Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work offers an Advanced Standing MSW online program designed for aspiring social work professionals who are looking to take on leadership roles and drive meaningful change in the lives of those they serve.
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The Advanced Standing MSW may be completed in as little as one year and gives you the opportunity to leverage your social work experience. In addition, you begin earning your field hours as soon as you start classes so you can focus on what really matters — giving back to your community. Whether your career goal is to advance as a community coordinator, case manager, child and family therapist, or policy analyst, our faculty and support team are dedicated to empowering your journey through the ethical integration of faith and social work practice.
Our Advanced Standing MSW online program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and will prepare you to pursue licensure and become a social work leader uniquely attuned to today’s cultural needs. Your experience in the online program will do more than simply help you continue to learn and seek new opportunities — it will empower you to help your community address societal issues such as poverty, substance abuse, and unemployment.
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A Curriculum Designed for Aspiring Social Work Professionals
The Advanced Standing MSW program has a 32-credit curriculum specifically designed for professionals who have earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) within the last five years. With an expedited one-year learning track, the program provides the opportunity for students to specialize in Clinical or Community practice. This gives you the flexibility to follow your social work passions and tailor your curriculum to align with your career goals.
Our curriculum will not only empower you to directly apply the lessons you learn in class in real time but will also help you to think critically about spirituality and the impact that faith can have on those you’re working to support. With this unique approach to a holistic MSW curriculum, you will be prepared to discuss faith with clients and explore how it has impacted them personally.
Our Supportive Online Learning Environment
As an Advanced Standing MSW student, you will attend live online classes where you will learn alongside fellow aspiring social work professionals with varying years of experience and create deep connections with faculty. You can also access your coursework on the go via our one-click dashboard, which features dark mode, searchable video transcripts, and adjustable video speed. Of course, throughout the program, you’ll also have access to personalized support in the form of one-on-one faculty office hours, career coaching, and our worldwide network of Baylor alumni.
During your time in the Advanced Standing MSW online program you will complete a total of 550 field hours over two terms at a placement site near you. This is your opportunity to further build on your social work experience while also working directly in a community that matters to you. Whether your placement takes you to schools, community centers, or long-term care facilities, ourfaculty and clinical support team will be with you every step of the way.
Baylor’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work maintains the same admission standards for online programs as it does for residential programs. Our admissions team reviews applications holistically and carefully considers each application. We accept applications on a rolling basis with start times in January, May, and August. Learn more about the admissions process and upcoming deadlines on our Admissions Overview page.
Applicants to the Advanced Standing MSW online program must hold a BSW from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)–accredited college or university earned within the last five years. No GRE scores are required to apply. For specific Advanced Standing MSW requirements, visit our Application Requirements page.
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Looking to empower your community, leverage your experience, and advance your career? Request more information about our online, one-year MSW program.