Advanced Standing

If you already hold a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree, you may be eligible to earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in just 12 months through the advanced standing program.

With the same leadership focus as the traditional MSW curriculum, the advanced standing curriculum enables you to bypass the first-year foundational requirements and start classes at the second-year level. As an advanced standing student, you will:

  • Earn your MSW full time in three semesters.
  • Focus your degree by choosing one of two departments in which to study: Adult Mental Health and Wellness and Children, Youth and Families.
  • Complete 37 credits that will prepare you to pursue professional licensure.

Deadline: The deadline to apply for the advanced standing MSW program beginning in summer 2022 is Monday, January 10, 2022.

For more information about the advanced standing, please contact the Assistant Director of Admissions, Ron Rubalcaba at ron.rubalcaba@usc.edu.

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Application Requirements
  • You must complete the online application and submit all supporting documentation by the deadline in order to be considered for admission.
  • To apply for the advanced standing program, your letters of recommendation must come from a professor from your BSW program and your agency field placement supervisor. You may submit a third optional recommendation from an academic or professional reference. These individuals should indicate they are recommending you specifically for the advanced standing program.
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Eligibility Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited school of social work earned within the past five years
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in all social work courses

Acceptance into the advanced standing program is not guaranteed. Admission is competitive, and the MSW program only accepts a limited number of advanced standing students.

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Curriculum

Department of Adult Mental Health and Wellness

Semester 1: Summer (9 Units)
SOWK-608: Research and Evaluation for Social Work with Adults and Older Adults (3 Units)
SOWK-637: Assessing Wellness to Improve Recovery in Integrated Care (3 Units)
SOWK-638: Policy in Integrated Care (3 Units)

Semester 2: Fall (14 Units)
SOWK-644: Explanatory Theories of Health and Mental Health (3 Units)
SOWK-643: Social Work Practice in Integrated Care Settings (3 Units)
SOWK-699A: Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (4 Units)
SOWK-698A: Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (1 Unit)
Elective or Track Course (3 Units)

Semester 3: Spring (14 Units)
SOWK-647: Advanced Practice with Complex Social Work Cases (3 Units)
SOWK-699B: Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (4 Units)
SOWK-698B: Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (1 Unit)
Elective or Track Course (3 Units)
Elective (3 Units)

Department of Children, Youth and Families

Semester 1: Summer (9 Units)
SOWK-608: Research and Critical Analysis for Social Work (3 Units)
SOWK-609: Introduction to Social Work Practice with Children, Youth and Families (3 Units)
SOWK-610: Social Work Practice with Children and Families Across Settings (3 Units)

Semester 2: Fall (14 Units)
SOWK-613: Social Work Practice with Children and Families in Early and Middle Childhood (3 Units)
SOWK-627: Policy and Macro Practice in Children, Youth and Family Services (3 Units)


SOWK-699A: Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (4 Units)
SOWK-698A: Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (1 Unit)
Elective or Track Course (3 Units)

Semester 3: Spring (14 Units)
SOWK-627: Social Work Practice with Adolescents, Young Adults and Families (3 Units)
SOWK-699B: Advanced Applied Learning in Field Education (4 Units)
SOWK-698B: Integrative Learning for Advanced Social Work Practice (1 Unit)
Elective or Track Course (3 Units)
Elective or Track Course (3 Units)