Advanced Standing Status

Why I Chose Smith

Hear from M.S.W. students about what drew them to Smithand what kept them here.

What's it really like to be an advanced standing student at Smith SSW?

Important Note: Advanced Standing status is only for those who have completed a Bachelors in Social Work (B.S.W.) degree.

Advanced Standing allows students to begin their academic journey as a second year student and to complete their M.S.W. degree in just 15 months.

B.S.W. graduates bring a unique set of skills and commitment to social work; Smith recognizes this and is eager to welcome them to our community! In recognition of this significant professional grounding, Smith offers Advanced Standing Status for any applicant who has completed their B.S.W. from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. 

Those with advanced standing start by entering directly into second-year classes in June, move directly into a second-year field internships from September to April, return for final electives in June, and then graduate in August. Because our field internships include 960 field hours, Smith Advanced Standing graduates leave with nearly twice as many internship hours as any other school for social work graduate. This makes them more professionally confident and competent professionals.

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Advanced Standing Program Curriculum

Students admitted as Advanced Standing have the majority of first year requirements waived (first summer courses with the exception of SOCW 516, & 531, first field internship, and field seminar are waived). To meet the requirements for an M.S.W. degree, all candidates will successfully complete:

30 quarter hours of field internships
2 quarter hours in field seminars
6 quarter hours of a community practice anti-racism experience
16 quarter hours of specific core courses
16 quarter hours in sequenced electives
8 quarter hours of elective courses in any sequence

Core Courses

Field Internship

  • Field Internship (1 course, 30 quarter hours)

Field Seminar

  • Field Seminar (1 courses, 2 quarter hours)

Community Practice Anti-Racism Experience

  • Community Practice Anti-Racism Experience (1 course, 6 quarter hours)

Sequenced Electives

Elective Courses

  • Additional credits required for degree may come for any sequence (4 courses, 8 quarter hours)
While not required, Advanced Standing students are strongly encouraged to take SOCW 514, 522, 505, and/or 520) as electives.


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