Dominican’s advanced standing option allows students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited institution to complete the MSW in nine months.

Our advanced standing program requires you to complete 30 credit hours of coursework, including 20 hours per week of fieldwork and related field practicum courses (a total of 600 clock hours over two semesters.) You can complete the program in two years of part-time study or nine months of full-time study. You’ll master the fundamentals of the profession: human behavior, community analysis, social welfare, and the nature and dynamics of family systems. You’ll take electives on topics of personal interest, and focus your studies by choosing a track in child welfare, gerontology, military social work, school social work, health and well-being, or working with immigrants and refugees. You’ll be ready for leadership roles in a wide range of social work settings.

MSW with Advanced Standing program flyer (pdf)

Full-Time Program

Fall Semester: Five courses (15 credit hours)

Spring Semester: Five courses (15 credit hours)

Advanced Social Work Practice: Models within a Family Context Community Practice
Field Practicum III Field Practicum IV
Family Centered Policy in a Global Context Practic Evaluation
Mental Health: History, Theories, Treatment Course two in your chosen track
Course one in your chosen track Plus one advanced diversity course chosen from the list below:
  Empowerment Practice with Latinos: Identity, Social Context, and Implications for Practice
  Negotiating Social, Cultural, and Psychological Borders: Social Work with Immigrant and Refugee Families and Communities
  Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Social Policy
  A Feminist Approach to Clinical Practice with Individual and Families
  Race, Gender, and Human Rights in the Guatemalan Context
Total Credits: 30  

 

Part-Time Program
First-Year Concentration: Two courses (six credit hours) per semester
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Family Centered Policy in a Global Context Practice Evaluation
Mental Health: History, Theories, Treatment Plus one advanced diversity course chosen from the list below:
  Empowerment Practice with Latinos: Identity, Social Context, and Implications for Practice
  Negotiating Social, Cultural, and Psychological Borders: Social Work with Immigrant and Refugee Families and Communities
  Race and Ethnicity in U.S. Social Policy
  A Feminist Approach to Clinical Practice with Individual and Families
  Race, Gender, and Human Rights in the Guatemalan Context
Second Year Concentration: Three courses (nine credit hours) per semester
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Advanced Social Work Practice with
Families—Global
Community Practice
Field Practicum III Field Practicum IV
Course one in your chosen track Course two in your chosen track

Visit the University Bulletin for course descriptions.