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MSW Advanced Standing

Rutgers School of Social Work offers an Advanced Standing MSW option through our Traditional, 100% Online, and Intensive Weekend Programs. The Advanced Standing program is designed for students who have earned a baccalaureate degree in social work from an undergraduate social work program accredited, in the United States or Canada, by the Council on Social Work Education.

Advanced Standing applicants are required to submit the following documents, in addition to the supporting material listed for all MSW applicants:

  • A copy of field instructor's evaluation form from the undergraduate placement. If currently in an undergraduate field placement during the current spring semester, an interim evaluation should be submitted.
  • A reference letter from the BSW Program Director, Field Instructor or Field Coordinator should be included as one of the three required reference letters.

The Traditional/On-Campus Advanced Standing program begins in the summer and is completed in one year.  

*Please note that due to concerns related to COVID-19, students beginning the Traditional Advanced Standing program in summer 2020 will have a modified curriculum. Summer 2020 courses will be taught online and field placement will begin in fall 2020. Please view the modified 2020-2021 Traditional Advanced Standing curriculum here.

The Intensive Weekend and 100% Online Advanced Standing programs begin in the Fall and can be completed in two years.

**All applicants to the Advanced Standing program must have completed a course in statistics.

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