Question: Are there any online MSW programs designed for BSW students?

Answer: Yes

There are online MSW programs specifically designed for students who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE accredited undergraduate program. These programs, often calledAdvanced Standing MSW programs, allow students to waive classes that are typically take during the foundation year of a MSW program. Therefore, students enter the program during the concentration year.

Many online advanced standing MSW programs, especially those with full-time programs, only accept students for Summer admission and require students to take bridge or prerequisite classes during the Summer session. Some graduate schools with part-time programs do accept students for Fall and/or Spring admission.

FEATURED ADVANCED STANDING ONLINE MSW PROGRAMS (NO GRE REQUIRED)

FEATURED ADVANCED STANDING ONLINE MSW PROGRAMS (NO GRE REQUIRED)
SCHOOL DESCRIPTION
U of Southern California (USC) (FT, PT) Top-Ranked Program with Multiple Concentrations and Options 

This school offers an online MSW program with 100% online instruction - no campus visits required

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Full-time online advanced standing MSW programs can typically be completed in one to one and a half years, while part-time programs range from one and a half to two and a half years depending on the program. These programs still require students to complete a minimum number of field education hours at a local health services agency, but the number is often less than traditional programs.

  • Advanced Standing Programs: 450 to 1,000 hours
  • Traditional Programs: 900 to 1,200 hours

The majority of online advanced standing MSW programs have stricter admission criteria than traditional online MSW programs and students must have earned their BSW within a specific time-frame (typically five to seven years). In addition, some schools require certain classes to transfer and require a specific grade point average for all undergraduate social work classes.

Complete List of Online Advanced Standing MSW Programs (24 Schools)

Complete List of Online Advanced Standing MSW Programs (24 Schools)
SCHOOL NAME
CLASSES 100% ONLINE*
FULL-TIME PROGRAM
PART-TIME PROGRAM
ONLINE MSW CONCENTRATIONS
Boise State University
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families
Boston University
Yes
No
Yes
Clinical Social Work Practice
Case Western Reserve University
Yes
No
Yes
Community Practice for Social Change; Direct Practice with two specialization options: Children, Youth and Families (CYF) or Mental Health/Adult (MHA)
Edinboro University
Yes
Yes
No
Family Social Work Practice
Florida State University
Yes
No
Yes
Clinical Social Work Practice
Fordham University
Yes
No
Yes
Clinical Social Work
Humboldt State University
No
No
Yes
Generalist program that focuses on working with rural and indigenous communities
Indiana University
No
No
Yes
Advanced Generalist Program
Louisiana State University
Yes
Yes
No
Advanced Direct Social Work Practice
Our Lady of the Lake University
Yes
No
Yes
Generalist program with an emphasis on the Hispanic community
Saint Leo University
No
Yes
No
Advanced Clinical Practice
Texas State University - San Marcos
Yes
No
Yes
Administrative Leadership
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
Yes
No
Yes
Evidence-based practice with a trauma-informed and human rights perspective
University of Alaska Anchorage
No
Yes
Yes
Advanced Generalist
University of Houston
Yes
No
Yes
Clinical Practice: Health and Behavioral Health
University of Louisville
Yes
Yes
Yes
Generalist with your chose of advanced topics: Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Gerontology, Mental Health, Psycho-Social Oncology
University of Missouri
Yes
No
Yes
Advanced Clinical Practice; Policy, Planning and Administration in Human Services
University of New England (UNE)
Yes
No
Yes
Clinical Practice: Individual, Families, and Groups (IFG); Community Practice: Organizational and Community Practice (OCP)
University of North Dakota
No
No
Yes
Advanced Generalist
University of Southern California (USC)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Families and Children; Health; Mental Health; Social Work and Business in a Global Society; Community Organization, Planning and Administration (COPA)
University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Yes
Yes
Yes
Evidence Based Interpersonal Practice (Clinical); Management, Leadership and Community Practice (Macro)
University of Texas - Arlington
Yes
No
Yes
Direct Practice with Children and Families
Western New Mexico University
Yes
Yes
Yes
Advanced Generalist with electives

*All online MSW programs require field education at a local health services agency. Programs that are 100% online do not require students to visit the campus during the program. For schools that are not 100% online, we classify any program that requires two or fewer visits to the campus per year as an online program. Therefore, the programs that are not listed as 100% online above require a limited number of campus visits during the program.

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