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Advance Standing graduation

MSW Program Overview | Advanced Standing Gwinnett | FAQs | Forms & Resources

"Advanced Standing" means that students who hold a BSW degree from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education can receive their MSW with only one additional year (11 months) of schooling. In less than 5 years, students are able to earn their BSW and MSW.

In order for your BSW to qualify you for advanced standing in the MSW program, the following conditions must be met:

If your undergraduate social work GPA is less than 3.2, or if your BSW was obtained over five years ago, you may still be accepted to the MSW program, but only to the regular program of study and not to the Advanced Standing program.

If you earned your BSW within five years, but want to apply to the regular program, you may. But, you must specifically request admission to the regular program.

There is one exception to the five year limit for advanced standing status--If you earned your BSW within ten years, but have worked in a social work setting that includes MSW staff and professional learning experiences, you may still be eligible for advanced standing status.

At the Athens campus, the 40- hour credit option allows students to earn the MSW degree in three semesters (Summer, Fall, and Spring).

At the Gwinnett campus, the 40- hour credit option allows students to earn the MSW degree in six semesters (Summer, Fall, and Spring, Summer, Fall, and Spring).

Applications are now being accepted for potential ADST students. For more information on the application process, please contact Dr. Leon Banks, SSW Admissions Coordinator at banks03@uga.edu.

Find below the programs of study for our ADST offerings in Athens. For Gwinnett, see Advanced Standing Gwinnett.

Application deadline is February 01, 2018.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Advanced Standing – Micro Concentration

Summer Fall Spring
SOWK 7218 [4 credits]
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity for Advanced Standing Students (PrOSEAD-AS)
SOWK 7212 [3 credits]
Assessment and Psychopathology
SOWK 7226 [3 credits]
Evaluation of Professional Practice
Elective [3 credits] SOWK 7214 [3 credits]
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
Elective [3 credits]
Elective [3 credits] Elective [3 credits] Elective [3 credits]
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 10 Total Semester Credits: 14 Total Semester Credits: 16

Advanced Standing – Macro Concentration

Summer Fall Spring
SOWK 7218 [4 credits]
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity for Advanced Standing Students (PrOSEAD-AS)
Core course or Elective¹ [3] Evaluation of Professional Practice
SOWK 7226 [3 credits]
Elective [3 credits] Core course or Elective¹ [3] Core course or Elective¹ [3]
Elective [3 credits] Elective1 [3 credits] Core course or Elective¹ [3]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
SOWK 7237 [3 credits]
Theory of Management and Nonprofit Organizations
OR
Elective [3 credits]
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 10 Total Semester Credits: 14 Total Semester Credits: 16

1Students must choose minimum 2 of 4 core courses in their concentration year. These core courses are: Advanced Policy Practice and Analysis (Fall); Community Engagement and Assessment (Fall); Community Organizing and Social Action (Spring); Theory and Management of Non-profit Organizations (Spring]. These core courses cover 3 Macro focus areas: (1) Community Organizing and Social Action, (2) Advanced Policy Practice and, or [3] Theory and Management of Non-profit Organizations. Students can also take core courses as their electives.

Advanced Standing – Integrated/Combined Concentration

Summer Fall Spring
SOWK 7218 [4 credits]
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression, Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity for Advanced Standing Students
Psychopathology [3] SOWK 7226 [3 credits]
Evaluation of Professional Practice
Elective [3 credits] SOWK 7214 [3 credits]
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
Macro Core course [3 credits]
Elective [3 credits] Macro Core course [3 credits] Elective [3 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 10 Total Semester Credits: 14 Total Semester Credits: 16

Year 1 - Gwinnett Campus Program of Study

Summer Fall Spring
Addressing the Bases of Power, Oppression,
Social Justice, Evidence-Informed Practice, Advocacy, and Diversity for Advanced Standing Students (PrOSEAD-AS)
SOWK 7218 [4 credits]
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals
SOWK 7214 [3 credits]
Assessment and Psychopathology
SOWK 7212 [3 credits]
Elective [3 credits] Elective [3 credits] Evaluation of Professional Practice
SOWK 7226 [3 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 7 Total Semester Credits: 6 Total Semester Credits: 6

Year 2 - Gwinnett Campus Program of Study

Summer Fall Spring
Elective [3 credits] Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Advanced Social Work Field Education
SOWK 7225 [5 credits]
Elective [3 credits]
Elective [3 credits] Capstone [2 credits]
Total Semester Credits: 9 Total Semester Credits: 5 Total Semester Credits: 7