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Advanced Standing Cohort

A Bachelor of Social Work graduate (from a Council on Social Work Education accredited program) has completed the coursework to prepare them for advanced standing status.  Therefore, all BSWs must apply for advanced standing status, for the part-time Friday cohort at the New Albany IIS campus.  The MSW admissions committee will first assess the applicant for readiness to enter the MSW program at the intermediate level.  If an applicant is not awarded advanced standing, he/she will automatically be considered for the full 60 credit hour degree program.  This alleviates the need to resubmit an application.

The first 9 credit hours of intermediate level courses will occur based on the cohort chosen.  After completion of these intermediate courses students begin taking courses in their concentration.  

A BSW graduate has five years from the conferral of their BSW degree to apply for advanced standing.  After five years a BSW level social worker must apply to the full 60 credit hour MSW program.

Regardless of which advanced standing cohort you choose – the following information is for all cohorts:

  1. As a graduate student, one must be prepared for a very rigorous program of study which includes classroom, class preparation, research, reading and practicum time.  It is generally difficult to work full-time and attend school full-time.
  2. Each advanced standing applicant must submit three professional letters of reference. 
  3. All advanced standing applications are due in early January 2017 and an applicant may only apply to one campus and one cohort per year. 
  4. There is one field experiences for each Advanced Standing student.  The concentration practica (SWK-S 651 & SWK-S 652) are done either in two continuous semesters, 20 hours per week or in a one semester block at 40 hours per week.
  5. A student needs to know that the field practicum hours are available exclusively during regular daytime business hours.
  6. A mandatory full-day orientation will be held in March 2017.