Advanced Standing

Students who already have a bachelor's degree in social work (BSW) from George Fox University or another program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) can apply for admission to the Master's in Social Work Advanced Standing program, which enables full-time students to complete their MSW at George Fox in 9 months. This is possible because of the functional equivalency of accredited BSW programs and the foundation year of the MSW program mandated by the CSWE.

Preference will be given to admitting to Advanced Standing those students who completed their BSW no more than five years before applying. Students who completed their BSW more than five years before applying to the MSW program must demonstrate that they have engaged in continuing education and professional social work practice during a majority of the years since. In addition to the standard graduate social work application, decisions about their admission to the Advanced Standing program will be based on:

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all social work coursework, including a minimum grade of a "B" in all practice and field courses
  • A copy of the Field Evaluation from BSW social work field experience(s) documenting satisfactory generalist practice experience and skills in the internship.

While prospective students may be admitted conditionally based on their performance in the field, full admission is contingent upon receipt of the final field evaluation. When the final field evaluation is not available, a positive reference from a social work supervisor familiar with the applicant's skills in social work practice is necessary.