Standing

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

Students accepted to our Advanced Standing Program are given 22-25 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.

In order to apply, you must:

  • Meet all requirements for general applicants
  • Have an undergraduate social work degree from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education within six years of program entry
  • Have a minimum undergraduate cumulative academic average of 3.0 or higher
  • Submit a copy of your final field evaluation from your senior year field placement. If you are in your last year of your placement while applying, please submit your mid-year field evaluation. If you are doing a block placement and do not have a mid-year evaluation yet, please email for instructions on what to submit with your advanced standing application.
  • Submit three mandatory references.
    • If you have yet to graduate from your undergraduate program, one of your references must be from your senior year field placement supervisor.
    • If you have already graduated from your undergraduate program, we highly recommend, but do not require, a reference from your senior year field placement supervisor.
    • If admitted to the program, acceptance is contingent upon receipt and approval of your final field evaluation (if not already submitted during the admissions process).

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