Advanced-Standing Curriculum

Students who have earned a bachelor of social work degree from a CSWE accredited program within six years of application may apply to the 39 credit hour Advanced-Standing program. The Advanced-Standing program is available as a full-time 9-month program on the Kalamazoo campus, and as a part-time 24-month program on the Grand Rapids campus.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • BSW degree from a CSWE accredited program that is not more than six years old
  • Overall GPA of 3.0
  • No more than one BSW course below a B. Any BSW course below a B will require retaking an equivalent course in the MSW curriculum
  • One year of full-time post BSW human services work experience is recommended
  • One of the three letters of recommendation must be from the applicant's field instructor or faculty liaison, and address the applicant's BSW field experience and potential for success in an advanced standing program

The above criteria are perceived as being interrelated in the overall assessment of the individual applicant.

Full-Time Advanced Standing Course Schedule

Interpersonal Practice Concentration

Summer II Session

6600 Seminar in Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (3)
6320 Organizations, Communities, and Societies: A Change Perspective (3)
Elective (3)
Total credit hours (9)

Fall Semester

6380 Psychopathology for Social Work Practice (3)
6660 Social Work Practice with Individuals (3)
6680 Social Work Practice with Families (3)
6760 Field Education in Interpersonal Practice (3)
Elective (3)
Total credit hours (15)

Spring Semester

6360 Theory and Practice of Group Treatment (3)
6420 Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3)
6780 Advanced Field Education in Interpersonal Practice (3)
6900s Advanced Social Work Practice Seminars (3)    
     6910 Individuals    
     6920 Children    
     6960 Families    
     6970 Variable Topic
Elective (3)
Total credit hours (15)

Total credit hours for the degree (39)

 

Policy, Planning, and Administration Concentration

Summer II Session

6600 Seminar in Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups (3)
6320 Organizations, Communities, and Societies: A Change Perspective (3)
Elective (3)
Total credit hours (9)

Fall Semester

6430 Leadership & Management in Human Services (3)
6450 Administration in Human Service Organizations (3)
6670 Program Planning (3)
6770 Field Education in PP&A (3)
Elective (3)
Total credit hours (15)

Spring Semester

6420 Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3)
6690 Advanced Seminar in Planning and Administration (3)
6700 Seminar in Social Policy Practice (3)
6790 Advanced Field Education in PP&A (3)
Elective (3)
Total credit hours (15)

Total credit hours for the degree (39)

 

part-time advanced standing course schedule

Interpersonal Practice Concentration

Summer II Session - First Year

6320 Organizations, Communities, and Societies: A Change Perspective (3)
Total credit hours (3)

Fall Semester - First Year

6600 Seminar in Social Work Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (3)
Elective (3)
Total credit hours (6)

Spring Semester - First Year

6360 Theory and Practice of Group Treatment (3)
6380 Psychopathology for Social Work Practice (3)
Total credit hours (6)

Summer I Session - First Year

Elective (3)
Total credit hours (3)

Summer II Session - Second Year

6680 Social Work Practice with Families (3)
Elective (3)
Total credit hours (6)

Fall Semester - Second Year

6660 Social Work Practice with Individuals (3)
6760 Field Education in Interpersonal Practice (3)
Total credit hours (6)

Spring Semester - Second Year

6420 Evaluation of Social Work Practice (3)
6780 Advanced Field Education in Interpersonal Practice (3)
Total credit hours (6)

Summer I Session - Second Year

6900s Advanced Social Work Practice Seminars (3)
     6910 Individuals    
     6920 Children    
     6960 Families
     6970 Variable Topic
Total credit hours (3)

Total credit hours for the degree (39)