Advanced Standing Application

Admission Requirements for Advanced Standing

Candidates for admission must be graduates of Bachelor of Social Work programs accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.  Normally, candidates must have completed their B.S.W. within six years of the application to Smith College, but exceptions may be considered.
In order to be considered for admission, applicants are asked to submit the materials below.

Important Note: Advanced Standing status is only for those who have completed a Bachelors in Social Work (B.S.W.) degree. The School does not grant social work course credit for life experience or previous work experience.

We strongly recommend applying early admission to be able to accomodate field placement.

  1. Open your application!

    - By creating an account, you'll be able to save and return to your application at any time.

  2. $60 application fee

    You may be eligible for a waiver.

  3. Résumé

  4. Field Placement Form

    - The process of matching an applicant to a specific internship assignment is a careful one taking into close consideration the applicant’s learning and living needs as well as the requirements stipulated by SSW’s affiliated agency partners.
  1. Reference Listing

    - We require three letters of reference, one of which must be from your field placement supervisor or, if you are currently working, your current supervisor.
    - It is your responsibility to follow up with reference writers to ensure completion.
    - Reference writer PDF (If you are unable to contact your reference writers using our system above, complete the top portion of this form and distribute to your reference writers)

  2. Essay Questions

  3. Official Transcripts

    - B.S.W. degree must have been completed within the past 6 years (exceptions may be made, please contact us) from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. 
    - Required from all institutions from which you have received, or will receive, academic credit and include courses, credits and grades for each course.
    - Transferred credit to the degree-granting institution may be listed but must include the courses, credits and grades from the degree granting courses, and the courses, credit amounts and grades from the transfer college or a separate, official transcript from the college from which transfer credits were obtained is required.
    - An unofficial/student copy of the transcript may be used as a placeholder until the official copy arrives. Please upload directly or email unofficial transcripts to
    - Official transcripts can be sent electronically to Smith College School for Social Work at or mailed to: Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Admission, Lilly Hall, Northampton, MA 01063
  1. B.S.W. Field Internship Information

    - Approximately one page, double spaced
    - Please describe the nature of your B.S.W. field practicum, including a description of the setting in which you worked and your primary role and responsibilities.

  2. Case Materials
    - Face Sheet
    Case Summary and Intervention

Supplemental Materials

Employment-Based Field Internship Form (if applicable)

Financial Aid

- Five College Circle of Scholars Deadline: November 30
- Non-Binding Early Decision Deadline: January 5
- Regular Admission Deadline: March 1

Test Scores

This application does not require the GRE or the MAT. If you have taken these tests and would like to submit them with your application you are welcome to do so but you are not obligated and the vast majority of applicants do not submit these scores. However, on occasion, the school may request one or the other of these standardized tests as needed.

English as a Second Language

An applicant whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT); official scores must be sent to the School by February 1.